Eton Manor to host wheelchair tennis

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The construction contract has been awarded for Eton Manor, the venue that will host wheelchair tennis during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The venue will also provide training facilities for athletes during the Olympic Games and first–class new sports and leisure facilities after 2012. Mansell Construction Services won the contract, which is the final one to be awarded for the construction of permanent venues on the Olympic Park. During the Olympic Games the venue will include three 50m swimming pools, one synchronised swimming pool and one water polo pool to be used for athlete training. During the Paralympic Games, it will host wheelchair tennis with temporary seating for 10, 500 spectators. After the Games the Centre will be transformed and will consist of a hockey centre with two competition pitches, permanent seating and space to accommodate temporary spectator seating for major events. It will also have a tennis centre with four indoor and six outdoor courts, and five–a–side football pitches. Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins said: "The Eton Manor site is steeped in sporting history. Our plans will help recapture this and regenerate the area with new facilities fit for the Games and generations to come. Securing a leading construction contractor is an important milestone for the Eton Manor project and maintains the good progress we are making across the Olympic Park as we enter our toughest year on the project. "After 2012 the facilities will be owned, funded and managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) and offer a wide of mix of sporting facilities for the local and regional community as well as elite athletes.

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