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New funding streams announced under the Sport England 'Places People Play' initiative - 24 November 2010

The Olympic and Paralympic stakeholders today came together to announce plans for the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Unveiled by the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP, and Sport England, Places People Play will bring the sporting legacy to life in communities across the country, answering London 2012’s Singapore promise to inspire a new generation to play sport.

The £135 million initiative has been made possible by the Government’s National Lottery reforms, which are bringing additional funding into grassroots sport.

Places People Play will be delivered by Sport England, in partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) with the backing of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the London 2012 Inspire mark.

Places will transform the places where people play sport, making the benefits of London 2012 visible in cities, towns and villages across the country by:

  • upgrading up to a thousand local sports clubs and facilities
  • investing in a number of iconic multi-sport facilities that set the standards for future facilities development
  • protecting and improving hundreds of playing fields across the country, preserving high-quality spaces for local people to play and enjoy sport.

These facilities will be the only ones to carry the London 2012 Inspire mark, a permanent celebration of their role in the legacy of the Games.

People will inspire people to make sport happen at the local level, embedding the Olympic and Paralympic values in grassroots sport, by:

  • Recruiting, training and deploying 40,000 sports leaders as the next generation of sports volunteers to organise and lead grassroots sporting activities.

Play will create the sporting opportunities and challenges that give everyone the chance to become part of the mass participation legacy, through:

  • Gold Challenge – an independent initiative that will motivate over 100,000 adults to test themselves in multiple Olympic and Paralympic sports, and in doing so raise millions of pounds for charity
  • Sportivate – a nationwide campaign that will capture the excitement of sport, providing opportunities for teenagers and young adults to receive six weeks of coaching in the sport of their choice and guiding them into regular participation within their community.

Places will deliver three funding programmes open to VCS organisations: Inspiring Facilities, Protecting Playing Fiends and Iconic Facilities, which has been created through a re-brand of the previous Sport England Sustainable Facilities programme.

Updated information on Iconic Facilities is now available on Governmentfunding, and further information on Inspiring Facilities and Protecting Playing Fields will follow soon.

For further details programme pages and press release on the Sport England website.