Published: August 30th, 2018 12:02pm

Community Games 2018 report

Another Successful Church Stretton Community Games

Church Stretton School, Teme Leisure and the Community of Church Stretton came together again on 14th July for another celebration of much that is good about our community.

Some 50 organisations participated in our 5th Community Games. The concept of the Games originates from our Community Celebration event we held at the opening of our Leisure Centre in 2010. Since then the Games have been held every

two years.

The aim of the Games was to:

  • celebrate the sporting, arts and leisure identity of the Church Stretton Area – a chance to show the public what is available

  • strengthen community relations – sharing ideas and building a better network and understanding of each other’s sport and leisure organisation

  • celebrate and showcase the wealth of clubs and organisations in the Church Stretton Area – a chance to promote membership of clubs and the Leisure Centre

  • provide taster sessions for the public – a programme of events for the public to ‘have a go’ and enjoy sport; arts and leisure

The Games certainly lived up to those aims.

A further aim was to aspire to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Barrie Oxtoby who was the lead on this aspect of the Games commented that, “A story of how the Community Games profiles Church Stretton as a caring and sporting society has been produced. The content covers how our sports assist humanitarian efforts by local voluntary organisations. The 17 global Sustainable Development Goals are used as a basis to highlight how this claim is substantiated. Copies are available on request.”

This event was opened by Sharon Magrath. Sharon is one of the Atlantic Ladies. Together with Di Carrington and Elaine Theaker they took on The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 2017. The challenge is the worlds No 1 Ocean Endurance Race - 3,000 miles - a massive challenge which they met. Sharon`s opening talk enthused and inspired visitors.

We as a community have our own challenges. Many of our community facilities are under constant threat. It was great therefore to see the support and enthusiasm shown by our community organisations - and enjoyed by over 800 visitors throughout the day. We as a community need to support our facilities if we are to protect them for our future generations. That is our challenge.

We are now considering the feedback we have received so that any future Games can be planned with the knowledge of what went right and what can be improved. We would also welcome photographs that we can use in any future promotion.

More importantly, we need to think of a succession plan drawing on experience gained. The popularity of the Games would ensure continuance of this very successful event well into the future. Any ideas??

Alan Fox