Following on from the recent Sport England Active People Survey, there has been a fair amount of attention on the legacy that has been delivered by the London 2012 games.
Regardless of how the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy has panned out, the Trust has played a big part in making sure the momentum has not died down. Ensuring the support of world-class athletes through mentoring and development programmes, fuels the transformation of young people’s lives and engaging many in sport throughout the UK. Since 2012, we have supported over 350 athletes to give back and support young people in communities across the country to make good choices in life, including increasing physical activity.
Drawing on the unique skills of athletes to motivate and inspire young people, we have impacted on the lives of 200,000 young people – and we don’t plan on slowing down any time soon.
We remain committed to making sure that we increase physical activity in deprived communities across the UK. Last year alone, through our flagship programme Get on Track, 84% of young people were participating regularly in sport within five months of starting the programme.
Our athlete mentors are integral to the increase of young people getting stuck into sports activity, especially in areas where participation and engagement is low.
Our athlete mentors have proven to be a great source of encouragement and strength for young people up and down the country getting them back on track and focused on achieving more and getting more physically active. To date we have also supported over 400 athletes transitioning from professional competing into the world of work and passing on skills gained through mentoring and contact.