Derbyshire villages called to action for 2012 Games!
Derbyshire Village Games is seeking villages from across the county, to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games- Derbyshire style.
Village Games Project Manager Hayley Lever said: “We are looking for pro-active villages to run Village Games or Olympic events, give an Olympic feel to their carnival, gala or fete, or to get involved with Olympic-nics. We held a Village Games day in my home village in the High Peak this year. It was a fabulous day, with a mini decathlon for families to take part, races, tug-o-war, and, of course- Welly Wanging. The Chinley uniformed groups did a fabulous Village Games well dressing- celebrating in true Derbyshire style. We would like to support villages from all over the county to get involved next year. Some people say that they don’t feel like the London Games is having an impact on them. This is a way to change that!”
Derbyshire Village Games co-ordinators will work with Parish Councils, sports clubs and community groups, school PTAs, or groups of friends, to get something started. They can provide an event organisers checklist, Village Games branding, poster templates, ideas for events to include, and simple equipment to help the day run smoothly.
Ideas include Olympic-nics, torch relays or opening ceremonies. The Olympic torch will be coming through Derbyshire, but why not have your own local torch or flag parade? It could be dance, sport- anything really- for all ages. Carnival processions could have an Olympic theme. Now is the time to start planning so that the whole of Derbyshire enjoys the excitement of the Games.
If you are from a Derbyshire Village and would like to get involved, go to www.villagegames.org.uk for more information and for contact details of your local Village Games Co-ordinator.
Notes to Editors
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.
In its 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 High Peak these include Flash, Flagg, Chelmorton, Taddington, Sterndale Moor, Chinley, Longnor, Wardslow and Tintwistle. The project will be expanding over the next year to other villages
As part of our London 2012 legacy work, there will be Village Games events and Olympic-nics across the County.
Images from High Peak Village Games, Chinley, July 2011
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