The organizer of a popular Birmingham community event has confirmed he will return this summer after a year of absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Sutton Coldfield Community Games will return to Wyndley on July 10 and 11, with 2,000 people able to attend each day between noon and 5 p.m.
The sports showcase, which brings together local clubs and community groups offering tasting activities to try, has been a big hit in the city since its inception nine years ago to coincide with the London Olympics in 2012.
But like most other events in 2020, it had to be canceled due to the pandemic.
But with the country currently on the roadmap to come out of lockdown, founder and organizer Dennis Kennedy has confirmed the games will be back barring another setback from Covid.
Dennis said, “I love the games. I am really deeply passionate about it. And I want people to have a wise, fun, and inspiring time.
“I understand that at this point there is no perfect path. You can’t do anything, but all actions have a consequence.
“If people have to wait to engage with providers who could have a positive impact on their lives, that also has an effect.
“I hope the community will be happy to come.”
The event will feature 35 activities – down from previous years – but a few firm favorites will be on offer.
The games will include a rock climbing wall, water polo (on dry land), rugby, martial arts, taekwondo and aikido. There will also be hockey, boxing, tennis, kickboxing, Moo music and bhangra dancing.
Aston Villa will be there with football activities and there will be racing around the Wyndley track. The Royal Marines will be there to organize introductory physical training sessions. And round bales will also be offered, as well as a classic spinning ball in the back garden!
Activities will be focused on the track, but the games are aimed at sailing and canoeing in two of the Sutton Park pools, which should be confirmed soon. And other activities at the nearby Wyndley Leisure Center are also worth considering.
In the context of the Covid pandemic, security will be paramount. Mr Kennedy said he would work from the May 17 guidelines – which allow up to 50% of normal daily capacity. The games attracted 5,000 per day, so the 2,000 limit is well within 50 percent of the total.
Dennis has been planning the event for the past two months and has spoken to all relevant agencies
He said: “The idea of having a limit of 2,000 is to be careful. Then if we don’t go to step 4 on June 21, it wouldn’t matter.
“With the people present and the suppliers, we will have around 2,200 people, which is within the limits of the directive from May 17th.
“I don’t think I can plan responsibly and safely for 5,000 people, which in theory could be allowed after June 21, so I followed the current guidelines, the May 17 rules.”
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He added: “I worry about this Indian variant all the time. I’m hyper aware that we may have to postpone the event or it could end up being canceled. We will just have to do the decent thing. .
“It’s a bet for me but one that I take. There are 12,000 square meters inside the track at Wyndley. There is a lot of space.
“But the plan is to host the event with safety and space here, following all the rules of the national sports bodies.
“These are initiation sessions, simplified versions of the sport. The fact that these are not full sets, we can make it safe – you can clean your hands and throw a ball through a sterilized hoop for example.
For the first time, Sutton’s community games are paying. It will be £ 2.50 per person with under three free. And all participants will always receive a free medal if they complete their activities.
Reservations are made from 4 p.m. on Tuesday May 18 by click here.
Refreshments will be available but the event will be alcohol-free.