The first Community Games held in March 2018 involved volunteers and coaches from Lendlease, local community sports clubs and SportInspired. It gave children a taste of six sports – street dance, boxing, dodgeball, athletics, basketball and the Paralympic sport, boccia. Students from Duke’s Aldridge Academy also acted as young leaders at the event, tutoring younger pupils and organising sessions. The enthusiastic pupils were encouraged to take up the sports that they enjoyed after the event.

Carole Pridmore, Community Engagement Officer from Lendlease, said: “It was honestly the best event I’ve attended involving schools. The kids loved every minute and I also enjoyed having a go at a few new sports!”

Tracey Edghill, Tottenham Charter Development Manager, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering and the young people had such a great experience participating in multiple sports, team work, leadership, 
confidence and self-esteem skills all in a fun and positive environment. There was so much buzz and energy in the room, well done and congratulations to a fantastic event!”

One of the participants David, aged 13 from Duke’s Aldridge Academy and one of the young leaders, said: “SportInspired came to our school and explained the programme. It sounded really good so I came here to gain leadership skills and learn to be more confident and be more responsible. My job today is to help the kids be excited about what they’re doing and give them the confidence to try different sports even if they think they might not like it. I’ve learnt you can’t just say you don’t like something without trying it. You’ve got to give it a go!”