In the wake of the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, we have all been left with a warm ‘golden’ glow following team GB’s huge success. Having been inspired by our medal-winning athletes, some are dusting off old hockey sticks while others are investing in new trainers to get involved and get active.
And it seems that this drive has been felt throughout society, especially in the charity sector, which has seen a rise in funding for amateur sports charities, and an increase in the number of large sports charities across England and Wales following London 2012.
Charities such as the Lord’s Taverners, the Professional Cricketers’ Association and Wooden Spoon support communities in a huge variety of ways, supporting tomorrow’s sporting superstars, creating accessible sport and breaking down barriers to positively transform lives.
The sporting legacy left behind by London 2012 has seen genuine and tangible developments in amateur sports charities, and can only continue to grow following another exceptional performance by team GB. With attention turning back to the UK as athletes start to make their triumphant journey home, the emphasis for the next four years needs to stay focused on smaller, community based charities to continue to inspire the nation from the ground up.