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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that south west London boroughs share in the (a) economic, (b) social and (c) sporting benefits arising from the 2012 Olympic Games. (132580)

The Olympic Board has agreed that the Mayor will be responsible for delivering the games' social, economic and environmental benefits for London, as well as improving sports participation at community and grass roots level for all Londoners. As a result, the Greater London Authority (GLA), on behalf of the Mayor, has co-ordinated the preparation of a detailed delivery plan for each of the Olympic sub-objectives relating to London, looking at how potential benefits can be realised for all boroughs, including those located in the south west

These plans include the summer of sport competitions, the employment and skills taskforce and the pre-volunteer programme, for which Croydon is a pilot borough.

In addition, Wimbledon will host the Olympic tennis tournament in 2012.