Sporting Heritage at the Palace

Help celebrate the power of sporting heritage at the Palace with Historic England!

Nominate Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and grounds in Crystal Palace Park to be included in Historic England’s top ‘100 Places’  for  Sport & Leisure.  Entries close 4th October 2017.

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Historic England are seeking nominations for Sport & Leisure venues for the top ‘100 Places’ in England.  Today anyone, from anywhere, can go and stand on each of these spots, and imagine.  Where better than Crystal Palace to be inspired!  With it’s iconic GradeII* listed National Recreation Centre, spiritual home of many sports, long standing home for the London Youth Games that’s grown to be Europe’s largest annual youth sports event.

National Sporting Heritage Day is 30th September 2017 – If one venue can encapsulate sporting heritage, it’s the site of the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre! For over 150 years its grounds in Crystal Palace Park have engaged the young to old, from grass roots to Olympians, covering more sports than any other venue in the country, from athletics, diving, swimming, cycling, motor racing, football, gymnastics, boxing, skateboarding with a list as rich as the stories are long! In 1866 Crystal Palace hosted the first National Olympian Games. Today the NSC remains unique in the huge range of different sports, training, sporting events and recreation it offers for all abilities, and its history that’s inspires thousands and makes sporting legends!

Send in your pictures!

To help celebrate National Sporting Heritage Day  on 30th September 2017, please can you send your choice photos from Crystal Palace Park and National Sports Centre that inspire you!  Tell us your winning facts, or a sporting triumph or feat that occurred.   Please add a sentence or story about the photo, the date/year, and your name to

We’ll be compiling as part of celebrations on 30th September, and tweeting from @cpsp2020, and adding nominations into the sporting collections storyboard at Sporting heritage  and Sporting Memories Network web sites.

Sporting Heritage is Crystal Palace – past and present!


Find out here what unites the great WG Grace the writer Arthur Conan Doyle at Crystal Palace on a rainy 23rd August 1900!

FA Cup finals took place between 1895-1914.  At Crystal Palace, King George V  was the fist time a monarch had attended a cup final.








Midnight Madness finals!

The iconic sports venue, with a sporting legacy for over 150 years,  and the London home to the most World and All-Comers Records in athletics…

This powerful image that reminds me of the abundant opportunities for personal and professional development at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Knowing that I’m sharing the facility with greats both past and present continues to push my personal growth to realms and places that I would never have anticipated. David Laurence, Sport & Fitness coach at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

I’ve just voted for Crystal Palace NSC. My home for many years during my career as an athlete and still my favourite sport venue in London 💙  Susie Rodgers MBE