Foundation Sport has a great way of cutting through cultural divides and championing co-operation. In an area of the city where more than 200 languages are spoken, whatever takes over must overcome differences and continue the legacy of regeneration that London 2012 has begun. How about a progressive new sports university bringing together expertise and research in sport, exercise and health sciences? It could lead on cutting-edge medical research, as well as training the next generation of healthy citizens who have their eye on becoming the new world-class British athletes.
Sophie Thomas, Founding director, Thomas Matthews
The challenge is to transform the stadium from a facility for the Olympics into a destination for the country, something to inspire – a place that nourishes Britain’s competitive spirit. The Olympic spirit is a democratic one and would continue to motivate diverse communities if the stadium was turned into an academy with the broadest possible scope, whether in sport, business, creativity or industry. Its mission: to make the country fit.
Julian Baker, Creative director, Imagination
The Sydney Olympic stadium was converted into the national rugby venue immediately after the games there. It is also now part of a national venue for all sports, bar cricket. It is lamentable that London’s stadium was built without a legacy agreed. The simplest solution would be for West Ham Football Club to take a full repairing lease on the stadium. Better still, to share it with another team. At least it will be used by up to 60 000 people a week, albeit on a low financial return.
Stephen Greenberg, Founder, Metaphor