£21m Lottery Events Programme to deliver 118 ‘Test Events’



International Olympic Committee (IOC) say: “The positive result of UK Sport’s plans is now an example other host countries of the Games will be able to follow.”

National Lottery funding has allowed 118 major sporting events to be staged in the UK in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games


41 out of 46 of Britain’s summer Olympic and Paralympic sports will have staged at least one major World or European level competition on home soil in the six years preceding the 2012 Games 

 Between 2007 and 2012, UK Sport’s Lottery funded events programme will have hosted over 30,000 of the world’s best athletes, provided experience for more than 27,000 officials and volunteers and brought world-class Olympic and Paralympic competition to 35 different towns and cities and 3.5 million spectators across the UK

 Estimated that over £100 million of direct economic impact will have been generated for the cities and regions hosting these events, with £4.90 generated for each £1 of National Lottery funding invested (£21 million)

UK Sport, the nation’s high performance sports agency, has been praised by the International Olympic Committee for its comprehensive programme of major events staged over the past six years in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the final batch of official London 2012 test events get underway.

UK Sport’s World Class Events Programme, backed by £3.5 million per year of National Lottery funding (set to increase to £5 million post-2012), expanded in 2007 following London’s successful bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games to help ensure the UK’s athletes, officials and volunteers would be best prepared come 2012.

Over 100 major international events will have been brought to the UK as part of this 2007-2012 programme, to help British athletes prepare for competing at a home Games, and build expertise so that the UK can continue to host the biggest events in world sport long after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is over.

UK Sport has worked in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to ensure that a number of the major international events on this programme will be staged in Olympic venues, providing LOCOG with the opportunity to test certain aspects of those events ahead of London 2012.

In 2011, UK Sport supported five major international events in Olympic and Paralympic host venues; the World Badminton Championships (Wembley), World Junior Rowing Championships (Eton Dorney), World Triathlon Championships Series (Hyde Park), BMX Supercross World Cup (Olympic Park) and the Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final (Greenwich Park).

In 2012, as this six year programme reaches its conclusion, UK Sport will be supporting a further two major events taking place in Olympic Park venues; the Track Cycling World Cup (Olympic Park) which starts on Thursday (16 February) and the Diving World Cup (Olympic Park) from 20-26 February. 

Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, said: “Through their effort to proactively benefit from the London 2012 Games in the long term, UK Sport’s initiative is the proof that legacies of the Olympic Games do not simply happen by themselves. They require careful planning and a permanent focus. The positive result of UK Sport’s plans is now an example other host countries of the Games will be able to follow.”

Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport, said: “We believe we have set a blueprint for how a host nation can prepare for a home Olympic and Paralympic Games, and are very proud that this has been recognised by the IOC.

“The last few events to be staged ahead of the Games, such as the upcoming Track Cycling World Cup and Diving World Cup, offer further opportunities for the British public to help give our athletes, volunteers and officials the best possible final preparation for their home Games in 2012.

“Our focus now is on continuing this momentum into the next Olympic cycle, by staging an even more ambitious programme of events. We have made a great start, having already secured five World Championships for the 2013-19 period, including the 2017 World Athletics Championships, the sport’s most prestigious event.”

Aside from the performance benefits for British athletes and the boost to the UK’s capacity to attract major sporting events, it is estimated that for every £1 of National Lottery funding invested into these events, an average of £4.90 of additional direct economic impact is generated for the host city and region. The full events programme from 2007-2012 is therefore estimated to have generated in the region of £105 million of direct economic benefit to host cities and regions across the UK.

UK Sport has completed detailed planning for the UK’s programme of major international sporting events from 2013-2019. This programme will receive a Lottery budget of £5 million per year and will seek to use the catalysts of London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 to establish the UK as the world’s leading host of major international sporting events.

Additional facts and figures

  • The total National Lottery investment by UK Sport into this programme over the six years is approximately £21million. Additional funding to stage these events from partners and commercial revenue is around £52 million.
  • Nine events still to take place in the UK ahead of the Games as part of this programme:

UCI Track Cycling World Cup 2012, London; 16- 19 February

FINA Diving World Cup 2012, London; 20 – 26 February

Handball London Cup 2012, London; 5-7 April

European Taekwondo Championships 2012, Manchester; 3-6 May

UCI BMX World Championships 2012, Birmingham; 24-27 May

ISAF World Cup Sailing 2012, Weymouth; 4-9 June

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 2012, Cardiff; 8-10 June

European 470 Sailing Championships, Largs; 1-8 July

Disability Athletics Grand Prix 2012, London (Target)

A full list of the 2007 – 2012 World Class Events Programme, can be downloaded here:


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