fbpx
East Village, London

With 25 acres of parks and wetlands, East Village is a place to breathe the air and get active. Even our gigs and gatherings take place outdoors.

Elephant Central, London

Perfectly placed to make the most of the city, yet with a character and community all of its own.

New Maker Yards, Manchester

The buzz of two great cities. The cool calmness of the canals. A place to live, work, meet friends.

News

East Village and SportsAid partner to support the next generation of British Olympians and Paralympians

Three years on from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, East Village has partnered with SportsAid to support 10 young British athletes who are in training for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

Suitably named the E20 Champions, these 10 talented youngsters from across London and the South East, who are all aged between 14 and 19 years, are at the top of their game in a variety of sports from athletics and swimming to fencing and volleyball. At just 14 years old, the youngest, James Smith, is one of Britain’s top young table tennis players, whilst the oldest are 19-year-olds Ayesha Fihosy and Jai Birch, who are both junior fencing champions.

Ayesha said: “Fencing is a very financially demanding sport. To qualify for European and world championships I need to travel to the competitions all over Europe, so getting this help is amazing. It gives me the chance to try and reach my goals and achieve my full potential.”

Neil Young, Chief Executive Officer at Get Living London said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with SportsAid to support the E20 Champions. As the former Athletes’ Village, hosting more than 17,000 athletes during the summer of 2012, East Village’s Olympic and Paralympic heritage is an ongoing source of pride for the more than 5,000 people living here. We can’t think of a better way to acknowledge this heritage than by supporting our young aspiring Olympians and Paralympians in the early stages of their sporting careers.”

Tim Lawler, Chief Executive of SportsAid said: “This is a fantastic example of the living legacy of London 2012. Young athletes still tell us how much the Games inspired them so we are delighted to be working with East Village to help them achieve their ambitions. As E20 Champions they will get the financial support that can make a huge difference at this stage of their lives and we are excited to see how they progress. The power of backing people is that the impact is seen for years to come.”

The new partnership will see the E20 Champions become ambassadors for East Village where they will be invited to represent the area, taking part in events to encourage young people to get involved with sports. On Wednesday 1 October they visited the local school, Chobham Academy, which was recently rated Outstanding in its first Ofsted inspection.

Latest news

Tis the season to be mindful at New Maker Yards

Get Living has teamed up with its charity partner Mind in Salford to create a ‘Mindful Christmas Tree’ at...

Have you got Britain’s Best Balcony? Share your images to win a prize worth £1,000

Have you transformed your balcony during lockdown? If so, you could win £1,000 in vouchers at a home retailer...

Ever wondered which Olympians stayed in your home?

23 June 2020: Today marks ‘Olympic Day’, an international Olympic Movement promoting mass participation in sport across the globe...