Too often in the past, Governments have expected major events to bring automatic windfall benefits. But we know that nothing is guaranteed without careful planning and initiative from the outset’   Jowell, in DCMS: 2008 Before, During and After: Making the Most of the London 2012 Games.

Events like the Olympics, the Paralymics and the London Marathon inspire us to be active. For spectators and viewers who enjoy sport, it feels good connecting to the events and seeing the athletes at centre stage.  Disadvantaged young people loved the razzmatazz, drama and sporting excellence on display at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games. 

Disadvantaged communities are at risk of missing out because tickets to the event are prohibitively expensive and because the national legacy building strategies are not always designed with their needs in mind. Any Legacy framework needs to recognise that disadvantaged communities require a sports offer that is close to home, cheap or free, is informal and is built around the expectation that a teenager will value hanging about with friends more than almost any other leisure offer. 

Doorstep Sport projects get involved in elite events through StreetGames’ pop up clubs, sporting ambassadors and group trips. It is important to connect the big days on the sporting calendar to everyday Doorstep Sport. Read streetGames' views on legacy building here

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