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20 Jul

Children's Day 2015 is a huge success!

On Sunday, Children’s Day returned in emphatic style, as over five and a half thousand people flooded into the gates at the Headingley Stadium. The event, the first of which can be dated as far back as 1922, was organised by The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation & Leeds Rhinos Foundation in partnership with the Gary Chapellow Memorial Fund. The three charities were also supported by West Yorkshire Police and local businesses from across Yorkshire.

The gates for the annual, free event opened at 10:30am, and after scares early on, the weather held out and we were treated to sunny spells throughout the day. As always, entrants were treated to an impressive array of free activities that included: science workshops with Manic Science & Eureka, educational fun with Thackray Medical Musuem & The Royal Armouries, live magic shows with Lightwater Valley, an inflatable snozboard simulator with Snozone as well as football, hockey, handball, wheelchair rugby, baseball, american football and tennis skill sessions!

While the car parks and concourse were filled with activities and families, on the rugby pitch, football & rugby junior teams battled it out to take home their respective Children’s Day trophies with the tournaments running until 1pm. Team’s also competed in the cricket centre for the annual Children’s Day cricket trophy which was run by our partners at ProCoach. Walton CC were crowned 2015 champions.

In a new addition to this year’s event, Rugby AM hosted the main stage in front of the east stand with Rhinos star Jamie Jones Buchanan MC’ing the stage for the day. Jamie’s team mates’ made appearances on stage in between performances from some amazing, local musicians and performers. Performances also took place in the afternoon on the cricket pitch, with Gymmagic & the Rhinestones wowing the crowds with their impressive routines.

Children’s Day is one of the few remaining free events left in the city and remains as one of the most popular family days out in the county. Take a look at our Facebook page for pictures from the event and feel free to share any pictures you took on the day with us! Pictures are courtesy of Touchline Pics (www.touchlinepics.com).

It was fantastic to see such a big turnout for this year’s Children’s Day. It’s a great day for families to get involved with and is an excellent example of three charities working together to provide a free day out for the community. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all who came and for the local businesses who supported the event with some amazing activities, events such as this wouldn’t be possible without the support.

Sam O’Donnell – Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Assistant Project Officer

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