Sports Centres and Health Clubs

The National Sports Centre (N.S.C) at Crystal Palace, south London, was the United Kingdom's first purpose-built sports centre. It opened in 1964 in Crystal Palace Park, and was designed by the London County Council's Architects Department under Leslie Martin and Hubert Bennett. The N.S.C. is now a Grade II* listed building, and continues to provide sports facilities for Londoners.

The N.S.C. is one of five such centres across the country, and is managed on behalf of Sport England. The athletics stadium incorporates a 400-metre, eight-lane running track that has hosted international athletics meetings and an annual event on the athletics Grand Prix circuit.

The Jubilee Stand, which could accommodate an additional 5,000 spectators, opened in 1977. The stadium has a capacity of 16,500, which can be increased to 20,000 using temporary seating.

There are outdoor pitches for football, rugby and American football. The complex also contains four swimming pools, and in 2006 included London's only Olympic-sized (50-metre) pool.

Other features include an indoor athletics track; jump and pole vault facilities; badminton, basketball and netball courts; indoor areas for cricket and hockey; martial arts and boxing facilities; weight training rooms; a dance studio, and a climbing wall. The N.S.C. also houses one of the United Kingdom's leading sports injury clinics, employing specialists in orthopaedics, rheumatology, cardiology, thoracic medicine, nutrition, physiotherapy and podiatry.

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