What an afternoon!
St George’s Park in Newtown was buzzing on Saturday afternoon (16 Oct) at the #Jumpstart event with hundreds of children and families taking part in a fabulous range of activities and enjoying the sunshine.
There was something for everyone, from cricket, archery, football and badminton to a massive red climbing wall.
Our Commonwealth Games team brought their roadshow along with wrestling, boxing and table tennis.
The Huda Community Centre showed their talents in beautiful henna artwork and Blue Dot Radio provided music all afternoon with dancing and singing performances.
Our drones and dogs teams came along, as well as firefighters from Aston Fire Station.
Inspector Gary Everitt, from Aston Neighbourhood Team, said: “The weather was fantastic and the feedback throughout was incredible. Every activity had so much participation and it was a great opportunity for the local community to try activities they may not have tried before in their backyard.”
The local policing team organised the event after the success of a similar event in Burbury Park in July.
Insp Everitt added: “Aston and Newtown have historically been difficult places for us to form close community relationships. There has always been a mistrust of the police and a real lack of cooperation. We really want to change that.
“Much of our focus has been on the parks and open spaces in the area, particularly Burbury Park and St George’s Park. These are great parks that should be used by families but they’re not. They have been taken over by street drinkers and gangs of youths who use them to commit crime, violence and intimidate local residents.
“Since the Burbury Park event we have set about reclaiming the parks. We have a female walking group set up supported by the Active Wellbeing Society and football every Saturday morning. We have also set up four community forums in the area. This is a way for the local community to have a voice to raise issues that are important to them.
“It also helps us show how important they are and that we want to support and improve the area where they live. We cannot do it alone. Local people need to take pride and personal responsibility in their streets and this is the message that I am sharing with these groups.
“Going forward we are looking to set up friends of the parks and litter pick groups as well as other local activities.
“Saturday’s event saw smiles on faces all day and even after everything had been packed away, there was still a large number of families in the park which ultimately, is one of our aims - to get the parks being used for the right reasons.”
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Specials thanks for the success of Saturday’s event goes to:
• Huda Community Centre
• The Active Wellbeing Society
• Redpoint Climbing Centre with funding from Birmingham Children’s Trust
• Blue Dot Radio
• West Midlands Fire Service