Youngsters get chance to shine at Dalton Grant Academy’s Jump-a-thon event

PUBLISHED: 11:24 11 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:29 11 October 2013

Dalton Grant's Jumpathon event is this weekend at Barking's Sport House venue.

Dalton Grant's Jumpathon event is this weekend at Barking's Sport House venue.


Youngsters will get the chance to experience 10 different sports for free in an event put on by the Dalton Grant Academy

Tomorrow from 11am at the Sport House venue in Barking, children can experience sports such as football, handball, rowing, badminton, table tennis and many others as Grant’s Academy looks to continue the legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In attendance will be Olympic gold medallist rower Mark Hunter and badminton silver medallist Gail Emms and there is a chance for four Year-Six students to win a prize for their school in a challenge against the Olympians.

With the help of the British Olympic Authority, Coca Cola, Samsung, and the Exchange shopping centre in Ilford, Grant, a Commonwealth Games and European Indoor champion high jump gold medallist has put on this event.

“It is aimed at trying to keep the legacy going from the Olympics so for me it was about bringing kids to experience different sports as well as meeting some of Britain’s Olympians,” said Grant.

“But it will also raise awareness for Cystic fibrosis and sickle cell charities and cancer research. When the celebrities come to take on the challenges as well they’ll battle to win money for the charities.

“Different sports on the day can promote a pathway to where the local clubs are where the kids can learn. We are committed to keep the legacy alive in east London.

“It’s about bringing people together to show how powerful sport is for self-esteem and how it can bring people and the community together.”

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