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Game's Over Film - Documentary

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Published on Apr 25, 2012

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Too many young people in the UK live in fear because of gangs and weapons; too many young people lack mentors & constructive activities to fire their passion and ambition; and too many young people lead lifestyles that will cause serious health problems. The cost in human and economic terms is enormous.

Game's Over is a documentary that offers an intimate portrait of the lives of 3 young people in the poorest borough of London, Tower Hamlets, whose lives have been transformed through participation in a scheme which offers access to sports, and the ability to train for a career in sports, for all children in the country.

Against a backdrop of poverty, crime, and racial tensions, these young people have refused to conform to stereotypes, instead devoting their lives to teaching and inspiring a new generation of children in sports ranging from football to fencing. Oli turned his back on the gang that formed his social circle to run one of the scheme's biggest clubs; Marlan has been able to support his young family with income earned as a sports teacher; and Iffath has helped to change views around racial and sexual prejudices, helping others to look beyond the hijab and see the football player inside.

The schools secretary Michael Gove axed all the £162m grant funding for the scheme, prompting a battle that has divided the cabinet and made front page news.

This film tells the inside story of school sports, how it affects lives and what the country stands to lose by abolishing it.

As we build toward the 2012 Olympics, what legacy are we leaving for the young people of this country?

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