Participation in sport

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Damian Hockney
One London Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Assembly report on the 2012 Olympic Games (A Lasting Legacy for London?) is critical of the idea that participation in sport was bound to increase as a result of the staging of the Games. What evidence does the Mayor have that participation will increase?


Answer for Participation in sport

Answer for Participation in sport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is true the Games alone, cannot deliver either future world-class athletes or an increase in sport participation. The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is, however, one of the biggest catalysts to increase sports participation. I am committed to ensuring the Games do deliver such an increase and have taken immediate and sustained action to ensure this does occur.The Sport England Active People Survey indicates that the level of sports participation in London is at 21.3% (national average 21%). I am already working with partners to increase participation by 275,000 by 2012 in London.I have set up the structures to ensure partners deliver a sporting legacy for London and have already begun to deliver increased sporting opportunities and participation amongst Londoners.The London Summer of Sport, which I established in 2006 attracted 50,000 people, who participated in over 300 events. Over 70% of the clubs that staged events have recorded an increase in membership.The 2007 programme is being launched on 2nd June and the target this year is develop opportunities in disability sport. My officers are working with partners to deliver a wide range of events.