Olympic legacy: 750,000 extra playing sport than 12 months ago

Messers Wiggins and Hoy are two good reasons why Manchester should stay the home for British Cycling

Messers Wiggins and Hoy are two good reasons why Manchester should stay the home for British Cycling

There has been a lot of general discussion about the legacy of the Olympics. The PM has appointed Seb Coe to head up the legacy program, and I have argued that British cycling should stay based in Manchester after 2014.

Yesterday, Sport England published its annual Active People Results. Here we can see a true legacy of the Games.

Their figures show that  record numbers of women and men in England are playing sport every week.

  • 15.5 million people aged 16 and over are playing sport at least once a week. That’s 750,000 more than a year ago and 1.57 million more than when London won the Olympic and Paralympic bid.

 

  • 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.

 

  • The number of people taking part has risen sharply in the period since the London 2012 Games got underway, with strong increases in Olympic sports such as cycling and sailing.

 

  • Participation by disabled people has been rising steadily since 2005, but still lags far behind that for non-disabled people. Sport England this week announced a £10.2 million National Lottery investment to tackle this challenge.

Full details of the participation results, including a sport by sport breakdown can be found here.

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