Securing The Olympic Legacy

The London 2012 Olympic Games start on July 27th and a national trust has been set up to ensure the UK gets a lasting legacy from hosting the games


It's split into 12 regions including the South East. Read the 'mission statement' from the Trust and hear Heart's interview with Oona Muirhead is who has the job of securing the legacy for the south east

Legacy Trust UK will help communities across the country build a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Our funding will act as a catalyst to link grassroots activities across the UK into the Olympic programme, so that people from all walks of life – not just athletes and sports fans – can be a part of this once in a lifetime event.

Our projects are very wide-ranging, but all share three key aims:

*to unite culture, sport and education, in line with the values and vision of the Olympics
*to make a lasting difference to all those involved
*to be grassroots projects, often small in scale, and unite communities of interest at local and regional level

Legacy Trust UK has allocated £40 million funding through twelve regional and four national programmes. Our funding is provided by the Big Lottery Fund (£29 million), Department for Culture Media and Sport (£6 million for UK School Games) and Arts Council England (£5 million).

The south east has three Olympic venues; Eton Dorneylake for rowing, Brands Hatch and parts of Surrey for cycling, plus Stoke Mandevlle for the paralympics. 30 nations will be using the area for pre game training

Oona Muirhead - Olympic Legacy