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British Olympians help homeless young people at event at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Edmonton
Inspiring a generation has continued to reap its rewards as five British Olympians motivated 50 homeless youths at an athletics day.
The sportsmen and women put homeless young people through their paces in 100m, 400m, long-jump, high-jump and relay at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Meridian Way, Edmonton yesterday..
Non-profit organisation Social Purpose and Time (SPAT), which uses fitness to help disadvantaged young people, hosted its first programme of training sessions and competitions with the help of Olympian sprinters Conrad Williams, Nigel Levine and Margaret Adeoye, decathlete Ashley Bryant and high jumper Martyn Bernard.
Mr Williams said: "While young people can look up to negative figures, they prefer positive role-models and they’d rather make positive decisions. For a lot of young people, it's difficult growing up in London.
“I want to make sure they can see the positives. Sport is a great outlet and by getting involved kids can learn skills that help them in all walks of life.
“I've always worked with young people and always will. Working with SPAT means we've been able to offer this opportunity to take part in athletics for a lot of youths who've probably never had the chance before.”
Claude Umuhire, 24, of Enfield, is now a SPAT member after attending the event and thoroughly enjoyed his day at Lee Valley.
He said: "Today was awesome. Meeting Team GB athletes that I've seen on TV and aspired to be like; standing next to them made me realise they're just as human as I am and that even someone like me could go on to achieve great things."
Partnering with network society Britain's Personal Best, SPAT is hoping to reach out to more young homeless and socially-marginalised people in the London area and provide inspirational opportunities for young people that may not have access to sporting facilities.
Chief creative officer Steve Moore, adds, “SPAT is a great example of what charities can achieve as part of Britain’s Personal Best. We’re excited about the event this Thursday and hope that many more young people in difficult circumstances will be inspired through athletics to achieve their own personal best in the future.”
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