The London Legacy
The 2012 Olympic Games will be about more than the three weeks of competition. Find out how British Swimming and the ASA, together with the other key stakeholders, are creating a pioneering legacy to ensure the benefits from the London 2012 Olympic Games are maximised.
We have pledged to work with all partners and stakeholders, including the Mayor of London, to ensure London 2012 will have a lasting legacy.
I saw first hand in Beijing how the Olympics can have a positive effect on a city, a nation and its people. We want to ensure the citizens of London, and the rest of the country, are able to reap the benefits of the Olympics in 2012 not only for a few weeks but for years afterwards with a lasting legacy.
David Sparkes, Chief Executive the ASA
The Aquatics Centre will be one of the major facilities left in the Olympic Park following the Games and we want it to be the premier swimming facility in the UK.
We will also work towards the Aquatics Centre becoming part of British Swimming’s performance network. The centre will be regarded as a world leader in cutting edge aquatic research and will be equipped to host quality events at world level.
It will form a central point into which selected World Class Development athletes feed from London, East Anglia and the South East of England. This is essential if we are to deliver future Olympic athletes.
The ASA sees the facility becoming a ‘centre for excellence’ in terms of a training centre for coaches, teachers and volunteers.
The vision is to have London as the focal point of a national programme of education within the aquatics industry, and the ASA has already begun work with the University of East London to develop this legacy.
The Aquatics Centre will be flexible enough in legacy mode to be used not just for elite training and education but also for local and wider community groups to enjoy. The building’s exceptional design is also setting the standard for architectural quality in a key regeneration area.
Overall, the Aquatics Centre will play a major role in building a more active and healthy community in the East End of London and will act as a focal point in relation to healthy activity, combating obesity and improving health.
For more information read the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s London 2012 Olympic Legacy Action Plan, which outlines the long-term benefits that we can stimulate through London hosting the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Or read the Mayor of London’s Five Legacy Commitment.