A healthy sporting legacy

Key stage 3 Geography

Enquiry question: Has the 2012 Olympics made a difference to people’s lifestyles in East London?

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding

The 2012 Olympic Park legacy has created a range of sports facilities.

The 2012 Olympic Park has play space and areas for a range of leisure activities

The quality of a residential area can affect people's health

Geographical skills

Survey and assess sports venues/ facilities

Conduct sports participation questionnaires

Label an outline map

Complete health and sports assessments

Learning outcomes

Most students will be able to:

Identify, describe and assess 2012 legacy sports venues

Identify other facilities in the Olympic Park that have an impact on health and sports participation

Speculate about the effect of the Olympic venues on sports participation

Speculate about how regeneration and other factors can effect sports participation and health

Pre-visit recommendation

Students to reflect on their own sports participation levels and use of local sports facilities.

Read background information sheet about health and sports participation in the borough of Newham.


Sheet 1: Newham health and sports participation


Meet at Stratford Station. Use map to orientate and show area of study- Olympic Park and surrounding area.

Students look at map to plan a healthy walk, including OP venues, Stratford New Town and East Village. Agree on the best route.


Sheet 2: Olympic Park legacy map


Location 1: Stratford station Students carry out questionnaire to find out how much exercise people are doing and whether the Olympics and the legacy venues have had an impact on sports participation.

Location 2: Stratford New Town Students carry out a health and sports assessment (HSA) in a residential area not effected by 2012 regeneration adjacent to Olympic park.

Location 3: East Village Students carry out a second HSA in the new residential that was previously Athletes Village.

Location 4: Velopark (Velodrome, BMX, Road and Mountain Bike) Students carry out a sports facility assessment of the Velopark to find out what activities are on offer, the price, how many people are using the venue and what additional features are present at the venue


Students walk through Olympic Park. They note health and sport-related features on map, including cycle & walking routes, formal and informal play spaces, green spaces, wetlands etc.

Location 5: Copper Box. Students carry out assessment as location 4.

Location 6: Aquatics Centre. Students carry out assessment as location 4.

Location 7: Olympic Stadium in transformation. Students carry out assessment as location 4.


Students visit Velopark for cycle session on velodrome, BMX, road or mountain bike circuit.


Sheet 3: Sports participation questionnaire

Sheet 4: Health and Sports Assessment (x2)

Sheet 5: Sports Facility Assessment (x4)


Students share findings of questionnaires. Are people healthy and doing much exercise? Pupils contrast OP and surrounding area. What are students’ impressions of the 2012 venues and the Park? Which venues do students think are being most used and will have the greatest impact on people living in east London?

Pupils speculate about how regeneration in the area may impact on local peoples’ health. Will particular groups of people be affected in different ways? What more could be done to improve sports participation levels and health in east London?


Sheet 6: Olympic health and sporting legacy

Additional costs (2017 prices)

Velopark: One-hour session for up to 15 students on the BMX, road circuit or mountain bike track – £90.00 (optional) or indoor track – £110.00 (optional)