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The UK’s pioneering International Inspiration Programme, which whish is the sporting and social legacy initiative that underpinned the successful London 2012 bid, has exceeded all expectations by reaching over 25 million children and young people across 20 countries around the world.
International Inspiration was conceived from the promise made by Lord Coe in Singapore in 2005 to ‘reach young people all around the world and connect them to the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport’.
The promise ultimately helped London secure the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and the International Inspiration programme has now far surpassed its original ambition to inspire 12 million children and young people in 20 countries around the world.
Lord Coe, who is now chair of International Inspiration, is delighted at the news.
"It’s nearly ten years ago that I made a promise and nearly a decade on, we will have inspired over 25 million children and young people around the world by providing education and sporting opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have had,” said Coe.
"I am incredibly proud that we managed to make a difference, using sport as a tool for development, for so many children and young people all over the world, as a direct result of hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games here in the UK.”
The final independent evaluation report on the International Inspiration programme explored the impact of the programme, the extent to which it had delivered a sustainable legacy and whether the programme had achieved its objectives.
The report found that the programme contributed to positive change at three levels of society.
It revealed that over 25 million children and young people have been inspired while more than 250,000 practitioners (teacher, coaches and leaders) have been trained to give future generations around the world a stronger, more sustainable foundation to build local and national sporting systems and structures.
In addition, the report showed that 55 national policies, strategies and legislative changes have been influenced while these have contributed to wider benefits for children and young people in the 20 countries that have benefitted.
"The International Inspiration Programme has far surpassed all that we imagined it could achieve, and the foundations laid will continue to ensure an enduring international legacy from the London 2012 Games,” said UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl.
"UK Sport will take the experiences, relationships and friendships created through this programme to continue to champion sport as an important tool for development around the world.”
As the delivery partners close the phenomenal first chapter of the international legacy story for the London 2012 Games, another opens as the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) continues the work to involve, inspire and improve the lives of children, young people and marginalised groups around the world.
"This support from DFID illustrates both International Inspiration’s and the Government’s commitment to sustain the legacy of London 2012 by using sport to inspire and change lives around the world,” said Coe.
"We welcome this support and look forward to the future with excitement.”