Examples of testimonials and feedback from our schools and youth organisation partners:
Teacher quote from the SKY Games in Dunfermline, October 24th 2012:
My class had an absolutely fantastic time at Pitreavie yesterday. They are still buzzing about it today, and many seem enthusiastic about continuing with some of the sports they tried.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that one of our teams won the Team Spirit trophy – we are very proud.
There was a really positive atmosphere in the hall thanks to all the adults and student volunteers. My thanks also to you for your part in organising the event.
Darlene Bell (Kinghorn Primary School)
|John Paul II RC School, London
Roy Page, Deputy Head Teacher (September, 2010)
|To whom it concerns:Community Games has been a great initiative for our students. It has provided self belief where there has been self doubt. It has allowed our young people to rise above expectations and show real leadership and participation. It has enabled the school to revisit student leadership by using a carefully designed event to show every young person that they have the potential to be a leader. For 13 and 14 year olds about to do their GCSEs, it is hard to overstate the importance of opportunities like this to help develop these skills ready for working life.The games also teach responsibility. It demonstrates if you are a link in a chain your role has a greater purpose than your individual contribution and collectively individual contributions create a whole which is greater than the sum of their parts. It reminds us that as individuals our actions can affect a lot of people.For teachers and parents it gives an alternative view to our young people and allows all to witness an activity where self confidence is built and can be praised.The students who participated from our school loved the experience and benefited from meeting new people and learning how to participate in an alternative environment, especially with adults not familiar to them. This provides them with an ideal opportunity to learn more about the world of work once they leave education.
By involving people from all sectors of our society, the Community Games enables community cohesion. It reduces the isolation created by a segregated society made of people caught up in their individual lives, prevented from understanding the sum of all the parts which make up the communities we live in. This enables, and I’m sure inspires, the volunteers who take part to realise they too can contribute to their local community.
The Community Games provides an opportunity to participate in many diverse sports in a safe environment that can’t help but promote healthy lifestyles in young people and the volunteers who take part. The benefit of such a programme, so close to the London 2012 Olympic Games, is an excellent platform to push for a successful well attended Olympics that revives the sense of belonging, togetherness, teamwork, and gamesmanship that sport can provide.
The small contribution required by local business to run a Community Games is an insignificant investment to deliver the significant act of bringing together communities and delivering learning and understanding for young people in our society.
It is with pleasure that I offer my endorsement of SportInspired’s Community Games and recommend that they be rolled out across London to help satisfy our city’s extensive community, youth and sports development needs.
|A member of the Blue Hut Youth Group, Hackney, London
Captured in post Games survey (August, 2008)
|“We had a great day, I’m not usually good at sport but I loved playing Boccia – that guy in the wheelchair was well all right – and I found out I’m really good at Baseball… I didn’t know there was a Baseball Club round here, a few of us are going to their next training session on Saturday…”|