September 29th, 2016

Hundreds of Coventry children enjoy fun in the park

Updated: 3:01 pm, Oct 01, 2015

OVER 300 children enjoyed a feast of sporting events in the sun at the fourth annual ‘Sport in the Park’ at Edgwick Park, Foleshill on and August 7 and 8.

Children were able to enjoy judo, archery, rugby, football, cycling and tennis.

Hosted again by Foleshill Baptist Church, and jointly funded with Heart of England Community Foundation, the event continues to grow as Foleshill’s own legacy to the London 2012 Olympics to encourage more people in the local community to participate in sport.

With Wasps Rugby team now playing their home games in the area, this year’s event enjoyed the excitement of a guest appearance from former Wasps and England rugby player Paul Sackey – who along with the Wasps coaching staff ran the rugby activity.

Besides all the sporting activities on offer, this year’s event also saw a mix of national organisations such as Severn Trent and National Energy Action join together with local community groups to provide an event that was also able to provide advice to families on a range of subjects.

Tim Rees, lead event organiser said: “It is so encouraging to see the amazing atmosphere the event creates with the enthusiastic young people and their families engaging with the activities on offer.

“It is fantastic that this event goes from strength to strength in building on the London 2012 Olympic legacy for our local community here in Foleshill as we see numbers attending and agencies wishing to be involved both increasing.”

With the next Olympics less than a year away plans will be getting underway very soon to put on an event to help the Foleshill community celebrate the 2016 Rio Olympics.

For those who would like to be part of next year’s event they should contact Tim Rees at Foleshill Baptist Church.