Hundreds join fun to mark first anniversary of Green Street's Market Games

26 August 2015 in 2012 Games and legacy and Sport and leisure
BMX cycling, penalty shootouts, giant chess and wheelchair basketball were just some of the competitions held to mark the first anniversary of Newham Council’s Market Games.
More than 200 people showed off their skills at a range of activities and picked up some new tips at the free event in Queen’s Market organised by the Green Street Community Neighbourhood Team. The team is one of eight set up by Newham Council to bring local people together through activities and initiatives to become stronger and more resilient communities.

People were also able to try their hand at table tennis, a range of agility tests and a large Connect Four game. Mayoral advisor for adults safeguarding and local councillor Joy Laguda was joined by fellow local councillors Hanif Abdulmuhit and Charity Fiberesima to enjoy the fun.

Everyone who took part in the activities were entered into a free draw which included prizes donated by the Community Neighbourhood Team. The Metropolitan Police also provided those attending the event with free crime prevention and safety advice.

The Market Games have so far been held nine times at Queen’s Market since it was launched last August. To celebrate the first anniversary of the initiative a special cake was cut.

The events have been staged in partnership with activeNewham, West Ham United Foundation, Motivate East, Tesco Newham, The Metropolitan Police, the Youth Providers Partnership, and Queens Market Management Team.

Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning, said: “The Green Street Market Games have been a huge success over the last year providing a safe place for young people to enjoy a wide range of activities and learn new skills.

“The initiative is a prime example of the work of our community neighbourhood teams to bring local people together and create a community spirit. I am delighted the Market Games have been so popular and I hope they continue to go from strength to strength.”