A NEW equestrian centre on Shooters Hill is nearing completion.
The facility will be run by Hadlow College and offer a range of equine courses for various age groups, including degree courses in partnership with the University of Greenwich.
The facility will also host a new therapy centre where horses can be referred to by vets and one of the only equine baths available in the south east.
Surface sand used at Shooters Hill has come from Greenwich Park. It made up about 1/80 of the surface material using in the park this summer and has been donated by London 2012 organisers.
Hadlow College's Derek Payne told Greenwich.co.uk there had been an uplift in interest in equine courses since London 2012. "Especially on the equestrian sport side, for people that want to start riding or take it more competitively. Many had been looking at it for leisure but now are thinking more seriously about it as a career," he commented.
A new "pegasus crossing" outside the equestrian centre will allow horses to cross the road in to Oxleas Wood.
The press were invited to see the new equestrian centre and also the new "sports hub" at Hornfair Park on the day that the council launched its Legacy Report.
The report, which is available to download here, outlines the benefits that the council claims the area has received through its role as a host borough.