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OPINION: LLDC chief exec David Goldstone feels the Bobby Moore Academy builds on Games legacy

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 March 2017

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One part of spring for many parents is waiting to hear if their children have got into their chosen school.

I believe many Newham residents have applied for a place at the Bobby Moore Academy, the new all-through school we’re building on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. There will be a primary school near the new neighbourhoods at East Wick and Sweetwater, and a secondary school next to the London Stadium and soon to open London Marathon Community Track. What an inspiring place for a school that will be!

The school will take more than 1,500 children, and in September the academy will open its doors for the first time. Offers for school places went out a few weeks ago, and I’m delighted the vast majority of schoolchildren taking up places are from Newham.

Students will have access to the park’s incredible sporting facilities, and local residents in turn will be able to use some of the great facilities that the Bobby Moore Academy will offer. It’s partnerships like these which benefit people living around the park and are at the heart of ensuring a strong and lasting legacy from London 2012.

Spring also means the clocks have changed with longer days, the park’s flowers in bloom, and the Easter holidays on the horizon so there is no excuse for not getting out and enjoying the best the park has to offer. Whether that’s exploring the beautiful parklands, having a swim in the world class London Aquatics Centre or if you fancy something a bit more hair raising?

Make the most of your local residents discount and brave The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which takes you on a 40 second journey at speeds of up to 15mph through the twists, turns and drops of the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted!

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