Lord Coe meets Coalition ministers to protect London 2012 legacy

Sebastian Coe's memoirs are being serialised in The Times. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire Sebastian Coe's memoirs are being serialised in The Times. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
7:25 AM

Lord Coe made a direct pitch to coalition ministers today for help shoring up the UK’s Olympic legacy.

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The peer, who is expected to be confirmed as the new chairman of the British Olympic Association next month, attended Cabinet at No 10 to make sure ministers are “engaged in the way they need to be”.

Prime Minister David Cameron made the former Tory MP a “legacy ambassador” to boost UK sport in the wake of the successful Olympic and Paralympics.

Education Secretary Michael Gove told the peer the London 2012 bounce has already led to an increase in the number of students applying to be PE teachers.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said it was “always part of the planning” that the Games would be used to improve participation in sport and change attitudes to disability.

He said: “Lord Coe said the legacy challenge was, in many ways, the biggest challenge of the Games project. He said he was delighted the Government had picked up this issue so quickly. A lot has already happened but we need to continue to work at it to make sure there is an effective legacy.

“It was an opportunity for him to hear the thoughts of the Cabinet.

“Clearly, this is an issue that cuts across many departments and already lots of departments are working on aspects. One issue is participation in sport.”

Lord Coe will report progress to the Prime Minister four times a year.

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