Department for Culture Media and Sport

sport legacy

“Inspire a generation”

From the beginning, London 2012 placed young people at the heart of its plans. Across the UK – and worldwide – London 2012 got young people passionate about sport. 

From community and school sport up to international elite competition, we ensured London 2012 had a solid sporting legacy. Through the International Inspiration programme, the motivational power of the Games have reached far and touched many.

Home wins

More than 900 sports projects have been funded through Sport England’s Places People Play initiative, from refurbished local facilities to coach development programmes. 

We have outlined a £1 billion youth and community sport strategy, aimed at using the inspirational power of London 2012 to create a sporting habit for life in young people.

A key part of this strategy was the creation of the School Games, the first fully-inclusive nationwide competitive school sport competition, which has already involved 60,000 young people. The first School Games finals were held in May 2012, in the Olympic Park.

International goals

We hosted the first ever international sports development programme and helped more than 12 million young people in 20 countries – from Azerbaijan to Zambia – to experience sport. The International Inspiration programme empowered young people – especially girls and disabled young people – to:

  • participate in sport
  • access education
  • develop confidence and leadership skills