Friends of Eastwood Park have a field day in Hasland

1st Jun 2013

Hasland is one of the first communities to benefit from this year’s Derbyshire Events Fund with a grant of £150.  The Friends of Eastwood Park are using the money to help fund the park’s Centenary Community Gala Day on Sunday 9 June.

Last year around 40 groups celebrated the Olympics and Paralympics with help from the High Peak based Community Sports Trust and the nationwide Community Games programme, funded through the government’s Social Action Fund.  This year there are another 40 grants of up to £250 available for local community organisations, clubs and parish councils across Derbyshire to help them run community sports events with a cultural element this summer.

Barbara Arrandale, Chair of the The Friends of Eastwood Park, said:  “We’re delighted to be awarded the grant to help with our celebrations. We want to showcase our new Teen Zone Trim trail equipment and multi-use games area.  We’re grateful to all the teenagers who were involved in the refurbishment of the park’s facilities.”

“Other sports activities will include the Hasland Pubs competing in 4 aside football, mini-games for the under 12s, a climbing wall, Wheely-Fun-Wheels Bike Activity and Ozbox.  We’ll also have cultural activities including a heritage display by a local historian, an art display by the community school, the Musketeers Showband, and Phoenix Concert Band, an organ grinder, line dancers and Morris Dancers. If the weather’s kind, we hope thousands will turn out.”

Hayley Lever, CST Chief Officer, said, “This is a great opportunity for us to support local volunteers who were inspired by London 2012, organised events last year, and would like to make them an annual feature of community life. Summer carnivals, galas, fun runs and sports events are all eligible.”
“Volunteers work really hard year in, year out, in villages and neighbourhoods across Derbyshire, often on a shoestring. The grant can help them to pay for
equipment, medals, marketing and other resources that they need to put that extra little ‘pizzazz’ into their event. This funding will help Derbyshire to keep the Olympic and Paralympic flame burning in 2013.”

David Moorcroft, Olympian and Community Games Ambassador, said, “Community Games is a great way of bring the whole community together for a fun day out to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It’s great that Derbyshire are supporting local Community Games organisers in this way, and I’m really pleased that the residents of Hasland are joining up with more than 1 million people across the country to take part in Community Games this year.”

Notes to Editors

  • Centenary Community Gala Day – Have a Field Day, 11am to 4pm, Sunday 9 June, Eastwood Park, Hasland.  S41 0AY.  For more information on the event please contact Mrs Barbara Arrandale, Chair of the The Friends of Eastwood Park, Hasland by email to or phone 01246 239 897.
  • Groups can apply for up to £250 if the event didn’t receive funding in 2012, or £150 if funding was granted last year, and the group would like to be supported again. This is available on a first come, first served basis for events that will take place by the end of August 2013.  In addition to the funding, Village and Community Games Organisers can download event support material - scorecards, certificate templates, risk assessment templates and event toolkits, on the Community Games and Village Games websites.
  • For more details on criteria and how to apply, visit the CST website:
  • For media enquiries about the Community Sports Trust please call Lissa Cook on 07818 411 791 or
  • For media enquiries about Community Games email Angela Lewis at
  • You can download high resolution images to support this article here:
  • For a list of last year’s successful projects see:
  • 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 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 Activators work at grassroots level delivering sport on the doorstep. 
  • For more information contact Hayley Lever at Community Sports Trust PO Box 43, High Peak, SK23 6ZU. 07947 897015.  Email: