Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for better sports provision, on the back of the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Speaking on the BBC, Mr Hunt said: "At the moment school sport provision is patchy in some places and we need to do what we can to make sure that the very best examples are spread throughout the whole country and this is absolutely going to be a focus over the next few months and one of the things we really want to take away from these Games."

An Olympic legacy which improves sport provision and involvement was one of the key drivers in ensuring London was awarded the Olympic Games. The Government plans to spend £1bn on a five year youth sports strategy, and a number of initiatives are already in place aimed at improving involvement. You can read more about this in the forthcoming edition of the Journal of Family Health Care. [link to subscribe page]

Also speaking on the BBC, Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport, the body responsible for allocating public funding to top level athletes, said: "We can provide those inspirational moments through the success of the athletes in order to inspire the youngsters, but we do have to invest in schools, in teachers, in coaches, in talent to achieve that success."

Story posted by Robert Mair on 7/8/2012