In its first two 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 been on an upward trend since the venue opened and have grown by 21% since March 2015.
The past two years have seen the London Aquatics Centre make its mark on the national stage, hosting a number of major sporting events including BBC Sport Relief, the FINA Diving World Series, National Paralympic Day, Invictus Games and the British Swimming Championships. Looking ahead, the venue is gearing up to host the London 2016 LEN European Aquatics Championships, which will be the biggest event staged at the venue since London 2012 and the third biggest event in aquatics after the Olympics and World Championships.
As a venue at the heart of the community, visited by more than 17,500 people on average each week1, the London Aquatics Centre demonstrates how the Olympic and Paralympic legacy is being fulfilled. In addition to hosting an impressive 1.7 million visitors in just two years, there are now more than 3,600 children and adults learning the life skill of swimming each week on the London Aquatics Centre Swim School programme and nearly 600 pupils learning to dive as part of the Tom Daley Diving Academy. In total, more than 50 different schools have used the facility for their school swimming lessons, bringing thousands of school children between them to learn to swim. 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 women only 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 operates the London Aquatics Centre, said: “The London Aquatics Centre is a truly special place, which is inspiring young people and adults to swim. This iconic venue is not only at the heart of the community but has become the ‘go to’ sporting and leisure destination for various high profile events.
“Every day I hear examples of how the Olympic legacy is alive and well at the London Aquatics Centre. Whether that’s through children learning to swim, Tom Daley diving off the 10m platform or spectators turning up to watch a major sporting event. Every month we see more and more people coming to the London Aquatics Centre. It’s a truly unique and exceptional place. Any doubters of the legacy potential of these venues should come down to see what is being achieved and the breadth of use by young and old.”