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Legacy of the 2012 Games

The 2012 Games were an amazing success for Great Britain, for London and particularly for the residents of Newham. 

Find out here how you can get involved, about the legacy and about Newham’s experience of the Games.​​

The 2012 inspiration continues

Visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Olympic Park is now open, and in its first full summer it was visited by three million people.
The park is open 24 hours and is free for all Newham residents to visit. It features extensive parklands, a superb play area, a climbing wall, water features as well as lots of places to relax, eat and take pictures at the iconic venues or the Olympic Rings. If you have not been yet, you should make a date to visit.
The park also hosts all sorts of events - some at an international level and others that are free for the public to enjoy.
Plus all the venues, except for the stadium, are open to the public. Prices are similar to what you would find at your local leisure centre, which means it is affordable to swim in the Olympic competition pool, ride a bike on the velodrome or play a game of badminton in the Copper Box.
Visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website for facilities information and details of upcoming events.


The award-winning Newham Volunteers is the biggest and best volunteer force in the country. It has with a huge range of activities and opportunities. More than 1,700 people volunteered for the 2012 Games.

Find a job

More Newham residents worked on the Olympic Park than residents from any other borough. If you’re looking for a job, Newham Workplace offers fantastic support and a range of opportunities. 

Get active

If the 2012 Games inspired you, there are over 230 sports clubs and organisations in Newham to choose from. You don’t have to be an Olympian to join in the fun, we have lots of leisure options, like walking or gardening too.

And now that the London Aquatics Centre has opened to the public in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, you can experience the excitement of swimming in one of London 2012's best-known venues, for the same price as a swim in local leisure centre.


How Newham's 2012 legacy took shape

The 2012 Games gave Newham a stunning legacy of state-of-the-art sports venues, a beautiful new park and a range of shopping and visitor attractions. This legacy brought with jobs, investment and an enhanced reputation to Newham.

You can find out more about the 2012 legacy in Newham by reading Newham's Legacy Story (PDF).

Watch the Olympic Park grow before your eyes in just 107 seconds in our time-lapse film, which includes the construction of Stratford International Train Station, Westfield Stratford City and the Olympic Park.

The Olympic Stadium

In partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), we will manage and oversee the Olympic Stadium and the site for the next 102 years.
From 2016, the Stadium becomes the new home of West Ham United FC and the National Competition Centre for athletics in the UK, as well as a major venue for other sporting events. It will be open all year round for visitor tours, arts and cultural events, conferences and music concerts.  Find out more about the Stadium's future.

LLDC, West Ham and the Government paid for transforming the stadium. We have a 35 per cent stake in the venue for residents, investing £40m which will be repaid through money made from events held in the stadium.
The investment was made using Prudential Borrowing. This allows councils to borrow money if the project for which it is used makes money to repay the loan. This type of borrowing cannot be used to fund any other council services.
Alongside the repayment of the loan, the council has also secured a century of community benefits for Newham residents. This includes exclusive access and tickets to events in the stadium, ranging from athletics tournaments and football matches to music concerts.
An education and training centre will be built in the stadium to improve the skills base of local people and support residents into jobs.
Local schools will be able to hold their sports days in the venue and sports clubs, running on the same track as sporting greats such as Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogu and Usain Bolt.

West Ham United Football Club

West Ham United will move to the stadium in 2016 on a 99 year lease. The club's move will create at least 500 construction jobs and hundreds of hospitality and leisure opportunities. Most of new jobs will go to Newham residents, and more jobs will be generated via an operator appointed to run the stadium on a day-to-day basis.
With millions of visitors expected, the move will be a catalyst for further economic investment and growth. Approval has been given for the football club's Upton Park site to be regenerated, which will see 842 new homes created, of which 211 will be affordable and 185 jobs.

What the deal means for Newham:
  • millions of tickets for our residents
  • extra tickets to sports and other stadium entertainment events
  • community days in the stadium
  • a majority of the new jobs going to our residents
  • access to the 400m community track all year round
  • an annual 10k run which will start and end at the stadium.

Major international events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Having already provided some of the most memorable nights in sporting history during the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, in 2015 the venue hosted some hugely successful events:
  • Sainsbury's Anniversary Games in July
  • five matches during the Rugby World Cup, including the bronze play-off final between South Africa and Argentina
  • England vs New Zealand in the International Rugby League
  • Race of Champions in November.
This year, the Stadium is set to provide the stage for more spectacular events including:
  • AC/DC playing live as part of their 'Rock or Bust' European tour in June
  • the return of Usain Bolt for the London Anniversary Games (one of his last appearances before the Rio 2016 Games).

Regeneration of the borough

The 2012 Games were an important part of the regeneration of the area. Our long-term aim is to achieve convergence. 
Convergence means that within 20 years the communities which hosted the 2012 Games will have the same social and economic chances as their neighbours across London.
The UK's bid to host the London 2012 Games included a commitment to regenerate inner east and south-east London to benefit everyone who lives here.
Despite being some of the most vibrant, diverse and dynamic places in the capital, the six Olympic host boroughs are deprived areas, among the worst in England. The boroughs have high unemployment and perform poorly compared with other parts of London, in terms of income, educational attainment and health among others. 
We think that if we make the most of the increased investment and the success of the 2012 Games we can improve the lives of residents. 


More information about the 2012 legacy

Because of the high number of enquiries we receive, we are unable to answer specific questions about the 2012 Games and its legacy in Newham.

However our suggested websites and documents should give you the information you need.

Useful websites

For the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the Olympic Delivery Authority, go to the official London 2012 website.
Find out about the future of the Olympic Park on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website
Information about the Olympic Village, see the East Village London E20 website.

Useful documents

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