Youngsters mix with sporting stars

Wednesday 2nd January 2013

As part of a project by BBC Sport, which aims to involve all of the Olympic Borough’s, young people from Royal Greenwich had the chance to attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) Awards last month.

The young people were invited to attend a one-off workshop at Valley Central, to meet Jon Schofield, who won bronze in a thrilling men’s kayak K2 double final in the Olympics with his partner Liam Heath, and Alistair Heselton, who competed for Team GB’s 7-a-side football team in the Paralympics.

Both athletes shared their London 2012 journeys with the young people in attendance.

All of the young people (aged 16-25) selected to attend, were either volunteers at the Trust, or had shown progress or impressed in a Trust run project in Greenwich.

At the end of the event, each young person was presented with two tickets each for the SPOTY Awards, which were held at the Excel Arena in London last month and saw cyclist Bradley Wiggins crowned the winner.

Angelica Nabadda, aged 17, who was one of the young people given the chance to attend the SPOTY Awards, said, ‘The workshop enhanced my motivation through the inspiration of the Olympians and what is needed to succeed. It was great to have the chance to go to the SPOTY Awards and see all of the amazing athletes.’

Toyosi Akinniyi, aged 17, added, ‘It was so much fun, I enjoyed it loads, learnt lots of new things and met some interesting people.’ 

Matt Horne, Royal Greenwich Youth Partnership & Valley Central Manager, added, ‘It is great for the young people of Greenwich to have a chance to get involved in such a prestigious event. Especially following a fantastic sporting year. This was a chance to see real life heroes up close.’