So, what are the Sutton Coldfield Community Games?
Perhaps the easiest way to describe it is as a village fete combined with a schools sports day. Run by volunteers and with all the activities provided free of charge by local sports clubs, groups and associations, the Sutton Games is a true community event with a simple aim: to give everyone, whether young or old, an opportunity to try their hand at the enormous variety of sports played and activities enjoyed in and around Sutton Coldfield.
The weekend is designed to be completely interactive – visitors can try everything from athletics to agility games, bowls to Boccia, dance to dodgeball, sailing to skating, tennis to trampolining… all completely free of charge and without any commitment. If you’re inspired to take something further, it’s over to you.
The 2018 event will be the sixth Sutton Games. The first event was held during the build up to the London 2012 Olympics and the sun shone down and enough fun was had to make us think we should do it again. In 2014, our Glasgow Commonwealth Games themed event saw over 7,000 local people try their hand at over 60 sports and activities provided by over 50 sports clubs, groups, associations and community partners.
In 2015 – and again in 2016 and 2017 – the formula was refined and repeated and an estimated 10,000 came to each to enjoy themselves and try the incredible array of sports and activities on offer. Thanks to our ambassadors, we we’ve even been able to run masterclass sessions with Olympic and Paralympic athletes!
This year, we hope to have an even richer variety of activities for you to try, so please do put the 7th and 8th July in your diaries and come down to Wyndley to join in the fun.
The Sutton Games are made possible by a core team of volunteer organisers and several hundred volunteer event providers. It is funded via a donation from the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust and the generous sponsorship of six local organisations: Green & Company, WAA Chosen, The Kick Start Academy, Porsche Centre Sutton Coldfield, Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust and Sutton Spas. Their generosity means we can continue to provide the weekend for free and for that we thank them.
We are also supported by a number of organisations whose contribution is to help makes the Sutton Games better, more inclusive, more accessible, and more relevant to more people within our home town of Sutton Coldfield. They are: Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Sport Birmingham, Midland Mencap, Central Independent Newspapers and Royal Sutton News.