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Communities will receive huge boost from upcoming elite sporting events in England says Diaper

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Sport England’s Director of Community Sport Mike Diaper believes that grassroots sport will receive a huge boost from the large number of major elite sporting events that will be staged in the country over the next decade.

Following the unprecedented success of the London 2012 Games, UK Sport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) unveiled their Gold Event Series – a £27 million ($43 million/€34 million) National Lottery funded initiative designed to bring major international sporting events in the period up to 2019.

Major events that have already been confirmed to take place in England include the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, the start of the 2014 Tour de France, the 2015 EuroHockey Championships, the 2015 World Canoe Slalom Championships, the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup, the 2016 European Swimming Championships and the 2017 World Athletics Championships. 

The events will be staged for the world’s top elite athletes to compete in but Diaper said it is important to note that there will be a benefit to the community from all of the major competitions.

"We have a lot of major sport events coming to England in the coming years such as the start of the Tour de France next year, the European Swimming Championships in 2016 and the World Athletics Champions in London in 2017,” Diaper told Community Sport Network

"These are obviously elite competitions for elite athletes but the key for us is to create a strong programme of community events around these competitions that everyone can get involved with.”

Sport England’s Director of Community Sport also highlighted the fact that major sporting events create role models for children which is vital in helping to develop sport at grassroots level. 

"Not everyone can be an elite athlete but everyone can get involved in sport at some level and seeing some of the world’s biggest competitions can inspire people to get involved,” Diaper explained.

"Top elite athletes are role models for young people and we use them as part of Sportivate to help encourage young people to take part.”

To read the full catch up interview with Mike Diaper 
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