The First Urban Games Shines Through

Leeds City Council’s Sport and Active Lifestyles team and its partners delivered the first Urban Games as part of Light Night. The evening saw two different elements, first – a Street Athletics festival at the Leeds First Direct Arena and second – a 4K guided art run through the city centre streets.

The GO TRY SPORT project is set to deliver 6 major participation events for young people in the city centre over the next 12 months including Cricket, Tennis and Triathlon.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Arena to take part in the street Athletics activities, among them were:

  • A Pop Up Running Track
  • Field Events
  • Jumps and Throws
  • Free Running Workshops
  • Hurdles

Pop up running track

The Neon Guided runs were booked to capacity with 150 people taking the opportunity to run through the city centre dressed in Neon lights, bells and whistles. Some participants were running for the first time.

Neon Run Image

The success of the event was down to the unique venue, innovative delivery style and the 20 volunteers who played a crucial role in the delivery of the Urban Games.

Thank you to the following organisations who made the event possible;

  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Positive Futures
  • Run Leeds
  • Leeds City Athletic Club
  • Cockburn High School
  • City Centre Community Committee
  • Veggie Runners
  • Leeds First Direct Arena

James Boxell, PE Teacher at Cockburn High School-  ‘The street athletics event was an excellent way to bring the sport to children. It was amazing to see students have a go at events they have not experienced before and enjoy themselves. I hope more events like this are introduced to help inspire the next generation of students.’

Emma Woolford, Positive Futures Manager (Leeds City Council) – ‘Light Night Go Try Sports Urban Games enabled local inner city Leeds children to participate in sports traditionally delivered in a more structured setting. The atmosphere on the evening was fun, informal and engaged everyone that came in contact with it. It demonstrated a high level of interest in urban sports activities and the potential to offer this on a more frequent basis across city venues. We are looking forward to rolling out the Go Try Sport programme in early 2016.’

The main aim of these events is to give young people aged 8 -18 a chance to participate in Athletics in a non-traditional city centre environment. Community organisations, Clubs, groups attended and Cockburn secondary school brought along a cohort of students connected to the schools athletics satellite club. Coaches and sports professionals were on hand to guide these young people and many more by sharing information on how they could get more involved in Athletics.

For more information see: www.leeds.gov.uk/popupsports

Or Contact Emma Woolford – emma.woolford@leeds.gov.uk or Neil Jones neil.jones@leeds.gov.uk

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