VIDEO: Barking and Dagenham Community Games family day

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:00 06 July 2013

The Community Games at the Jim Peters Stadium

The Community Games at the Jim Peters Stadium


From the long jump to cycling, basketball to judo, Barking and Dagenham families were in full sporting spirit for the first ever Community Games today.

The council-organised event saw families join up into teams to take on a number of events, from those they were familiar with - such as netball - to the more unusual - like sitting volleyball.

It all took place at the Mayesbrook Athletics Arena which has this weekend been rechristened the Jim Peters Stadium in memory of the Dagenham marathon runner who first broke the two-hour 20 minute marathon time.

Samuel Obareti, 11, persuaded his older brother to bring him along to the Games and teamed up with two families.

The Gascoigne Primary School pupil said: “I normally play football and netball but I’ve been playing rugby here and it was awesome, I might try to play again.”

Linda Daniels, of Green Lane, Dagenham, was there with her daughters Skye, 8, and Shanaye, 7.

Linda commented: “I thought coming down here today would be a good way to get the girls active. I wasn’t going to take part myself but then another mum was so I ended up joining in.”

On Friday (5) the Jim Peters Arena was swarming with 650 children from schools across the borough.

For photos and a full report of the Community Games see this week’s Post, out Wednesday.

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