High Peak and Derbyshire Dales get into the Olympic Spirit

22nd May 2012

After the Olympic torch landed in the UK on Friday hundreds of people in both the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales people embraced the Olympic spirit over the weekend with Chinley Village Games on Saturday and Bamford Olympicnic Celebrations on Sunday.

With the help of around 40 volunteers Chinley Community Association ran a Family Decathlon with activities including an Olympic Torch fun run, welly-wanging, foam javelin, golf and a boules competition as well as a Tug-O-War tournament for all ages from pre-schoolers up to grandparents.  Around 150 people took part in the decathlon with an estimated 350 people enjoying the day.  

The event was kindly sponsored by the Paper Mill Inn (formerly Oddfellows) in Whitehough which hosted an after-event party and also supported by High Peak Borough Councillor Audrey Bramah with money for medals and prizes from the Councillors’ Initiative Fund.

Volunteer Nik Cook who helped organise the fun run said:  “It was truly inspirational to see so many families and children taking part in the Village Games.  The level of good natured competition between the boys and girls was brilliant.”

Over at Bamford Derbyshire Dales Village Games teamed up with Bamford with Thornhill Recreation Ground Trust at Bamford with Thornhill Recreation Ground on Sunday around 300-400 people turned out for a fun-packed afternoon of activities including a sports session with Peak Active Sport, family rounders, Tug O War and finishing with a Bike Ride with Peak Park Rangers.

Katy Stubbs, Derbyshire Dales Village Games Officer said:  “It was brilliant - the weather was a real help.  Everyone loved all the range of activities on offer from the sports coaching to the tug of war with all ages on the rope from little 4 years olds right up to grandparents so it was really good fun.”
If you’d like help or support running an Olympic or Jubilee themed sports event or activity day please contact Derbyshire Village Games team project manager Hayley Lever on 01663 751 608 or hayley@communitysportstrust.co.uk


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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.