Riverside’s Hawthorn Fields Community Games
Published by Sandeep for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities
Basketball competitors at the games
Social landlord Riverside hosted the Hawthorn Fields Community Games on Saturday to help local residents celebrate the Olympic Games this year.
Despite the weather Riverside were pleased to welcome the local communities from the Harvills Hawthorn and Millfield estates to the community games at Hill Top Park, West Bromwich.
Everyone who attended had the opportunity to participate in local community games and enjoyed the entertainment from local dance groups. As well as school sport day style games there was tug of war, bungee run and basketball.
Lynda Cooke, Riverside’s Community Involvement Officer and one of the organisers of Saturday’s event said: “Despite the bad weather running up to the day, the sun was out as well as the local people and we were pleased with how many came along to support the local bands and take part in the games.
“By hosting the community games, we were aiming to get the local people involved by working together to compete, lead or just officiate on the day. We hope by bringing everyone together we encouraged stronger community spirit through sport and fun activities.”
Paul Jones, Assistant Director of Riverside said: “Thank you to all the organisations who helped make the day a great success and we hope to continue to deliver community projects and events like these for the local communities in Harvills Hawthorn and Millfield estates in the coming years.”
Councillor Simon Hackett, Sandwell Council's cabinet member for housing, said: "I was delighted to see so many people attend on Saturday. My two youngest daughters aged 5 and 7 loved all the attractions and having their faces painted. A big thank you to Riverside and the local community for making the day a real success."