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Olympic Games 2012: East Sussex

Volume 502: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely legacy from the London 2012 Olympics for participation in sport in East Sussex (a) in general and (b) by children under 14 years old. (304280)

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 East Sussex.