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 with these events and seeing the favourite athletes take centre stage. Disadvantaged young people love the spectacle, drama and sporting excellence that goes into these sorts of major events, and were particularly taken by the displays seen at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games. 

Unfortunately, disadvantaged communities are particularly likely to miss out on these kinds of inspiring events, thanks in large part to the prohibitively expensive ticket prices. In addition, many national 'legacy building' strategies are designed without their needs in mind. Any Legacy framework therefore needs to recognise that disadvantaged communities require a sports-based offer that is closer to home, cheap/ free to enter, and perhaps most importantly of all: informal, i.e. built around the expectation that a teenager will value socialising with friends over almost any other leisure offer. 

Doorstep Sport projects get involved in elite events through StreetGames’ pop up clubs, sporting ambassadors and group trips. StreetGames believes that it is vitally important to connect young people to these inspiring showcase events. Read more about streetGames' legacy building work, here.

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