Downham Market Academy backs Games

Downham Market Academy School working on project to help support The Downham Games. Pictured students with  Frances Rayner in front far left Jamie Robinson. far right Nadine Taylor ( Teacher ) ANL-160527-171937009
Downham Market Academy School working on project to help support The Downham Games. Pictured students with Frances Rayner in front far left Jamie Robinson. far right Nadine Taylor ( Teacher ) ANL-160527-171937009

Downham Academy has been lending a hand in the run up to the Downham Games which is due to be held at the town’s memorial playing fields on Sunday, June 12.

This year will mark the fifth year of the Games and organisers say they have struggled to get 12- to 16-year-olds involved with it in the past.

Co-ordinator Frances Rayner said: “Some of the students and Nadine Taylor, head of house and teacher at the academy, have been working with me to put together a video to show in school assemblies to encourage the children to come along.

“Last year we had about 500 people come to the games. It gets bigger and bigger each year so we are hoping for an even better turnout this year.”

Mrs Rayner added that the pupils at the academy are asked to take part to represent and win points for their school houses.

Jamie Robinson, 17, from Downham Market Sixth Form, volunteered his time to make the promotional video on behalf of the Academy.

He said: “I was approached by Mrs Taylor to help with creating a video to encourage participation at this year’s games.

“We had great fun filming the video and myself and some others have also volunteered to help on the day of the games too.”

Nadine Taylor, a head of house at the Academy said: “Downham Market Academy is always keen to support community ventures.

“We were thrilled that Francis approached us to get involved with the Downham Market Games and we hope the town will join us in supporting such a great event.”

Free taster opportunities for archery, cricket and squash, and many more, are all part of the schedule which encourages people of all ages to take part.

An athletics competition is also on the cards for anyone aged eight or over and there is no upper age limit for those that can compete.

There will be different categories based on age and gender for the competition.

Downham’s leisure centre will help out with the Games’ activities and the Ryston Runners are also supporting the event.

The games will start at 10.30am on the Sunday and finish at 2.30pm.

For any more information or to watch their campaign video visit the Games’ facebook page: www.facebook.com/DownhamGames