Hackney students get involved as Olympic legacy champions

Project launched to create a community and environmental legacy for the Games

The inspiration of the 2012 Olympics will be used to transform the lives of students living in the six Olympic boroughs, through a project launched last week.

Legacy Champions will take young people from ten East London colleges - including Hackney Community College in Falkirk Street, Hoxton and BSix Sixth Form College in Kenninghall Road, Upper Clapton – to create a community and environmental legacy for the Games.

Supported by mentors, different teams of Legacy Champions will work on a range of local legacy focused projects.

HCC is working on leaving a legacy of community by renovating a community centre in Trelawney Estate off Morning Lane, Hackney Central, and BSix is holding a week-long event promoting healthy living and diet, with competitions and a sports day.

Youth action charity Envision has linked up with EDF Energy, the first sustainability partner of London 2012, which is providing 30 employees as mentors for the three-year partnership.

Maxine Adesina from Hackney Community College said: “I am very excited about being a Legacy Champion and to have the opportunity of having an input into something that leaves a permanent legacy.

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“This project will offer a great chance for diverse, talented people to come together with ideas that can positively affect our community and overall environment.”

The first hundred Legacy Champions came together at Hackney Community College on Friday February 11.