The attendance and weather didn’t disappoint as the local residents turned out on mass with over 400 taking part in activities. Now into the third year the event allowed the opportunity for visitors to try different sports and chat to local sporting groups on what is on offer for them.
The day started with a welcoming from the organisers followed by a coaching session from the Hunslet Hawks Rugby League Club, residents of all ages joined in with the final touch rugby game. The club mascot Harry the Hawks gave out free tickets to the next home game. Rounders was the next group activity and many passing park visitors joined in, two teams of all standards played in a very enjoyable and popular activity.
Other sporting activities that were ongoing proved popular which included a Rowing and Bike challenge run by the Leeds City Council Bodyline team. England Netball had a coach on the day that encouraged young people, and not so young, to try the sport. Short tennis was well attended and the courts were busy all day, no doubt getting ready for the start of Wimbledon.
The Leeds Diving club carried out testing on the strength of the young people and gave them the opportunity to attend a coaching session at the John Charles Centre for Sport Aquatics Centre. As part of a Tour De France theme a BMX bike course that The Works generously brought to the park. A wooden ramp trail was set up amongst the trees and young and old tested their skills in completing the route, with various outcomes.
From the success from the first family sports day a female running group has been formed, South Leeds Sisters, who are based at John Charles Centre for Sport and organise regular runs. The group managed the final event of the day which was the fun run. Started by local councillor Paul Truswell the park visitors and sports coaches all joined in. The running group offered refreshments and presentations were made after the run.
Friends of Middleton Park opened the community centre and offered refreshments to all the park visitors, which was well received. The event was supported by Leeds City Council both in funding and concept, As a community project funding was also received by the Community Games fund coordinated by West Yorkshire Sport. Thanks to all involved to make it such a successful community day.
As with the previous years the locals residents were keen to have another family sports day next year and suggested other sports including traditional games such as egg and spoon, sack race and tug of war, certainly worth considering. Contact details have also been sent to local sporting groups
For further information on all the sport and community groups please contact:
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To see more of the day head to the Touch Rugby Leeds Facebook page