Have a Go sports at Kirdford

The sports day at Kirdford
The sports day at Kirdford

KIRDFORD got competitive over the weekend (June 8) as the whole community got involved in a free sports session.

A group of villagers got together to organise a have-a-go sports day to raise money for their recreation grounds and facilities.

Children from Kirdford in action against each other. PPP-140906-064017006

Children from Kirdford in action against each other. PPP-140906-064017006

Susan Pinder was on the committee organising the event. “To get people through the gate, we decided not to charge an entry fee, but we had a pay bar, a raffle, plants, teas and a barbecue,” she said.

“We had about 100 participants, mostly stoolball enthusiasts, but also footballers, young cricketers and tennis players.

“We also had displays of stoolball score books dating back to the 1970s (we found them in a cupboard and this is what started us thinking about having a day where we shared all that we do at the recreation ground with as many people as possible.)

“We showed photos of players who were young teenagers then, who still turn out to support stoolball and played on Saturday, I think the oldest player was in her 80s!

“One lady had her son run for her and another played as stoolball ‘was on her bucket list’!”

There were also photographic displays of cricket and football going back to the 1970s, and interesting sporting memorabilia displays put together by Judy Peacock.

Nicky Goddard, Donna Curry, Molly Harding and Jean Sheppard were invaluable with behind the scenes help and catering. Sisters Nicky and Donna are enthusiastic stoolballers, and despite Donna’s first baby being due in one week, she was still umpiring.

Tony Nicholls ran the cricket and Roger Wood with Mark O’Brien looked after the football, while Jennifer Robertson did press and Leah Goddard made the posters which Jennifer laminated and put up around the parishes.

Barnsfold Nursery and Lucy Berry kindly donated the plants.

Susan added: “We have been madly fundraising for a path to go from the road to the pavilion, this is now installed and the tarmac will be done this week.

“This means we have disabled access to the pavilion and are now eligible for grants from such bodies as the Lottery/Sport England.

“We can now begin fundraising to renew the tennis court, donated in memory of second world war veterans and the fallen.

“Although the Parish Council owns the land and the recreation ground committee runs the grounds, we have to continually fundraise as there was no endowment given with the land.

“We have had grants from the Chichester Local Committee and from Sussex Playing Fields for which we are very grateful and appreciative.

“We certainly will run the event again and hope that everyone who turned out had a wonderful afternoon in a beautiful location.”