Department for Culture Media and Sport

london 2012 legacy

The legacy of hosting the Games – the difference this will make to the lives of people across London and the UK – will last long after 2012.

London 2012 showcased the inspiration and transformative power of sport. The legacy it has left is far-reaching, from a boost to economic growth and a new neighbourhood and world-class sporting venues for east London, to a rise in the number of people taking part in sport across the UK.

75 pence in every pound spent by the Olympic Delivery Authority was on the long-term improvement of this part of east London, transforming the area’s social and economic future, making it home to the UK’s newest tourism hotspot, and creating a new national centre for sports.

Across the UK and around the world people - especially young people - have been inspired to take up sport, using revitalised facilities across the country and taking part in the first national competitive school sport programme, the School Games.

The Games have helped to change perceptions of disability, with the largest and most successful Paralympics ever.

Sustainability was built in to London 2012, from building the venues to enhancing London’s public transport infrastructure. The Games also held to their commitment to protect the environment we live in.