Connie Henry’s Track Academy, is one of LB Brent’s leading athletics organisations. Based at the College of North West London, Track Academy works with young people to help each of them realise their full potential – both academically and in physical fitness, through athletics coaching, mentoring and education. This all-round package of support aims to improve young people’s confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to achieve their personal ambitions.
After two years of covid cancellations, this year, Track Academy were able, once again, to host their annual open invitation athletics event, funded by WNST. This gives all local young aspiring athletes the chance to come and give track athletics a go, within a professional, managed setting. The Mayor of Brent, Cllr Abdi Aden was also present, to add his encouragement to all of the participants.
The evening was a great success, with a mixture of first-time runners and more seasoned young athletes competing on the track at Willesden Sports Centre, in front of an enthusiastic crowd. From U9s to senior runners, both boys and girls, the event really was one that catered for all ages and abilities. The beginners were given their first taste of what it is like to be a track athlete and were tutored to give their very best performances. Amongst the experienced runners there was fierce competition, but also great camaraderie, from athletes representing other London athletics clubs, as well as local talent.
Across the evening there were a host of personal best times recorded, with the highlight being a series of sub 11 second 100m times recorded by some of the older male sprinters.
A full report on the evening can be found here
Connie Henry, founder and director of Track Academy said, “We’re thrilled with the success of the competition. Our thanks go to all the athletes who took part and showed such impressive sportsmanship.”
Stewart Goshawk, CEO at WNST told us, “Events like this give local young people the chance to give sport a try and to experience new opportunities. We were delighted to support the evening, providing an opening to get more people, more active, more often.”