Sport England have just announced that it is to invest £493 million over four-years to keep the inspiration of London 2012 alive and help fulfil Lord Coe’s pledge that the Games would get more people – young and old, women and men – playing sport.
They say that 15.5 million people aged 16 and over are now playing sport every week. That’s 750,000 more than a year ago and 1.57 million more than when London won the Olympic and Paralympic bid, with large increases in Olympic sports such as cycling and sailing.
The strongest growth has been among women, with an increase of more than half a million in the past year helping to cut the gender gap in sport. Over half a million women have taken to their bikes, playing netball, running, swimming and going to the gym in the past year helping to cut the gender gap in sport.
Are you one of those people who’s been inspired by the Olympics to take up a sport? If so what kind of sport do you do now? Or would you like to do more sport but can’t afford to do it, or perhaps you don’t have facilities nearby? If you’re involved with one of the small clubs who hope to benefit from this money, what do you hope to achieve with it?
OAC’s Simon Anderson, who has launched an appeal for Back The Track in Otley, contributes to the Radio 4 programme at approximately six minutes into the broadcast which you can listen again to through this bbc link.