Following my statement of 20 July, Official Report, columns 8-9WS, on the coalition Government’s priorities for sport, I am today announcing the community sport and mass participation Olympic legacy programme. Places People Play.
Places People Play will be delivered by Sport England, in partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA), the British Paralympic Association (BPA) and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG.) It is a £135 million lottery funded initiative that will help build and upgrade sports facilities, protect playing fields and create sporting opportunities and challenges to encourage people up and down the country to get into sport—whether that be as a participant, leader or volunteer. This investment has been made available through the Government’s lottery reforms that have resulted in more lottery money going to sport.
This programme will help to deliver Lord Coe’s commitment to a lasting sports legacy to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. Over the coming months Sport England will engage with the national governing bodies of sport and other key delivery partners to ensure that this commitment is realised.