Tessa Jowell MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for the Olympics and London, responding to the news that six out of eight operators for permanent venues for the Olympic Park have been secured, said:
“The announcement today that the long-term responsibility for six out of the eight permanent Olympic venues has now been agreed is truly a momentous achievement which builds on eight years of work under the last Government and will help to secure the legacy of this year’s Games for many generations, not least providing jobs and opportunities for people living in the six Olympic boroughs.
“This puts London further ahead than any other Olympic city in securing an Olympic legacy. The Olympics Park Legacy Company should be congratulated. This shows that the reason for bidding for the Games – to secure a legacy for East London – is being achieved in practice and I welcome the cross-party spirit in which the Coalition have taken this project forward.
“As the Cabinet meets at the Olympic Park today, however, I hope that they look seriously at how they can safeguard the second key legacy promise to the IOC – to inspire a generation of young people through sport.
“The abolition of the successful and internationally recognised School Sports Partnerships have left a gaping hole in the legacy ambitions for young people’s participation in sport and physical activity. I hope that on a cross-party basis it is possible to put in place the steps to set school sport back on course.”