Olympic Legacy

It Was Definitely Wanted - But Is the London 2012 Legacy Dead or Alive?

Debbie Lye | Posted 12.08.2017 | UK
Debbie Lye

As the Rio 2016 Olympic Games enthral the world in Brazil, thoughts in the UK are turning to the legacy of our own Games in London 2012. And with the attention comes the inevitable criticism from those disappointed that the transformations they dreamed of - in the economy and prospects of people in East London, or in sports participation - have not come about, or at least not in the way they had wanted.

Time for Rio to Create Sporting Memories - The Real Legacy of London

Matthew Smith | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Sport
Matthew Smith

Maybe it's because it seemed like there was so much sport between us and it over the past year - world cups in rugby union and Twenty20, the Euros, Wimbledon - but the Rio Games seemed in a permanent state of far-away-ness, but now the opening ceremony is this week.

Making Sports Fun and Accessible for All: A new Mayor who prioritises sports for every young Londoner?

Zoe Mellis | Posted 21.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Zoe Mellis

It's no surprise that students who are estranged are at a greater disadvantage then those with supportive families. All in all, I want my society to help make the lives of estranged students at MMU a little easier, and make the MMU community a more estrangement-friendly place. And if I can manage that, then I'll be happy...

The Best Way to Respect the Lionesses? Don't Give Them an 'Olympic Legacy'

Matthew Smith | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Sport
Matthew Smith

Summer 2012. A group of athletes from an area of sport previously only followed by die-hards and sporting hipsters burst into the nation's consciousne...

Legacy not Pregacy

Debbie Lye | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Sport
Debbie Lye

I am a bit of a cynic about the human and social aspects of events legacy. Energy and promise is concentrated at the planning stage. Legacy forums proliferate and good intentions blossom in the run up to events. Then after the big bang of the event there is a black hole. A better word than legacy for what so often happens might be 'pregacy'...

Changing Places or Changing People? East London Regeneration Hasn't Reduced Poverty - Just Relocated It

David Robinson | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
David Robinson

Parts of this area, which less than a generation ago was one of the poorest regions in Western Europe, now has some of the highest land values in the world; of course, they are not occupied by the same families. Poverty hasn't been eliminated or even reduced. It has been relocated.

The Future of London City Airport

Damien Clarkson | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Politics
Damien Clarkson

London City Airport sits in the heart of London's famous Royal Docks. The airport of the Square Mile residing in one of London's poorest communities has always struck me as a tad peculiar.

Legacy Is About More Than Medals

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

There is no guarantee that basketball would have become the next British Cycling even with funding but you can't just assume that the only value of a sport is to bring success at an international level. There's so much more to it than that.

Glasgow 2014: A Summer Escape for Disadvantaged Youngsters

Jane Ashworth | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Sport
Jane Ashworth

Over two million British children live in families who can't afford a trip to the seaside... we like to run day trips and camps to classy events and venues that disadvantaged teenagers are otherwise very unlikely to get near. The latest of these is the residential camp we've set up in Glasgow across the Commonwealth Games.

Olympic Legacy Alive and Kicking

Mark Foster | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Sport
Mark Foster

I don't want to claim that community sports aren't facing real difficulties with regard to funding and keeping local facilities open, but it is worth publicising those events where local people are continuing to get involved in mass participation events, despite all the controversial funding issues. These events are also showing even the most cynical of commentators, that even after the lucrative advertising opportunities that the Olympics created have disappeared, corporate business and sponsors are still putting effort and resources into getting communities and young people interested in sport.

Let's Create a Great Green Britain

Graham Duxbury | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK
Graham Duxbury

Britain's Personal Best campaign is aiming to keep the 2012 Olympic spirit alive by mobilising people to push themselves to do better in any part of their lives; and our call is for the public to help us by using, improving and protecting their local environments.

Beijing - A Look at China's Capital Five Years on From the 2008 Olympic Games

Stuart Forster | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

year on from the London Games there's much talk about the legacy of 2012. If you visit Beijing you'll be able to take advantage of the infrastructural improvements made ahead of the Games. The city's public transport system underwent major modernisation and expansion ahead of 2008 Games, in order to cope with up to 19 million passengers a day.

