We were very happy to welcome West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to the Sutton Games this Saturday. Andy asked to visit after learning of the Games from a colleague to see for himself how the event works to inspire physical activity in our community. With one eye on the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham and creating a lasting legacy, he toured the Games and met with many of the activity providers. Watch to hear what he thought.
So, the sun has set on another Sutton Coldfield Community Games and what a scorcher it was!
We’ve been blessed with good weather for every Sutton Games so far and this year was no different with the sun beating down on both days to make this the hottest Games in our six-event history.
But it wasn’t just the sun that made this weekend a scorcher. England vs Sweden meant we experienced a comparatively quiet Saturday, yet prior to kick off Wyndley was a sea of activity and the Sunday was as popular as ever.
We’ve had a few queries about the England vs Sweden game on Saturday afternoon and what this means to the Sutton Games.
The short answer is ‘nothing’. Not that we don’t care – quite the opposite, we will be rooting hard for Gareth’s dream-team to triumph – but that there’s no changes planned to the event in any way.
We understand of course that there will be enormous interest in the England game and that will likely impact the number of visitors attending on the Saturday. We also understand many of the hundreds of volunteers who are integral to making the Sutton Games a success will also want to catch the big game in one way or another.
We’ve spoken to a large number of these volunteers today and overwhelmingly, the response we’re getting is ‘don’t worry, we’ll be there’. Their loyalty to the Sutton Games is clear.
We have investigated various options to show the game but have concluded we can’t do this reliably, safely and legally without overcoming a large number of issues – and as a team we’re agreed that can’t be our focus over the next couple of days.
There will no doubt be radios in many of the gazebos, and we’re creating some shaded areas where people may want to catch the game on their phones (though remember we have no control over the 4G signal at Wyndley!). But, just for the sake of clarity, there’s no ‘official’ or general broadcast of the game planned.
So for us, the show goes on. We’ll be working as hard as we can to deliver the same Sutton Games experience for which we’ve become renowned and we hope to still see many of you there. And don’t forget we’re open for business from 12:00 on Sunday too.
The full line up for this weekend’s Sutton Coldfield Community Games has been revealed. New activities appearing at the event for the first time include freerunning, rounders, climbing, pole fitness, boxercise, lacrosse, cheerleading, racketball and shelter building.
The total number of activities that visitors will be able to try now stands at just over 90 – and to help more visitors access the water sports action taking place at Powell’s Pool and Blackroot Pool a new free shuttle service has been introduced too.
The shuttle service is being laid on by Erdington-based taxi firm Star Cars. The community-minded business contacted the Games organisers earlier this month to offer their support and a plan was hatched to use Star Cars’ fleet make the lake activities accessible to more people.
Dennis Kennedy, founder of the Sutton Games explains: “Water sports have always been a feature of the Games but we’re aware it can be difficult for people to get from Wyndley to the two lake locations and back without taking up a lot of time. Star Cars generosity means it will really easy to pop up to Powell’s Pool or Blackroot Pool for some fun on the water, and without the headache of what to sacrifice or where to park the car. I think it will be a great addition to the Games.”
As one of Sutton’s best attended events, we’re conscious it’s likely to very busy on the roads in the car parks around Wyndley this weekend. Plus there’s a certain football match which is likely to mean a spike in visitors as we open and a sudden exodus just before the whistle blows at 3pm!
So with that in mind, we would encourage as many of you as possible to walk or cycle to us. Bikes can be brought inside the track area and locked to the railings (please note that they remain your responsibility at all times).
If you are driving, the main Wyndley car park will be open as usual. Alternatively, there is parking inside the park around the Town Gate area and you can walk through to Wyndley via the path by the Visitors Centre. Please do be patient with other car park users, 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.
Amazing news… the Hockey Women’s World Cup trophy is coming to the Sutton Coldfield Hockey Club stand at the Sutton Games this weekend!
This is your chance to get up close with the actual trophy that we hope Sutton Coldfield golden girl (and former SCHC player) Laura Unsworth and the rest of the England team will be lifting on August 5th if they win the World Cup.
Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell has thrown down the gauntlet to the town’s children for a tug-of- war the likes of which have never been seen!
In a statement, he said: “To the young people of the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield: at 4pm on Sunday 8 July, I shall be leading a team of those who have been elected to represent the Royal Town in a tug of war and we challenge the young people of Sutton Coldfield to take us on!”
Dennis adds: “Andrew is a great supporter of the Games and has been since day one. He finds the tug-of war difficult to resist and this year he has personally invited all elected representatives of Sutton Coldfield, whatever their political allegiance, to form a team. It’s all great fun and I’m sure the kids will rise to the challenge to once again secure a victory!”
We’re thrilled to confirm that next weekend’s Sutton Coldfield Community Games will feature guest appearances from a quintet of Olympic and Commonwealth athletes!
Paralympic and World silver medallist Jonathan Broom-Edwards will be returning to Wyndley for the third time. The world number two Paralympic high jumper will be hosting a high jump masterclass as well as giving visitors a chance to see his Rio 2016 medal.
Local Team GB gymnast Hamish Carter will also be present for the whole weekend and will once again be wowing the crowds with his gymnastic skills and strength. In April, the former Bishop Vesey pupil returned from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a bronze medal and is now in preparing to compete for a place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.