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How the legacy of Commonwealth Games & London 2012 are shaping conversations in sports and activities organisations

September 1, 2022

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This year has been a great time to celebrate Great Britain’s sporting tradition. 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with Birmingham playing host to The Commonwealth Games this August.

Sport for Development will be hosting their popular Town Hall sessions in Birmingham later this year. The focus will be on the social impact and legacy of the Commonwealth Games. As one of the major sporting events to be held in the UK, 250 charities and organisations will have the opportunity to engage on the issues that are most important to them.

The Sport for Development Coalition has created a collection of videos that celebrate London 2012 volunteers. The videos share their stories and experiences from the Games, and what they have been doing in the ten years since. Have a look at their experiences here.

For CIMSPA CEO Tara Dillon, it was not only broadcasting but the inclusion of disabled and non-disabled athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games that stood out to her. She noted that Marc Woods, CIMSPA Chair and former British Swimmer, had commentated through the Games coverage.

When asked what the legacy of the Games should be, she added:

“The Games were incredible for Birmingham and the rest of the country. Every time we host an event like this more people learn more about sport and physical activity. And usually, they’re people who are not typically interested or engaged with sport at all.”


Why not check out The Drive Phase podcastCIMSPASport for Development Coalition & The Commonwealth Games senior executive teams have all had their say on the issues that matter to them, with our host, James Moore. Find out how the activities and fitness sector are working toward a better (and fitter) future, with The Drive Phase podcast.

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