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Kids say sport helps them at school

Olympic opening ceremony Credit: PA

A new poll to mark the anniversary of the London OIlympics shows the majority of children believe taking part in sport helps them to do well at school.

The Youth Sports Trust Poll surveyed more than 1,000 secondary school pupils. It found that more than a quarter would like more chances to get involved in sport at school as part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

The findings show that two thirds (66.6%) of young people believe that taking part in PE and sport helps them to perform better at school.

And more than one in four say that they still feel inspired by Team GB's performance and are playing more sport as a result.


Olympic legacy in action as first venue to re-open

Team GB playing during the London 2012 Games at the Copper Box Arena. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The arena which hosted handball and modern pentathlon fencing during London 2012 is to become one of the first legacy venues to re-open.

The Copper Box Arena, which also hosted goalball during the Paralympic Games, has been transformed to offer facilities for indoor sports training and competitions as well as cultural and business events.

It will open on July 27, says charitable social enterprise GLL, which operates the arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Olympic sporting legacy helps to 'inspire a generation'

This time last year, the final preparations were being made for London 2012. The Olympic Games promised to inspire future athletes, attract foreign investment for London's businesses and bring billions of pounds into the capital's economy.

After one year, ITV London's Political Correspondent Simon Harris returned to Basildon to find out if athletes have really "inspired a generation".


Boris Johnson on the Olympic legacy

Mayor Boris Johnson talks about whether London's small businesses were sacrificed to big business during the Olympics.

This comes as The Mayor of Newham accused the government of exaggerating the effect of the Games.

Sir Robin Wales says much of the investment in east London was already planned, and was created by decades of hard work rather than an instant legacy effect.

Has the so-called Olympic Effect trickled down to ordinary Londoners?

The 2012 Olympics brought billions of pounds into the capital's economy, according to a report released today.

Foreign investment and lucrative contracts were won by London's big business in the wake of the Games.

But how much of the so-called Olympic Effect has trickled down to small businesses and ordinary Londoners?

Phil Bayles has been investigating.

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