26 May 2022

A thousand Corby kids to try a triathlon thanks to Tata Steel and the Brownlee Foundation

Around 1200 youngsters from across Northamptonshire will take part in the Tata Kids of Steel mini-triathlon on Friday 24 June at the Corby International Swimming Pool. 

Around 1200 youngsters from across Northamptonshire will take part in the Tata Kids of Steel mini-triathlon on Friday 24 June at the Corby International Swimming Pool. 

School children aged between 7 and 11, regardless of experience, will gather from across the area to swim, bike and run to complete a mini-triathlon in a fun, non-competitive and inclusive environment. 

Tata Steel’s Corby site lead Gary Blackman said:

“I’m thrilled to see Kids of Steel return to Corby after the pandemic. It is such a fantastic event where a thousand local youngsters have the opportunity to try out three sports in one, in a safe environment.” 

He continued:

“Not only that, but it’s a brilliant team-building activity for lots of Corby steelworkers who volunteer to help out on the day.” 

Alistair Brownlee from the Brownlee Foundation added:

“Exercise is really important for people’s physical and mental health throughout their lives, so it’s good to get youngsters started early. Not only does triathlon give kids a chance to try three sports in one go, it’s also lots of fun, and a sport in which lifetime friendships can be made.” 

Alistair added:

“It would be impossible to hold events such as these without the partnership of companies such as Tata Steel, so we are delighted they have such a strong commitment to community events such as Kids of Steel.” 

Every youngster that participates takes home a medal, a T-shirt, a swim hat and a goody bag in recognition of their achievement. 

The events are free for primary schools to take part in and all equipment, including bikes and helmets, is provided on the day to remove those potential barriers to participation.  

The Kids of Steel series has enabled more than 50,000 children to participate in a triathlon since it was launched by Tata Steel in 2007. 

The children will swim about 40-60m, cycle 800-1200m in a traffic-free zone, and finally run 400m. 

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There is the opportunity for press to attend the event, and speak to representatives of Tata Steel and the Brownlee Foundation on the day or beforehand 

For further information: Tim Rutter on +44 (0)7850 990755 or tim.rutter@tatasteeleurope.com

About Tata Steel UK 

  • Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway and Sweden.  

  • Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual crude steel capacity of 5 million tonnes. The company supplies high-quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering.  

  • Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2050 at the latest and to have reduced 30% of CO2 emissions by 2030.  

  • The Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes. It is one of the world's most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world.  

  • The group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $32.83 Bn in the financial year ending March 31, 2022.

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About The Brownlee Foundation 

  • The Brownlee Foundation was established in 2014 by Olympic triathletes, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, to inspire children from all backgrounds to enjoy sport, encourage them to lead active lifestyles and benefit from the opportunities sport provides.  

  • Brownlee Foundation events have taken place in 12 different locations around the UK which has enabled over 30,000 children to try out the sport of triathlon. From one event in 2014, the number of events has now grown to a total of 13 being delivered in 2022. 

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