The London Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is celebrating it’s 3rd anniversary of being open to the public, with an open day full of swimming and fitness activities on Saturday 4th March.
The iconic venue dubbed the ‘Pool Of Champions’ has welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors to the former Olympic venue since it opened its doors to the public on 1st March 2014.
Over the three full years in operation, the venue has quickly established itself as a world class sporting venue at the heart of the community. Visitor numbers have continuously increased since the venue opened and have grown by 47% since March 2016.
The past three years have seen the London Aquatics Centre make its mark on the national and international stage, hosting a number of major sporting events including BBC Sport Relief, the FINA Diving World Series, National Paralympic Day, Invictus Games, the British Swimming Championships and the London 2016 LEN European Aquatics Championships, which was the biggest event staged at the venue since London 2012 as well as providing the backdrop for a number of non-sporting events including high profile filming and photography shoots.
As a venue at the heart of the community, the sporting facility is used for school, club, regional and national galas and meets throughout the year. More than 14,000 people visit on average each week making the most of the two 50m swimming pools, dive pool and gym as well as it’s café. The London Aquatics Centre demonstrates how the Olympic and Paralympic legacy is being fulfilled every day.
In addition to hosting an impressive 2.5 million visitors in just three years, nearly 14,000 people have been taught to swim or dive through lessons since 2014. There are now more than 3,800 children and adults learning the life skill of swimming each week on the London Aquatics Centre Swim School programme and 675 pupils learning to dive as part of the Tom Daley Diving Academy. In total, more than 50 different schools and clubs have used the facility for their swimming lessons, bringing over 17,500 nursery, primary, including special educucation needs children, and secondary school pupils to learn to swim since opening to the public in 2014. The venue has been successful in encouraging different parts of the community and day visitors to use the world-class facilities, including initiatives such as family-fun inflatable ‘Extreme Aqua Splash’ and This Girl Can Swim sessions.
The London Aquatics Centre is also used as an elite training venue and is the training home of Olympic bronze medallist, Tom Daley.
Peter Bundey, Deputy Managing Director at GLL, the charitable social enterprise that operate the London Aquatics Centre under the Better brand, said:
“The London Aquatics Centre is an inspiring and important legacy venue, It continues to demonstrate remarkable attendance figures from both local communities and across the Country, helping more people stay active and healthy. The iconic venue is also fulfilling it’s vital role as a National and International home for swimming and diving,with resident high performance aquatic programmes and major aquatic events taking place.
“We are delighted to report that our partnership with the LLDC is showing that the Olympic legacy is alive and well at the London Aquatics Centre. We have record numbers of people of all ages and backgrounds learning to swim and dive, Olympic athletes such as Tom Daley using the facility as their training base and spectators turning up to watch both a local and major sporting events.”
Zaha Hadid Architects, award winning designers of the venue, said, “The London Aquatics Centre was designed for its legacy to the city. With so many Londoners now using the centre to learn how to swim and dive, for competitive training and club events, for family and recreational swim sessions, as well as fitness and wellbeing classes, the Aquatics Centre is an excellent legacy of London 2012.”
To celebrate the anniversary, the London Aquatics Centre is holding an open day on Saturday 4th March offering children and adults ‘Come Try Diving’ sessions, ‘Racing Starts Drop-ins’ and a swimming ‘Stroke Clinic Drop-in’, as well as activities away from the pool with Pilates and Dance taster sessions available, fitness challenges with prizes for the winners. London Aquatics Centre gym members can also bring a buddy to train with on the day for free.
For more information speak to reception or call 020 8536 3150.