14 July 2011

Grass roots sport receives £12mil boost

Boris announced today that more than £12million will be invested in grass roots sports projects across London to help ensure a strong sporting legacy in every corner of the capital. During his visit to a City Hall funded BMX project in Walthamstow, the Mayor spoke of his desire to build a lasting Olympic legacy by getting people out of their living rooms and into sport.

The funding means the Mayor has now hit his target of channeling £30million into sport by the 2012 Games a year ahead of schedule.

As part of his drive to deliver a lasting sporting legacy from next summer's Games, as well as get thousands more Londoners fit and active, Boris will award grants from his Sports Legacy Fund to 14 large-scale sports participation projects, as well as 26 community facilities. Projects from wheelchair basketball clubs and touch rugby sessions, to indoor rowing race nights will benefit, with facilities across London also being upgraded to provide increased capacity.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “From hockey in Hillingdon to karate in Kingston, we are storming ahead to revamp facilities and increase sports participation across the board. This investment, which sees some hugely important match funding being pledged, is fantastic news for Londoners of all ages and abilities from across the city.

"I am absolutely clear that to create a lasting legacy from the London Games, we must do all we can to get people out of their living rooms and into physical activity."


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