Hundreds enjoy fun of Village Games

Derbyshire Village Games
Derbyshire Village Games

Budding Olympians tried their hand at archery, cycling, golf and football and a host of other sports as nearly a thousand people flocked to Derbyshire Village Games.

Budding Olympians tried their hand at archery, cycling, golf and football and a host of other sports as nearly a thousand people flocked to Derbyshire Village Games.

The free family-friendly fun day was held at Carsington Water and coincided with the start of the Olympic Games.

The Derbyshire Baton relay team, organised by Ady Green from Lea Green, arrived in style by various means - running, riding special bikes and on horseback, having travelled 200 miles from London en route for County Hall in Matlock. And Sarah Needham, one of the Derby torchbearers, who was Matlock’s Highfields School Sports Leader of the Year, brought her torch along.

Katy Stubbs, Derbyshire Dales Village Games officer, said: “It was a great day out for people of all ages. We were overwhelmed by how many people turned out. There was a real buzz when the baton relay came through on horseback.”

Derwent Bowmen, Wirksworth Colts Football Club, Matlock Cycling Club, Ashbourne Golf Club, Bakewell Croquet Club, Dave Webster’s ju-jitsu, High Peak & Derbyshire Dales OzBox, Derbyshire Wildlife and UK Sports Coaching were among the local clubs who gave up their time to support the event.