Today marks the launch of the Spirit of 2012 Trust, an organisation established with a Big Lottery Fund endowment of £40 million.
It has the challenging and exciting task of helping to deliver a lasting social and community legacy from the London 2012 Games.
The Spirit of 2012 Trust has four key aims:
Harness the energy, commitment and organisation of the volunteering legacy of the London 2012 Games for community benefit.
Build on the energy, creativity and positive spirit inspired by the London 2012 Games to galvanise and inspire groups of people into social action.
Use local and national events, such as the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, as a catalyst for the creation of partnerships which will develop community activities and wider social actions in order to encourage full and active participation from all community members.
Enhance the post-London 2012 Paralympics understanding of the issues facing disabled people in order to achieve a step-change in positive attitudes to disability and impairment.
Spirit of 2012 Trust chair Dugald Mackie, said: “2012 demonstrated that the huge energy and optimism generated by an event can be powerful.
"The Spirit of 2012 Trust will work through events in the future to ensure we use that power as a catalyst for positive socia change and I am very proud to take a lead role in this exciting initiative.”
The Spirit of 2012 Trust has been set up by the Big Lottery Fund to secure a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for communities right across the UK, building on the successes of the summer of 2012 that went beyond sport, for example the Torch Relay and Cultural Olympiad, the Trust will work with projects across the boundaries of community sport, culture and the arts, education and volunteering.
Chair of the Big Lottery Fund Peter Ainsworth commented: “The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games caught the imagination of this country like no other event I have witnessed.
"The Big Lottery Fund has a vital role to play in making sure that the spirit, optimism and hope we saw in London 2012 remains alive for years to come.
"This was the spark that led me to pledge that the money we receive from the sale of the Olympic and Paralympic Village would go back into making that legacy a reality for communities across the UK.
"The launch of the Spirit of 2012 Trust today marks the start of that exciting journey and I am absolutely delighted to hand the batton on to them.”
The funding has been welcomed by Lord Coe, who said: “The Spirit of 2012 Trust now has a fantastic opportunity to capture the positivity of London 2012 and inspire future generations by supporting a range of exciting ideas around the UK.
"Just as the Games took 10 years to win, plan and deliver, so legacy must be seen as a 10-year project to realise lasting change. This funding will help deliver that lasting change.”
Nick Hurd, Cabinet Office minister, added: “We are absolutely committed to ensuring that we build on the phenomenal success of London 2012.