Far from inspiring a generation to take up sport it seems the Olympics has actually been accompanied by a decline in the level of participation among the target group of young people. Sport England's latest survey shows a decline among 16 to 25 year olds from 55.7% to 54% since the Olympic bid was won in 2005. Adults and women have shown an increase, with a leap in July and August, although the rise among women follows a fall in last year's survey. The main increases have been among the better off who already enjoy far higher levels of activity while the much lower levels of participation among poorer groups have barely changed. The original target set by the previous government was to get one million more people to participate in sport three times a week in the five years to 2013. They are still 500,000 from that goal.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 07/12/2012 - 02:16.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Tue, 31/07/2012 - 16:42.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sun, 22/07/2012 - 11:25.
Following the refusal of the ODA to fulfil its promise of an open day for children from the Leyton Marsh community as punishment (recording 1.21mins) because the community dared to protest against its behaviour Carl Miller, British Olympic basketball athlete, who performed in the 1988 and 1992 Games, has stepped in to do what the mean spirited ODA has failed to do. On Monday 23rd July he will play street basketball with local children and young people! Save Leyton Marsh write on their blog
He agrees with us that local young people should have an open day at the basketball facility and that the ODA should improve local basketball facilities for lasting legacy for the area.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 21/07/2012 - 18:56.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 29/06/2012 - 00:45.
Seb Prat just can't handle the idea that people can do things without the assistance of massive corporations. He recently had a go at the 'shires', why the shires heaven only knows, for criticising corporate involvement in London2012. He declared “If we didn’t have the partners’ support, we wouldn’t have the torch relay.”
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 23/06/2012 - 00:30.
Earlier reports of the closure of the London Fields Lido seem to have been exaggerated. According to Hackney an agreement was signed to allow the American Paralympic swimming team to use the pool 'for a few hours a day'. The website says the deal will mean 'local people can look forward to seeing Paralympic swimmers train and children of all abilities will receive coaching from top international athletes' and Hackney will receive various pieces of 'Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia' for its London 2012 archive.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 30/05/2012 - 21:11.
Now it's the turn of Loughborough University and Leicestershire Constabulary to get up the nose of the British Olympic Association! It's already being charged £750,000 to use the facilities at Loughborough for Team GB but it is now facing a further charge of £1million for security.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 29/02/2012 - 15:47.