|Motto||The UK's high performance sports agency|
|Predecessor||Sports Council of Great Britain|
|Formation||6 January 1997|
|Purpose/focus||Development of sport in the UK|
|Location||40 Bernard Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1ST
|Main organ||UK Sport Board|
|Parent organization||Department for Culture, Media and Sport|
|Affiliations||British Olympic Association
English Institute of Sport
The National Lottery
|Former name||United Kingdom Sports Council|
The Sports Council previously had been formed in 1972, and had the motto Sport for All. There was also the Central Council of Physical Recreation. In July 1994 it was decided to concentrate sports funding on fewer sports and only those in which the UK succeeded. The Sports Council employed 470 staff. On 8 July 1994 Iain Sproat, the sports minister, outlined proposals to replace the Sports Council along with Jude Rai and the UK Sports Council (for elite athletes) and the England Sports Council. The other UK countries had their respective sports councils. There was more direct coordination with the British Olympic Association. The former Sports Council concentrated on around 110 sports, but the new UK Sports Council (UKSC) concentrated on around 30. Mass-participation in sport was to be looked after by local authorities. Sebastian Coe, in conversation with Iain Sproat, had given him the idea of financially supporting sporting excellence.
Succeeding the Sports Council of Great Britain, UK Sport was established in January 1997 by Royal Charter as the UK Sports Council. Later that month it was authorised to distribute lottery funding. In February 1997 there were proposals for a British Academy of Sport.
It is under the direction of UK Sport's management board. The board is chaired by Sue Campbell; first appointed in 2003, her current four year term runs until 2013. Four organisations fulfil roles for the four individual nations: Sport England, sportscotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland.
UK Sport was previously the official sports body for governing drugs testing of athletes in the UK, until responsibility passed to the newly established UK Anti-Doping organisation in 2009. Testing is conducted by a Doping Control Officer (DCO) from Britain's National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO). It is a subsection of the internationally recognised and authoritative World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA is recognised by the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.
- English Institute of Sport
- Sport in the United Kingdom
- UK Athletics (former British Athletic Federation)
- Sporting Giants