Sporting Heroes Help Make Kids Day

Sat, 2000-11-04 00:00

Over 50 local children, who recently took part in a half term sports club, got a little more than they bargained on.

The children, aged 5 to 16, got to take part in some energetic sporting activities at East Durham College but also got to meet some real live sporting stars.

A number of locally based sporting stars dropped in to meet the kids and give them some coaching. The stars included ex-professional footballer and Newcastle Utd legend Steve Howey, Durham Bobcats’ Basketball player and Olympic hopeful Sarah McKay, Durham Wildcats Basketballer Paul Nelson and boxing Olympic hopeful Amanda Coulson.

Basketball star Sarah McKay, who grew up in Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, previously played professionally in Spain’s top female division for 3 years.

 6’ 7” Sarah has also played for the Great Britain Senior Women’s team and is an Olympic hopeful. “The kids have had a great time and lots of fun, I hope they enjoyed the session and might think about taking up the sport (Basketball) in the future,” she said.

Amanda Coulson, from Hartlepool, is probably considered as the best young female boxer in England. She is a GB Squad member and dropped in before jetting off to Russia to compete in a competition out there as part of her build up to hopefully make the GB team for London 2012.

Rose Fraser, Sports Development Officer at the College, added: “We were delighted at the response from the children. It’s great to see elite sportsmen and women giving up some of their precious time to help us inspire young people in to sport and to follow their sporting dreams.”

The kids got to take part in a range of different activities including dodgeball, basketball, boxing, table tennis and many more. The activities, that ran over 3 days of half term, were organised by and held at East Durham College’s state-of-the-art sports facility at their Peterlee Campus.