Dear Sport England,

I have emailed twice, with no response, requesting to know how many of the Gold Medalists at the able bodied Rio Olympics that received funding from Sport England were from state schools and how many from public schools

Yours faithfully,


Paul Hegarty

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Dear Mr Hegarty,

Thank you for your email. I am sorry to hear that your two previous emails
to Sport England have not received a response. I have checked our records
carefully but have been unable to identify these emails. I would be happy
to investigate - please let me know when, and to whom these emails were
sent and I will look into this further.

With regards to your request for information about the number 'of Gold
Medallists at the able bodied Rio Olympics that received funding from
Sport England were from state schools and the number from public schools'
I regret that we do not hold the information requested.

The vast majority of Sport England's investment is made into grassroots
rather than elite sports and we do not provide funding for individuals. In
any event we do not record information about the schools attended by those
applying for Sport England funding.

I am sorry that we cannot be more helpful on this occasion. UK Sport, our
sister organisation provide funding for elite sports and they may be able
to help with your query. Contact details for UK Sport can be found on
their website at the following URL:


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