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Debbie Lye

Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012

Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012 - a funding charity, established with a £47m endowment from the Big Lottery Fund. They fund partners across the UK that provide opportunities in sports, physical activity, arts and culture, volunteering and social action.

Debbie was previously International Development Director at UK Sport where her belief in sport as a driver of social change, inspired her to join with the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations, LOCOG, UNICEF and the British Council to design and lead delivery of International Inspiration, the ground-breaking international sport and social legacy programme of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, across 20 countries.

What Works

Earlier this year, a pop-up shop in one of Hull's city centre arcades opened for business. In its window, attracting passers-by, was a golden nose. On offer inside was the chance for 'customers' (there was no financial transaction) to create their own nose-masks, cast from a mould of their faces taken on the shop floor. All craft materials, and coffee and tea, were laid on.
25/10/2017 09:15 BST
It Was Definitely Wanted - But Is the London 2012 Legacy Dead or

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

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.
11/08/2016 13:23 BST
Match in

Match in Progress

As a former Chair of the UN Working Group on Sport for Development and Peace I wonder what, if anything, has sport contributed to the progress of the human and social MDGs? And how is that momentum continuing?
08/04/2015 23:38 BST
Legacy not

Legacy not Pregacy

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'...
02/02/2015 14:19 GMT
Glasgow 2014 - The Legacy

Glasgow 2014 - The Legacy Question

Was it Erraid Davies, Scotland's youngest ever competitor (and the youngest at these Games) storming into the history books to win a Bronze medal in the SB9 100 metres Breaststroke? Jazz Carlin winning Wales' first gold in the pool for forty years? The amazing emerging talent of 16 year old Claudia Frangapane, scooping no less than 4 gold medals? Whirling dervishes in tartan? Usain Bolt clowning with the 'crazy' Hampden crowd? Kylie meets Lulu? Thousands singing in the rain with the Big Big Sing on Glasgow Green? All of those nailed Glasgow's 'best ever' hosting of the 'friendly games'.
04/08/2014 22:17 BST