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“Incredible” – so says the Sutton Observer!

Last weekend’s event is the subject of a fantastic write up in the Sutton Observer – and the article includes two extensive galleries of photographs. Make sure you check it out and share with your friends if they were there too.

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Eating & refreshments at the Sutton Games

A quick summary of your food options this weekend.

Once again, the team from Boldmere Butchers will be busy serving their delicious pork baps. The Deli in Boldmere will be selling drinks and kids lunches, while staff from Boldmere Harvester will be present serving tea and coffees. Plus there’s Costa Coffee in the leisure centre, and of course, the ice cream van will be working hard to keep up with demand again!

We also have dedicated picnic area this year so please do bring your own provisions if you like – you’re more than welcome.

From Games to podium in under 12 months

We love hearing stories of people who’ve adopted a sport as a result of visiting the Sutton Games. So thank you to the Birmingham Monarchs Cycle Speedway Club for sharing this story…

 

Sutton based youngster Charlie Buet Gannon took 3rd place in the Midlands Under 10’s Youth and Junior League (YJL) in June this year. Charlie only tried the sport last year at the Sutton Games where again Birmingham Monarchs will have a stall and a mini track for youngsters to come and try.

 

Charlie has been training regularly with the club and has become a vital member of the junior 3rd division outfit for Under 14’s. He was part of the team that were crowned champions in 2016.

Charlie Monarchs

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Ready, set, go for best Sutton Games yet!

This weekend’s Sutton Coldfield Community Games is poised to be the biggest and most accessible yet according to the organisers.

Over 90 different sports and activities have now been confirmed for the weekend, with tomahawk throwing, ballet, Chongshin Do martial arts, model boat sailing and accessible cycling the latest to be added to the packed programme.

Attendees will include both the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Anne Underwood, and Royal Sutton Coldfield Mayor Cllr David Pears, as well as Andrew Mitchell MP. Sutton Games Ambassadors set to make an appearance include Team GB gymnast and Bishop Vesey pupil Hamish Carter, Paralympic football and judo champion Darren Harris, Olympic hockey legend Jane Sixsmith, and Team GB long distance runner, Laura Whittle.

They will all join mascot Buddy at Wyndley Leisure Centre on Saturday and Sunday.

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Message from Jonathan Broom-Edwards

Paralympic silver medalist high jumper and Sutton Games Ambassador Jonathan Broom-Edwards has been a firm Games favourite in the last couple of years thanks to his energetic high-jump masterclasses and all round positive presence in and around our event.

Jonathan can’t be with us this year as he’s competing in the World Para Athletics Championships in London. But he has sent us this great message… (click on the picture to view)

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Good luck this weekend Jon, we’re rooting for you and look forward to seeing your new medals very soon :-)

 

Locations to visit this weekend

While the majority of the Sutton Games activities are in and around the athletics track area at Wyndley, don’t forget we have activities happening in other locations to.

Indoor activities are taking place in the leisure centre itself, while

Sailing and power boating will be taking place on Powell’s Pool, via the Sutton Coldfield Sailing Club entrance on Monmouth Drive. Meanwhile over on Blackroot Pool, you can try canoeing.

For the full programme and details of what’s happening where and when, click HERE for Saturday and HERE for Sunday.

Getting to the Games this weekend

We’d like to encourage as many of you as possible to walk or cycle to the Sutton Games this weekend. Bikes can be brought inside the track area and locked to the railings.

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. Please do remember it’s likely to be busy so be patient and, most importantly, please park respectfully.

Disabled visitors are encouraged to use the entrance to Clifton Road Youth Centre, where disabled parking spaces and other applicable facilities have been organised.

Music line up confirmed

A local church will be supporting the 2017 Sutton Coldfield Community Games by hosting the music stage. Real Life Church in Sutton Coldfield hosted the music stage for the first time last year, and is really pleased to announce a good quality line-up of local bands.

And they had a very special visitor on Sunday 25th June when Buddy, the Sutton Coldfield Community Games mascot, joined the congregation along with Dennis Kennedy, founder of the games, who talked to the church about the history and ethos of the games. Buddy demonstrated his jumping and running skills as well as the infamous ‘MoBot’ and ‘Lightening Bolt’.

Acts set to appear at the Games include Stoko, Derek Brock, Ben Drummond, Rebecca Kelly and Tim Philpot. And just two weeks after opening the music line-up at Boldmere Music Festival in front of a crowd of several thousand, the church’s own band, First Request, will be performing upbeat covers on both days.

Real Life Church

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Aquatic action at annual Sutton Coldfield Scout raft race

A morning of aquatic action took place on Saturday 1st July when Sutton Coldfield Scouts held its annual raft race in Sutton Park.

The annual event is held jointly with Scouts from Sutton Coldfield East and West Districts. The Scouts built their own rafts and before battling it out over a number of challenges on the water to find the fastest. This year`s judges included Dennis Kennedy, organiser of the annual Sutton Coldfield Community Games.

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