Essex Legacy: Creating a legacy for Essex through sport, education and culture

The Essex 2012 Legacy team was established in 2006 to lead a partnership of organisations to secure a legacy in Essex, following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Legacy Team at Essex County Council has created unique partnerships with, The Salvation Army, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, Visit Essex and Active Essex as well as Borough, District and City Councils across Essex.

With the help of its community partners and a variety of projects across the County, the Essex Legacy team aim to inspire and encourage people in sporting activity. In addition, through education we are keen to instil in schools the Olympic and Paralympic values of respect and inspiration.

Hadleigh Farm and Country Park Legacy

One of the Legacy’s main projects is the development the Hadleigh Farm Olympic Mountain Bike course and Country Park to make it more accessible for the public. Ultimately creating an enjoyable place for locals and visitors alike to walk, ride and make the most of the sites’ natural beauty, historical and sporting features. This project is due for completion in Spring 2015.

Read more about the Hadleigh Farm and Country Park project, including the latest project updates here.

Sporting Legacy

Essex has a strong Sports Partnership made up of Essex County Council, Active Essex, Local Authority Sports Development Officers, School Sports Partnerships as well as Sport and leisure organisations. They all work closely to maximise the impact of the London 2012 Games creating a legacy in Essex through increasing Physical Activity and Sport across the county.

Read more about the Essex Sporting Legacy here.


18th Apr 2014

Weekly Update - 18th April

This week has seen more children using the Olympic course through the Mud Sweat and Gears Aspire programme, 3 young people from Hadleigh MTB club have been selected for this programme!! Read more >
28th Mar 2014

Weekly Update - 28th March

Morgan Sindall have continued their ground works to prepare the site ready for the next part of the construction process. Read more >
21st Mar 2014

Special Weekly Update - 21st March

In return for exclusive use of the track this week, the GB squad has taken valuable time out of their schedule to ensure the Olympic dream lives on. Read more >
14th Mar 2014

Weekly Update - 14th March

Works have continued on both the trails and hub, boosted by the drier and warmer weather the project is progressing on time. Read more >
7th Mar 2014

Special Weekly Update - 7th March

Building starts on Hub at Hadleigh Read more >
28th Feb 2014

Weekly Update - 28th February

Morgan Sindall have furthered the removal of the buildings to the south of Sayer Farm House.Hugh Pearl Drainage Ltd are progressing the multi-user trail and the skills area is nearing completion. Read more >
21st Feb 2014

Weekly Update - 21st Febraury

The first section of multi-user trail inside the venue has been constructed and the skills area is progressing well, with some of the features taking shape. Read more >
14th Feb 2014

Weekly Update - 14th February

Morgan Sindall continued to work on site with the steady removal of the derelict buildings. Read more >
7th Feb 2014

Weekly Update - 7th February

Site preparations this week included an archaeological dig to record the remains of the medieval farm. Read more >
31st Jan 2014

Hadleigh Legacy 10K Event

Hadleigh Farm & Country Park hosted Castle Point Joggers’ annual 10k race last weekend. Over 300 runners took part with some taking over 2 hours to complete the difficult course. Read more >
31st Jan 2014

Weekly Update - 31st January

The works have made further progress. Read more >
28th Jan 2014

Benfleet 15 Running Event

Hadleigh Farm & Country Park hosted the 24th Benfleet 15 mile race last Sunday. Read more >
24th Jan 2014

Weekly Update - 23rd January

Welcome to the first Hadleigh Legacy Website Update of 2014. Read more >
23rd Jan 2014

Lastest Newsletter

The Lastest Hadleigh Farm and Country Park Newsletter is now avaliable. Read more >
31st Oct 2013

Youth Mountain Bikers take to the track as Essex County Council host the last event before works begin at the Olympic venue

The weekend of the 4th – 6th October saw Essex County Council and British Cycling host the last event at the Olympic venue before works begin in earnest on the trail network later this month. Read more >
18th Aug 2013

One year since the world’s best Mountain Bikers competed at our Olympic venue, the 2013 British Cycling XC series champion is crowned.

One year on from the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike events at Hadleigh Farm, Essex County Council and partners welcomed over 500 competitors to the venue to participate in the 2013 British Cycling Cross-Country series championship. Read more >