Failing the future?

We look at how sport can empower people from deprived areas

Last Updated: 05/06/12 4:08pm

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Special Report - Get Involved

Sky Sports News' Get Involved week kicked off with a Special Report examining the funding of grass roots sport and the role sport can play in improving social and economic mobility in disadvantaged areas.

"Those sports that don't perform will have money removed from them and it will be given to sports that do perform"
Hugh Robertson Quotes of the week

One of the key Olympic pledges when London won the right to host the Games in 2005 was to inspire one million new people to play sport and another million to be more active.

But according to Sport England, the agency in charge of investing government and lottery funding, 166,000 fewer 16-25 year-olds are playing sport at least once a week than when targets were set in 2007.

In 2007, the then Labour government wanted an extra one million more people to take part in physical activity by 2013, but it was never effectively measured and has now been scrapped.

The Labour administration also wanted to get an extra one million more people playing sport three times a week by 2013, but after managing just over 10% of that, the target has also been dropped by the Coalition, who want more people people playing just once a week.

That number has gone up by 820,000 since 2005.

Sports Minister Hugh Robertson MP told Special Report: "We haven't actually scrapped the target, we want to build it from the base up. We think it is much more effective, rather than plucking an arbitrary figure out of thin air to go to the sports and ask what they can put on their participation base on the back of 2012 and all the other events that are coming to this country and then build that pyramid up."

"Those sports that don't perform will have money removed from them and it will be given to sports that do perform."

Tune in to Sky Sports News all week for more on the Get Involved series. We'll be live at sports clubs in towns and cities across the nation to look at the issues facing the major sports, as well as a few of the not-so-major ones.

We'll be joined by a range of special guests, plus a number of mentors from Sky Sports' Living For Sport scheme, to look at the barriers people face in taking part and how they can be overcome.

For more information on what to expect from Get Involved Week, click here.

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