Community Games Day
Pupils from across Leeds gathered at the University of Leeds’ Edge Sports Centre last week as the Sky Sports Community Games Day arrived in the city.
Over 240 youngsters, aged between six and eight years old, from five local schools, took part in the Community Games Day and were given the chance to try out a range of sports including hockey, judo, cricket, martial arts, basketball, dodge ball, boccia and rugby.
The children were led by 90 volunteers from Sky’s offices in Leeds, plus 20 students from David Young Community Academy acting as young leaders to inspire the local children throughout the day.
The Community Games, now in its 11th year, was organised by social enterprise, SportInspired and Sky Sports Living for Sport, a free national schools-based initiative which uses sports stars and sports skills to help build young people’s confidence and life skills.
All participants were awarded medals for taking part in the event, with a special cup prize presented to Rose Bank Primary School for winning the most activities and to Quarry Mount Primary School for best team spirit.
Customer Operations Product Owner at Sky Bet, Nicholas Cockerill, who volunteered at the Community Games Day, said he was delighted to see so many children and volunteers get involved.
“The children worked really well together and it was great to see so many Sky staff volunteering on the day,” he said.
“The event enabled us to teach the kids about keeping fit and healthy, while also encouraging sportsmanship and communication.”
Felix Sullivan, SportInspired Games Manager, added: “Sky’s Community Games events are a brilliant way of getting the next generation of young leaders to help local school get involved in a range of different sports that they may have never tried before.
“All of the volunteers from Sky worked to inspire, support and encourage the local school pupils as they try out different sporting activities that could become a lifelong passion.”
The five schools involved in the day’s activities were Quarry Mount Primary School, Burley St. Matthias Primary School, Rose Bank Primary School, Blenheim Primary School and Meadowfield Primary School.