Former Olympics minister Dame Tessa Jowell has appealed for urgent cross-party talks to halt a decline in school sport, as an Observerinvestigation suggests the coalition is destroying hopes of a grassroots legacy from London 2012.
Exactly six months on from the start of the Games, an Opinium/Observerpoll shows that only 10% of people believe the government has played its part in increasing support for sport in schools and communities in the runup to – and since – last summer’s Olympics.
By contrast, 55% say support has either stayed the same or been cut back since the coalition came to power. Among parents of youngsters under 18, the figures are even more stark. Only 17% of parents say government support has increased since 2010, while 65% say it has either stayed the same or been cut.
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