Paddy Burns, CEO at 4J Studios in East Linton, is hugely supportive of the work that Team East Lothian AC are doing in developing youth athletes and in encouraging activity and fitness through athletics across the county. With this in mind, 4J Studios have agreed to help support development of the club over the next 2 years with donations of £10,000 each year. 4J Studios is a huge, but low profile, East Lothian success story having conquered the World by developing the Xbox, PlayStation, Wii U and Nintendo Switch console versions of Minecraft for millions of gamers.
Team East Lothian Athletics Club was set up in 2013 by Musselburgh & District AC, Haddington Running Club and Dunbar Running Club to provide a pathway to enable young East Lothian athletes to maximise their potential. Based at the Meadowmill track, and a number of other locations around East Lothian, the club is now a registered charity. It currently not only trains a squad of over 100 youth athletes who are delivering regular success at local, regional, national and international levels, but also holds both summer athletics meetings on track, a Cross Country event in the winter, and has a community engagement programme to foster activity through athletics for all ages.
The 2 year agreement with 4J Studios will allow the club to grow the youth athlete programme, build on the successes of the “Run Jump Throw” programme in primary schools, the “Train Like an Athlete” programme for more mature runners, and also develop further opportunities to engage in the community through athletics.