October 23 2014 Latest news:
Freddy Mayhew, Reporter
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Free coaching will be offered to young cyclists to help prepare a team representing Newham for the London Youth Games, sponsored by Balfour Beatty.
Olympic and World cycling champion Joanna Rowsell presented a £2,000 cheque to health group ActiveNewham on Friday (March 7) on behalf of the Balfour Beatty Sports Development Grants scheme.
The funds will be used to deliver ten weeks of free cycling coaching at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will also go towards developing further opportunities in sailing and kayaking for Newham’s youngsters.
Ms Rowsell, who is a patron of the 2014 youth games, said: “It is really important that we maintain the momentum of London 2012 by ensuring young people have the opportunity to take part in competitive sport.
“The grants enable young people to discover a new activity and discover something about themselves, leading to a lifetime of sporting participation.”
Balfour Beatty CEO Andrew McNaughton said: “Following London 2012, the Olympic Legacy is not just the responsibility of our politicians and community leaders; businesses can and should play their part too.”
The double-gold-medal winning cyclist showed her team pursuit gold from London 2012 to awestruck pupils from Chobham Academy, based within the park, after handing the cheque to Newham Council’s deputy mayor Lester Hudson.
She had just returned from Colombia where she won gold in both the team and individual pursuit events.
This year’s grants will benefit over 3,000 children across 19 London boroughs and go towards providing free taster sessions, professional coaching and equipment purchase in 20 sports, including several Paralympic sports.