Olympic Champions bring Street Athletics to Hackney

Street Athletics is a community focused youth engagement programme created by Olympic Gold medallists Linford Christie and Darren Campbell. The programme is for young people aged under 20 and is coming to Hackney this summer.

The event is returning to Downs Park Road, Hackney on Monday Monday 28 July, 2pm-4pm, registration is open from 1pm. Young people in the area will have the chance to race against each other over 60 metres.

Linford Christie and Darren Campbell will be attending the day and all participants will receive a Street Athletics T-Shirt and dog tag. There the top three finishers in each age group will qualify to compete against youngsters from nine other London Boroughs at the Street Athletics London Final at Jubilee Gardens, London South Bank, on 6 September. The top three boys and girls from each age group there will then go on to compete against youngsters from 13 other cities at the Street Athletics National Final in Manchester on 20 September.

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Street Athletics is taking place with the support of Reebok, Sony, Gaz de France and Sport England. The Hackney event is being supported by Hackney Council, the Peabody Trust and the Southern Housing Group.

Linford Christie said:
“Street Athletics is an amazing project now in its fourth year. We have seen thousands of young people taking part in races across the country. For us it began on the streets challenging other kids from other estates to race against us and if we hadn’t have done that we never would have got to where we are today. We’re hugely excited about returning to Hackney with Street Athletics 2008 in an attempt to seek out the best raw talent the county has to offer.”

Darren Campbell said:
“Athletics has shown me that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and Street Athletics will again give young people in Hackney the opportunity to test themselves whilst having lots of fun. To me, everyone who takes part will have taken that first step in achieving their dreams.”

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said:
“One of Hackney Council’s long-held ambitions is to inspire as many residents as possible to get involved in regular physical activity, and being a host borough for the 2012 Games is a great catalyst for this. The Street Athletics programme is a great way to demonstrate to our young residents the opportunities, enjoyment and health benefits that sport and physical activity can bring to our lives.”