Award-winning development offers Olympic Games Makers a romantic return

Posted 5 February 2015

East Village, the housing development that was used as the Athletes’ Village during  the London 2012 Olympic Games, is inviting the army of volunteers who worked at the event – the ‘Games Makers’ – to return to the site for a special Valentine’s Day stay.

East Village is calling on former London 2012 Games Makers and their partners to submit their romantic accounts from the Games. Perhaps they volunteered together, or maybe they actually met during the event? The winning pair will receive a night’s stay at Venetian House on Olympic Park Avenue in East Village.

There, they will enjoy some stunning views across the surrounding greenery of the park and its iconic structure, such as the Copper Box Arena , the Olympic Stadium and the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture.

For over two years since the end of the Games, the former Athletes’ Village has been transformed into a housing development for the capital, providing homes for some 4,500 people. The athletes’ accommodation has been re-invented as well-specified and attractive on- to four-bedroom apartments and townhouses for private and affordable rent. East Village won silver for Best Sustainable Development at the WhatHouse? Awards 2014.

Olympics Games are no stranger to romance: former British cyclist Victoria Pendleton and her coach Scott Gardner famously kept their relationship secret during the 2008 Games in China, before marrying in 2013; Canadian duo Darcy Marqardt and Richard Hortness met during their last days at the Beijing Olympics and their romance blossomed once more during triathlon training for London 2012, leading to another 2013 wedding.

Neil Young, chief executive officer for Get Living London, remarks: “70,000 Games Makers worked incredibly hard to make London 2012 happen and to celebrate Valentine’s Day we’re looking for two who met and fell in love, or volunteered alongside each other, to spend a night here at East Village. What better way for former Games Makers to spend the most romantic night of the year than in the former Athletes’ Village with the enchanting views of London’s iconic Olympic venues as the backdrop?’

Former London 2012 Games Makers can enter by sending their stories and contact details, with a photo of them and their partner (plus a photo of them in their Games Maker kit or other proof of their volunteering time as a Games Maker), to by Wednesday 11 February 2015.


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