A poll has found most British 16 to 25-year-olds have not been inspired to get involved in sport despite London being the 2012 Olympic city.

Most (61 per cent) agree that they’re excited about the Olympics, but almost three-quarters (74 per cent) say the Olympics has not inspired them to take part in more sport.

The ComRes poll was conducted for the Free Speech programme on BBC Three tonight (Wednesday). ComRes surveyed 500 16 to 25-year-olds in Great Britain by phone between July 2-12.

The vast majority of British 16-25-year-olds also say that they don’t believe that the London 2012 Olympics will make them better off financially. Eighty-six per cent of those polled disagree with the statement: “Overall, I think that the London 2012 Olympics will make me better off financially”; 10 per cent agree and four per cent don’t know.

Sixty-two per cent agree that money spent on the London 2012 Olympics would have been better spent elsewhere and 57 per cent believe the Olympics will mainly benefit London and not the rest of the country.

Jake Humphreys hosts the Free Speech live debate on BBC3 from 8pm.