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April 2, 2012
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Jacques Rogge, has hailed London 2012 as a "legacy blueprint" for future Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He was speaking at Downing Street where the Government published its legacy plan, Beyond 2012, setting out the breadth and depth of the sporting, economic, regeneration and community legacy that will be delivered after the Games.
Later at a special Downing Street reception, Sport England Chair Richard Lewis joined President Rogge and Prime Minister David Cameron at which four Olympic and Paralympic stars were revealed as ambassadors supporting the Sport England backed Sainsbury's 2012 School Games finals.
The finals in May will be centre piece of this year's National Lottery funded competition which is bringing more opportunities for competitive sport within schools, between school and at county festivals.
The largest of those festivals - the London Youth Games - received a major boost this week with the announcement that Balfour Beatty will extend its sponsorship until 2015. This means an extra £1.1 million will go towards funding grassroots sport in the Olympic and Paralympic host city post-2012.
Participation in the London Youth Games has tripled since 2007 when Balfour Beatty first came on board.
"Balfour Beatty has been superb partners for the London Youth Games since 2007 and we are thrilled that the relationship will continue to flourish beyond 2012," said Anthony Kendall, Chair of the London Youth Games Foundation.
"Both organisations share the ambition of enabling young Londoners from all communities to fulfil their potential through sport. With the Olympic and Paralympic Games now almost upon us, it is crucial that we seize the moment of building a legacy for London."
The support follows Sport England's recent confirmation of nearly £1 million of National Lottery funding for the London Youth Games for the next three years, as part of the School Games. This puts in place a significant building block to help deliver a legacy of more young people taking part in competitive sport in London.
"The London Youth Games has done a fantastic job in getting young Londoners involved in sport and I'm really pleased that Balfour Beatty is going to continue supporting them until 2015," said Richard Lewis.
"Together with the School Games, thousands of young people in London will have the chance to take part in sport and ensure we build a lasting legacy beyond this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games."