The University of East London hosted an Olympic Sports Day at Gallions Reach Shopping Park, Beckton East London on Saturday 6th August. The event was to highlight some of the Olympic sports featured at the Rio Olympic Games, such as Badminton, Karate, Boxing, and Rowing.
Badminton was delivered by UEL based club Black Arrows who have been delivering a very successful club session for the past 5 years on a Wednesday evening 7-10pm at UEL, and who also work in close partnership with Active Newham in the development of Badminton in Newham.
Despite the challenges of a very hot sunny day at Beckton with at times too much wind to play outdoor Badminton, Black Arrows still managed to attract passing shoppers, young people and families to take part in outdoor Badminton, where they received coaching tips from Black Arrows coaches, Amardeep Panesar and Henry T. Gaspard, as well as the opportunity to challenge the coach.
The day went well, with large number of shoppers having a go at the various activities on offer, as well as both youngsters and adults having their faces painted.