Children from Waltham Forest were among the first to try out facilities at Eton Manor in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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The only purpose built paralympic venue built for the 2012 Olympics has been opened to the public after being converted into a hockey and tennis centre.

The £30million faciltity in Eton Manor was officially launched in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and includes blue tennis courts and two floodlit, international competition standard hockey pitches with a Union Jack design.

Players flew home after competing at the Hockey World Cup to mark the opening of the venue.

England players including Tom Carson and Kirsty Mackay joined British Wheelchair Tennis Paralympic medallists Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker yesterday.

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority chief executive, Shaun Dawson, described the centre is a world class community asset.

He said: “Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre provides top class facilities for the next generation of hockey and tennis champions – the stars of tomorrow will be discovered here.

“Our programme puts these high quality courts and pitches within reach of players of all standards, from complete beginners to international athletes.

The first major event will take place at Eton Manor in three weeks when the venue hosts the London Investec Cup.

Members of the public will have their first chance to test it out on June 21 at a free family fun day.

As part of the Great British Tennis Weekend the venue will open up for people to try hockey and tennis.

There will also be a chance to play Quicksticks, aimed at introducing hockey to seven to 11-year-olds.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the venue provided an "unrivalled set of facilities".

Visitors will be able to try hockey from £4 per person and hire tennis courts cost from £5.

The centre will host the EuroHockey Championships in 2015, the Women’s Champions Event in 2016 as well as other major events.

Visitors can sign up in advance for tennis activities at the free family fun day which will run from 10am until 4pm at

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7:34am Thu 19 Jun 14

Mr Brittas says...

But have you seen the normal hire costs after the opening weekend. Not as promised affordable rates for LBWF residents on low incomes
But have you seen the normal hire costs after the opening weekend. Not as promised affordable rates for LBWF residents on low incomes Mr Brittas
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