Barking and Dagenham to stage legacy games
Sports chiefs are to stage legacy games for the communities of Barking and Dagenham next summer.
The Olympic borough will hold the two-day tournament in June at Mayesbrook Park in Dagenham, which was an official Olympic training venue during the London Games.
More than 400 sportsmen and women of all abilities are expected to “leap at the chance” to take part in the Barking and Dagenham Community Games.
They will feature a mixture of mainstream and lesser known sports and will involve beginners and disabled sportsmen and women.
Council leader Liam Smith, a keen rugby player, said: “The Olympic and Paralympic Games showed that when we have the chance, the residents and sports people of our borough leap at the chance to get involved themselves in keeping active.
“This new event gives us a better chance to showcase our own unique status as a borough with a real affinity with sport.
“Whatever your ability, whatever your individual sport - I really urge you to get involved in what promises to be a fantastic set of events for everyone.”
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Day one of the games will be for pupils who do not excel at sport or do not participate in physical activities away from school, while day two will showcase the work of Barking and Dagenham sports clubs and will be for people of all ages.
Supporting clubs will have the opportunity to apply for funding and sports leaders and volunteers will help to run the community games on June 28 and 29.