|A history of Crystal Palace & Diving|
Crystal Palace site is set in a 99 acre park in South London, just 30 minutes from the City and is steeped in sports history. Before the turn of the nineteenth Century the football FA Cup final was held in the park with over 100,000 spectators watching, in a basin adjacent to the current site of the diving pool. Diving only took off at Crystal Palace when the National Sports Centre was built in 1964. Since then "Palace" trained divers have competed at every level of World Diving, including the Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.
The Crystal Palace Diving Club was formed and affiliated to the ASA in the 1980's by Chris and Gill Snode. Chris was a former World, European and Commonwealth Diving Champion. Gill was a former diver and coached junior internationals including Beijing Olympic finalist Blake Aldridge. The Club has been one of Britain's key teams for past twenty five years.
Recently, the diving pool has been improved in partnership with the LDA, GLL and ASA and a dedicated dry diving gym upgraded. The diving pool has all the Olympic boards and a popular "bubble machine" to aid the learning new and complicated dives by the Teams Olympic hopefulls. In the "state of the art" dry diving gym there are four dry boards, five trampolines with three harnesses, somersault stations and other important specialist equipment.
When London was awarded the 2012 Olympics the Club made a bold decision to adapt it's training to a Chinese "Beijing" style diving system, which is now headed by Chinese coaches and supported by western trainers.
The Club's top divers have been hand picked from an ongoing London wide talent search. So far 120,000 children have been tested in the last five years, looking for future British Olympians.