Since the Olympics, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has become renowned for its number of opportunities to take part in physical activity and sport and, with the elite history of the London 2012 Olympics, it’s hard not to be inspired by the performances that once took place there.
The latest features on the Park are the addition of permanent orienteering courses, allowing people of all ages and of any ability to become physically active.
Orienteering combines running and navigation and is a great family activity. The introduction of the permanent courses means that Londoners can explore the Olympic park in a whole new way, while at the same time contributing to helping London become a healthier and happier place.
Chief Executive, Mike Hamilton, at British Orienteering, said: “We are very excited to have launched brand new permanent orienteering courses at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
"Our aim is to raise the profile of the sport of orienteering and encourage families living in the community or travelling to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to have a go at orienteering.”
The launch follows the success of the British Sprint Championships 2016 held for the first time at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 11 June 2016. The Championships provided an excellent day of competitive orienteering and the launch of the permanent orienteering courses will help create a long lasting legacy.
Layla Conway, Head of Business and Communities at the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “It is great news that there will be a British Orienteering course for everyone to enjoy at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
"It is a fun and free activity for school groups and families to enjoy so that they can explore and discover the Park. What’s more, it is for everyone, even if you haven’t been orienteering before. It’s a great way to stay active and progress at your own pace and enjoy the wonderful Parklands.”
London Sport has supported the introduction of Orienteering to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as an extension of support for the introduction of British Orienteering Xplorer activities in parks across London. The permanent courses now on offer are the next step on from Xplorer and provide a clear pathway through Orienteering.
Orienteering offers a welcoming alternative to traditional physical activity and sports, and by creating a space for sports like orienteering to take place, our city can provide more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to become active and help London become the most physically active city in the world.