All aboard for the Sutton games
1st July 2019
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Organisers of the Sutton Coldfield Community Games say they are preparing to deliver their ‘best event yet’ as the countdown to the popular town event begins in earnest.

With just three weeks now to go until the jam-packed event returns to Wyndley Leisure Centre, the team behind the two-day sporting extravaganza have revealed two new sponsors generously supporting the popular event and hinted at what sports and activities visitors will be able to try.

West Midlands Railway is the latest company to lend its support to the Sutton Games. Together with Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, the operator of the Cross City Line train service to and from the town, has joined forces with existing sponsors Green & Co, WAA Chosen, Sutton Spas, Star Cars and the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust to fund the event.

Fay Easton, head of stakeholder and community for West Midlands Railway, said: “We’re committed to supporting and getting closer to the communities we serve across the city. Through station adoption and a range of initiatives at stations and on trains, we are always looking to engage with those who use the railway.

"Train services offer a lifeline for many people across the West Midlands, and as Sutton Coldfield Community Games brings together the whole community and encourages wellbeing, it’s an honour to help Dennis and his volunteer team bring this event to fruition.”

Sutton Games founder Dennis Kennedy said: “It’s great to have West Midlands Trains on board as a partner for 2019 and hopefully beyond. We’ve been very lucky to have terrific support since founding the Sutton Games back in 2012 and I’m very proud businesses and organisations connected with our town want to support it so passionately.

"Their generosity means we’ve been able to develop and improve the weekend year on year, and – crucially – keep it free for everyone to attend.

“We’re really excited about this year’s event and are busy now making the final preparations. The format continues to evolve but will be very familiar to anyone who’s been before and once again we expect to have around 80 sports and activities on offer.

"We’ve even managed to find a sport not represented at the Games before – Jianzi, a Chinese shuttlecock sport – which even I didn’t think was possible at this stage! We very much hope the weather will be kind to us and people of all ages, interests and abilities come and join in the fun.”

The Sutton Games take place at Wyndley Leisure Centre on 13 and 14 July.

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