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SAPCA expertise creates world-class facilities


This summer, some 25 Games-Time Training Venues (GTTVs) will be used by athletes from more than 200 countries to enable them to train and make their final preparations immediately prior to and during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Schools, universities, sports clubs and leisure centres across London and throughout the UK have benefited from a £17m investment, bringing them up to world-class standards. As part of the Lon- don 2012 drive to leave a lasting legacy,


the upgraded facilities will then be made available to local communities for public use after the Games. British expertise in


designing and building state- of-the-art sports facilities has been allowed to shine with many of the GTTVs having been upgraded or built by members of the Sports and Play Con- struction Association (SAPCA). Here, the association gives a roundup of GTTV involvement by some of its members.


Mondo’s fast tracks


Mondo, the official supplier of the athletic track for the London 2012 Olympic Games, has installed the same two-layer, prefabricat- ed, rubber formulation Mondotrack surface used in the Olympic Stadium to the adjacent warm-up track, as well as Mayesbrook Park Arena and Newham Sports Complex GTTVs. Using Smith Construction as the main con- tractor for the warm-up track and Charles Lawrence Surfaces at the Mayesbrook Park


and Newham Sports Complex facilities, the nine-lane, 400m, classic red Mondotrack will provide a fast, albeit soft, surface for athletes gearing up for the athletic competitions. Mondo also supplied handball goal posts to Mayesbrook Park Leisure Centre and installed a sprung wood floor at Barking Abbey Sports Centre and Hackney Community College for Games-time basketball training. These facilities offer a lasting legacy for the local communities..


Sports facilities that have benefited from legacy investment to become GTTVs are:


• Barking Abbey School – Basketball


• Becontree Heath Leisure Centre – Water Polo


• Brentwood School – Modern Pentathlon • Cardiff University – Football • Eltham College – Football • Eton Manor – Aquatics • Europa Gymnastics Centre – Volleyball • Goresbrook Leisure Centre – Boxing • Greenwich Academy – Gymnastics • Hackney Community College – Basketball • Langdon School – Taekwondo • Lee Valley temporary site – Basketball • Long Lane Junior Football Club – Football


• Mayesbrook Park Arena – Athletics (track and field)


• Mayesbrook Park Sport House – Handball • Manchester Grammar School – Football • Newcastle University – Football • Newham Sports Complex – Athletics (track) • Old Loughtonians Hockey Club – Hockey • Partington Sports Centre – Football • Redbridge Cycle Centre – Cycling


• Redbridge Sport and Leisure – Badminton, Judo, Wrestling • Rokeby School – Indoor Volleyball • Sobell – Indoor Volleyball • Strathclyde University – Football • Warwick University – Football


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