Oct 23 2013

600 Harrow children jump at the chance to get active at Legacy Games Day

sports-150x150Six hundred children from schools across Harrow took part in a Legacy Games Day event at Harrow Leisure Centre – managed by Everyone Active in partnership with Harrow Council – on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. The day involved a range of fun activities and ended with relay races where the youngsters competed for much-coveted medals, presented by GB Olympic swimming legend Steve Parry.

The Harrow Legacy Games Day was organised by Fit for Sport, the UK’s leading provider of children’s activities, in partnership with Everyone Active and was sure to be a further boost to sport in the borough, which has already seen over 3,000 youngsters across Harrow take part in sports and physical activity since the London 2012 games.

Cabinet member for community and culture, Cllr Manji Kara said: “It was fantastic to see so many young people taking part in the Legacy Games in Harrow. This event will hopefully encourage even more youngsters to take up physical activity as well as keeping the Olympic Legacy alive in our borough. I was pleased to see some true sportsmanship today as they competed with other schools. I think we may even have some future gold medal winners here.”

Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nana Asante, also lent her support to the Harrow Legacy Games Day and said: “Harrow has no shortage of community spirit or active youngsters so this event was a perfect fit. As well as fun physical activity, the Legacy Games were a great way for them to get active with their friends and children from other schools. Fit for Sport and Everyone Active have pledged to get 500,000 under 16s active – today was a great start.”

What is the Legacy Games?

The Legacy Games Day is a joint initiative between Fit for Sport and Everyone Active who are working in partnership to deliver a legacy of sport, competition and community engagement to children aged 7-11. Their joint pledge to have ‘500,000 under-16s engaged and active’ will be achieved through a host of Legacy Games days for primary school children across the country and the Harrow Legacy Games is the third event in the series. The Legacy Games is a great opportunity to engage youngsters in fun physical activity and its aim is to encourage participation among children of all abilities. A key objective is to give children the opportunity to engage with new activities and sports. With the emphasis on participation and fun, children of all abilities feel able to take part. After lunch, there was an inter-school relay and the day ended with a closing ceremony where medals were handed out by Steve Parry.

Partnerships and participation

“Like everyone else, I was inspired by the promise of a legacy of sport for children after London 2012,” says Duncan Jefford, Everyone Active South East Regional Director. “The reality is, communities, councils, leisure venues and sports providers must work together to make this happen. I’m delighted to see Harrow Council support our initiative,” continues Jefford. “This is an excellent opportunity for young children in the community to try out new activities and have some fun being active for the day. We hope that this, combined with the £1.7 million investment we are making to Harrow Leisure Centre, will encourage more families to be active both inside and outside the centre.”

“The Legacy Games aim to bring communities together and bridge the gap between facilities, schools and experts,” says Dean Horridge, CEO of Fit For Sport. “The activity day is designed to complement and support schools’ programmes and our intention is to create a platform on which to build confidence in the children,” he says. “Our experience shows that, with a little effort and commitment, fitness professionals, education specialists and local communities can work together to develop a lasting legacy of sport for children.”

The Legacy Games Day is another example of the investment being made by Everyone Active to benefit the local community. Harrow Leisure Centre is set to benefit from improvements worth £1.7m including installing a sauna and steam room on the poolside; creating a dry-side changing area; developing a new dance studio and indoor cycling studio; extending the existing 140 station gym to have 200 stations including upgraded equipment and creating a separate flexible programme gym. Furthermore, many other areas of the centre will be refreshed.

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