From the National Audit Office:
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games ran at an overall public cost of £8.8 billion. The government committed to a lasting legacy, including an increase in grassroots sports participation. Successive governments have since adopted strategies to further their objectives for grassroots sport and physical activity. These strategies have highlighted the role of physical activity in supporting the government’s wider strategic objectives, such as levelling up and tackling obesity.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (the Department) has overall policy responsibility for maximising participation in sport and physical activity. In 2015, it set out its strategic objectives of:
- more people from every background regularly and meaningfully taking part in sport and physical activity, in volunteering and experiencing live sport;
- maximising international and domestic sporting success and the impact of major events; and
- a more productive, sustainable and responsible sport sector.