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7 Aug

Children's Day 2014 is a huge success!

Just over a week on, and we look back at another hugely successful Children’s Day. July 27th saw over 5,000 people pack into the Headingley Stadium for a jam packed day of family friendly activities. The event dates back to as far as 1922 when tens of thousands would flock onto the Soldiers’ Field at Roundhay Park.

This year’s event was organised by The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and The Leeds Rugby Foundation in partnership with the Gary Chapellow Memorial Fund.

Gates for the free event opened at 10:30am and entrants were treated to an impressive array of activities including; Science experiments with Manic Science, snow-boarding simulation with SnoZone, a BMX circuit with The Works Skatepark, smoothie bikes with British Gas, magic shows with Light Water Valley, educational fun with Thackray Medical Museum and the Leeds City Library as well as face-painting, basketball, wheelchair rugby, rollerbikes, martial arts, gymnastics, archery, tennis, and many more.

While the concourse and car park were filled with activities and families, the cricket pitch was filled with nearly 60 children as they competed to take home the Children’s Day Cricket Trophy. The tournament was eventually won by Yapham CCC who captured the award after a hotly contested final. On the rugby pitch, football and rugby teams battled it out in their respective competitions and were treated to a trophy presentation from Leeds Rhinos’ Manager, Brian McDermott.

After the tournaments were concluded, local bands and performance groups took to the stage to entertain the thousands in attendance. After early scares, the weather held out and the Headingley Stadium sat under blue skies and temperatures reached highs of 24 degrees.

It was great to see so many families at the stadium enjoying themselves, and to see so many activities on show. We have an excellent platform to build and grow the event, and next year’s Children’s Day promises to be bigger and better. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that attended the event and to all local businesses who offered an fun, free activity for the public to get involved with

Nick Robinson, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Project Officer

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