Lord Coe serves up a treat

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TALENTED tennis players from a Ponteland school have enjoyed a special taste of the Olympics.

Former Olympic gold medallist Lord Coe, chairman of London 2012, and former prime minister Tony Blair, founder of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, gave a selection of children and coaches from the North East a personal tour of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London.

Among those present were children aged eight and nine from Darras Hall First School who won the foundation’s tennis competition.

Mr Blair said: “I am delighted to be able to bring our Tony Blair Sports Foundation competition winners and some of their coaches to the Olympic Park today – and what better way to see it than to get a tour from such an inspirational athlete as Seb Coe.

“What we’re working on with the Tony Blair Sports Foundation is ensuring that there is a sporting legacy for the North East from the games.

The Olympics is going to be the biggest focus for sport in the whole world for 2012, and that shouldn’t just be about the top-level athletes; it’s also got to be about grassroots sports, and the key to grassroots sports are volunteers and coaches.”

The ‘Coaches for Clubs’ campaign launched last month sees the Foundation team up with school and sports clubs.

across the North East to inspire people to become volunteers, coaches and officials in the communities that need them most.