Thurrock had a glimpse of the London 2012 Olympics recently when the new adiZone play area was launched in Corringham Town Park.
Local councillors, fund-raisers, council officers and young people joined 17-year-old Olympic hopeful Zoe Smith at the launch.
As well as basketball and football areas, the Zone includes a climbing wall and fitness equipment and is available for all local people not just children.
Designed and developed by adidas, Official Sportswear Partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, adiZones are permanent installations measuring 625sq metres and boasting various sporting facilities inspired by Olympic and
Paralympic sports that include a basketball, football and tennis area, a climbing wall, an outdoor gym and an open area to encourage dance, aerobics and gymnastics .
Weightlifter Zoe had recently returned from the World Youth Championships in Lima, Peru, where she set new personal bests in both the snatch and the clean and jerk, setting new British Under-23 records in the process to take second place overall with a combined total of 201kg.