Olympics inspire Community Games

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SPORT clubs and community organisations have joined forces to stage the inaugural London 2012-inspired Community Games.

Organisers say the St Francis Community Games, in Hartlepool, promises to be a fun-packed day of competitions and activities for the whole family.

The event, inspired by and in celebration of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, is set to be held in August and has seen a number of town organisations come together.

Hartlepool St Francis Football Club has joined forces with the Hartlepool College of Further Education, Hartlepool Sporting Association (HSA), the Rossmere Family Centre and Youth Club, Manor Residents’ Association, Cleveland Fire Brigade and the water board.

The Community Games is a national initiative with events taking place across the country.

Organisers, who have secured £300 from the Government to help cover costs, say there will be something for everyone with activities for all ages including sack races, three-legged races, tossing the welly, a penalty shoot out, tug of war and a bungee run inflatable.

There will also be a bouncy castle and bonnie baby competition.

Sports coaches from Cleveland Fire Brigade will also be going along to put on taster sessions of tag rugby, rocket ball and non combat boxing on the multi-use games area beside the field.

The St Francis Community Games will be held on Saturday, August 18, at Rossmere Field, in Rossmere Way, between 11am and 2pm and organisers say everyone is invited.

The opening ceremony and fancy dress competition, judged by Shaun Hope of the HSA, gets under way at 11am.

Frances Connolly, treasurer of Hartlepool St Francis FC, said: “We wanted to make sure that we celebrated the London Olympic and Paralympic Games here in Hartlepool.

“Organising the Community Games has been a truly mammoth task and it has taken the whole community to make it happen so I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the organisation of the event.

“Especially our friends at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

“We are all looking forward to the day and hope everyone will join us.”

Community Games are inspired by London 2012 and funded by a £2m Big Society Fund.

Organisers are also looking for sponsorship and raffle prizes for the event.

Anyone who can help is asked to either call 07944 866261 or email: frances.mconnolly@hotmail.co.uk