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Cookhill Community Games keeps the Olympic legacy alive
8:40am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
THE first Cookhill Community Games took place recently at Cookhill Cricket Club, attracting more than 250 residents, who enjoyed a day of sport and culture.
MP Karen Lumley attended and local band Music like Lemons wowed everyone with a demonstration of their amazing vocals and sound.
Community Games was created to give everyone up and down the country the chance to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Inspired by the Games, Community Games was Legacy Trust UK’s idea, is now funded by the Government’s Social Action Fund, and is delivered by the County Sports Partnership Network and the YMCA.
At the Cookhill event, people enjoyed craft and sports sessions staged by a variety of local clubs. A set from RelapseRecover, who donated his time to come and play, was also enjoyed by the crowds.
The football 5-a-side and cricket 6-a-side tournaments proved popular with the Cookhill Wannabes and Red Kites named victors on the day.
Proceeds from the tournaments went to Redditch Heart Safe, which is installing and educating on the use of defibrillators, and the Wishable Foundation, which aims to make disabled children’s wishes come true.
The mini-olympics proved popular, as did the inflatable bouncy castle and slides, Redditch Heart Safe’s fundraising activities, and a barbecue. Redditch Radio, which donated its time to the event, was also enjoyed by all.
Olympian and Community Games Ambassador, David Moorcroft OBE, said: “It’s great that Cookhill and Redditch residents celebrated together, inspired by the largest sports event this country has ever seen.”
And Jordan Hobbis, event organiser, added: “All day people were telling us how much they enjoyed themselves. We hope the games will become part of Cookhill annual calendar now.”
Special thanks go to Bromsgrove and Redditch Trophies - www.brtgroup.co.uk - which donated all the event’s trophies.
To see photos, visit Cookhill Cricket Club’s facebook page.
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