14 Mar 13

London youngsters compete in EDF Energy Indoor Athletics Final

Youngsters from six East London colleges come together for the culmination of the EDF Energy Indoor Indoor Athletics Challenge on Thursday (March 21).

Supported by EDF Energy, sixty 16-18 year-olds from East London have been working with professional coaches, with training programmes designed to boost their commitment and performance in sport and in their studies. They will compete across five events - long jump, shot put, 60m, 800m and 4x200m relay, in the final at the Lee Valley Indoor Athletics Centre.

Leyton Sixth Form College, Newham College, NewVic Sixth Form College, Barking and Dagenham College, Hackney Community College and Sir John Cass’s Foundation Redcoat School in Stepney, Tower Hamlets are taking part.

Former 400m specialist and Olympian Donna Fraser, who works at EDF Energy, is part of the team supporting the youngsters. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Fraser

She said: “The youngsters have worked really hard over the past few months and I’m sure the final is going to be a fantastic event. EDF Energy has various sport and educational programmes to inspire youngsters in London as we’re delighted with the efforts of all those involved in the Athletics Challenge.”

Working with the Team Falola Trust, youngsters have been receiving top class coaching to improve their commitment and performance, developing valuable life skills and also exploring career opportunities within the energy industry.

Each college enters a team of 10 for the final. The overall winner and other awards made will be based on performances at the final, but also on points scored throughout the challenge in areas including discipline, commitment and punctuality.

Team Falola Trust promotes athletics through grassroots programmes, education and corporate partners. Educational programmes aim to attract youngsters to the sport through inspiring and motivational means. The trust also supports up and coming athletes.