Celebration of Hackney’s young sporting talent

HOMEGROWN sporting talents were celebrated at the Hackney Youth Sports Fund Awards ceremony in the Town Hall Assembly Rooms at the end of July.

Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe presented promising young athletes and sport clubs from across the borough with Gold, Silver or Bronze grant awards in Round Two, April 2008 deadline, of the Hackney Youth Sports Fund.

Individual Gold awards were presented to young people involved in sports ranging from Disability Athletics to Ultimate Frisbee and Silver awards for Basketball, Trampolining and Swimming. There were also Gold, Silver and Bronze awards given to community clubs including Lapton FC, Hackney Sparrows Wheelchair Basketball Club and FC Stingers.

Mayor Jules Pipe said: “Congratulations to the successful individuals, clubs and everyone involved in the Hackney Youth Sports Fund. This is a wonderful programme to improve the chances of our future sporting talents and support our sports clubs with the tremendous work they do in the borough.”

The Fund, which was set up by the Council in 2007, is divided into two sections for individual athletes and community clubs. It will run until 2012 providing promising sporting individuals and clubs in the borough with the support, resources and training needed to achieve their potential.

Mayor Pipe added, “As we prepare for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, I hope many more young people will be inspired to pursue sporting activities and utilise the facilities available in Hackney.”

Hackney Youth Sports Fund Awards was organised by the Council’s Sports Development Team and 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Unit.

To find out more about Hackney Youth Sports Fund or about sports in Hackney generally, contact the Sports Development Team on 020 8356 7443.