School Sport: Eastbury and Beam enjoy Olympic Park visit for inaugural Schools Festival
PUBLISHED: 10:13 14 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:13 14 October 2014
Eastbury Comprehensive and Beam Primary School from Barking and Dagenham were part of the first group of more than 700 schoolchildren to enjoy exclusive access to expert coaching at London 2012 legacy venues.
The four-day event began yesterday at both the Lee Valley VeloPark and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre venues on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park giving students the chance to take part in cycling, tennis and hockey for free. Students were invited from over 100 primary and secondary schools from every London borough, plus all districts in Hertfordshire and Essex.
The event was hosted by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority which owns and runs both venues, and is part of a long standing programme giving schoolchildren across the capital and further afield opportunities to enjoy sport for free in inspirational surroundings.
The students took part in a few different activities during the day including a 90-minute session on the famous track, road biking, mountain biking and some fun activities in the centre of the arena. They had a great time and we are hoping to go back again in the near future.
And on the day, Wayne Baldacchino, Head of Sports Excellence at Eastbury Comprehensive School said: “We’re based 10 minutes up the road in Barking and having the opportunity to come to the London 2012 venue was too good to miss, so we made sure we put in our allocation as soon as possible. They’re having a fantastic time, the venue itself opened eyes the minute we pulled up in the mini-bus they have had fun.”
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