London 2012 Legacy

London 2012

Lee Valley Regional Park is playing a leading role in delivering a lasting and enduring legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

We own and run three London 2012 venues - Lee Valley White Water Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. We also own a third of the parklands on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and are working closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation to create a park that is vibrant, popular and sustainable while making the best use of public resources.

These venues stage a range of community and elite events and offer a range of programmes for diverse abilities.

These venues along with the Authority’s other major sporting and visitor attractions are run by Lee Valley Leisure Trust, to ensure they deliver an enduring London 2012 legacy and other sporting, social and economic benefits for the residents of London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

The Authority’s long standing and successful business philosophy of running venues that are community focused and commercially driven is replicated by the Trust, ensuring that these national sporting jewels benefit all abilities in the most cost effective way possible.

Our vision

Our 2012 and other sports sports venues  create a chain of sporting excellence along the 26 mile long, 10,000 acre Lee Valley Regional Park. Find out more about our legacy work in our Creating a Zone of Sporting Excellence document.

Our work on delivering a legacy from London 2012 is already delivering results and benefiting communities. We are ensuring that that the whole of the nation and all abilities benefit from what was a global sports extravaganza.

All our London 2012 venues combine community and elite use. Lee Valley VeloPark for example, has attracted more than 600,000 visitors since opening from all over London, Essex and Hertfordshire and further afield and is delivering an enduring cycling legacy.

Lee Valley White Water is popular with schools and the community and is also the home of the GB Canoe Slalom team. Offering a range of programmes for all abilities, legacy is at its heart.

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre attracts players of all standards from across the region with a particular focus on inclusive acitivites, like wheelchair tennis. It is a world class venue offering programmes from grassroots to elite.

These venues also stage a range of diverese events from major world championships to community, school and club competitions.



Lee Valley White Water Centre

Lee Valley White Water Centre was the only London 2012 venue open to the public in Olympic year and has been a huge commercial, sporting and community success. On 8 September 2012 it became the first London 2012 venue to reopen to the public after the Games, which according to Olympic historians is the fastest ever post Games opening of a venue in the modern Olympic era.

During London 2012, Great Britain secured gold and sliver at Lee Valley White Water Centre in the Canoe Slalom Double (C2) before a jubilant home crowd.

Lee Valley VeloPark

The only venue in the world that brings together the four Olympic cycling disciplines; track in the iconic velodrome; BMX on a modified version of the Olympic track; a one-mile road circuit and 5 miles of mountain bike trails.

The venue offers a range of programmes for diverse abilities and hosts events from grassroots to elite creating a unique cyclng hub.

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Opened in June 2014, this unique £30 million venue boasts four indoor and six outdoor tennis courts as well as two of the best hockey pitches in the country. The venue is located in the north of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in an area known as Eton Manor.

Since opening it has established itself as a popular community venue that offers world class facilities and programmes, from grassroots to elite. Special school and club sessions are a regular part of the calender as are top level international competitions.

International events

Securing prestigious national and international sports events is a key part of our London 2012 legacy work. These high profile competitions generate economic and sporting benefits and also help to inspire a new generation of participants to sport.

Events that will be staged in 2015 include:

  • February 27-28 Revolution Series, round five. Britain's top annual track cycling competition at Lee Valley VeloPark's velodrome
  • August 21-30. European Hockey Championships at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
  • September 16-20. World Canoe Slalom Championships at Lee Valley White Water Centre
  • November 23-29. NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters competiton at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

In March 2016, the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, the last major track cycling event before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will take place at Lee Valley VeloPark.

The following events have already been staged at the Authority's three London 2012 venues: March 2014 Revolution grand finale at Lee Valley VeloPark; June 2014 Investec Hockey Cup at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. June 2014 Canoe Slalom World Cup at Lee Valley White Water Centre.

October 2014: Revolution Series opening round at Lee Valley VeloPark; November 2014: NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre; December 2014 UCI Track World Cup a at Lee Valley VeloPark.





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