Athletes Village

Three-day workshop consulting hard to reach young people from Newham about the development of community facilities in the future Athletes Village at Stratford City.

Key Project Information

Partners: Funded by Lend Lease, in partnership with East Potential and Focus E15
Participants: 15 hard-to-reach young people, aged 15 - 24
Format: 3-day workshop

Project Overview

The Athletes Village workshop aimed to encourage participation and community involvement in the development of community facilities to be provided in the Athletes Village development as part of the Olympic site. Open-City designed and facilitated three days of workshops for participants from Stratford, Hackney, Barking and Dagenham.


The workshop aimed to further the re-integration of the young people experiencing significant barriers to accessing opportunities and/or who were NEET into community life by building skills relevant to the built environment and to enable them to have a voice in the Olympic Legacy.

Project Detail

The Athletes Village Youth Consultation workshop was an Open-City project funded by Lend Lease Ltd. The consultation workshop aimed to encourage participation and community involvement in the development of community facilities at the Athletes Village at Stratford City and for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The 3-day workshop was delivered in partnership with Focus E15 Foyer that provides services to the young people of the London Borough of Newham on both a residential and non-residential basis. The workshop aimed to re-integrate Focus E15 Foyer's young people in the community and maximise the Olympic Legacy's benefits by providing life skills relevant to the built environment.

The participants were taught how to communicate their ideas by visiting exemplary public spaces, initiating debates and creative activities. The project strived to improve young people’s confidence and self-esteem by teaching new skills and delivering a large body of work, including a short film capturing the process, surveys, designs and reporting work.

To watch the Athlete's Village Film follow this link


Young people were able to:

  • Increase their confidence through engaging in dialogue and articulating their ideas
  • Gain new skills, tools and language
  • Access training and employment opportunities

Built environment professionals were able to:

  • Gather informative data from participants
  • Advance their designs and master plan
  • Learn methods of how to engage and work creatively with young people.

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