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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…

Three sided football, a game of three thirds

Three sided football, a game of three thirds

“Three-sided football? No seriously, three-sided football? Oh, you mean three-a-side matches. What, no? Three teams playing at once? Let me Google it…” That was the conversation repeated throughout the office when the subject of a single football match, played between three teams, with three goals, on a hexagonal pitch came…

Crystal Palace game cancelled due to severe weather

Crystal Palace game cancelled due to severe weather

Crystal Palace fans were left angry after their premier league game with Everton was called off due to severe weather conditions. The away game was postponed after police were concerned about the safety of some nearby buildings in Goodison Road, just 35 minutes before kick off. The late decision meant…

New half-marathon hopes to follow footsteps of Olympics

New half-marathon hopes to follow footsteps of Olympics

The first council-funded half marathon, Run Hackney,  has launched in the borough. For the first time ever, Hackney’s roads will be closed to accommodate the 21-kilometre run. The event will take place on June 22. Councillor Feryal Demirci, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “I’m delighted that we’re now…

‘Wheels for Wellbeing’ calling for more volunteers

A Croydon cycling service is calling for more volunteers to meet the demand of disabled people wanting to ride bicycles, tandems, specialist tricycles and rickshaws. Wheels for Wellbeing currently have 15 volunteers but requires many more to cope with the increase in interest from disabled cyclists. In 2012, the organisation saw 600 new people try […]

Council defends decision to sell land around Millwall FC

Council defends decision to sell land around Millwall FC

In a decision that has angered Millwall Football Club and many fans, Lewisham Council has sold the land surrounding the club’s stadium to develop a major sports village in the Surrey Canal Triangle. The decision came after a number of years of negotiation. The resulting  development will include the creation…