Monday, 2 July 2012

7000 people expected at Sutton Coldfield Community Games

A Community Games event in Sutton Coldfield is expected to attract 7000 people over the weekend of 14-15 July, in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Over1700 free places are available for people to try out 44 different sports, ranging from football and volleyball to rowing, sailing and canoeing. In addition, the City of Birmingham Orienteering Club is relaunching the Orienteering track within Sutton Park as part of the Games.

Bike North Birmingham are opening local cycle routes in celebration at the Games, and will also offer a ‘Ditch Your Stabilisers’ event for children, bike passports, free bike health checks and free security tagging.

An opening and closing ceremony will take place, with dance routines performed by Sutton school children, and there will be a teddy bears' picnic for youngsters.

The Community Games will take place all over Sutton Coldfield, with events at Wyndley Leisure Centre and around Sutton Park, including Powells Pool and Blackroot Lake.

Organiser Dennis Kennedy was inspired to stage an event for Sutton Coldfield having seen television news reports of Community Games. The organising committee is runentirely by volunteers, who have secured £25,000 from Sutton Charities to allow the event to go ahead.

Dennis Kennedy said: “This is a fantastic event for all the people of SuttonColdfield. We have a marquee where 50 local clubs and organisations can promote their offering to the community for free. It doesn’t matter if you’re an accomplished athlete or not – our Community Games is about trying something new and getting involved.”

Community Games is a national programme which provides opportunities for individuals or organisations to bring their community together by organising a day of sporting and culturalactivities inspired by, and in celebration of, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Community Games programme, which began life in the West Midlands as part of the Cultural Olympiad programme for the region, has been shortlisted in the Best Sports Category as part of The National Lottery Awards 2012

Find out more about the Sutton Coldfield Community Games at www.sccg2012.co.uk

For more information on how to stage your own Community Games visit www.communitygames.org.uk

People who are already involved in London 2012 inspired activities in the West Midlands can share their stories, pictures and list forthcoming events on www.facebook.com/thegamesandme

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