Tuesday 13 November 2012
The Premier League 4 Sport programme has received praise in an independent report commissioned by the government to analyse the legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"This report shows we are on track to deliver a meaningful legacy"
The report, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and conducted by a consortium led by Grant Thornton, found that dedicated legacy programmes have helped bring young people into sport and kept them participating.
Among the dedicated legacy programmes detailed in the report Premier League 4 Sport is highlighted for having helped bring young people into sport and maintained their continued participation.
Premier League 4 Sport is a partnership between the Premier League, Youth Sport Trust and Sport England which uses the pulling power of Premier League football clubs to encourage young people to try other Olympic sports,
‘Premier League 4 Sport, a £5.8 million partnership with the Premier League working with the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England, aims to get young people to join local sports clubs,' reads the report.
'The legacy initiative has provided participation opportunities to young people, with 43,000 young people engaged by Premier League 4 Sport, almost double its target.
'The programme has been extended in duration and to incorporate additional sports. In terms of outputs, 63% of young people that were engaged were then retained (at least five sessions per term), with 27% of young people sustained (at least 10 sessions over two terms).'
"The legacy from the London 2012 Games gives us an opportunity to regenerate East London, maximise opportunities to drive economic growth and encourage a generation to choose sport," said Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport.
"London 2012 has raised the bar for future host cities and I am encouraged that this report shows we are on track to deliver a meaningful legacy."
The report also calculates the economic boost to the UK through construction on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to be £7.3 billion.