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Spirit of 2012 was set up to recreate the spirit of pride and positivity that defined the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We fund arts and sports projects that foster greater community cohesion, empower those who are most under-served and challenge perceptions of disability. 


Unity Gym win our Connecting Communities BEDSA

Catherine Riley, Head of Communications

Spirit of 2012 awarded its Connecting Communities prize to Unity Gym Project at this week’s British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs). Unity Gym Project won for its work with communities in and around Broomhall in Sheffield, where training sessions are held for people aged 16–82, from a very broad range of backgrounds and ethnicities. 


Let young people lead on a Youth Charter

Michael Blake, Youth Advisory Panel member

Michael Blake is part of Spirit of 2012’s Youth Advisory Panel. He was delighted to hear about Government plans for a new Youth Charter to set out a vision for young people over the next generation and beyond. What was most encouraging about the announcement, he says, is the inclusion of leading youth organisations as well as young people in its planning and design...

We give funding to projects that leave a social legacy

£29.5 million To projects across the UK

We fund projects that bring people together, and leave behind a lasting a social legacy

37,000 Volunteers Nationwide

We have trained, deployed and supported volunteers on projects across the UK

2.8 million People reached through Spirit

Men, women and children from across the country have benefited from our work

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Measure of success

WELLBEING Improved Nationwide

Participants and volunteers across all the projects we fund report better well being