Giving sport a try on Cleethorpes beach

FAMILIES got the chance to take part in sports taster sessions while enjoying the warm summer sunshine in Cleethorpes this weekend.

Children young and old ventured down to the beach on Cleethorpes’ North Promenade on Saturday, as they got the chance to try out a range of sports which were showcased to the public by local clubs.

Organisers, in association with the Community Games, which is inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, arranged for sports clubs from around Grimsby and Cleethorpes to show off their sport in a bid to get more children involved in community activities.

With the sun shining, children and adults tried their hand at rugby, football and cricket, adding an extra dimension to the typical family day out at the beach.

Jenny Hodson is the organiser of the beach sports fun day, and she says the aim of the event is to give as many children as possible the opportunity to get involved in a sports team.

She said: “The idea came from the national Community Games to support local groups like YMCA, so that children have a platform where they can take part in taster sessions.

“It’s all about having a bit of fun with some sports and promoting the work of the YMCA. It’s something different for everyone to get involved in and it’s free for people to float in and out of, it’s very informal.

“This side of the prom, the north prom, tends to be less busy, so we’ve hosted the event this side this year to draw more people down this end to show that it is just as usable and as much fun.”

Lindsey Dickinson, 37, from Cleethorpes, went down to the beach to try out some new sports with five-year-old daughter Grace and six-year-old son Charlie. She says that the event has made their day out worthwhile.

She said: “It’s absolutely lovely weather and there’s plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied.

“In the summer holidays there’s always a few events going on and if they can keep providing stuff like this that would be fantastic.

“Coming to the beach normally is ok, but there’s only so long you can play with a bucket and a spade for, and we’ve been here for hours and I’ve no idea what the time is, and I don’t care to be honest, we’re having a great time.”

Glen Parkin, 42, is the Junior chairman for the Grimsby Rugby Club who is at the event to promote his team.

He says that it’s great to get involved with the community.

He said: “It’s a good chance for us to promote the club and support the community, it’s just really nice to get down here with some of the kids for demonstrations and hopefully we can attract more people to join the club.

“The club needs as much help as it can get so we’re doing as much as we can to promote the club.

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