High Peak marks countdown to the Olympics

The countdown has officially begun – there’s just over a year until the Olympic Games and the High Peak is going for gold with a day of Olympic inspired sports and activities.

Each district of Derbyshire has its own ‘Village Games’ officer to help local people set up sporting activities on their doorstep in the run up to the London 2012 games and beyond.

To mark the ‘year to go’ High Peak Village Games Officer Emma Beswick has teamed up with St Philip Howard and Glossop Community Sports Development Officer Emma Champion and Leanne Pace at Glossopdale ATP.

With funding from Glossop & Tameside PCT and the Community Sports network, they are putting on a range of activities on Wednesday 27:

12noon – 2.30pm Paralympic events and inclusive activities at St Philip Howard Sports Centre including Boccia, trampolining, parachute games, football and table tennis.

3pm – 5.30pm Family, team and Olympic activities including football, athletics, golf, rounders and flag-making.

5.30pm to 6.15pm Olympic Marathon Flag Walk from Glossopdale ATP to St Philip Howard Sports Centre

6.15pm Olympic Ceremony including trampolining, Treasure Hunt, Orienteering, Bungee Run, Penalty Shot Power Test and a bouncy castle.

8pm Closing Ceremony with cheerleading displays, band and dance displays and a fancy dress competition on a sporting stars theme.

Emma Beswick said: “It’s one year to go to possibly one of the biggest events most people will see in their lifetime. We want to capture the excitement of 2012 by inspiring people to get involved with local clubs and have a go at sports and activities on their doorstep.”

St Philip Howard and Glossop Community Sports Development Officer Emma Champion said: “With family-friendly activities for 50p per person for all ages and abilities we hope we want this to be a celebration for children, young people, friends and families from across the High Peak.

“My aim behind the event is to bring the buzz of the Olympic & Paralympic Games to the High Peak and celebrate the countdown to the biggest event we will see in our lifetime.”

In its first year the Village Games’ team has developed clubs, activities, events and festivals with 50 communities across Derbyshire. In the High Peak these include Flash, Flagg, Chelmorton, Taddington, Sterndale Moor, Chinley, Longnor, Wardslow and Tintwistle. The project will be expanding over the next year to other villages and in the Hope Valley.

Emma Beswick adds: “If you’re in a village association, a carnival or fete committee, or if you a just one person who would like to make a difference, I am here to help, whether it be through event planning, promotion or publicity.”