Grassroots sport faces cutbacks

There are claims parts of the region have been forgotten as part of the Olympic legacy, with grassroots sports clubs facing cutbacks.

Jessica Ennis-Hill's fears about Don Valley closure

On the eve of her first return to the stadium where she won heptathlon gold, Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill has spoken of her fears about losing all her outdoor training facilities in her home city.

Don Valley Stadium will close in September and Jess says she's not confident that its replacement will be ready in time for her winter training regime.

She will take part in the anniversary games that begin tonight, exactly a year after the Olympic opening ceremony in London. She wants to prove her fitness ahead of the World Championships in Moscow in three weeks, but today she was looking even further ahead.

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11% of public say they're more active due to the Games

Mo Farah pictured winning gold in the 5000m men's race at the 2012 Games Credit: Szwarc Henri/ABACA/Press Association Images

Public perceptions of the Olympic legacy appear low, according to a survey carried out for BBC News.

Only 11% said they are more physically active as a result of the Games.

Almost a third, 32%, said the Games had a positive impact on sports facilities.

22% said the Games had improved their local economy. And a similar figure, 21% said the Games had resulted in improved public services

The survey, carried out by ComRes, questioned 3,218 adults.

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Full value of Olympics 'can't be judged for 10 years'

The full value of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics can not be judged for up to 10 years, according to Sports Minister Hugh Robertson.

"I do not think the full benefits can be seen until at least three or five or probably 10 years after you have hosted the Games," he said during a speech marking the first anniversary since the Games.

Gallery: The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

The Olympic Opening Ceremony.
The Olympic Opening Ceremony. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The impact on sport from hosting the Games is "already extraordinary and compelling", he suggested, adding:

"We are the first host nation who has ever increased funding for Olympic and Paralympic athletes - by 11% and 43% for Paralympic athletes for the Games (Rio de Janeiro 2016) after a home Games."

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Grassroots sports facing further cutbacks

David Wright, who runs Stocksbridge Pentaqua Swimming Club says the group has suffered after the closure of Stocksbridge Leisure Centre due to council cuts. They have now had to relocate to a smaller pool near Barnsley.

He's one of several sports coaches in our region who feel the Olympic legacy has already been forgotten, just 12 months on from the London 2012 opening ceremony.

Olympic legacy forgotten?

Don Valley stadium
The Don Valley stadium in Sheffield will close in September ahead of its demolition. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sports groups in our region say the Olympic legacy is already starting to be forgotten. In Sheffield where the Don Valley stadium will close and Stocksbridge leisure centre lost its council funding - athletics and swimming clubs say they're struggling to fund grassroots sport.

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