Big sports day out

Big sports day out

Big sports day outStory by Sahal Barre, Tess Awoke and Abdul-Malik Onasan | Photos by Sarah Zagni

The Active Burngreave organisation have achieved many of their set goals and provided the group members with once in a lifetime opportunities. There was a positive start to 2019 as it celebrated the development of youth ambassadors and community leaders, as well as introducing activities that were previously unavailable due to lack of resources.

Katherine Mudge and Safiya Saeed – who assemble the Active Burngreave Community Development Team – wanted to encourage the mentees to aspire and plan for their future careers. To help increase the interest in the upcoming 2020 Olympics, Active Burngreave worked alongside Big Brother Burngreave held a ‘Sports Day’ family event for all ages. There was an outstanding turn-out of 250 participants, and 20 volunteers from Big Brother Burngreave project.

“I have never seen as many families enjoying themselves by simply watching their children try something new.” – Sahal Barre, Big Brother Youth Leader.

The event received support from organisations who attended the event including: Ellesmere Youth Project, Hallam Barbell Team, Firth Park Boxing Club, MAAN Somali Mental Health Sheffield, Active Regen and Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS). The participants, ranging from ages 11-30yrs, were able to learn Olympic style activities at the E.I.S grounds such as weightlifting, cricket, sprints as well as plyometric workouts.

“It has been beneficial inviting my female friends to attend the sports day as it gave them an interest in the Olympics.” – Tess Awoke, Big Brother Youth Leader.

Active Burngreave aims to encourage as many people as possible to join the group through effectively promoting the event, as well as the brand, at local schools, businesses and the local media. BBC Look North covered the organisation in January 2019 and the groups’ achievements have been published several times in newspapers such as the Burngreave Messenger and Sheffield Star.

“We need more events like this for the community and easier access to facilities such as the E.I.S centre, and I think the Active Burngreave project has successfully achieved that.” – Safiya Saeed, Community Development Worker.

We, as the youth representing the Burngreave community, were the main parties involved in the planning, promotion and facilitation of the event. This was an empowering experience where we were encouraged to be leaders; ensuring the families were having an amazing experience.