British Triathlon Federation in partnership with long standing sponsor and now Corporate Partner, Corus is celebrating another successful year of Corus Kids of Steel. This year more than 3,000 children from over 100 schools have been introduced to the sport of triathlon.
Corus Kids of Steel toured the country visiting Corby, Newham, Scunthorpe and Teesside delivering a fun and healthy day for school children between the ages of eight and 13. Bikes, helmets and t-shirts were all provided, so children only needed to turn up with a pair of trainers and some swimming attire, making the event accessible to all.
The events captured the imagination of both the new triathletes and parents. Mum of two Milica Rakocevic from Corby was on the sidelines watching her daughter Anastasya complete her first triathlon. She said: "I think it’s a great thing and hopefully it will encourage the children to do more sport in their spare time."
Corus Kids of Steel ensures schools across the country have the opportunity to engage in a sport that has celebrated three World Champions. Schools have been quick to praise the scheme with Claire Farrow, Partnership Development Manager at Baysgarth School Sports Partnership adding: “Thanks so for much for organising a great event-it’s such a good opportunity for young people to try a tri.”
Construction Solutions Director Murray Bean, who represented Corus at the event in Newham added: “Grassroots triathlon is a major part of our support for British Triathlon and it’s tremendous that so many children took part in the Corus Kids of Steel events. These are a great way to involve youngsters in a new and exciting sport, and as the day is all about having a go, we hope that the children will go away with a positive experience and, whether they choose to take up triathlon or not, that they continue to lead active and healthy lifestyles.”
Corby Borough Council’s Lead member for community, Cllr John McGhee said, "The triathlon was a fantastic success and attracted over 1000 young people for the first time ever. All of the young people had a great day and I’m sure we witnessed a few stars in the making! Congratulations to all involved and a big thank you to the organisers, I can’t wait until next year."