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Olympic Legacy

August 16, 2012 10:00 AM
By Peter Morris

Peter Morris at the Olympic Stadium

Peter Morris

After the sheer pleasure of watching the story of London 2012 with so much British success and it was not just the household names that won gold, there were many previously unknown to most of us; even dual gold medallists Charlotte Dujardin (equestrian) & Laura Trott (track cycling).

It is encouraging that Seb Coe will have a continuing role to establish and protect the legacy of the games but he cannot do this alone.

Sport has been for so long on fringes of government policy, a poor relation, yet we all know how important it is for the health of our children and ourselves.

Some of those 70,000 volunteers that helped make the London 2012 experience so special may now wish to help at local sports clubs or scout groups but they will find that they need to pay for a separate Criminal Records Bureau check for each organisation to whom they offer support. Why?

Michael Gove has dismantled the school sports network and funding has been reduced making it less likely that children will have the opportunity to become inspired by sport in their primary years.

In Stamford there is a school swimming pool that cannot be used by the public due to highways restrictions and in a village north of Spalding there is a disused football pitch left to decay with no prospective of regeneration while our children just play with 'FIFA football' on their play stations; but it's no substitute for the real thing.

We must take this opportunity to hold government to account to ensure that they develop a coherent sports policy which will last a generation for benefit of our children and for the health of our nation.