Surfing England secure £1m investment into grassroot surfing.

* Sport England back Surfing England with an investment of £998,000 to support work across the surf community over the next three years.

* Investment is to strengthen governance, support communities and clubs and further develop talent pathways for junior and adaptive surfers.

At the end of 2023 Surfing England secured a three year investment of £998,000 from Sport England.

The investment is to help support the growth and evolution of Surfing England

“A large part of Sport England’s funding will be helping us fulfil core NGB duties, the behind-the-scenes responsibilities that are less glamorous, but equally as important as our work on the beach. But that’s not all it will do, we’ll be able to do more for our talented young and adaptive surfers as we continue to develop a pathway for them to progress ready for the WSL QS or GB Surfing’s Progression Programme. We’ll also be able to do much more for our community of surf clubs, those organisations and the volunteers that run them which are at the heart of grass roots surfing.

Ben Powis, Surfing England CEO, has been working closely with Sport England and commented “This investment is a huge step forward for Surfing England and our ability to deliver for the needs of our surfers and the surfing community.”

“English surfing is in such an exciting place, we have amazing talent, investment in wave pools, an ever growing and diverse club scene and a thriving sense of community. This support gives us more financial stability, allowing us to make longer term plans and invest in people to capitalise on the positives and tackle some of the challenges and inequalities we face in our mission to make life better through surfing.”

Sport England Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth said: “We are delighted to be working with Surfing England and the surfing community. Sport England’s goal is to get everyone active – no matter who they are, where they live, or what their background is. In working with Surfing England, we are recognising the special role surfing can play in connecting people and communities to get active.”