Lee Valley Regional Park Authority has more than four decades experience of running sports venues that are successful, inclusive and commercially viable, bringing genuine benefits to all abilities and communities. These venues seamlessly combine elite and grassroots use and play a vital role and have become vital community assets.
Our record of running sports venues and open spaces is outstanding. We have eight green flag sites and four of our sports venues have the Quest Award for Excellence, the UK quality mark for excellence in the sport and leisure sector which defines industry standards.
Located in Edmonton, north London, Lee Valley Athletics Centre embodies our unique approach to running sports venues. It is the training ground for half the GB Athletics team, including three Beijing Olympic medallists, a range of disabled athletes and is also hugely popular with schools and the community. Around 80 per cent of the Centre’s opening hours are dedicated to community activities with the remainder for elite athletes, who come from all over the country. Since it’s opening in 2007, it has attracted more than 500,000 visitors many of them grassroots athletes trying out the sport for the first time.
The only equestrian centre in the country which has the Quest Award. The Centre specialises in catering for disabled riders and works in partnership with the Riding for the Disabled Association. Around 100,000 people use the Centre each year, drawn from across London and the South East and it is regarded by the British Equestrian Federation as a benchmark facility that provides riding to a variety of users who ordinarily would not have access to horse riding facilities.
A regional Centre of Excellence, it attracts more than 300,000 visitors per year and is open 19 hours a day, seven days a week. Eleven ice hockey teams use the Centre as their home ground and it also runs weekly disabled skating programmes for children and adults. It is also the base of an internationally recognised team of professional ice skating coaches.