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Olympic Games 2012

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment she has made of the legacy for the sport of (a) shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks, (b) badminton at Wembley Arena and (c) rhythmic gymnastics at Wembley Arena of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (294234)

Government are working closely with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and with the national governing bodies to maximise all possible legacy opportunities for the sports from the games. This will include consideration being given to the relocation of assets and equipment used during the games, including shooting ranges, regardless of the location of the events.

Using the inspiration of London 2012, Sport England has recently invested £750,000 in the development of grass-roots target shooting as part of the Whole Sports Plans 2009-13. The plan will harness the interest in the sport created by the 2012 games and aims to increase participation levels.

In December 2008, Sport England awarded £20.8 million, spread over four years, to Badminton England to help more people play the game at school, club and community level as well as at the elite end of the game.

The Gymnastics England Facilities Fund opened for applications in October 2009. £2.75 million is available for capital projects to develop new gymnastic facilities or to refurbish or improve existing facilities.

The London borough of Greenwich, which will host the London 2012 shooting venue, has previously announced a £10.2 million investment into a “Greenwich 2012” Legacy Fund which will be invested partly in new sports facilities at local schools, parks and playgrounds. Proposals are well advanced to provide a legacy in gymnastics, basket ball, martial arts and an equestrian centre.