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Newham High Performance athletes giving back

PUBLISHED: 11:05 24 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:05 24 July 2015

Pupils from Gallions Primary School enjoy their sports day

Pupils from Gallions Primary School enjoy their sports day

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Students help out at school sports day

Members of the Newham High Performance Programme helped out at Gallions Primary School's sports dayMembers of the Newham High Performance Programme helped out at Gallions Primary School's sports day

Athletes from the Newham & Waltham Forest High Performance Programme went back to school to do their bit for grassroots sport this week.

Newham & Essex Beagles athletes Finette Agyapong and Abass Hemoh were joined by Newham Swords fencing duo Katrina Feklistova and Rachel Shaw at the Gallions Primary School Sports Day.

And the younger children were delighted to have them, with organiser Richard Twine saying: “We try to arrange to help with the local schools and partnerships as a way for the athletes to give back and connect with their community.

“Abass Hemoh used to go to Gallions Primary and this year we have helped on about six different occasions.”

Pupils at Gallions Primary take part in their school sports dayPupils at Gallions Primary take part in their school sports day

Agyapong is the current English Schools’ 200m champion, while Feklistova is ranked third in the UK at under-20 level and Shaw second among under-18s.

Twine added: “I run the Newham & Waltham Forest High Performance Programmes on behalf of the respective councils for the high level sporting talent in the borough.

“The programmes are very successful, we have around 10-12 athletes aiming for the 2016 Rio Olympics. We really need some sponsorship going forward for its continuation.”

For enquiries about possibly sponsoring the programme please contact r.twine@uel.ac.uk.


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