The Sutton Coldfield Community Games has caught the attention of the organising team of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Already recognised as being a ‘jewel in Birmingham’s crown’, the Sutton Games caught the eye of the team preparing for the Commonwealth Games welcome home celebration, which took place on Saturday.
Founder Dennis Kennedy was invited to work with Sport Birmingham, event producer Caroline Davis – who is also responsible for the Concert in the Park – and the 18 national associations for each of the sports featured in the Commonwealth Games to provide a ‘taster activities’ during the celebrations.
The partnership saw Dennis – supported by a team of volunteers, many of whom also give their time for the Sutton Games each year – set up interactive zones where the public could try sports as diverse as wrestling and squash, triathlon and Rugby 7s, hockey and table tennis.
Dennis said: “It was a privilege to be invited to support this event. As a massive fan of all things sporting, I was glued to the Commonwealth Games and loved every moment. It was especially thrilling to see our ambassador Hamish Carter bring home a bronze medal for Team Scotland.
“Working with the 18 national sporting bodies, we were able to turn the top end of New Street into a fun and hands-on experience zone, where people of all ages were able to try the sports featured in the Commonwealth Games. We had thousands take part during the afternoon and the feedback from all involved has been terrific.”
“The welcome home event was great fun and well attended by members of Team England, several of whom I had the pleasure of meeting too. It’s fantastic to think that in just four years the Commonwealth Games will be here in our home city – I can’t wait!”