Olympic Legacy bears fruit as 250,000 get into sport one year on

Aylesbury Vale's Olympic five were followed by Paralympic gold medallist Pam Relph (inset)
Aylesbury Vale's Olympic five were followed by Paralympic gold medallist Pam Relph (inset)

It has been a year since Aylesbury Vale saw six athletes join the gold rush at the London 2012 Olympics.

Swimmer Craig Gibbons, womens football star Ellen White, marathon runner Anuradha Cooray, rower Andrew Triggs-Hodge and martial artist Lewis Keeble were followed by Paralympic gold medallist rower Pam Relph in what went down as one of the greatest Olympics of all time.

Paralympic rowing gold medalist Pam Relph, of Weston Turville, receives the Bucks Herald sports personality award. She is pictured with Richard Whitaker, general manager of Nuffield Health and Fitness Gym in Fairford Leys

Paralympic rowing gold medalist Pam Relph, of Weston Turville, receives the Bucks Herald sports personality award. She is pictured with Richard Whitaker, general manager of Nuffield Health and Fitness Gym in Fairford Leys

The anniversary has been in the spotlight this week along with fervent debate about the legitimacy of the Games’ Legacy.

According to figures released this week, more than a quarter of a million young people are now involved in sport as a direct result of the programme – 33,471 of which were teenagers and young adults in the south east.

According to a statement from Sport England, so far those people have benefitted from free or discounted six-to-eight week courses in 70 different sports through Sportivate.

Of these, almost 30,000 have successfully completed their coaching course, missing no more than one session.

Backed by National Lottery funding, Sportivate aims to give young people who currently aren’t playing sport in their own time the chance to find a sport they like. The young people are then helped to find a club or other venue where they can keep taking part.

Sport England’s director of community sport, Mike Diaper, said: “The key to Sportivate’s success has been listening to what young people want from sport locally and then offering a great sporting experience at times and places that fit with their lives.”

Sportivate is being delivered by the network of 49 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers throughout the area.