Places for People arranges mini Olympics

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More than 100 residents from Wolverton took part in their own mini Olympics, as part of a national project aimed at bringing sport to people’s doorsteps.

Residents, sports people, clubs and organisations helped celebrate the Wolverton Park community games by promoting their clubs and doing small demonstrations.

The Games was organised by Places for People, and is one of 10 events it is holding across the UK, in partnership with Street Games – a national sports charity.

The games are part of a national programme called Green Spaces for People which has seen Places for People improve and give a green makeover to 80 communities across the UK. The project is funded by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces Programme.

Wolverton Park has a rich sporting tradition. Built in the 1885 the site featured a sports ground that included an athletics track and football field surrounded by a cycling track. It also became the venue for the annual two day Whitsun Sports, a festival of athletics and cycling events that attracted competitors from all over the British Empire.

Wendy Hambidge, Housing Services Manager at Places for People said: “It was a wonderful family day, with a real festival atmosphere, despite the awful weather. It was fantastic to see so many people finding out about new sports and activities in their local community. The event will help provide a legacy for sport in the local area.”

Milton Keynes Rowing Club, said: “It’s been a great day to enable local people to find out more about local sports clubs such as ours.”