Community groups, sports clubs and residents are being urged to hear more about plans for Crystal Palace National Sports Centre (CPNSC).
UK Athletics (UKA) has already revealed it is unlikely ever to stage prestigious international events at the South London venue again.
Diamond League and national championship events are likely instead to be organised at other stadia, such as the London Stadium – the former Olympic Stadium in Stratford – which will cost up to £7million to convert from a football ground to an athletics arena and back every summer.
But local groups hope locals will attend information evenings about CPNSC’s future there tonight, in the hope the Greater London Authority will not allow it to decay further, after years of poor investment.
The GLA is holding focus group meetings for regular users of CPNSC, such as clubs, groups and those representing relevant sports, and is encouraging any potentially impacted groups to register and provide representation to these meetings:
Today 7-9pm – aquatics and outdoor sports
Tomorrow, 7-9pm – indoor sports
The GLA will also be holding drop in sessions tomorrow, 10am-8pm in the CPNSC sports centre, which don’t require pre-registration.
London Sport (LS) , an alliance of sporting organisations trying to enable residents to be fitter and healthier, want as many people as possible to attend.
said: “Finding the right, long-term solution for CPNSC is a complex and emotive subject and, rightly, should involve input from the communities and groups that benefit most from its unique place within the region, and London as a whole.
LS head of corporate communcations Chris Scott said: “We would hope and expect to see a comprehensive consultation process taking place with all existing (and, potentially, future) user groups to ensure any changes minimise effects on their use of the facility.
“Success in this requires CPNSC to become financially sustainable in order that it continues to provide capacity that supports an active London population. Further, London Sport commits to supporting any future decisions regarding the site adopting an evidence-based approach.
“We would encourage all parties, and prospective future partners, to consider the best means by which this need can be met – and to ensure that CPNSC continues to play a role in London’s sporting infrastructure in the years to come.”
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