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Over 1,500 children compete in Young Hackney’s 12th annual sports day

The day finished with relay races. Photograph: Hackney Council

Over 1,500 children from 14 schools in Hackney turned out for the council youth service’s 12th annual sports day earlier this month.

Personal Bests, which sees the most-improved pupils compete to improve on their previous records in events such as long jump, javelin and relay races, took place on Hackney Marshes on 3 July.

The day is also aimed at helping children develop new skills and teaching them how to live a healthier lifestyle.

St Matthias and St Dominics finished in joint first, followed by Lauriston in second place and Sebright coming home in third. 

Oscar, a Year 3 at Shacklewell Primary, said: “I have enjoyed the shot put and step jump. I am really proud for starting from a low score and improving my personal best today.”

Carol Gallagher, a teacher at London Fields Primary said: “It’s been a lot of fun, the children really enjoyed themselves, and have shown determination to achieve their personal best in a fun way.”

Personal Bests is organised by the council’s Young Hackney team, and this year was supported by a number of volunteers, including pupils from Stoke Newington Secondary School and City Academy, as well as employees from local businesses.

Deputy Mayor Anntoinette Bramble said: “It’s amazing that so many children can come together at events like this to enjoy sports, have fun and realise their potential.

“I want to say a big congratulations to every young person who took part, I hope Personal Bests helps even more local children take part in sports to improve their well-being, enjoy themselves and make new friends.”



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