Lord Coe has opened a £800,000 sports centre at Ashfield School in Kirkby-in- Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.
The centre could be a training centre for the 2012 Olympics
The centre is bidding to become a training base for an athletic team for the 2012 Olympics in London.
The new facilities include a running track and an all-weather sports pitch. They will be used by pupils and the Sutton Harriers Athletics Club.
Lord Coe said the facility was a good example of how people across the UK could benefit from the London Games.
"They have every right to be proud of these facilities," he said.
"It's great that athletes are able to train on this type of all-weather because it means they can train all the year round."