There’s lots of questions we get asked about the Sutton Games on a regular basis so we’ve prepared a list of FAQs…
Nothing! It’s completely free!
There isn’t a catch, just enjoy it for what it is and don’t worry – it’s just good old fashioned wholesome fun. The event is run by volunteers, paid for by sponsors, and we’ve worked hard to keep it free from commercial influences.
The Games will run between 12 and 5 on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017. Different activities are happening at different times – for all the detail have a look at our official guide, which will be published in early July.
The Community Games is all about getting involved. The event is designed to let people – children and adults alike – have a go at loads of different sports and activities. So don’t come to just observe, come down to give it a go for yourself!
Yes! In fact, there’s more. In 2016, we had over 70. There genuinely is something for everyone and every ability or interest to try over the weekend. Check out the ‘events’ section of our website for the full list.
No, not at all. We’re aiming to cater for everyone, from the very young to the very old (but young at heart!). There’s plenty to do and there’s no set formula to each activity so many can be adopted to suit the individual wanting to give it a try.
If you’re local, we’d encourage you to walk or cycle. But if you are driving the main Wyndley car park will be open as usual. Alternatively there is parking around the Town Gate area and you can walk through to Wyndley via the path by the Visitors Centre.
You can view the full list of activities here. A full schedule will be published in early July. If you’re reading this and it’s already July, check out our news page as the full timetable will be posted there.
The Community Games is organised entirely by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, with the help and support of a massive array of people, from local businesses, Wyndley Leisure Centre, the emergency services, plus the many sports clubs and groups who run every individual event.
The event is funded via a donation from the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust and the generous sponsorship of six local organisations: Green & Company, WAA Chosen, The Gracechurch Centre and The Kick Start Academy, Porsche Centre Sutton Coldfield and Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust. Their generosity means we can continue to provide the weekend for free and for that we thank them.
Of course! This is Great Britain and all events have to be weather proof! Plus, that’s why we all have coats and umbrellas. We won’t lie – if it rains, we will be a little bit sad but it rained (rather a lot) in 2016 and we not only survived but had an amazing weekend. Don’t let the weather put you off!
Yes, of course! There will be stands selling food thanks to Boldmere Butchers, Deli in Boldmere and Harvester Boldmere, plus of course there’s a Costa Coffee at Wyndley Leisure Centre. And we’ve invited an ice cream van to come along. Or of course feel free to simply bring a picnic – this year, the banking in-between the track perimeter fence and the park by Wyndley Pool will be kept clear for picnickers to use.
Anyone (especially children) taking part in eight or more activities can claim their coveted Sutton Coldfield Community Games medal. All you need to do is collect one of the sticker cards from the main entrance to the track or any of the helpers and make sure you get a sticker once your activity is compete. Medals will be awarded on the hour, every hour (or thereabouts – we’ll do our best) so listen out for details on the day.
We’re sorry but dogs aren’t allowed. It’s not our rule so don’t bark at us but please do respect the Wyndley Leisure Centre’s policy for the running track area. Dogs are of course welcome in the park however, so please do take Fido with you if you’re planning a visit to the sailing, paddle boarding or rafting activities on Powells Pool and Blackroot Lake