Park to host summer-long Olympics fun

Children can enjoy a fun-filled summer of athletics in Blackpool's very own '˜Olympics'.

Monday, 27th June 2016, 8:43 am
Updated Monday, 27th June 2016, 9:48 am
'Anchorsholme Olympics' in East Pines Park
'Anchorsholme Olympics' in East Pines Park

Youngsters took to East Pines Park in Anchorsholme on Wednesday to celebrate the start of the sporting events.

Anchorsholme councillor Paul Galley said: “It was a wonderful event. Everything that would have gone right did - we had great weather, great people and great coaches.

“It was a successful start and everyone really enjoyed it.”

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The summer of sport, which is funded by a £9,786 grant from Sport England and organised by the Friends of East Pines Park, aims to encourage children to make the most of the warm weather and improve their teamwork skills.

Coun Galley said: “They did athletics and football, and next week they will be playing rounders and cricket.

“Sport is a key thing for our park. We want it to become an outdoor community centre.

“Not only does it keep children off the streets, it gets them involved in teamwork and discipline that will make them successful adults. The idea is that when children finish school, instead of playing computer games they can come and join in with sport.

“If anyone wants to come along they are more than welcome.”

The Blackpool ‘Olympics’ will take place every Wednesday from 4.30 until 6pm throughout June and July. The athletics will continue in August all day Monday, Wednesday and Friday.