THIS summer sporting fever came to Tilbury with the inaugural ‘Tilbury Olympic Games’ with over 40 local young people taking part.
Organised by Thurrock Council’s Inspire Youth Team, there were plenty of activities to try out, with a host of team competitions and individual challenges including basketball, football, fitness drills, boxercise, table tennis, dogdeball and kwik cricket.
The day was a triumph for the young people who took part in the event, with one young winner saying: “This was great fun as we got to try out a load of new things and competitions we haven’t done before. I’m glad I got to take home a medal too!”
Funding was provided by Active Essex, an organisation which aims to make sport and physical activity accessible to all Essex residents. This enabled the event to include specialist coaching, opening and closing ceremonies, and refreshments and prizes for all participants.
Cllr Sue MacPherson said: “The Tilbury Olympic Games is built on the regular provision we have running at Tilbury Youth Club; with staff, volunteers and young people coming together to plan and organise the day.
“There is a strong sense of community in Tilbury and this event connected young people through a variety of fun sports and activities – not a terrible way to spend your summer holidays!”