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18 Jul

Heart Yorkshire Children's Day

Heart Yorkshire teamed up with The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and The Leeds Rhinos Foundation to stage this year’s, Heart Yorkshire Children’s Day!

Children’s Day is an annual event, ran by both foundations, which brings together thousands of children and families to Headingley Stadium for a fun filled day of exciting activities for all the family to get involved in.

Activities were stationed across Headingley Stadium, with engaging sports activities in the East Stand, where children got test how fast they could shoot a football into the net, how many basketballs they could shoot in a minute, test their volleyball, archery and golf skills and much more!

On the Cricket pitch activities included sessions with England Handball, gymnastics on the outfield, Cricket skills with YCF partners Pro Coach and Mini Mermaids Running Club.

Around the stadium we also had the real junk food project, who brought a farmer style market with a twist- it’s free! They brought along food that would have otherwise been thrown away, and gave it away in order to prevent food waste. Tropical Butterfly World brought along a selection of animals, including Skunk, owl and spider and YCF partners, Yorkshire Cancer Research were present, promoting sun awareness, giving away wristbands which change colour to indicate when you need to apply sun cream.

Other attractions included Breeze Leeds inflatables, Eureka, Jack Rabbits Pottery, The Rainbow Factory, Lightwater Valley, The Deep Aquarium, Team Activ, YAFTA, The Works, West Yorkshire Police, Barclays Code Playground and much much more!

‘Children’s Day established itself as one of the most popular events in the Leeds Calendar in 2008 and each year we strive to make it the best it possibly can be, this year being no exception. It was great to have so many local organisations involved and supporting the day, all proving to be extremely popular attractions for families of all ages. Something we really strive for with many of our projects at the YCF is the involvement of local people and businesses, and Children’s Day really displayed this. ’ – Nick Robinson, Project Manager, The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.

‘Having Heart Yorkshire on board this year was a great addition to the 2016 event. Having them on the live stage throughout the day and providing music all throughout the event really added to the vibrant atmosphere. It was also great to see how involved people got with the interactive activities, with some really sparking competitiveness, in both children and adults alike!’ – Beth Cook, Project Officer, The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.

On behalf of The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and The Leeds Rhinos Foundation, we would like to thank all the organisations and all those who were involved in making Heart Yorkshire Children’s Day a successful event and we are exciting in looking forward to see what next year brings!

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