The world was transfixed by the events held in the Olympic Stadium in 2012. From Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony to Usain Bolt’s 100m Olympic record – and not forgetting Team GB’s Super Saturday exploits – the venue has already had its fair share of memorable moments in its short life.
Post-Games, the future is just as exciting. The Stadium will continue to be used for major international athletics competitions, but there’s more. The world’s top music stars will be vying to hold concerts there, while Premier League West Ham United will make the Stadium their home in time for the 2016-17 season. You may also have the chance to run on the very same track which was graced by the planet’s elite athletes in 2012 …
Not everybody can boast having a bona fide Olympic swimming pool in their neighbourhood – but Chobham Manor residents can.
Open to the local community and schools, The Aquatics Centre has two 50m pools and a 25m diving pool, all of which have moveable floors to adjust the depth.
The centre caters for all levels of swimming ability and aquatic disciplines with an activity programme including aquatic fitness sessions, a comprehensive learn to swim programme, water polo coaching, synchronised swimming, diving, triathlon and sub aqua classes.
With a spectator capacity of 3,500, the centre can host major national and international events and is also a training base for athletes.
Used for handball, modern pentathlon and goalball during the Games, the Copper Box Arena will soon be a multi-sport arena for community use, athlete training, events and entertainment.
British Basketball League top-flight outfit the London Lions were quick to take advantage of its world-class facilities, relocating to the Copper Box Arena in time for the start of the 2013-14 season.
The arena is a multi-purpose sport and entertainment venue where the public can play basketball, wheelchair basketball, handball, volleyball, netball, judo, fencing, table tennis, badminton, gymnastics and taekwondo.
The third largest arena in the capital, the Copper Box Arena is also able to host concerts, shows, conferences and exhibitions, alongside a programme of major sporting events.
Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre boasts four indoor and six outdoor tennis courts, two hockey pitches and five-a-side football pitches, alongside a £30 million state-of-the-art clubhouse with changing facilities, a bar and social areas.
The home venue for England and Great Britain’s national hockey sides, the 3,000-seater stadium’s first major international event will be the 2015 European Hockey Championships. Five hockey clubs have also registered an interest in relocating to the centre.
The Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre tennis courts are used as a wheelchair tennis performance centre and for regional tennis development programmes. All of these facilities are available for the public to enjoy.
Bordering Chobham Manor, The Lee Valley VeloPark is arguably the best cycling facility on the planet.
It will offer track cycling, mountain bike trails, road cycling and a BMX track – all of which will be open to the public.
The British Cycling Federation will use the 6,000-capacity velodrome to train athletes with international potential, and it will also be available for hire by schools, clubs and community groups, plus for casual users who just wish to pay and play.
A cyclist’s dream, the VeloPark will also house a dedicated bike workshop, secure bike storage, bike hire facilities and bike retail space.