International Inspiration

International Inspiration is London 2012’s sports legacy programme, which we deliver in partnership with UNICEF, UK Sport, Youth Sport Trust and the independent charity IN.  It was developed from Lord Coe’s promise in 2005 to inspire a generation and is the first programme of its kind conceived and implemented by a host city.

The programme works on three levels: with policymakers, practitioners and directly with children and young people.  We support policy makers with national policies that support physical education (PE) and sport in schools. Teachers and coaches in the UK and around the world are getting the skills and access to training resources to make PE lessons more meaningful, innovative and exciting for young people. More young people are taking part in PE and sport, enabling them to develop new skills and fulfil their potential.

From the beginning in 2007 the target was to take International Inspiration to 20 countries and enrich the lives of 12 million children. In February 2012, five months before the Games opened in London, we achieved our targets. So far over 15 million children have actively participated in sport, physical education (PE) and play through International Inspiration.

We have linked 594 schools in the UK and around the world through International Inspiration, creating school partnerships that focus on the use of PE and sport in schools to achieve positive outcomes for pupils and young people in the wider community.  

International Inspiration has taken place in 21 countries (including the UK): Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, UK and Zambia. 

The programme will end, as planned, in 2014. Now our focus is on ensuring that International Inspiration is sustainable and leaves a lasting legacy beyond the completion of each country programme.

International Inspiration school partnerships

Through our International Inspiration school partnerships we have challenged children, their parents and teachers, to look beyond their own borders, share their knowledge and experience, and learn from different cultures.

Teachers and schoolchildren have built friendships across thousands of miles, working together on exciting joint projects to learn new skills and find creative ways to use sport to benefit their school and the wider community.

“The links we have made with our partner school in Brazil have been fantastic – integrating children with impairments into school through sport is a massive undertaking, but this is now taking shape.” (Jackie, Teacher, St Giles School)

One result of the schools partnerships has been the creation of a traditional games resource. Schools were asked to share traditional games from their home country and these were compiled into a free resource that anybody can use. The resource is made up of a set of illustrated cards, explaining how each game is played. Download the traditional games resources below.