Merton kids get fit

Last week more than 30 children from Merton took part in the Norwich Union star:track at Wimbledon Park Athletics Track.

The scheme, supported by top athlete Denise Lewis, was run in conjunction with Merton’s Leisure Services department as part of the Goodfellows Summer Plus brochure activities.

Merton’s Leisure Development Manager, Christine Parsloe, said “This is an excellent scheme, co-ordinated nationally, but delivered locally through the Goodfellow’s Summer Plus programme to get Merton youngsters taking those first steps to develop their athletic talents.

“Hopefully, as well as having a fun week these youngsters will move on in athletics to join the local club and who knows this year we may just have our own future Denise Lewis in the making – let’s hope so!”

The nationwide scheme has taken place at another 12 tracks across London and in 210 other stadiums through out the UK.

The four-day course gave local children between the ages of eight and 15 the chance to try out grassroots athletics. The children needed no previous experience and were given the opportunity to learn the basic skills of running, jumping and throwing. Over 20,000 children through out the UK registered and took part in the scheme.

Patron Denise Lewis said: “The scheme introduces children to athletics and is a fantastic way for children to have fun during the holidays. I hope to see other athletes like myself supporting scheme like this to encourage more young people to take up sport.”

The children along with other youngsters in the borough will have the opportunity to represent Merton in future athletic competitions such as, Sportshall Athletics Championships, London Youth Games Cross Country, London Mini Marathon and the main London Youth Games Athletics Championships.