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Young and old play together at Community Sports Day

Young and old play together at Community Sports Day

Local people of all ages came together today to try out all different types of sport, with one shared focus – to have fun.

Two hundred and fifty people from across South Norwood, Woodside and Addiscombe at Ashburton Park for the inaugural Community Sports Day, hosted by community charity Oasis Hub Ashburton Park.

Oasis collaborated with local charities and sports clubs to put on a wide variety of sports suitable for all ages and abilities.

Local teenagers, including students at Oasis Academy Arena and Shirley Park, had their first experience of the more genteel yet skilful sport of lawn bowls thanks to the generosity of Bowls England while parents with younger children tried their hand at martial arts thanks to Chi Combat System Croydon.

The park was split into zones for people to visit including ‘Garden game zone’ with refreshments and music, the ‘Inflatable zone’ with bouncy castles, and a Sports field with football and fitness classes.

Other partners who made the event possible were Reaching Higher, Performance Plus, 2Brave Fitness, Simply Fitness UK, Better, Kinetic and Simply Kids.

Hub Leader of Oasis Hub Ashburton Park, Dave Jones, commented saying, “We have had a great turnout today, with lots of people coming along to enjoy sports and fitness, as well as being together.”

“We are very grateful to all the local sports clubs and charities who gave generously to enable us to have the Community Sports Day, and we are looking forward to holding more community events with them in the future.”

Principal of Oasis Academy Arena, Thomas Raymond added; “Thank you to Dave and the hub team and volunteers for hosting this great community event.”

“As part of Oasis Hub Ashburton, our students get to enjoy lots of events beyond the classroom developing their hobbies and interests.”

Daniel Marsh