After what has been a marvellous summer of sport, and with the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics still fresh in our minds, what now should be done to ensure there is a lasting legacy from these games, as touted by the organisers?
There has been so much hype about 'inspiring a generation' and, whilst the success of the games is currently doing just that, it is important to focus on what is needed, in the long term, to deliver this legacy.
However, what should this legacy be exactly?
- Improved facilities
- better pitches
- more pitches
- easier access to pitches
- better partnerships between schools and clubs
- changes to the sports curriculum in schools
- more hours dedicated to sport in schools and clubs
- links/cross pollination between clubs and schools for facilities and coaching
- Public schools offering their facilities to help achieve these aims
- a 'legacy club' standard for grounds, facilities, coaching etc.; similar to Club Mark in cricket
To meet any targets set, more resources, in terms of maintenance budgets and staffing, will be required to ensure facilities meet the demands and remain fit for purpose.
For us - the Sports Turf Industry - this would also be a perfect opportunity to deliver our expertise in creating, managing and maintaining sports surfaces.
We, as an industry, have a great opportunity to help deliver the Olympic Legacy.
So, we would like some feedback from you, the folk at the coalface, about your views.
Please help us to assimilate the views of the industry by answering the following questions - please feel free to add any additional comments that you consider relevant: