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Olympic Legacy

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Olympic Legacy

Tomorrow evening the London Olympics comes to an end.  What a fantastic 2 weeks we've had.
I am not a follower of sport in general but I've been hooked.  I wasn't in favour of London winning the bid but at the point of no return I became a convert.
Now that it's all coming to an end what is the legacy we hope for from the Games?
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That schools in particular are encouraged to re-introduce competitive sport for all, not just a few who get into school football and hockey teams.
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you. But because in that brief moment while the coin is in the air. You suddenly know what you are hoping for.
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From the first day of the Olympic Torch going round the country everyone became involved.  Some had doubts that anyone would bother to turn out to see the Torch.  How wrong they were.  An estimated 20M people saw it around the country and a staggering 2M in London.
I hope the spirit of 'togetherness' will live on Smiley
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Throughout the Games there was a spirit of unity around the country.  I hope we can foster this and bring our country closer together again. Good to hear according to the Police that crime was down as well.
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That schools in particular are encouraged to re-introduce competitive sport for all, not just a few who get into school football and hockey teams.

As I understand it the government are still selling land that was/is used for school sports.
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The really big sell-off was under the last Tory government and the way powers were given away central government has little influence over it..
Labour managed to slow it down a lot and it's still going on at a slow rate to this day.
I think all parties are finally going in the same direction on this so hopefully there will be some action.
(Though that won't stop political opportunism and point-scoring along the way  Lips are sealed )
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As I understand it the government are still selling land that was/is used for school sports.

Not quite what it seems:
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The DfE later added that of the 21 approved for disposal, 14 were of schools that had closed, four were sites that became surplus when existing schools amalgamated, one was surplus marginal grassland on the school site and the proceeds were invested in the school library and better sports changing facilities.
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Not quite what it seems:
The DfE later added that of the 21 approved for disposal, 14 were of schools that had closed

Do the new "School Builds" include sports fields and facilities? It's very easy for the government to claim the above, while not giving the full facts.
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I don't know do you?
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No, I don't know, hence the question.
However, I suspect not, as I'm sure it would be headlined by the DfE if it was so  Shocked
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Spoken to a contact at ECC.  Generally newly built schools do not have large playing field areas.  This is mainly attributable to the schools being built in residential/high population areas.  Most schools will have a well equipped gym for indoor activities.
Outdoor sports are generally undertaken by taking pupils to large purpose built areas where there will be provision for multi-sports activities. These centres are equipped to a high standard and some have specialist coaching staff. They are also cost effective as they can be used evenings and weekends by local people. Some of the Olympic venues will be used in this way I believe.
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Thanks for the information Artmo.
As always, the devil is in the detail, and no one ever seems to be able to deliver the full story.
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Some interesting reports today from the BBC:
New rules on school playing space criticised: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19263693
Michael Gove approved the sale of more than 20 school sports fields in the past two years: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19162126
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Its worth having a foil to the playing fields argument. As of 2010 by DfE figures there are 24,605 schools in England alone although it doesn't number those that have a playing field, if its only half that's still a considerable number.of fields. A number will be of no commercial value to a developer due to access problems. It happens my bowls club is in that position as well, the council would like to sell it, but nobody wants it. In one of the schools I drive to regularly they are actually creating a playing field.
However, my comment should not be taken to seem as if I agree with the sale of fields.
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin. It works not because it settles the question for you. But because in that brief moment while the coin is in the air. You suddenly know what you are hoping for.
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From earlier information the 21 playing fields closed were because of:
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The DfE later added that of the 21 approved for disposal, 14 were of schools that had closed, four were sites that became surplus when existing schools amalgamated, one was surplus marginal grassland on the school site and the proceeds were invested in the school library and better sports changing facilities.