Kate Hoey launches London's Olympic legacy sports board

13 July 2009

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GLA/2009/378                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, 13 July 2009 

Kate Hoey launches London’s Olympic legacy sports board

Kate Hoey, the Mayor’s Sports Commissioner today chaired the first meeting of an advisory board that will help ensure London reaps the benefits of a long term Olympic legacy. The London Community Sports Board’s first task will be to ensure the Mayor’s investment of £15.5 million into grass-roots sport is used as effectively as possible.

Kate said: "The London Community Sports Board brings together individuals with a huge wealth of experience across all aspects of sport and physical activity. I have no doubt that they will prove invaluable, in determining where and how funding should be spent to benefit all Londoners. The Mayor is committed to driving up sports participation across London and the Board will play a key role in ensuring that this is delivered. I look forward to working alongside them in the years ahead."

 The Board’s members all have huge experience of grass roots and community sport, both in London and nationally. As well as a strong sports background, each of them also has specific areas of expertise – from politics and business to community development– allowing them to view matters from a fresh, varied perspective.

Members of the London Community Sports Board include:
· Nick Bitel Chief Executive, London Marathon Trust
· Colin Moynihan Chairman, British Olympic Association
· Andy Sutch Chair, London Fed of Sport and Recreation
· Mark Sesnan Chairman, ProActive Central; Managing Director, GLL
· Rosi Prescott Chief Executive, Central YMCA
· Sangita Patel Director, London Community Sports Network
· David Sparkes Chief Executive, Amateur Swimming Association

In May the Mayor and Kate Hoey unveiled their vision for grass root sports with a plan entitled ‘A Sporting Future for London’. The Board will work closely with key delivery partners, and monitor the progress and implementation of the Mayor’s sports plan. 

A ministerial nominee, who will be appointed shortly, will complete membership of the Board.

Notes to Editors

- To access a copy of ‘A Sporting Future For London’ please go to  www.london.gov.uk  
- In January of this year, the Mayor delivered on the personal commitment he made at the Beijing Games to provide investment of £15.5m in grassroots sport in the capital to improve the health and well being of all Londoners. This investment will be match funded to over £30 million.
- ‘A Sporting Future for London’, which has been prepared in partnership with Sport England and supported by sports governing bodies, London boroughs and the private sector.