Budding athletes given surprise with Olympic torch visit

Young participants on BVAL's Star Track Athletics Camp held at Sporting Club Cramlington, with Olympic torchbearer, Craig Birch from Blyth Running Club.

Young participants on BVAL's Star Track Athletics Camp held at Sporting Club Cramlington, with Olympic torchbearer, Craig Birch from Blyth Running Club.

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YOUNGSTERS on a three-day althetics camp have been treated to a surprise visit from an Olympic torchbearer.

The budding young sports stars were taking part in the camp at Sporting Club Cramlington when Craig Birch, a member of Blyth Running Club, called in to spend the day with the children and put them through their paces in a range of athletics disciplines.

Craig carried the flame through Manchester where he is a student, and was nominated by the university for his hard work and efforts in running the university athletics club.

As the special guest on the last day of the camp, Craig answered questions about his torch carrying experience from the children on the course.

Organised and delivered by qualified coaches from Northumberland Athletics Network, the camps are popular with children aged from eight to 15-years-old.

Hemant Desai, Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure/Northumberland Athletics Network’s officer, said: “It has been great to see so many children participating in athletics this week – especially with the Olympic Games in London.

“We are hoping that by watching Team GB in action, youngsters will be inspired even more to have a go at athletics.

“We look forward to welcoming enthusiastic, budding young athletes who would like to join us at the next athletics camp.”

BVAL’s next Star Track Athletics Camp will be held at Sporting Club Cramlington and Chantry Middle School in Morpeth on Tuesday, August 14, to Thursday, August 16.

Coaching provides an introduction to the fundamentals of athletics including running, jumping and throwing in a fun and enjoyable setting.

To book call Hemant Desai on 07540 412089 or visit www.bval.co.uk