Derbyshire Dales kick off countdown to Olympics

13th Jul 2011


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The countdown has officially begun – there’s just over a year until the Olympic Games and the Derbyshire Dales is going for gold with a free family fun sports day at Carsington Water on July 27th.

Each district of Derbyshire has its own ‘Village Games’ officer to help local people set up sporting activities on their doorstep in the run up to the London 2012 games and beyond. You could say Derbyshire Dales Village Games

Officer Katy Stubbs is a sporting ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ helping local people set up clubs, training sessions and activities.  To mark the ‘year to go’ she’s organising a day of taster sessions and demonstrations where people can have a go at everything from football to archery, parachute games to sumo suits and Ju-Jitsu. There’ll also be an inflatable football table, crafts, face painting and dance sessions as well as a BBQ.

There will be sit on top and double-seated kayaks, Canadian 3 person canoes and 5 person rowing boats to hire. And people will have a chance to have a go on the climbing wall next to the water sports centre.


Derbyshire Dales Village Games officer Katy Stubbs said: “This is a huge milestone in the countdown to the Games. The last time the Olympics came to the UK was in 1948 and I doubt I’ll get to see another British games in my lifetime. So this is a big opportunity for people of all ages and abilities across the Derbyshire Dales to come together and celebrate.”

She added: “It’s a chance for people to be part of the Olympic legacy. In 2012 the world will come to compete in London – over the next year we can hold our own sporting mini-Olympics across the whole of the Derbyshire Dales. Not everyone will be able to get tickets for the Olympics but on our fun day they can come and have a go at Olympic events for themselves.”

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Rob Wilks from Derbyshire Dales District Council says: “Over the past year, the Village Games project in Derbyshire Dales has begun to have a really positive impact on our rural communities and in particular the support that they receive to develop activities and clubs in their area. Katy, the Village Games Coordinator’s developed a range of projects through effective work with partners. There’s a sense that people are becoming more active in their village. With the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games just round the corner, we look forward to delivering some exciting events that will enthuse and activate more people across the Dales.”

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In it’s first year alone the Village Games’ team has developed clubs, activities, events and festivals with 50 communities across Derbyshire with 36,000 attendances. 175 coaches and nearly 200 volunteers have supported activities. In the Dales these include archery in Hartington, jogging in Ashbourne, chair-based exercises in Monyash and Litton, circuit training in Parwich, and cricket in Stanton. The project will be expanding over the next year to other villages like Tideswell, Calver, Hathersage and Bradwell and in year three to places like Youlgreave, Over Haddon and Rowsley.

Katy says: “If you’re in a village association, a carnival or fete committee, or if you a just one person who would like to make a difference, I am here to help, whether it be through event planning, promotion or publicity.”


Notes to Editors

For more info please contact: Katy Stubbs on 07909 443293 or More details on website

The Community Sports Trust is a not for profit Community Interest Company. Our vision is of communities where people of all ages and interests take part and compete in sport and recreation opportunities. Communities will have strong sustainable sports infrastructure with high quality volunteers, coaches and leaders.

The Community Sports Trust manages community-based sports development projects. Our flagship initiative is the Derbyshire Village Games. Inspired by the 2012 Olympics, this innovative three year project’s aim is simple - we want people of all ages and abilities in villages across the county to get active. Our network of Village Games Officers work at grassroots level delivering sport on the doorstep.
The three year project is run by the Community Sports Trust in partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council, Sport England, Derbyshire County PCT and Derbyshire County Council.

Carsington Water, near Ashbourne