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Hundreds of children to play hockey at London 2012 venue during inaugural Schools Festival

Over 400 primary school pupils will enjoy playing hockey for free during the first ever Schools Festival at London 2012 legacy venue, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Primary schools from every London borough, plus all districts in Hertfordshire and Essex will participate in the Schools Festival on 13-14 October at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre where the wheelchair tennis took place during the Paralympic Games.

For many children, this could be the very first time that they have a go at playing hockey.

Shaun Dawson, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Chief Executive said:

“This Festival is more solid proof of the successful sporting legacy we’re delivering from London 2012 and will give schoolchildren from across the capital and further afield the chance to follow their heroes and take part in sport in truly inspirational surroundings.

We’ve already run four annual Schools Festivals at our other London 2012 legacy venue, Lee Valley White Water Centre, where thousands of pupils from across the region have enjoyed the thrill of white water rafting on the Olympic Standard Competition Course for free.

We hope the young people involved will embrace these sports and continue participating in these fantastic activities. Who knows – we could discover a future champion!”

Expert coaches will be on hand to give primary school pupils in Years 3 and 4 (seven to nine years old) a go at Quicksticks hockey and also Mini tennis at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on 13-14 October.

Quicksticks is a fun four-a-side game which provides players a perfect taste of hockey regardless of previous experience. Mini Tennis gives a great introduction to the basics of the sport and is played in smaller courts with short racquets and soft balls.

In addition, at Lee Valley VeloPark, secondary school students will have a go at track cycling in the iconic velodrome, BMX on the remodelled Olympic track, road cycling on the one mile circuit and mountain biking on the five miles of brand new trails on 13-14 and 20-21 October.

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