The full line up for this weekend’s Sutton Coldfield Community Games at Wyndley Leisure Centre has been revealed. New activities appearing at the event for the first time ‘Zorbing’, Youthercise, bush craft and massage, while cricket will be making a very welcome return for the first time since 2014.
Visitors will be able to try some 80 sports and activities, including a vast range ball sports, athletic disciplines, martial arts and fitness activities, plus water sports and outdoor activities including Scouting.
A free shuttle service operated by Star Cars will be operating between Wyndley, Powell’s Pool and Blackroot Pool to make it easy for visitors to try sailing, canoeing and power boating.
Andrew Mitchell MP has once again assembled a cross-party team of local politicians to take on the town’s children in a tug of war. He will officially open the event on Saturday alongside Royal Sutton Coldfield Mayor David Allan.
A number of Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth sports stars and Sutton Games Ambassadors will also be present over the weekend.
World-class high-jump athlete Jonathan Broom-Edwards will be taking a break from his preparations for next year’s Paralympics in Tokyo to return to Wyndley for the fourth time. Jonathan won silver at the Rio Paralympics and hopes to inspire visitors to try his sport.
Team GB long distance runner Laura Whittle will also be back and will be encouraging visitors to join in the 400m run that takes place every hour.
Sutton Coldfield-based blind athlete Darren Harris will also be returning for a fourth time. Darren – who has played football for England on 125 occasions as well as competing in two sports at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games – will again be hosting blindfold football sessions. And four-time Olympian Jane Sixsmith MBE will return for a sixth time to give hockey taster sessions.
Royal Sutton Athletic Club, Olympic and Commonwealth athlete Kevin Brown – a four-time World Discuss Champion and holder of two vehicle pulling World Records – will be putting his skills to the test by pulling a Land Rover along the 100 metre straight.
And Lichfield Paracanoe competitor Chelsey Dixon, a new recruit to Team GB also currently training hard Tokyo 2020, will also be present, sharing her story of recovery from cancer to competing for her country.
Dennis Kennedy, founder of the Sutton Games said: “We’re all really excited for this weekend’s Sutton Games. The weather forecast is looking promising and we’ve another fantastic line up of sports and activities for people to come and try.
“The Sutton Games is for everyone. It’s understandably become very popular with families, and children absolutely love earning their medals, but we work hard to ensure there really is something for everyone, whatever their interest, ability or age.The weekend is designed to be completely interactive thanks to our sponsors it’s all completely free of charge and no commitment is expected – if you’re inspired to take something further, it’s over to you.
“Every activity is managed by one of the many clubs, groups, associations and providers operating here in Sutton Coldfield. It really is wonderful to see the full spectrum of all there is to do in our town in one place, with people engaging, passions being shared, and new interests forming.”
The Sutton Games are made possible by a core team of volunteer organisers and several hundred volunteer event providers. It is funded via a grant from the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust and the generous sponsorship of a number of local organisations: Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, Green & Company, WAA Chosen, Sutton Spas, Star Cars and West Midlands Trains.