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Olympics improve cohesion at Sheffield park

Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, opens the zip wire at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground.

Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, opens the zip wire at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground.

Youngsters zipped along to a special sports day and launch of new equipment at a Sheffield adventure playground.

Children took part in a mini Olympics at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground – battling it out in egg-and-spoon, sack, three-legged and relay races, table tennis, a cycling time trial and an obstacle course.

The event was organised by a new charity which is using the playground to improve community cohesion in Burngreave. The site attracts up to 70 people, four days a week, including children aged five to 14.

Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, attended the event and handed out medals and certificates, as well as officially opening the park’s new zip wire.

He said: “It is a real pleasure to support the fantastic work being done here at the Pitsmoor Adventure Playground.

“The charity runs an extremely important and valuable service for young people and parents alike.

“I was delighted to share their success and officially launch their new zip wire.”

Patrick Meleady, Pitsmoor Adventure Playground manager said: “We had an amazing afternoon celebrating South Yorkshire sports and sharing our Olympic legacy with Shaun at the Pitsmoor Olympics.

“Everyone enjoyed a feast of sports, playing games and most importantly having fun. The afternoon ended with a medal presentation ceremony, volunteers received awards and we officially opened the refurbished zip wire.”

Patrick said Mr Wright was presented with a commendation for his work to make South Yorkshire a safer place to live.

 

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