New Olympic-inspired 'Community Games' is launched in Cornwall
Cornwall is all set to take part in the spirit of the Olympics, and continue to celebrate the legacy of the London Games long after they've happened, with a new events programme that was launched in the county last weekend.
Community Games is a new programme hitting communities across the UK and was officially launched by the Cornwall Sports Partnership in Cornwall on Saturday April 28 at the Tremough 2012 Community Games in Penryn.
Mike Thomas, who opened the event and launched Community Games, comments: "It is an absolute pleasure to be launching this exciting new programme in Cornwall and we look forward to helping Cornish communities come together to take part in sporting and cultural activities inspired by, and in celebration of, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."
Led locally by the Cornwall Sports Partnership and the YMCA, the Community Games programme aims to bring communities together and to support them in organising an event for their community; this might be their street, estate or local interest group, but essentially a Community Games event will be run by a community for their community!
The first official Cornish Community Games event, at the Tremough campus in Penryn, saw an estimated 350 local residents and students visiting the 50 different stands set up around the campus, whilst having a go at the variety of different activities on offer and enjoying some entertainment and fine local produce. Taster sessions on offer ranged from the mainstream to the obscure; with Zumba, Shinty and Lacrosse being just a few of the many examples.
Hayley Curtis, one of the Tremough 2012 organisers, said: "We've received really positive feedback from local people and we hope to develop this into an annual event. It couldn't have gone better. It was great to see students and the community coming together and enjoying themselves!"
The great news is that anyone can organise a Cornish Community Games event, and the Cornwall Sports Partnership is on hand to support communities in organising their event. Further information is available at www.cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk/community-games