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Sprint king Bolt an inspiration

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DESPITE THE prospect of a home Olympics next summer, 64 per cent of parents in the United Kingdom admit that so far the games have failed to fully ignite the imaginations of their children and particularly their interest in athletics.

Whilst tickets for the men's 100 metres final featuring inspirational Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt may have been some of the most coveted tickets for the London games, nearly two thirds of parents (60 per cent) say their children don't regularly participate in athletics at school or outside school hours, according to a study by SPAR official sponsors of UKA, the governing body of UK athletics.

Over the last two years the number of children participating in athletics at least once a week has risen by 4.5 per cent* but there is still some way to go to encourage more children into athletics and meet Olympic legacy commitments.

*Sport England, Active People Survey - based on the number of 16-19 year olds taking part in athletics (track, field and running) at least once a week.

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