Using the profits from London Marathon Events to provide new and more opportunities to Londoners and beyond
The London Marathon Charitable Trust primarily provides capital funding for building or facilities projects that inspire increased participation in physical activity, sport and play. Since forming in 1981, the Trust has awarded in excess of £86 million to more than 1,200 projects.
We’ve compiled some of their funding projects to demonstrate their amazing work and demonstrate how this weekends London Marathon might benefit physical activity and sport in the capital.
1) Archer Academy benefits from new sports facilities for North Barnet
The Trust awarded a grant of £500,000 to install state of the art sporting facilities at The Archer Academy in East Finchley. The new facilities, are for use by both pupils at the school and the local community and include a bespoke indoor climbing wall, suitable for disabled users, and an all-weather 3G pitch with floodlighting.
2) Compact Athletics Facility at Stoke Newington School in Hackney
The world’s first ever Compact Athletics Facility was opened in July 2013, after receiving a £150,000 grant from the London Marathon Charitable Trust. Integrated into the site of Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form in the London borough of Hackney, the site was opened by world 400m champion and 2008 Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu.
3) Two Poolpods at the London Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The new Poolpod system for providing a safer and more dignified mode of entering the water for swimmers with restricted mobility. This engineering innovation was designed to help swimmers with restricted mobility make a smoother transition from poolside to water than the current method of being hoisted or swung into the pool.
4) The London Marathon Community Track
Based at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Community Track is the home of Newham and Essex Beagles, one of the country’s leading athletics clubs – a leading athletics club in Great Britain, having developed more than 25 Olympians over the past few decades. It also accommodates several other community/sports groups including Newham Athletics Network, West Ham Foundation, England Athletics, School 21, and Altis FC.
5) The London Marathon Athletics Track – Finsbury Park
The track in the heart of Finsbury Park opened in 1930s but was facing the threat of closure 8 years ago. The LMCT has contributed to the work done by the Finsbury Park Sports Partnership and invested in the track that become a wonderful achievement for the local community in Haringey.