GB STARS PUT LOCAL SCHOOL KIDS THROUGH THEIR PACES AT THE NEW LONDON MARATHON COMMUNITY TRACK

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Another way the London Marathon supports the local communities in London. This is a new community track and London Marathon also brings in some GB track starts to meet with the kids as well! A fun idea and a great example of how the sport can develop a new generation.

LONDONCOMMUNITYTRACK_0035.jpgAsha Philip and Rabah Yousif, photo courtesy of LONDON MARATHON CHARITABLE TRUST

For immediate release: Wednesday 18 October 2017

GB STARS PUT LOCAL SCHOOL KIDS THROUGH THEIR PACES

AT THE NEW LONDON MARATHON COMMUNITY TRACK

  • London's new track funded by record £3.45 million grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust
  • Final part of £6.9 million legacy grants from The Trust following the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games
  • The Trust has now provided grants totalling £7.7 million to athletics projects in London

The London Marathon Community Track at the London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park officially opened today (Wednesday 18 October), with pupils from the Bobby Moore Academy being put through their paces by Team GB's World Championships medallists Asha Philip and Rabah Yousif.

This special PE lesson marked the opening of this new community facility provided by The London Marathon Charitable Trust. The Trust provided the biggest single grant in its history, £3.45 million, to construct the London Marathon Community Track. This was the final part of a £6.9 million grant towards the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games legacy facilities, which also included the Lee Valley VeloPark and Tumbling Bay Playground in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The pupils from the Bobby Moore Academy, a new school right next to the London Marathon Community Track, got to test out what will become their school sports facility with the help of Philip and Yousif alongside coaches from Newham & Essex Beagles Athletics Club, which will also now be based at the Community Track. Philip, who won silver in the 4x100m relay at London 2017, and Yousif, who won bronze in the 4x400m, are both members of the famous club.

The London Marathon Community Track was used as a warm up facility at the recent 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships and World Para Athletics Championships and will be managed by the London Stadium. It is available for community use throughout the year with designated sessions for schools and community groups as well as pay and run sessions for local residents. The Community Track will also have a new clubhouse area and gym.

Other groups to benefit from this great new facility include Newham Athletics Network and English Athletics and the West Ham Foundation, which are both part of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's Active People Active Park programme. It will also be the home ground for east London football team Altis FC and West Ham Ladies, providing a real multi-purpose community use.

The London Marathon Community Track also features a 200-seat stand named after Chris Brasher and John Disley, the co-founders of the London Marathon, which was opened today by their youngest grandchildren, Frances Disley (aged 8) and Rosie Brasher (aged 4), in the presence of other family members.

Sir Rodney Walker, Chair of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: "This is a fantastic moment for The Trust. We have invested the biggest grant in our history to create this amazing facility in the shadow of such an iconic Stadium. The Trust is all about inspiring people to be active and take up sport and I have no doubt this track will do that."

Asha Philip, World Championship silver medallist said: "I warmed up here ahead of winning my silver medal and it's great it is now being opened up for kids and my fellow Newham & Essex Beagles to use. Having such an amazing new facility next to the Stadium that hosted the Olympics, Paralympics and World Championships is really exciting."

Tony Shiret, Chair Newham & Essex Beagles, said: "We have a proud history in athletics and have seen some of the greats compete for our club including Sir Mo Farah, Daley Thompson and now Asha Philip and Rabah Yousif. This fabulous new facility will help us bring on the next World and Olympic champions and to serve the families of Newham, as we have done for the last 30 years."

Marvin Riley, Assistant Principal & Head of PE, Bobby Moore Academy, said: "Our students are very excited to begin using the London Marathon Community Track and start training. We have a few very good athletes in our year 7 and we look forward to coaching and developing our students. They are all very inspired by the thought of world class athletes using the same track as them."

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: "It is great to see the London Marathon Community Track now open. Our youngsters will share this incredible resource with gold medal winning athletes from Newham & Essex Beagles who will make this track a fitting new home. This was a key part of the legacy from the 2012 Games and something we fought for to encourage increased sports participation throughout the borough. I look forward to watching our young people make the most of this track, be inspired by the athletes who also use it and go on to achieve their own gold medal success."

Mark Camley, Executive Director Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, said: "Millions around the world will be familiar with the London Marathon Community Track through the television coverage of this summer's London 2017 athletics events and we're thrilled that local children and athletes will now have the chance to train here to become the next generation of champions."

-ENDS-

For further information, please contact:

Matt Jackson | Senior Communications Manager | London Marathon Events Ltd

e [email protected]londonmarathonevents.co.uk m 07814 497908

Ryan Goad | Press Officer | London Marathon Events Ltd

e [email protected]londonmarathonevents.co.uk | m 07950 708574

Notes to Editors:

The London Marathon Charitable Trust was created in 1981 by Chris Brasher and John Disley, the founders of the London Marathon, to meet one of their founding aims to raise money for sport and recreational facilities. Their vision enabled the surplus from the London Marathon and all future events organised by London Marathon Events Ltd to go to The London Marathon Charitable Trust in perpetuity.

The Trust currently provides grants towards capital projects that inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle and increase the number of people regularly taking part in sports and physical activities. Since it was created in 1981, the London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded more than £66.5 million to more than 1,200 projects.

In 2017, The Trust announced its first UK-wide funding programme to safeguard the future of green spaces across the UK. Working with Fields in Trust, green spaces will be protected from development by funding from The Trust. In addition, each site will be awarded a grant of up to £5,000 by The Trust to fund programmes that inspire the local community to get active.

Newham & Essex Beagles Athletic Club is one of the leading athletics clubs in Great Britain. Formed in 1887 as the Beaumont Harriers, it became the Essex Beagles in July 189 and merged with Newham AC in 1985 when it moved from Barking to the Terence McMillan Stadium in Newham. The club has produced some of Britain's finest athletes including Daley Thompson, Sir Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogu, Iwan Thomas and more recently Asha Philip, Rabah Yousif and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.

Bobby Moore Academy is a new all-through school in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which opened to Year 7 students in September 2017. The secondary site is situated next to the London Stadium and will eventually educate young people from 11-18. A primary school will sit alongside, overlooking the canal that will educate, engage and inspire more than 400 children (opening for Reception children in September 2018).

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is home to beautifully landscaped gardens, historic waterways, famous sporting venues, a vibrant arts and events programme and the ArcelorMittal Orbit visitor attraction.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opened in April 2014 following the 18-month transformation programme of the London 2012 Olympic Park. It is now home to six former Olympic and Paralympic venues, the Copper Box Arena, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark, London Aquatics Centre and London Stadium where visitors can take part in sport, enjoy watching world class athletes compete or experience concerts or arts and cultural events. Visitors can also enjoy a birds-eye view of the Park from the two viewing platforms of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK's tallest sculpture, before experiencing an exhilarating ride on The Slide, the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide.

As the new heart of east London, the Park is still transforming and will soon provide future homes, jobs and an unrivalled education and cultural district housing Sadler's Wells, V&A East, UAL's London College of Fashion and UCL East.

The London Legacy Development Corporation promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area by maximising the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For more information visit our website, sign up to our e-newsletter, follow us on Twitter (@noordinarypark) and like us on Facebook (facebook.com/QueenElizabethOlympicPark)

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