London 2012 Aquatics Centre
With London 2012 nearly here, you’re going to see a lot of the Olympic Park and its amazing venues in the weeks ahead. So each day in the run-up to the Opening Ceremony, we’re finding out how each venue will be used after the Games. Today, it’s the Aquatics Centre.
With its striking wave-shaped roof, the Aquatics Centre is poised to one of the most visually impressive venues during the London 2012.
After the Games, it will have the temporary ‘wings’ dismantled and will become a flagship swimming centre for clubs, schools, athletes and the general public.
Fittingly, some of the first people to swim in the centre were 300 young people from the six local ‘host’ boroughs in the annual six Host Borough Swimming Championship in March.
Check out our unique timelapse footage of the venue being built.
Local kids test the water for Aquatics Centre legacy
Last week hundreds of young people from across the Olympic host boroughs emulated their sporting heroes by swimming in the amazing Aquatics Centre. Thanks to the London 2012 legacy plans, they will be just the first of many schools and community groups to enjoy this world class facility beyond 2012.
In fact, both the Aquatics Centre and the Copper Box Handball Arena already have their future mapped out. Operating as a flagship swimming centre for communities and elite swimmers alike, the Aquatics Centre is expected to attract 800,000 visitors each year, while the Copper Box will become a flexible, multi-use sports centre for athletes and the general public, as well as hosting events.
Social enterprise Greenwich Leisure is in charge of operating both venues after the Games, and will make sure they are affordably priced. It will also be offering jobs and apprenticeships to local people, as well as working with local communities and schools to boost participation and ensure the most excluded groups get a chance to use the facilities.
It means we can expect millions of children and young people continue to make a splash in the same pool as Rebecca Adlington and Tom Daley for years to come.
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