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SBD Global/January 28, 2013/Olympics
Olympic Legacy 'In Tatters' As School Sport Funds Dry Up Only Six Month After Games
Published January 28, 2013
NOTICING A DECLINE: In London, Toby Helm reported former Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell "has appealed for urgent cross-party talks to halt a decline in school sport." Jowell said, "These findings are very worrying but not surprising. But it is not too late to rescue the legacy. This government has got itself into a terrible bind by shutting down a world-class system of School Sport Partnerships and now pride is the only thing that is stopping them putting things back on course." At last summer's Games, Team GB won a record medal haul, "inspiring hopes of a surge in sporting participation and government action to boost the legacy." Six months later, 59% of parents said that "they have either seen a decline or no improvement in government support." Only 24% said that "support has increased" (GUARDIAN, 1/26).