Farnham Community Games
Building on the success of its inaugural event last year, Farnham opened its doors to sports clubs and the local community once more this summer for the Farnham Community Games.
Opened by local MP, the Rt Hon. Jeremy Hunt, alongside World Champion and Paralympic Hand Cyclist Rachel Morris, the Games aimed, as organiser David Gill explained, “to create more of a community with more active lifestyles”. During the games, participants were able to try out an exciting variety of sports ranging from Boccia to Taekwando. There was even a mechanical horse called Henry in attendance, who turned out to be extremely popular with both adults and children alike!
The organisers really succeeded in making it easy for the local community to try out new sports in a fun, relaxed environment. Best of all, though, was the event’s clear message: there is a sport out there for everyone – old or young, disabled or able-bodied.
Once again, the Farnham Community Games truly brought a sporting spirit to Farnham and a great day was had by all. Since then, many local sports clubs have reported an increase in members and have had lots of enquiries from people wanting to get involved. Amy – from Aldershot and Farnham Hockey Club – delightedly reported how the Games “helped to really promote the club” to members of the local community.
In fact, Farnham’s 2013 Community Games was even more successful than last year’s, with 35 local sports clubs and with more volunteers and participants. With many people already looking ahead to the Farnham Community Games 2014, local Olympic torchbearer Gail, can see it “carrying on for years to come”.