With non-stop TV coverage of the games and Team GB’s awesome showing, it is clear that the games has been an entertaining event and a success, but what about it’s legacy? I for one believe this is not a question that can be answered at present. London 2012 organisers have repeatedly stated their aim to “Inspire a generation”. There’s no doubting that the past two weeks will have brought new sports and excitement to millions of living rooms throughout the UK and World. Many of the children watching will now have aspirations of becoming the new Jessica Ennis, Bradley Wiggins (minus the sideburns I hope!) or Usain Bolt. Such dreams can be life-changing if acted upon and encouraged correctly. Whilst this encouragement will mainly come from parents, friends and schools – the government, both national and locally, have a part to play.
Whilst Britain is currently euphoric over their biggest ever medals haul, the economy remains entrenched in recession, with the Conservative government squeezing the nation in an attempt to overturn a massive budget deficit. Following on from the Olympic games we will have a new set of facilities comparable to anywhere in the World. We can only hope these facilities are made available to the general public at a fair and affordable price.
The debate over how to improve and increase sporting activity in British schools is already raging. Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking during the Games, called for more competitiveness in school sports and an end to what he described as an “all must win prizes” culture. This comment immediately drew attack from educational bodies who countered that the huge government cuts are the cause.
Who is to blame is mainly irrelevant at this time. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to act upon the success of the Games and build a legacy to make Britain great again. At Team Konkura we have firmly grasped the baton with two hands (Team GB take note!) and are determined to increase sporting participation and competition throughout the nation with our free to use platform. Please get involved and support the cause.