SPORTING celebrities will join volunteers from Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club on Saturday afternoon when the search to find the next Greg Rutherford begins.
It’s been less than two weeks since the 25-year-old wowed the country by winning Olympic gold, but already his home town club has started the search to find Team GB’s next long jump champion.
As part of the nationwide ‘Join in’ campaign to capture the once in a lifetime opportunity of hosting the Games in the UK, Milton Keynes AC’s Stantonbury home track will host one of over 5,000 events across the country at the weekend.
‘Join In Local Sport’ is an independent charity with the aim of getting as many people as possible to turn up, take part and join in at their local sports facilities this weekend – the first weekend after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.
The ‘Battle Bus’ will arrive in Milton Keynes on the second day of its journey from Scotland to Wales and most places in between, with sporting icons Daley Thompson, Sharron Davies joined by television broadcaster John Inverdale.
Rutherford played a big part in arguably the greatest ever night for British sport when he jumped to victory in the Olympic Stadium, just after Jessica Ennis clinched heptathlon gold and just before Mo Farah won the 10,000m.
But Rutherford’s dream night would not have been possible were it not for the grounding he had at Milton Keynes AC. And to celebrate his achievement – and potentially unearth another superstar – the club will be hosting the special event this Saturday to give city youngsters the chance to begin their own journey to potential Olympic stardom.
Opening up five long jump pits at the Stantonbury track, club members and coaches will be on hand to demonstrate the skills of long jump, and of course let young people take their first leap on the path to a potential career in athletics.
Anyone wanting to give long jump a try is welcome to attend the event from 4.30pn on Saturday.