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Tonight: Are We Giving Kids A Sporting Chance?

For five glorious weeks the Olympic and Paralympic Games lifted the mood of the nation. Our sporting heroes did us proud, inspiring thousands of people to get involved in sport and local clubs across the country witnessed a surge of interest.

Team GB athletes with their medals as the 2012 Games drew to a close Credit: Press Association

But now, as the euphoria subsides, Mark Austin asks: How do we turn this rush of enthusiasm into something longer lasting and get children playing sport more often?

We meet Helen Glover, the first GB Gold Medallist of the London 2012 Games, to learn about her exhilarating win and her thoughts on how to best capture the nations interest in sport. With funding for elite athletes like Helen set to continue until the next Olympic Games, it is great news that the hard work and dedication involved in training the top sports people can continue. But what about the rest of us?

Women's Pair Rowing gold medallists Helen Glover (far left) and Heather Stanning Credit: Press Association

The Olympic Sporting Legacy promised to make Britain a world leading sporting nation, which means sport for every one of us.

So what is now being done to deliver this promise?

One area of concern for many is the selling of playing fields across the country. It is estimated that six thousand playing fields have been sold off since the early nineties and in the last 2 years 31 fields have been disposed off.

We look at one example of a school playing field being sold in order to secure the funding to refurbish school buildings and facilities and speak to local residents about their concerns.

Another community playing field due to be developed on is the former site of Hendon Football Club. Campaigners argue that this is actually a designated recreational area that belongs to the community, due to an 85 year old covenant maintaining that the land must be used as an open space for public and recreation use, in perpetuity. Some believe that this is one of many sites under similar covenants.

We examine the disproportionate number of Olympic medal winners who were public school educated athletes and visit both state and independent schools to take a look at their facilities and commitment to sport. We ask the question: which is the most important - facilities or coaches?

With the scrapping of the £162 million School Sport Partnership there is concern amongst school head teachers and questions have been raised over whether enough is being done to provide sporting opportunities for young people at school.

The Youth Sport Trust has made steps forward running the School Games scheme, but should more be invested in Britain's next generation of Olympians? Mark Austin puts these questions to the Minister of Sport Hugh Robertson.

Tonight, ITV1 at 7.30pm

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