Boris, KP and Dallaglio deliver for LV= SOS Kit Aid
Millions of disadvantaged children in London and across the world are already benefiting from the sporting legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to Mayor of London Boris Johnson, as he met Indian youngsters who are being helped out of a life of poverty through a pioneering charity in Mumbai this week.
As part of his five-day trip to India, the Mayor visited the Magic Bus project, which uses trained mentors and sports to nurture young people with education and training. The project, which plays a direct role in delivering a legacy for Indian youngsters following the 2012 Games, hosted the Mayor for a cricket session with children taking part in the programme. During his visit the Mayor, who was also joined by international sports stars Kevin Pietersen and Laurence Dallaglio, delivered sets of cricketing equipment - including balls, bats and pads - which were donated by kit recycling initiative LV= SOS Kit Aid which is run by The Lord’s Taverners.
Through the Mayor’s multi-million pound sports legacy programme, investment in cricket in London has already benefited thousands of young people across the capital. The Legacy Fund has trained more than 1,000 people to become cricket coaches to support the development of tomorrow’s star players, while funding worth more than £150,000 has been dedicated to improve facilities at six sports clubs and colleges in London.
The Magic Bus project has played an integral role in building a lasting sporting legacy from the 2012 Games in India. The project was chosen to help deliver LOCOG’s International Inspiration programme, which aims to ensure all children in India have the chance to play sport in their schools and communities. The International Inspiration programme has so far reached more than 2.7 million Indian children.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Sports legacy was always at the heart of London 2012, and it’s amazing to see the transformative effect the Games are already having on children’s lives, not just in London but across the world.
“Simply by increasing young people’s access to something as basic and instinctive as a game of cricket, we can put them on a path towards a healthier lifestyle and better education and training.
"Cricket is a hugely popular sport in India and England of course, and so it is particularly fitting that we are celebrating the Magic Bus right in the middle of the current Test series between our two countries.
“The Magic Bus project is doing a fantastic job in steering India’s youngsters out of poverty, while my Legacy Fund is helping increase access to sport right across the capital.”
Magic Bus CEO Matthew Spacie MBE said: “The Mayor's visit has highlighted Magic Bus' work with children living in poverty in India.
“Through our mentoring and sports programme we are enabling children, young people and their communities to change their lives, improve their health and education and move beyond poverty.”
You can view photos of Boris with young people in Mumbai on the LV= SOS Kit Aid Facebook page.