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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. 


Sporting Equality Fund Report

Spirit of 2012 Learning Team

Working with the Scottish Government, our Sporting Equality Fund supported no fewer than 12 projects targeting women and girls to participate in sport and physical activity. Spirit's Head of Learning and Impact, Amy Finch, introduces the Sporting Equality Fund report and presents to us the lessons and learning to share with the wider sector.

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