2012 Legacy

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2012 Legacy

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games provided a unique opportunity to increase participation in sport, physical and cultural activities across County Durham. There are a number of national, regional and local programmes and initiatives being implemented and delivered that aim to encourage and inspire people to get involved.


Part of the Sport England funded Places People Play programme Sportivate provides opportunities for people aged 14-25 to take part in 6 to 8 week sessions of different sports and activities across County Durham. For more information on the programme and how to get involved visit our Sportivate webpage.

Sport Makers:

Part of the Sport England funded Places People Play programme Sport Makers aims to recruit 40,000 new volunteers aged 16 years and over to make sport happen across the country. For information on how to get involved in County Durham visit our Sport Makers  webpage.

The County Durham School Games:

The School Games is a key Government priority for realising a meaningful sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Funded by Sport England the School Games is a new approach to competitive school sport designed to motivate and enthuse all young people. For more information on this programme visit our School Games webpage.

North East Club Finder:

For information and contact details on the sports clubs in County Durham (and the North East) visit the North East Club Finder search tool.

North East Course Finder:

For information on sports coaching and training courses in County Durham (and the North East) visit the North East Course Finder website.

"Join In" Programme:

Durham County Councils Olympic legacy programme offers a range of sporting activities in schools, sports clubs, cultural and sporting facilities and in some of the county's finest outdoor settings. For information on whats going on and how to get involved visit the Durham County Council "Join In" website.


This is a smart new service which brings together information on sports, leisure centres and personal trainers for the very first time. You simply pick the activity you want to do at the place you want to do it - then go! For more information visit the spogo website.

BBC Things To Do:

The BBC Things To Do website will promote sport taster sessions to the public on behalf of sports groups. It's part of the BBC's work to help inspire the public to try out sport this summer and build a lasting Olympic and Paralympic legacy. For more information visit the Things To Do website.


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