The Olympic Legacy: Fact or Fiction?

Chris Mayhew | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Sport
Chris Mayhew

The phrase 'Olympic legacy' has been reverberating around the ears of every British citizen, and by now it is beginning to make a bit of a racket. And as we arrive at the one year anniversary of what was an awe-inspiring event and survey the scene, everyday inhabitants of this fantastic island are forced to question the reality of said legacy.

Were the London 2012 Games Really Worth It?

Adam Knott | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Sport
Adam Knott

The Games, "Our Games". are like an iceberg, it's only when you look a bit deeper do you see the real size of what truly exists. We should celebrate our Anniversary Games. The London 2012 Games were a special moment in our lifetime and, yes, they were worth it!

Don't Turn Out the Spotlight on Disability in the UK Now the Paralympics Have Gone

Martyn Sibley | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK
Martyn Sibley

With Britain's Personal Best we are building on how inspired the UK felt after London 2012. It is a call for each and every one of us to dig deep and find something amazing that shows us at our own personal best. Whatever our age, ability or resources. It's about helping each other and ourselves, taking on a challenge that is intellectual, sporting, artistic, healthy or just plain scary.

London 2012 - One Year On...

John Worne | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK
John Worne

It's a bit 'last year' in 2013 to talk up 2012 but, as we approach the first anniversary of the London Olympics, there's good evidence that 2012 has changed what the world thinks about us.

The Olympics Legacy In Action..

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK

The government has claimed a new shopping centre in Croydon as evidence of the Olympic 'legacy'. The arrival of Westfield in the South London borou...

Lottery In £5.3m Olympic Legacy Schemes Boost

PA | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK

A total of £5.3 million of Lottery money which helped build the Olympic Park is being reused to back grassroots sports and volunteering schemes. T...

Women's Football: Kicking Back

Rachel Argyle | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Sport
Rachel Argyle

The exposure women's football gets in the UK has been poor, to say the least. It was only due to a campaign last year that led to the Women's World Cup quarter final being upgraded from the Red Button to an airing on BBC2 instead of a planned repeat of Porridge and an episode of Flog It!

Still Waiting for London 2012

Ruth Bushi | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Sport
Ruth Bushi

The London 2012 Olympic Games didn't take place in Stratford. Perhaps this was something you cottoned on to quite some time ago. Or perhaps you didn't then, nor now, give a shit. Either way, as a local resident living in the shadow of the athlete's village, I'm still waiting.

Are We Revolutionising the Way We Work?

Peter Ames | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK
Peter Ames

Research has shown 13% of organisations in the capital adopted a more flexible approach to working during the Olympic Games. This was largely welcomed, with 77% of workers saying they were in favour of the measures.

The Case for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Air Passenger Duty

Henry Smith | Posted 25.12.2012 | UK Politics
Henry Smith

On Tuesday, Parliament granted time to debate an important issue that a growing number of constituents across the UK have been urging policy-makers to re-assess - the high cost of Air Passenger Duty (APD).

#thiswondrousisle - Or the Couch Potato's Guide to Being Part of the Olympic Legacy

Jim Thornton | Posted 16.11.2012 | Home
Jim Thornton

As the last of the bunting is swept up and empty bottles gathered for recycling, thoughts inevitably turn towards The Legacy. Legacy was a cornerstone of our bid, and up until that opening scene of the opening ceremony had only really ever been contemplated in terms of the sporting legacy. "Good sport make good people do good sport..."

Fat Kids are Everywhere, Send for the 'Mo Bot'!

Steve Halsall | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Sport
Steve Halsall

It is just over a week since the greatest show on earth left London town with the promise of inspiration, perspiration and a fitter nation. Well, if the British kid I witnessed in an airport in Spain when returning to Luton at the weekend is anything to go by then it will take more than a 'MoBot' to sort this out.

Tower Hamlet's Olympic Legacy

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

We welcomed the Olympics in Tower Hamlets, despite our concerns about its over commercialisation.