Government school sports legacy support
Survey Results
Date Published: 
Wed, 06/02/2013 - 13:23

“Legacy” was the buzzword of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. 5 months since the end of the games, we asked the British people about the Government’s record on support for school sport.

We asked our panelists, “Since the current government took office in May 2010, have you noticed any increase or decrease in the level of government support for sport in schools and local communities?”

Among all respondents 2% feel the level of government support has increased a great deal and 8% think it has increased a little.

However, 29% think support has neither increased nor decreased, 13% think it has decreased a little and 13% think it has decreased a lot. This makes 55% who think that the government has not increased support for sport in schools.

35%, an appreciable proportion of respondents, said they don’t know, so we analyzed the results among parents of children under 18, who might be expected to be more aware of the government’s policy on school sport.

Here we find that 64% of parents think that the government has not increased support for school sport – 10% think the level of support has decreased a lot, 18% say it has decreased a little and 36% say it has stayed the same.

The proportion saying support for sport has increased is also higher among parents with 4% saying it has increased a lot and 11% saying it has increased a little.

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Notes to Journalists: 

5 months since the end of the games, we asked the British people about the Government’s record on support for school sport: “Since the current government took office in May 2010, have you noticed any increase or decrease in the level of government support for sport in schools and local communities?” 64% of parents think that the government has not increased support for school sport.

Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 2,007 UK adults aged 18+ from 22nd to 24th of January 2013. Results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria.

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