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Lee Valley Athletics Centre Opens

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The Lee Valley Athletics Centre - a major new training and competition venue for the capital and the South of England located in Enfield, North London officially opened today.

The facility is the largest indoor and outdoor athletics centre serving London and the South of England and houses the only indoor 200 metre track in the region.  The indoor centre comprises a 130 metre sprint straight, permanent seating for 500 spectators and full indoor jumps and throws facilities.  In addition, the Centre houses specialist areas for the delivery of sport science and medical support services by the English Institute of Sport. This provision includes rooms for physiotherapy treatment and medical consultation and also a strength and conditioning gym ensuring access to the vital professional support necessary for the development of elite athletes.


Lee Valley
Lee Valley

The Centre significantly improves the training opportunities for London based athletes preparing for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Members of the Norwich Union Great Britain & Northern Ireland team who will be training at the Centre include Commonwealth Champions Dean Macey and Phillips Idowu, former European Silver medallist Jade Johnson and European and Commonwealth medallist Andy Turner.

The Lee Valley Athletics Centre provides a much needed boost for the local community, benefiting athletes of all abilities and will become the new home for Enfield and Haringey Athletic Club.

The £16million Centre fills a gap identified by UK Athletics in the provision of London’s athletics facilities and is part of a long term solution for athletics development in the region.  The Centre has been funded by £4 million from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport Capital Modernisation Fund, £7 million from Sport England (via the National Lottery), and £5 million from Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA). Full revenue funding and long term management is also being provided by LVRPA, the landowner.

The Centre brings a major regional training facility within reach of people across the South East that complements UK Athletics’ existing major indoor athletics centres at Loughborough, Bath, Manchester, Cardiff, Sheffield, Birmingham, Brunel University and Grangemouth.

The Lee Valley Athletics Centre will be a focal point for indoor competition and community use and in the packed 2007 competition calendar, the Centre will host the semi final of the Indoor City Challenge on 28 January, Jumps International match between GB & NI and the Netherlands on 21 February and the British Masters Championships in March.

Designed by David Morley Architects, the eye catching centre makes the maximum use of natural light and ventilation thereby saving energy and creating the optimum training environment for athletes.

Seb Coe, Chairman of London 2012, who ran for Haringey Athletics Club in the 1980’s, said:

“I am delighted that my former club has gained a world class new sporting home that will help it nurture new generations of Olympians and Paralympians.  The Lee Valley Athletics Centre brings cutting edge facilities within reach of millions of Londoners and people in the South East.  There has never been a better time for people of all abilities to give athletics a try.”

David Moorcroft, Chief Executive of UK Athletics said:

“I am delighted to see the centre open, thanks to the legacy money we secured in 2001. All credit to Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the other funding partners for their persistence in developing this fantastic new athletics facility.”

 “The Lee Valley Athletics Centre provides a long awaited and much needed training and competition venue for London and the South region. Our Performance team is looking forward to using this world class facility as one of four High Performance Centres for our elite athletes.”

Steve Backley, three times Olympic medallist said:

“I can appreciate what a massive difference the Lee Valley Athletics Centre will make to elite athletes living in London and the South East.  As an athlete I would have loved to have access to this kind of facility.

“In my new role as mentor to the Norwich Union Great Britain & Northern Ireland team, it is clear to me that the opportunities that this world class facility provides will undoubtedly help in our pursuit of medals at future Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Tim Newenham, Regional Manager - London and East, English Institute of Sport said

“The opening of the EIS High Performance Centre at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre is a huge boost for athletes in the London region.  The range of support services made available under one roof ensures that athletes training here will have the maximum chance of success on the world stage. We are particularly excited to be working with the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and UK Athletics to provide our best athletes with the highest level of support to ensure international success leading up to 2012.”