Tony Blair is in the North East to celebrate six years of opening up grassroots sports to people in the region. He is meeting coaches and volunteers who have been trained with support from the charity.
Sports clubs and projects across the region have received a multi-million pound boost today after the National Lottery provided funding for 33 groups in the North East.
The fund is part of Sport England's "Places People Play" Olympic and Paralympic legacy.
"This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in the area from last year's successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With so many clubs in yorkshire having benefitted from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community."
– Richard Lewis, Chair of Sport England
"Six months on from the start of the London 2012 Games, we have extremely strong foundations in place for the sports legacy.
The Places People Play programme goes from strength to strength and this investment will improve facilities at local sports club across the country, encouraging participation and giving people more opportunities to get involved in sport."