The Mayor of London: Facility Fund (MoL:FF), part of the Mayor, Boris
Johnson’s, commitment to deliver a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic
and Paralympic Games, is ensuring that every single London borough benefits
from new multi-sport sites. Although the Games at the elite level have
finished, they continue at the grassroots level for a whole new generation of
Londoners, thanks to this vital Olympic legacy.
23,737 participants have taken part in over 20 different sports at MoL:FF sites,
including 1,132 disabled users. 22.9% of users played football, the rest getting
involved with a wide range of other sports, from sailing to boxing, and BMX
biking to cricket.
Kate Hoey MP,The Mayor’s Commissioner for Sport, said:
“I am delighted
that the Mayor of London’s Facility Fund is making the positive impact right
across London that we envisaged.
“The projects have made a real difference to local communities. I would like
to thank all of the wonderful volunteers involved for their time and effort –
without such individuals, these projects would not have enjoyed the success
that they have.”
The Fund’s sites have also actively improved the health of the capital – 14.97%
of people who were previously inactive (‘Inactive’ is defined by Sport England
as:“less than 1 x 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise in the past four
weeks”), now regularly play sport at one of the MoL:FF’s 77 new facilities.
Sport initiatives like this would not be able to function without volunteers.
On average, 676 people, 232 of whom are under 18, give up their time each
week to ensure that people can take part in sport at Mayor of London
funded facilities.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
“This Fund has already helped to
revamp grassroots sport facilities across the capital and will ensure a lasting
sporting legacy following the London 2012 Games.
“Thanks to our work with the Foundation, and the hard work of my
Commissioner for Sport, Kate Hoey MP, every single London borough now
has new or refurbished multi-sports sites for local people to enjoy for
decades to come.”
by numbers
Sports taking place on MoL:FF sites:
Athletics, Sailing, BMX,Tennis
Cricket, Badminton, Basketball, Dance
Rugby, Hockey, Cycling, Skateboarding,
Netball, Rounders, Martial Arts, Boxing
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