Sports Minister Announces Legacy Plans
Posted: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 17:44
Minister for sport Hugh Robertson has released a ten-point legacy plan today, in a bid to ensure that the government delivers on its promise to 'inspire a generation' to take up sport.
Key promises set out in the statement include:
• £125 million per year UK Sport funding to elite sport over the next four years.
• £300 million investment to open up the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the community.
• Winning the rights to host over twenty world sporting events across the UK up to 2019.
• £135 million investment into Sport England's Places People Play programme to fund new facilities, volunteering and participation programmes.
• £1 billion investment over the next five years in the Youth Sport Strategy to link schools with clubs and develop sporting habits for life.
• Introduction of the Sainsbury's School Games programme and county sports festivals.
• £1.5 million funding to the English Federation of Disability Sport to increase participation in sports by disabled people.
Director of the Sports Think Tank Andy Reed said "We welcome the setting out of a plan in Parliament and the promise to come back quarterly. Clearly from a policy point of view we would need to see more targets or objectives as well as a more strategic approach across government. The list makes good reading in parts but leaves a lot unsaid. We look forward to more detail emerging"