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8 great places in Hackney for fitness and sports

14 Mar , 2017  

  Do you want to get off the sofa, shut down your Netflix and do some sports this weekend? We selected eight different activities going on in Hackney. There are sports for all tastes, from terrible footballers to scuba divers.   Hackney Downs welcomes a new football team, whose emphasis is …Are you ‘terrible’ at […]


Struggling on and off the pitch, Orient lose yet again at Brisbane Road

12 Mar , 2017  

Despite controlling most of the action, Leyton Orient suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Grimsby Town this Saturday. Floundering on and off the pitch, Orient now have ten games to overcome a six-point gap to avoid relegation from League Two. After a slow start, Orient went 1-nil down after seven minutes. Sam Jones powered a […]

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Hackney Wick FC wins first-ever Fairtrade Cup

8 Mar , 2017  

Grassroots football teams came together in support of Fairtrade Fortnight as Hackney Wick FC won the first ever Fairtrade Cup. As one of five teams to enter the Fairtrade tournament at Mabley Green on Saturday 4 March, the Wickers recorded comfortable wins over London Bari FC and GD STP on their way to the trophy, […]


Haye vs Bellew: Ohara Davies stops Derry Mathews in third round boxing knock-out at The O2

7 Mar , 2017  

Hackney-born Ohara Davies let his boxing do the talking as a third-round stoppage secured his victory over veteran Liverpudlian Derry Mathews on Saturday 4 March. The pair exchanged verbal blows in the lead up to the super-lightweight bout, and had to be physically separated during the week leading up to the fight, but it was 25-year-old […]


‘Terrible Football’ comes to the Hackney Downs

22 Nov , 2016  

Hackney Downs has a new football club, and Lionel Messi need not apply. Open to all ability levels, the ‘Terrible Football’ team started training in the park on 16 October The club hopes to attract budding footballers, of any age or gender, who might be intimidated by more competitive or talented teams. Billy Beckett, co-founder, […]


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Meet the London Sparrows, Hackney’s finest wheelchair basketball team

17 Mar , 2016  

The wheelchair basketball game between London Sparrows and Brixton Ballers should have started by now, but a tardy referee has delayed the tip-off. The Sparrows’ moustachioed player-coach Amir is overseeing an extended warm-up while they wait. “We’re gonna have fun, but at the same time work. No one gets easy shots,” he instructs a dozen […]

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Efe Obada and Jay Ajayi, the Hackney boys ready to smash the NFL

17 Mar , 2016  

American football players Jay Ajayi and Efe Obada have been on quite a journey from Hackney to the multi-million dollar world of the National Football League (NFL). Meet Efe Obada and Jay Ajayi Born in Nigeria, Obada was abandoned at age 10 with his 11-year-old sister on the streets of Hackney. He had been trafficked […]

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Hackney Wick FC, a non-league club that inspire a community

16 Mar , 2016  

To the outside world, Hackney Wick FC may look like any other non-league football club. But the team is at the heart of a quiet revolution in how amateur clubs are run and interact with the local community.   Hackney Wick FC in the community This weekend, for example, the final home game of the […]

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Come on Barbie let’s work out! We try the new fitness class

16 Mar , 2016  

I’m not sure if it’s meant to be ironic but reading the name of the class for the first time it dawns on me that Barbie can’t actually stretch. A by-product of her being made from several pieces of unmalleable plastic is that she is one of the least flexible toys you can buy. Bend […]

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Copper Box to host Billy Joe Saunders world title fight

15 Mar , 2016  

Billy Joe Saunders will make the first defence of his WBO middleweight title against Max Bursak at Hackney Wick’s Copper Box Arena on 9 April. Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) won the title last December against Andy Lee, in what was billed as the first world title fight between two travellers. Saunders knocked Lee down twice […]

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