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Redbridge Museum’s On The Move Exhibition

Redbridge Museum’s summer exhibition On The Move is coming to an end this weekend, so I thought I would go along and see what it was all about!  The theme is transport related and showcases a variety of different modes of transport.  As a first time visitor to the Museum exhibition, I wasn’t really aware of what to expect, and I was surprised that everything was extremely interactive providing lots of things for children to do.


As you walk inside the exhibition space, there are lots of colours and signs drawn on the walls which are actually road signs. There are many huge structures which the children can climb on including a plane with seating for a pilot and co-pilot, a boat which children can climb aboard, and for children that love to dress up, there are costumes which they can wear. There was a train with lots of seats inside, so multiple people could sit and watch a video showing a drivers view of the London underground. The exhibition also includes other types of transport including wheelchairs, bicycles and scooters.

There is an assistant who is very hands on and keen to help all the children, explaining to them how things work, as she did this she explained how real versions of the exhibits would work too and the children were so mesmerised by her and you could really tell that they were interested in what she had to say.

The exhibition offers educational benefits because next to all the interactive activities there are fact sheets that described what it represented and for some pieces it described the history about it so that the children were learning and having a good time. The interactive activities included many puzzles, things they could build and games, including a variation of whack-a-rat.


The atmosphere in the exhibition was entirely happy and the sounds of laughing and playing was very clear, a young boy called Charlie summed up his visit by saying “it’s fun!” and another young boy called Louis, when asked what he liked the most exclaimed “all of it!”. A grandparent of children playing also told me that she had brought her grandson once and he loved it so much that she brought him and his cousin back again! This proves that this exhibition is not one that should be missed!

Exhibition closes on Saturday 2 September, so hurry if you wish to experience the fun. Entry is FREE.

For more information visit the website

Guest Author: Kate Beard





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GB Volleyball Star to inspire young people in East London


GB Beach Volleyball giant Chris Gregory will be inspiring youngsters in a Sportivate project at Wanstead Leisure Centre! Chris will be working with children, teens and young adults as part of key initiative to create a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This project is managed by the Thames Gateway Foundation, a local charity, which seeks to inspire young people into a lifetime of sport. The Foundation provides opportunities to take part in free multi-sports activities taught by professionally qualified coaches. This Sportivate project has been made possible through funding from Sportivate and a partnership with Pro Active East London, Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure and Wanstead High School.

“I’m hopeful that I can inspire young people to sustain their sports participation. I’m really looking forward to visiting this exciting project!” –  Chris Gregory.

Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 11 to 25-year-olds who aren’t particularly sporty six to eight weeks’ free coaching in a new sport and then helps them find low costs ways to continue to play.

New figures published this year show that almost 250,000 teenagers and young adults have so far benefitted from free or discounted six-to-eight week sports coaching courses through Sportivate.

Of these over 200,000 have successfully completed their course, missing no more than one session.

To help inspire and motivate these Sportivate participants, Sport England’s  Sporting Champions team of current and retired elite athletes, many of whom competed at London 2012 – will visit Sportivate sessions to share their experiences and enthusiasm for sport.

What:  Thames Gateway Foundation Sportivate Volleyball Project

Where: Wanstead Leisure Centre, Redbridge Lane West  E11 2JZ

When: 11 am on 27th November  2013 and 11am on 11th December 2013

Who: Chris Gregory GB Beach Volleyball

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Essex’s Got Sporting Talent!

In yet another huge achievement for Essex, young trampolinist Josh Newman will be representing Great Britain at Next month’s World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

With this latest win it certainly seems Essex is bursting at the seams with sporting talent! As Chadwell Heath Academy get ready to represent England in the World Schools Volleyball Championships in Portugal, Bancroft’s Prep School will be preparing to represent Redbridge at the London School Games at Crystal Palace. Now Josh Newman joins the celebrations with his latest success. Essex should be feeling very proud of itself and the wonderful accomplishments its young people have made.

Josh will be competing in both the individual and synchro tournament, as well as representing Britain at the Germany vs Great Britain youth match in Cottbus, Germany in less than a fortnight’s time.

After smashing his personal best scores by an amazing three points, the junior athlete won both events for his age group over the course of two weekends.

As if this wasn’t achievement enough, Josh has also been awarded an inspired athlete award from Active Essex county council.

We will be keeping all our fingers and toes crossed for Josh in hope that he reaches his goal and becomes world age champion. Good luck!!!

Post Author: Emily Polling

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London School Games

The 2013/14 London School Games have begun for Redbridge with our first Redbridge Competition! On Wednesday Primary schools in Redbridge were invited to the Redbridge School Games High-5 Netball competition, which was won by Bancroft’s prep School.

Bancroft’s prep school will now represent Redbridge at the London School games in March 2014 at Crystal palace against all other London Borough representatives.

What an achievement, that deserves a big congratulations and a round of applause. Well done guys!

Post Author: Darren Trippick

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London Youth Games

The London Youth Games is the Largest Youth Sports Event in Europe, involving all 33 London Boroughs and 26 National Governing Bodies.  The Games are free to take part in and are open for all young people aged between 7 and 18, living or going to school in the Capital.

Last Year impressively saw over 100,000 people take part in the event! With 80 competitions running across 30 sports, this is a great opportunity to get involved. Could you be the next Jessica Ennis or Usain Bolt? You never know this could be your stepping stone to the Olympics! The Games offer competitive opportunities and has previously served as the starting point of international and Olympic Athletes.

To represent Redbridge please see below age groups, and if you are interested then please complete this short form Or call or e-mail Darren Trippick on 020 8708 0950 /




Year 12 and under


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Year 8 & 9 Only


Year 12 and under

Basketball Boys & Girls

Year 12 and under


Year 3 – 13


Year 8 and under


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Football Girls

Year 9 & Under

Football Boys

Year 9 & Under (academy players wanted)


Year 12 and under

Handball Boys & Girls

Year 8 or 9

Hockey Boys & Girls

Year 9 and under – No County Players Allowed


Year 9 and under

Girls Rugby Union

Year 9 and under

Indoor Rowing

Year 7 to year 12


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Squash Boys & Girls

Year 12 and under

Swimming Boys & Girls

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Table Tennis Boys & Girls

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Volleyball Boys & Girls

Year 13 and under


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Canoeing & Kayaking

Year 12 and under


Year 9 to year 13

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World Schools Championship – ISF Volleyball 2014

After winning the National U16′ Chadwell Heath Academy have qualified to compete at the World Schools Volleyball Championships in Portugal! Chadwell Heath Academy will represent England after winning the under 16s National Championships. Well done Guys!!!

The event will take place in Espinho and Santa Maria da Feira from 9-17 April. The squad includes several England-capped players, including Owen Jacques, David Amah and Paul Jegede. The trip will be part-funded by the players, the school, London Basketball and by Redbridge Vision Culture and Leisure Scholarship Programme, but they are also listening to any other funding partners to help finance the trip.

A massive round of applause for the team, what a brilliant achievement!

Post Author – Darren Trippick

Our Brillant Team! Well done!