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Our Story

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

36,000 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


Say #iwill to youth social action

Catherine Riley, 12 November 2018

As part of our commitment to empowering young people, we have our own Youth Advisory Panel alongside the many projects we fund that give young people the chance to participate in social action: and if you’re aged 18-28 you have until the end of this week to apply to join it.


iwill, young people


Happy families

Debbie Lye | 08 NOVEMBER 2018

At Spirit, we pride ourselves on the relationships that hold together what we call our Spirit ‘family’ – and, as with any family unit, we work at these relationships to make sure everyone is happy, fulfilled and included. That's why we're proud to hold learning events that bring everyone together – 29 projects across our three active, connected and creative funding strands – to help one another drive forward our mission to improve individual and social wellbeing.



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Measure of success

WELLBEING Improved Nationwide

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