We will give young Londoners more chances to benefit from sports and cultural initiatives.
We believe that opening up access to sports and cultural activities will greatly benefit young Londoners and the capital itself.
- Championing sport – we want more active young people in our city. We want to mix our enthusiasm for sport with the optimism generated by the 2012 Olympics and turn it into an explosion of sporting activity across London.
- Championing culture - music and the arts is a great way to engage young people in a fun way. We want to improve the spread and quality of education in both these areas.
Watch the Mayor talking about the London Music Masters Bridge Project (external website), a scheme to get young people learning musical instruments.
We are working on a number of programmes to achieve these aims, including:
- The London Youth Offer – We are working with the government to deliver a £79 million London Youth Offer that will provide more activities and services for young Londoners and give them a greater say. The £5 million Young Londoners’ Fund is a key part of this and will support work to help the most disadvantaged young people in London.
- Culture Card - The Mayor is working with partners to scope out the potential for a pan-London culture card. This is aimed at giving free or reduced cost access to young Londoners to the wealth of cultural activities available in the city.
- Making Music Matter - our Music Education Strategy launched on 2 March 2010. It established a two-year music education programme in partnership with a range of key agencies, boroughs, charities and music organisations. GLA funding is giving 5,000 children the chance to learn and perform alongside London's top professional musicians. A new charity, the Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians (external website), has been set up to develop this programme and also provide up to 1,000 music scholarships by 2015. The Mayor is also successfully profiling London's talented young musicians through his Rhythm of London programme.
- London United – we want to build on the success of the London 2012 Olympics and are backing London’s bid as a host city for the 2018 World Cup.
- London 2012 Legacy – we want all Londoners to benefit from the Olympic Games. We are using £15.5 million of the LDA’s Olympic Legacy funding to deliver over £30 million into grass roots sports activity by 2012.