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Allez! The Tour de France Comes to Hackney and Excites Locals.

Allez! The Tour de France Comes to Hackney and Excites Locals.

The Grand Départ leg of the Tour de France will be speeding through Hackney later this year. Following on from our report in January, we took a look at what is going to happen and how its going to affect you. Described as a daylong street party for cycle sport fans,…

London Marathon supporters: where to watch

London Marathon supporters: where to watch

The EastLondonLines supporters guide to the London marathon: whether you’re looking out for a loved one taking part, trying to catch a glimpse of the elite athletes – don’t miss Mo Farah’s full marathon debut – or just out enjoying the atmosphere.  On Sunday, 35,500 runners will hit the streets…

Hackney wins gold for Olympic sporting legacy as the borough’s parent participation numbers hit record levels

Hackney wins gold for Olympic sporting legacy as the borough’s parent participation numbers hit record levels

Legacy was the big theme at the London Olympic Games, throughout the bidding process, grand building projects, sporting events and infrastructure adaptation. In Hackney the emphasis seems to have paid off. Data shows that in the 15 months since the 2012 Olympics, the number of adults engaging in sport has increased.…

Inclusive Lewisham sports community faced with new task having succeeded in lifting BME participation rates

Inclusive Lewisham sports community faced with new task having succeeded in lifting BME participation rates

Lewisham appears to have overcome a nationwide problem in achieving high BME sports participation rates, however, the rise has been coupled with a dive in participation for white residents. ELL investigates.  Black and minority ethnic sports participation figures rocketed in Lewisham following the London 2012 Olympic Games, just as the…

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

You’re in the shape of your life, you’ve spent the winter shattering what you thought was your pain barrier with brutal late night and early morning runs, and for the last couple of months you’ve cut out alcohol and anything else that might vaguely intoxicate the temple that your body…

Olympic legacy fails to inspire more BME participation

Olympic legacy fails to inspire more BME participation

The Olympic legacy has failed to increase the numbers of black and Asian people participating in sport in Tower Hamlets. ELL investigates. Despite their proximity to the heartland of London 2012, not all of Tower Hamlets’ citizens have wholly embraced the Olympic spirit. There has been a clear divergence between…

Croydon footballers in court for alleged match fixing

Croydon footballers in court for alleged match fixing

  Five men accused of match fixing will appear in court today following a National Crime Agency investigation into an alleged illegal betting syndicate. Former footballers Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22 and from Croydon, have been accused of conspiring to defraud bookmakers by placing bets and therefore influencing…

Olympic VeloPark opens to public later this month

Olympic VeloPark opens to public later this month

The Lee Valley VeloPark, part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is due to open to the public at the end of the month. Members of the public will be able to use various cycling facilities and activities within the site, including the velodrome  where Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria…

Clapton-v-Tower Hamlets: Footballers help homeless

Clapton-v-Tower Hamlets: Footballers help homeless

East end football rivals, Tower Hamlets and Clapton joined forces on Saturday to raise £400 for homeless charities. A lively crowd of 195, stood in support at the Mile end stadium – the biggest public attendance in the football season. Tower Hamlets manager, Ajibola Olatunbosun said: “195, obviously we have never…

Hackney kids win Wembley football tournament

Hackney kids win Wembley football tournament

A team of disabled children representing Hackney claimed victory at Panathlon’s annual football tournament in the shadows of Wembley Stadium. The Hackney team, who qualified for Thursday’s finals in November, beat off competition from 23 other London boroughs to take home the trophy. In what was a proud and inspirational…