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London 2012 legacy has “failed to materialise”

The proportion of adults participating in sport at least once a week fell in the first three years following the 2012 Games (Credit: Sport England)

The government has failed to deliver a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – while Sport England is unable to account for around £1.1bn of funding earmarked for grassroots sport.

Those are the headline findings of a report published this week by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. The report outlines how – despite spending £323m a year since 2015 – the DCMS and Sport England had made “little progress” in tackling inequalities and barriers to participation.

“The government committed to delivering a lasting legacy as part of the £8.8bn London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including increasing the number of adults participating in sports,” the report reads.

“But the benefits have failed to materialise, with the proportion of adults participating in sport at least once a week actually falling in the first three years following the Games.

“Of £1.5bn in grants distributed by Sport England since 2016 it only knows where £450m went, and the percentage of active adults increased by only 1.2 percentage points from 2016 to 2019.

“Nearly two in five adults in England still do not meet the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines for recommended activity.”

To read the full report, click HERE.

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