LOCOG Say International Legacy Programme Delivers Targets A Year Early

July 26, 2011

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has announced that its international legacy programme, ‘International Inspiration’, is delivering on its international legacy promise a year earlier than planned.

LOCOG added that its legacy programme has already achieved its vision of reaching 12 million children and young people around the world. 

International Inspiration is London 2012’s official international sports legacy programme and is bringing to life the promise made by the London 2012 bid team – who pledged to reach young people all around the world and connect them to the Games, so they are inspired to choose sport. 

Its original vision was to reach 12 million children in 20 countries by the start of the London 2012 Games, and the programme is already reaching 12 million children and young people in 17 countries around the world, particularly in developing countries. 

It is delivered as a partnership between UK Sport, UNICEF and the British Council.

Seb Coe, chair of LOCOG said: “When London won the right to stage the 2012 Games, we did it on the back of several serious commitments. One of them was to use the power of the Games to inspire change – we promised to engage and inspire the youth of the world through sport and to integrate long-term sustainable legacy from the outset.

“International Inspiration is that vision. We promised that the lives of 12 million young people would change through the power of sport, so a year out from the Games I am delighted to announce that we have fulfilled that pledge. I would like to thank the delivery partners of International Inspiration who have helped us achieve our vision.”

The London 2012 programme will continue in some countries until 2014.