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Buddy visits the 1st Sutton Coldfield Beavers

Buddy’s tour of Sutton Coldfield’s primary schools and Beaver packs came to an end on Friday with an energetic visit to the 1st Sutton Coldfield Beavers in Boldmere. Thanks for the enthusiastic welcome Beavers – see you all next weekend!

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Primary school partnerships

We’d like to say a quick thank you to the 19 primary schools in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington who’ve partnered with the Sutton Games this year.

We’ve had a ball visiting many of them for assemblies and taster sessions. We look forward to seeing many of you again at the Games.

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Official programme now available!

We’re very happy to say that the official programme for the 2017 Sutton Coldfield Community Games has now been completed, and here it is!

Just one week to go now and we’re thoroughly looking forward to what’s set to be our biggest and most diverse and inclusive event yet. See you there!

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Sutton Games to be most accessible ever

This year’s Sutton Coldfield Community Games is set to be the most accessible ever thanks a collaboration between six organisations.

Midland Mencap, Sutton Coldfield Scouts, Royal Navy, West Midlands Fire Service, Aston Villa Foundation and West Bromwich Albion FC Foundation have joined forces to create a new accessibility zone to ensure the Sutton Games can be enjoyed by people of all abilities.

Accessible adaptations of activities including football, dance, shooting and cycling will be provided in the newly created area, meaning more people than ever will be able to enjoy the activities on offer during the two-day event.

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Beavers all aboard for the Games!

Buddy paid a visit to the 10th Sutton Coldfield West Beavers in Boldmere last night to thank the children and leaders for their support for the Sutton Games.

The Beaver Group held a cake sale last weekend as a part of their work towards their Challenge badge and elected to donate the £80.35 raised to the Games. Thank you Beavers, that’s a brilliant result!

Dennis Kennedy also shared the news that the Group will has been invited to parade around the track at Wyndley with Buddy as a part of the Games on Saturday 8th. The youngsters are camping in Sutton Park that weekend and as a part of their adventure will now be trekking down to Wyndley to join in the fun. To thank them for their support, Dennis has invited them to be guests of honour.

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Message from athletics legend as Games draws close

Athletics legend David Moorcroft OBE has recorded a good luck message for everyone involved in next month’s Sutton Coldfield Community Games.

In a video uploaded to YouTube, the former world 5000 metre record holder and UK Athletics chief executive officer, and Sutton Games Ambassador, paid tribute to many volunteers who make the Sutton Games possible, calling the two-day event a ‘credit to Sutton Coldfield’.

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Meanwhile, Team GB athlete Laura Whittle is the latest local sports star to lend their support to the Sutton Games by becoming an official Games Ambassador.

She joins David Moorcroft and fellow Olympic and Commonwealth Games medal winning athletes Jonathan Broom-Edwards, Jane Sixsmith and Darren Harris, and local rising star and Team GB gymnast, Hamish Carter.

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Sutton Coldfield Scouts to play at Aston Villa

Sutton Coldfield Scouts will once again be at the Sutton Games this year, laying on a wide variety of activities. But this weekend, they’ll be at Aston Villa for the annual Scouts football tournament.

On Sunday 18th June, Aston Villa Foundation at Villa Park will open its doors to the Scouts and allow them to use their Academy for the football tournament. Des Christie, general manager of the iconic Empire Cinema in Sutton Coldfield, will be refereeing the Father’s Day competition.

Des has one of Sutton’s growing community of volunteers. He was awarded the prestigious Local Business Award at Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council’s first-ever Community Awards at Moxhull Hall on 11th May. The awards celebrated those who work hard for the community but often do not get the recognition they deserve. He was praised for regularly showcasing screenings for the elderly, people with autism and for parents and babies at the Empire and is now continuing that fantastic work by being referee at this tournament.

He says: “I am spending Father’s Day refereeing for the Scouts at Villa Park with my daughter. What a great experience for both of us! The last time I referred for Sutton Coldfield Scouts it was at Wyndley Leisure Centre. How fantastic that they are now playing at Aston Villa!”

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What is Bhangra Blaze?

We’ve had a few people ask about Bhangra Blaze since announcing it would be joining the Games itinerary this year. So we asked instructor Bally Bhogal to explain:

“BhangraBlaze is an amazing, calorie blazing fitness workout with lots of ‘bruahhh!’. Bhangra originates from the Punjab in India and is an energetic dance form, using the whole body to express love, joy and happiness. Using music that lifts, energises and invigorates participants, the results achieved are beyond limits leaving everyone feeling totally euphoric, with an overwhelming sense of well being and happiness.”

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Academy Trust signs up for Sutton Games

Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust has become the latest local organisation to lend its support to the Sutton Coldfield Community Games.

The Trust – which currently operates four schools in Birmingham, including Fairfax School and Erdington Academy – has become the Games’ seventh sponsor, and aims to use the new partnership to encourage teenagers and young adults to experience everything the Sutton Games now has to offer.

Andy Bird, CEO of Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust (FMAT) comments: “It’s impossible to have anything other than admiration for what the Sutton Games has become since launching just five years ago, so we’re delighted to be in a position to become a sponsor and partner.

“Sport and physical activity plays such an important role in the lives of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and through this new partnership we aim to help spread the message and encourage participation amongst young people in particular.

“FMAT’s values are excellence, dedication, ambition, integrity and tradition, all qualities the Sutton Games exhibits in excess and I’m thoroughly looking forward to a long and fun partnership.”

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