AN OLYMPIC legend has heaped praise on an award-winning youth project.
Triple jump world record-holder Jonathan Edwards was the VIP guest of Tyldesley’ Fred Longworth High School and its resident Nowt2Do scheme set up by local bobby PC Andy Wright.
The scheme, which has given thousands of young people extr-curricular activities in evenings, on weekends and during holidays over the last four years while based at several high schools in the east of the borough, has been credited with a major reduction in youth nuisance and also recently won PC Wright a Chief Constable’s Excellence Award.
Edwards was guest of the project because, as Deputy Chairman of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group, he had specifically requested a visit after hearing of its success.
He joined in several sports, chatted to youngsters and volunteers and was also greeted with a welcome banner designed to be exactly the length of the 18.29m record leap which he set 17 years ago.....and which still stands today.
Nowt2Do was one of two Greater Manchester projects recognised by the London 2012 Inspire programme.
Edwards said: “It is fantastic to see so many young people getting involved in the spirit of the Games, learning new skills and taking time to think about their communities and how they can make changes within them.”
PC Wright said he was delighted that the scheme had received such high-profile attention.