Families, clubs and sports enthusiasts turned out in force to support the launch of the 2015 Active Ashfield Games.
The Games got off to a flying start with a fun walk, run and cycle at Titchfield Park in Hucknall. Other free activities there included slacklining, KMX karting, drumming and a climbing wall.
The fun continued at the Lammas Leisure Centre in Sutton, where visitors took to the pool for a sponsored swim with members of Sutton Swimmking Club.
The Active Ashfield Games, which is organised by Ashfield District Council and partners, is the area’s legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Coaching, auditions and other events are taking place over the next couple of months, leading to a grand finals day at Kingsway Park in Kirkby on 27th June and a closing ceremony, with the launch of the new Kirkby Events Plaza, on 4th July.
Carol Hallam, of the council, said: “The Games aim to get more people of all ages and abilities more actively involved in sport to improve health and wellbeing. There is something for everyone.”
The Active Ashfield Games included the unveiling of a new playground area and resurfaced football and hockey pitch at Kingsway Park in Kirkby.
The project was made possible by a £50,000 funding grant from the WREN (Waste Recycling Environment Limited) organisation, which receives money from the landfill tax.
Clubs who wish to book the football and hockey pitch should ring Ashfield District Council’s environment team on 0800 183444 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.