Sprint king Linford Christie will be casting his eye over young Swindon sporting talent when his Street Athletics event returns to the town tomorrow.
The free youth engagement programme, which has been organised by Swindon Borough Council and Nuff Respect, will be taking place outside Pine Trees Community Centre at The Circle in Pinehurst, on Thursday, 9 July and the former Olympic gold medallist will be on hand to watch young Swindon sprinters take part in a variety of races.
Street Athletics was first held in Swindon six years ago and is aimed at disengaged, disaffected young people aged under 20. It targets youngsters who are not engaged in mainstream sports and who can benefit from the confidence and motivation that comes from taking part in a positive community sports experience.
The event will see young people tackle 60m sprints in four different age groups – U13s, U15s, U17s and U20s. It is hoped those competing will take inspiration from the event and take advantage of local sports clubs and sports facilities.
Registration for the races takes place on the day between 3pm and 4pm and under 18s will require the consent of parents or guardians on their registration forms. Races will run between 4pm and 5.30pm.
The winners of each age group will be invited to Manchester for the National Finals being held on 26 September.
Cllr Mary Martin, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for leisure, said: “I am delighted Linford is bringing his Street Athletics event back to Swindon as it has captured the imagination of so many aspiring young athletes in Swindon over the last few years.
“Linford is a great ambassador for athletics and sport in general and I’m sure he will once again inspire all those who take part and encourage them to keep participating in exercise.”
For more information contact Doug Imrie on: 01793 465405 or email: DImrie@swindon.gov.uk