Community games in Redditch

But where’s the Council run events to mark the torch coming? 

By Simon Preston

Wide ranging support for anyone inspired to hold local community events in celebration of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics has been announced by Redditch Borough Council.

Support and training sessions as well as other resources are being made available to individuals and organisations across Redditch Borough interested in running their own events, as part of the ‘Community Games’ project across the West Midlands.

A presentation from the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership will be made by council officers at two sessions on Thursday 8th March, 7pm-9pm in Committee Room 2 at Redditch Town Hall and Wednesday 14th March, 7pm-8.45pm in the Committee Room at the Council House, Bromsgrove.

Furthermore a Community Games toolkit is available from the partnership, featuring tips and advice for Games organisers as well as a host of free resources to get you started.

Redditch Borough Council’s portfolio holder for sports and leisure Cllr Derek Taylor said: “For anyone thinking that they would like to hold a community event to mark the Olympics this year, we highly recommend that you take up our invitation to attend one of these meetings. Our teams can offer a range of support and advice. It doesn’t have to be a sporting event. There are a range of opportunities such as including it into your local village fete, or school fun day, or charity fun runs the list goes on.”

To book a place at the sessions, for the toolkit or for more information, please contact Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough councils’ sports development and physical activity manager Laura Kerrigan on 01527 881691 or

The Community Games was launched in spring 2010 and is funded by Legacy Trust UK. It is designed to leave a lasting legacy after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Drawing inspiration from Dr William Penny Brookes’ Wenlock Olympian Games, held in Shropshire since 1850, the Community Games aim to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to try something new, teach others or show to the rest of their communities their talents.