10th Jun 2013


15 local groups have already benefitted from this year’s Derbyshire Events Fund winning grants of up to £250 to help them run community sports events with a cultural element this summer. 


For example, on Sunday the Friends of Eastwood Park celebrated with a Centenary Gala in Hasland, near Chesterfield and last weekend Bamford enjoyed a day of Village Games organised with Thornhill Recreation Ground Trust.

There are still grants available for community organisations, clubs and parish councils planning events between now and the end of August.

Even if your event doesn't require funding, you can still benefit from the Community Games promotional pack - including certificates, stickers and a banner - to help you organise and raise the profile of your event simply by registering your event on the Community Games website.  (Click here for full details of available support).


•    Baslow Sports Fest, Monday 6 May
•    Belper Meadows Wakes Day, Monday 27 May
•    Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service Summer Time Family multi-sports & Craft day, Sunday 28 May
•    Bamford Village Games, Sunday 2 June

•   Carsington Water Summer of Fun day with Derbyshire Dales District Council, near Ashbourne, Saturday 8 June
•    Friends of Eastwood Park Centenary Gala, Hasland, near Chesterfield, Sunday 9 June

High Peak Village Games Officer Emma Beswick who helped organize Bamford Village Games with Thornhill Recreation Ground Trust said:  “Around 200 people enjoyed a sunny day of activities including archery and canoeing organized by Edale YHA, parachute and multi-sports games, orienteering, a tug of war and a family bike ride led by Peak District National Park Rangers with complementary bike checks by the bike garage at Hope Valley Garden Centre.”

Hayley Lever, CST Chief Officer and Derbyshire Village Games Project Manager, said:  “Carsington 2013 was the third event of its kind. A fabulous day, blessed with great weather once again. The local clubs, coaches and volunteers who supported the event, were brilliant. People of all ages were getting involved, getting active, with the encouragement of great leaders and coaches. It was lots of fun.”

"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 with a cultural element are all eligible for funding and/or promotional support.”
“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 people across the county are joining up with more than 1 million people across the country to take part in Community Games this year.”



Press release issued Monday 10 June 2013 (click here to download pdf version)
For more information contact Lissa Cook on 07818 411 791 or

Photo captions:

Parachute Games at Bamford Village Games (Click here to download high res version)
Tug of War at Bamford Village Games (Click here to download high res version)
Sumo fun at Carsington Water (Click here to download high res version)
In the Boxing Ring at Carsington Water (Click here to download high res version & scroll through for other images)

Notes to Editors

•    2013 Events Fund: 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.

•   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.  For a list of last year’s successful projects see:

•    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:
•    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:



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