Park activities prove popular

West Ham United Community Sports Trust was out in force at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park during the Whitsun half-term holiday.

In conjunction with England Athletics, the Hammers' community coaches led a three-day open camp offering a mix of football and a fitness-oriented athletics programme.

The Community Sports Trust's newly-appointed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Activator Darryl Gheewaro hailed an excellent turnout, with upward of 50 local youngsters in attendance to take advantage of the free activities.

He told "We're thrilled to be in a position to offer free sporting activity on the Park and it's fantastic that youngsters from across east London are already embracing this.

"The South Lawn is an amazing setting, with the Olympic Stadium and the ArcelorMittal Orbit just yards away.

"I think everyone had a great time and we look forward to more of the same come the summer holidays."

Participants aged between eleven and 18 enjoyed a series of skill-based football drills, culminating in a mini-tournament. Meanwhile, England Athletics' brand new fitness programme, AthleFIT, was also on offer, combining athletics with a fun and exciting way of getting fit and remaining so.

Next up, to celebrate the arrival of the Queen's Baton Relay en route to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Park is playing host to a Festival of Sport on Sunday 8 June.

The Hammers will again be delivering free football sessions for all abilities, in what is expected to be the largest mass participation Park event to date. Festivities run from 9.30am until 5pm, with some 27 sportsl to be tried and all absolutely free of charge.