Grantham’s Meres hosts Summer Street Games for district’s youngsters

Sporting fun at The Meres in Grantham.
Sporting fun at The Meres in Grantham.
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Competition in dance, table tennis, wheelchair basketball and football got the competitve juices flowing for children across the district taking part in the Summer Street Games on Saturday.

Hundreds of children joined in the event at The Meres Leisure Centre, organised by Positive Futures, a project which aims to turn the attention of children from deprived areas to sport and other activities.

Targeted through community groups in the district, teams and competitors aimed to win their respective competitions to qualify for the larger Lincolnshire and regional East Midlands finals later this month.

Neighbourhood police teams and other agencies also nominated participants and there was support from delivery of FairPlay football leagues in Grantham, Stamford and the Deepings. T-shirts and medals were handed out to all participants.

South Kesteven District Council’s portfolio holder for leisure, arts and culture Councillor Bob Adams attended to oversee the sport in action. He said: “It was a healthy turnout from local community groups to the event, the third of four major events for youngsters the Meres has hosted in just 10 days. Community and youth clubs are as ever among the lifeblood of sporting activities in the district and I’m glad this was another successful event that encourages active and healthy lifestyles to children in the district.”

Street Games is a national charity that was launched in 2007 to change lives and change communities for the better. It was inspired by the success of joint work by The FA, The Football Foundation and agencies working in deprived areas. Since then, projects across England, Wales and Scotland have benefitted from the Street Games doorstep sport method.