British Diving provides a performance legacy for London
The venue of the London 2012 Olympic diving events is to inspire the next generation of divers when it becomes the home of a new Diving High Performance Centre for British Swimming.
British Swimming has agreed a deal to launch a Diving High Performance Centre (HPC) at the London Aquatics Centre from spring next year.
The pool has undergone significant transformation since last summer and will provide world class facilities for elite athletes and the local communities alike.
British Swimming will work alongside venue operators, GLL and the London Legacy Development Corporation to provide world class diving provision in the capital and build on the popularity of diving from the London Olympics.
National Performance Director Alexei Evangulov said: “We are really pleased to have an HPC at the pool that was used for the Olympic Games and are excited about when the doors open in the spring.
“The London Aquatics Centre is a fantastic facility with world class boards and dry land provision. A facility like this will help shape the next generation of athletes and allow them to see what an elite competition venue is like on a day-to-day basis.
“The pool holds great memories for not only the British public but also our divers and all athletes that use this centre will have a small taste of the Olympics every time they walk through the door.”
For Peter Bundey; GLL Director, this is an important element of the legacy role at the venue: “The London Aquatics Centre is an iconic facility which will play a major part in bringing international, national and local legacy to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
“It is very exciting therefore to work closely with British Swimming to secure a diving programme that will help the Country’s best divers prepare for future Olympic Games.
“As a charitable Social Enterprise, our partnership is also important to help inspire a new generation of young divers, who in turn will strive to be part of this High Performance Programme”.
Dennis Hone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “It is fantastic news that the Aquatics Centre will become home to British diving. These world-class facilities will be used by some of the country’s top divers when it opens next year.
“The Centre will be a high performance training facility and competition venue as well as open to the public for the same price as the average cost at local pools. These elite sports will sit alongside community sports to provide a lasting legacy for all.”
British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes added: “We are delighted to be working with GLL and London Legacy Development Corporation to ensure we build on the Olympics and create a massive diving legacy programme for London.”
British Swimming has also begun the search for a world class diving coach to spearhead the programme at the London Aquatics Centre.