As the Olympics lit up London last year, people in Leicestershire were getting involved, too.

During the two weeks of the Games they may have just been waving their flags, painting the Union Jack on their faces and celebrating every time Team GB won a medal.

But one year on, many sports clubs told the Mercury they have seen a rise in membership since the Games, which they feel inspired people, especially children, to get more involved in sport.

About 70 per cent of the clubs we spoke to said they believed the Olympics had been a positive thing for them.

Boxing was one of the sports where clubs have seen an increase in interest during the past year – especially in female members.

Michael Burgess, head coach at Waterfront boxing academy, in the city centre, said: “There has been a real rise in young members, especially girls since the success of Nicola Adams.

“We used to have a few calls but, after the Olympics, we now get four to five