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SPARKES ATTENDS OLYMPIC LEGACY BOARD MEETING

15 Jul 2009
David Sparkes, Chief Executive of the ASA, was involved in the first meeting of an advisory board that will help ensure London reaps the benefits of a long term Olympic legacy. The London Community Sports Board’s first task will be to ensure the Mayor’s investment of £15.5 million into grass-roots sport is used as effectively as possible.

The Board's members all have huge experience of grass roots and community sport, both in London and nationally. As well as a strong sports background, each of them also has specific areas of expertise - from politics and business to community development- allowing them to view matters from a fresh, varied perspective.

In addition to David Sparkes, members of the London Community Sports Board include:

•       Nick Bitel Chief Executive, London Marathon Trust
•       Colin Moynihan Chairman, British Olympic Association
•       Andy Sutch Chair, London Fed of Sport and Recreation
•       Mark Sesnan Chairman, ProActive Central; Managing Director, GLL
•       Rosi Prescott Chief Executive, Central YMCA
•       Sangita Patel Director, London Community Sports Network

Kate Hoey, the Mayor’s Sports Commissioner, and chair of the board, said: 'The London Community Sports Board brings together individuals with a huge wealth of experience across all aspects of sport and physical activity. I have no doubt that they will prove invaluable in determining where and how funding should be spent to benefit all Londoners. The Mayor is committed to driving up sports participation across London and the Board will play a key role in ensuring that this is delivered. I look forward to working alongside them in the years ahead.'

In May the Mayor and Hoey unveiled their vision for grass root sports with a plan entitled 'A Sporting Future for London'. The Board will work closely with key delivery partners, and monitor the progress and implementation of the Mayor's sports plan. 

A ministerial nominee, who will be appointed shortly, will complete membership of the Board.

-ENDS-

For more information please contact the ASA/British Swimming Media Assistant, Lauren Sanderson on 01509 632236 or email lauren.sanderson@swimming.org

The ASA is the English National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water, and Synchronised Swimming. It organises competition throughout England, establishes the Laws of the Sport and operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for Teachers, Coaches and Officials as well as its renowned Learn To Swim Awards scheme. The ASA supports 1,220 affiliated swimming clubs through a National/Regional/County structure. The ASA aims to ensure everybody has an opportunity to learn to swim.
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