The Sport Information Resource Centre
The Sport Information Resource Centre
Two women playing soccer on grass field with a soccer net in the background

A country’s bid to host a major sporting event is often justified by its potential impact on sports participation for all citizens. While evidence to support the “trickle-down effect” is limited, new research from the United Kingdom shows an increase in memberships among adults in 33 sports after hosting major sport events, including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, over a 10-year period.