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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. 

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


New Youth Advisory Panel line-up announced

Catherine Riley, Head of Communications

Social activist and equality campaigner Sana Amin has been appointed as the new Chair of our Youth Advisory Panel (YAP). She will be joined on our YAP by six new members who, alongside two existing YAP-ers, make up our new cohort. Sana is excited to work with Spirit and our youth panel to continue unlocking young people's potential, drive the change that’s needed and create long-lasting legacies.


Spirited: the digital archive

A free Spirit of 2012 learning resource

We wanted to mark 2018, the centenary of some women winning the right to vote, with a celebration of the young people that were pivotal to the movement but whose names we might not know, and use their stories to inspire a new generation of young activists. Our Spirited exhibition ran at the Portico Library in central Manchester in October and November, and we also commissioned a digital archive so that the stories of these remarkable young women won't be lost again. 

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Measure of success

WELLBEING Improved Nationwide

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