General Article Top athletes give back over 4,000 days to community sport

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Athletes from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have made thousands of appearances in schools and communities to help inspire a generation through sport, Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced today.

The UK Sport review which looks at what GB Olympic and Paralympic Athletes have done since London 2012 also reveals:

Of the 172 London 2012 medallists who reported back it is estimated that 77% have made at least one school or community appearance

45% of these London 2012 medallists have already made five or more visits

Ten sports have averaged five appearances or more per athlete.

In August, Prime Minister David Cameron announced continued government funding for elite sport beyond the lifetime of the current Parliament and asked all funded athletes to give up to five days a year to inspire children and young people to get involved in sport.

This decision allowed UK Sport to invest a record £355 million of National Lottery and government funds for 44 sports to prepare...

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