London 2012 venue to be the new Diving High Performance Centre

Tom Daley won bronze in the 10m platform at London 2012

London Aquatics Centre is to be the new Diving High Performance Centre for British Swimming from spring next year.

The centre, which hosted the 2012 Olympic diving events, will open to the public as well as elite athletes.

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley is considering moving to London from his base in Plymouth in 2014.

"A facility like this will help shape the next generation of athletes," said British Diving's national performance director Alexei Evangulov.

"It will allow them to see what an elite competition venue is like on a day-to-day basis."

Daley won his Olympic bronze medal in the 10m platform at the Aquatic Centre in 2012.

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London 2012: Tom Daley makes first dive in Aquatics Centre

Evangulov added: "The pool holds great memories for not only the British public but also our divers - and all athletes that use this centre will have a small taste of the Olympics every time they walk through the door."

British Swimming - the sport's national governing body, which incorporates British Diving - will work alongside venue operators GLL and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) as they attempt to build on the popularity of diving following the London Olympics.

LLDC is the public body formed to manage, maintain and develop the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its facilities in the wake of the London Games.

Dennis Hone, LLDC's chief executive, said: "The centre will be a high-performance training facility and competition venue as well as open to the public for the same price as the average cost at local pools.

"These elite sports will sit alongside community sports to provide a lasting legacy for all."

British Swimming has also begun the search for a world-class diving coach to spearhead the programme at the London Aquatics Centre.

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