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Olympic Games 2012: West Midlands

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the legacy from the London 2012 Olympics on participation in sport in the West Midlands (a) in general and (b) by children under 14 years old. (301589)

Since the publication of the Government’s Legacy Action Plan in June 2008, there has been significant progress on delivering our aims for a lasting community sport legacy from the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics across the UK.

We are investing £480 million, through Sport England’s Whole Sport Plan process, in the national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport during the run up to the games, in order to drive up participation so 1 million more people are doing more sport. The PE and Sport Strategy for Young People sets out how the £780 million of DCMS and DCSF investment is targeted at getting more children to do five hours of sport per week. The huge range of programmes under these strategies will help to ensure that the sporting system in 2012 and beyond is in the best shape possible.

In addition, regional partners are capitalising on national programmes of delivery like Change 4 Life, Living Well and Free Swimming to encourage innovation through partnerships at all levels to create a real and lasting legacy from the 2012 games for the West Midlands. In addition, 10 local area agreements have already been signed for national indicator 8—local agreement to increase the number of adults participating in sport and active recreation.

Within the region there are six sub-regional 2012 partnerships and each has identified a series of programmes and projects that will help to increase levels of participation in sport and physical activity.