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The Mayor of London and the Minister for
Spor t and the Olympics, Hugh Rober tson
MP, were joined by Olympic hopeful Zoe
Smith at the launch of the new Europa
Centre recently.
The huge multi-spor ts hub benefited from
the Mayor of London: Facility Fund Spor ts
Legacy investment of £200,000. It includes
a mar tial ar ts and dance studio, a boxing
studio, dedicated weights studio, fitness
studio and gymnastics hall.
Weightlifting star and Europa Centre
member, Zoe Smith, joined guests at the
event and talked about her joy at seeing
the new centre up and running.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:
Europa Gym is exactly the sort of project
I had in mind when I set up my £40m
Sports Legacy Programme to get more
Londoners fit and active ahead of the
2012 Games. It is a magnificent example
of the legacy that this great summer of
sport is now bringing to the Capital.As
well as hosting Olympic hopefuls in the
build up to the Games, it will provide
crucial world class training facilities for
London for generations to come.”
The new Europa Centre will become a
London 2012 Games Time Training Venue
for both Olympic and Paralympic Volleyball
squads.There will be 24 Olympic teams
and 18 Paralympic teams training there.
Top gymnasts from Russia and Australia
have already given the stamp of approval
to the gym earlier this year at the ‘Visa
International Gymnastics’ event – par t of
the ‘London Prepares’ series of test events
ahead of the Games.
Charlton Athletic Manager, Chris Powell, officially opened a
third generation pitch at the Samuel MontaguYouth Centre in
Kidbrooke, South London, following a grant of £136,690 from
the Mayor of London: Facility Fund.
Kate Hoey MP, Clive Efford MP and Foundation Chief
Executive, Paul Thorogood attended to help celebrate the
opening of the new pitches at theYouth Centre.
The spor ts hub is the only such site in the borough and
will offer an extensive range of spor ts, together with a
comprehensive programme of multi media, creative, social
and recreational activities, to young people.
The Samuel MontaguYouth Centre, with the traditional spor ts
of football and boxing, plays a key role in engaging a growing
number of young people in the local community. Charlton
Athletic Community Club, along with many more groups in the
local area, will enjoy using the brand new facility.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
“I am sure that
people from across Kidbrooke will take advantage of all the
great facilities the Samuel Montagu Centre has to offer, so
they can get fit and active for many years to come.”
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