Paralympic legacy

London delivered the most successful Paralympic Games ever; with more athletes from more countries than ever before, London was the first ever sell out Paralympics and was broadcast across the world to countries that have never had the opportunity to see it before.

The sporting excellence and community spirit showcased at London 2012 changed the way we view disability in the UK and abroad.

In collaboration with local disabled people and our partners, we have designed and are delivering a £10m Paralympic Legacy Programme.

This includes delivering projects across the themes of disability sport and volunteering; inclusive design; an annual festival and smaller events; park mobility scheme; physical access improvements; and the redesign of the Paralympic recognition area in the centre of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Mandeville Place.

The programme also supports our broader initiatives in areas such as housing development and park and venue operation.

Our main areas of work focus on making the Park accessible to all, celebrating the heritage of the Paralympics, encouraging people to enjoy disability sport, and making sure the Park is run in a way that promotes equality and inclusion. You can read more about our commitment to improving accessibility here.

  • Motivate East is a project inspired by the 2012 Paralympic Games to deliver 26,000 sport and physical activity opportunities to disabled people, including:

    • The Para-Legacy Agents Programme – a volunteering programme delivered by the Bromley-by-Bow Centre which provides accredited training and support for local people to introduce disabled people to sport and physical activity. If you are interested in becoming a Para-Legacy Agent click here.
    • Events that offer opportunities for disabled people to take part in sport and physical exercise, ranging from archery and athletics to tennis and ten-pin bowling. To find out what events are happening in your local area click here.
    • An equipment loan scheme which allows groups to transform any open space into a platform for sporting and physical exercise activities. This includes boccia sets, goalball kits, throw down activity surfaces and more.
    • Training and support for local coaches and community organisations who would like to contribute to sport in the disabled community.

    Motivate East is delivered by the London Legacy Development Corporation, London Sport and WheelPower, and in partnership with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, University of East London, Better (GLL) and the growth boroughs.  For more information on the project please visit the Motivate East website.

  • All Ride is an all ability cycling club run in partnership with local social enterprise Bikeworks.

    It works with young disabled people at schools in the area around the Park, providing inclusive cycling sessions with specially adapted bikes. These sessions take place in the stunning parklands of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

    If you'd like to find out more about the project and how your school or child can take part please contact us.