An emerging Crossfit box in Willesden has joined forces with Track Academy by Connie Henry to offer youngsters a new, free way to get fit and healthy.
NW10 Crossfit, which launched at the Willesden Sports Centre in February, is offering free sessions for Track Academy athletes as part of its commitment to community work. The youngsters will be able to use the Crossfit equipment on Saturdays between 12.30pm and 1.30pm alongside their regular training on the track. They will be put through their paces by Track Academy staff with support from the NW10 Crossfit team.
NW10 Crossfit owner and coach Damion Greenaway, who himself trained at the sports centre as a teenager, explained that the partnership with Track Academy is a perfect fit. “Like Track Academy, Crossfit is as much about community as it is about fitness,” said Damion, a former firefighter. “We become like a family and have social activities like coffee clubs and evenings out. It’s not just about having a workout then going home.
“When I set up NW10 Crossfit, I decided I wanted us to do some community work. And when I heard about Track Academy it was exactly what I was looking for. I feel really passionate about the work they’re doing. I moved to the area from Leeds at the age of 16 so I know the challenges that young people face here, and how important organisations like Track Academy are.”
He added: “Track Academy doesn’t get any Government funding so we’re very happy to be supporting them through the use of our facilities. I’m sure we will also go on to do some charity events for them in the future.”
Track Academy, whose work was recently featured on an ITV documentary called Run For Your Life, was founded by former international triple jumper Connie Henry. She thanked Damion and his team for their support. “We rely on the generosity of individuals and organisations like NW10 Crossfit and are extremely grateful to them for giving us their backing,” she said.
“We’re sure our young athletes will relish the chance to gain some extra training skills at the Crossfit sessions. It’s always fantastic to gain another string to your bow when it comes to fitness and they’ll also benefit greatly from the input of the NW10 Crossfit coaches.”
Track Academy has recently launched a £24,000 fundraising drive via JustGiving to continue its vital work. To contribute, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/getontrack. You can watch Run for Your Life on the ITV Hub here https://www.itv.com/hub/run-for-your-life/2a6218a0001, or visit www.trackacademy.co.uk for more information about the charity. To learn more about NW10 Crossfit, visit www.therisefitness.co.uk or follow them on Instagram: @nw10_crossfit.