31st Jul 2012

Nearly a thousand people turned out on Friday to celebrate the opening of the Olympic Games at Derbyshire Village Games’ free family fun day at Carsington Water.   Organiser,s Village Games Officers Katy Stubbs and Emma Beswick, estimate, based on numbers registered, that more than 900 people of all ages enjoyed a range of family-friendly activities like archery, ju-jitsu, a fun run, football, cycling, golf and a host of other sport and craft activities.

Derby Torchbearer Sarah Needham (Highfields school sports leader of the year award in 2011)
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Derwent Bowmen, Wirksworth Colts Football Club, Matlock Cycling Club, Ashbourne Golf Club, Bakewell Croquet club, Dave Webster’s Ju-Jitsu, High Peak & Derbyshire Dales Ozbox, Derbyshire Wildlife and UK Sports Coaching were amongst the local clubs who gave up their time to support the event.


Pupils from Highfields School, Matlock & Derby University, Buxton volunteered to help Derbyshire Dales District Council coaching staff and helped marshall the 800m fun run.  Ashbourne Radio compered the day. 


The Derbyshire Baton relay team, organised by Ady Green from Lea Green, arrived in style by various means - running, on special bikes and horseback having travelled 200 miles from London en route for County Hall in Matlock.  And Sarah Needham, one of the Derby torchbearers, who was Highfields School Sports Leader of the Year, brought her torch along.

Katy Stubbs, Derbyshire Dales Village Games Officer,
said:  “It was great day out for people of all ages.   We were overwhelmed by how many people turned out.  Everyone was very excited about the Olympics starting that night.  They loved having their photo taken with Sarah Needham who’d carried the torch through Derby and there was a real buzz when the baton relay came through on horseback.”

For immediate release    Date: 31 July 2012
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Notes to Editors:

  • Watch our 5 minutes video about the Village Games on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osdx71eoOSA&feature=player_embedded
  • Young people of all ages and abilities will set off from the Olympic  Stadium in London on 22nd carrying the baton - running, jogging, by skateboard, wheelchair, kayak or any other means of transport - along sustainable routes like footpaths, parks, bridleways, canal towpaths and back country lanes to county hall in Matlock in time for the opening ceremony.   (http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/olympic_torch_relay/derbyshire_baton_challenge/default.asp)
  • 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 (run in partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council, Sport England, Derbyshire County PCT and Derbyshire County Council).  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. 
Carsington Water