Printed Date: 27/04/2018

GLL and Tom Daley launch Diving Academy to deliver legacy for London

  • The new Tom Daley Diving Academy is endorsed and supported by Olympic medallist and world class diver Tom Daley
  • The programme will be accessible and available to adults and children
  • Diving Academy lessons will be available at the London Aquatics Centre and also at a range of GLL (Better) managed facilities across London and the UK.

Children and adults now have an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Olympic medallists, as GLL, the UK’s largest charitable social enterprise and leisure provider and Tom Daley launch a ground-breaking community legacy programme at the London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Tom Daley Diving Academy is to become GLL’s new ‘Learn to Dive’ development programme, which is designed to capture a UK boom in diving interest. The scheme will be partnered by GLL and Olympic medallist Tom Daley, and will provide a framework to develop skills and techniques for both children and adults. The Academy will begin operation at the London Aquatics Centre - home to where Tom Daley trains as part of his British Diving High Performance Programme - before being introduced at other GLL managed facilities across London and the UK.

As well as being endorsed and represented by Olympic medallist Tom Daley, the Academy will also be supported by a series of world class coaches working across London to aide local progression of students. This is a grass roots venture, which has it’s origins in Tom Daley’s desire to contribute to growing diving as a sport, as well as providing a long term Olympic Legacy.

Centred at Tom’s new training base the London Aquatics Centre, the Academy will deliver various diving level skills as part of its programme, with pupils given the chance to train in the same pool, as well as access the fantastic dry diving facilities that Tom uses twice a day.

The programme will then reach across London and parts of the UK, through a number of satellite centres providing children and adults the opportunity to try this exciting sport.

The London Aquatics Centre will also be a training facility for new diving coaches, as well as diving coach refresher courses, to ensure the demand for people taking up the sport can be serviced. Tom’s coach Jane Figueiredo, Head Coach on behalf of British Diving’s High Performance Centre, will be contributing to the development of coaches, to ensure they are able to deliver to the same high standards as the Olympic medallists she has already trained.

The Tom Daley Diving Academy will be available in three types of facilities:

  • Fundamental Centres: delivering beginner courses for children to learn the fundamentals of the sport
  • ‘Learn to Dive’ Development Centres: to deliver beginner and improver classes for children and adults
  • Academy Centres: delivering all levels of the programme up to competitive diving

This is an opportunity to grow the grass roots of the sport, creating access, and furthering those with talent and the desire into competitive pathways, either at the London Aquatics Centre or with existing local clubs.

Diving courses are currently available to book for the London Aquatics Centre but will soon be available in selected leisure centres across London boroughs including Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Westminster, Barnet and Hillingdon as well as other areas across London and the UK. Lessons will be run weekly throughout the year and intensively during School Holiday Periods.

GLL Deputy Managing Director, Peter Bundey, said, “This is a unique partnership with Tom and is a tremendous boost to getting more young people participating in the sport of diving.

“There is growing interest in diving and what makes the venture so special, is that it has the full support and endorsement of Olympic medallist Tom Daley. To ensure that as many people get an opportunity to join the Academy, it will be made available in GLL-managed centres across London. We will link the Tom Daley Diving Academy to our ‘Better’ brand, which operates in all GLL centres.”

Tom Daley said, “The Tom Daley Diving Academy is all about giving everyone the opportunity to learn to dive. It’s about getting people to try the sport, whether they want to dive for fun or competitively, whether they’re 3 or 73. Diving's a great sport and together with GLL, I want to make sure it's an accessible sport. It's a really exciting time for diving in the UK.”

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said, “We’re delighted that people can follow in the footsteps of Tom Daley and take diving lessons in the iconic London Aquatics Centre. This is what the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were all about: inspiring people to take up new sports. I can’t think of a bigger inspiration than training in the same pool that Tom himself uses and a venue that will host the FINA/NVC 2014 World Diving Series later on this month.” For information on diving courses run by Better, please visit Better Lessons.