Willington Action Group

Pictures from the 2013 games held on the Twyford Road playing Fields are shown below, the event was opened by the village's District and County Councillor Martyn Ford.

As part of the Olympic Legacy work a 'Village Games' program was created.

Working in partnership with South Derbyshire Sport, this program is working with local villages to help the communities develop sport and activity programmes on the doorstep, that are of interest to local people. [Village Games]

Village Games, a part of the Community Sport Trust, is a pro active, dynamic, community focused organisation. Which works with a community development approach, empowering and developing local people. It supports local businesses and community groups.  The Community Sports Trust is a not for profit Community Interest Company set up to provide support, advice and guidance to communities who want more and better sports opportunities in their local area.

Since it started working with people from local rural communities here in South Derbyshire, the program has set up sports and activities that local people of all ages can take part in.  In Etwall it have started under 8's Football sessions; in Melbourne - Back to Netball for adults; in Repton Table Tennis sessions attract family members from 3 generations; and in Linton, they have organised Chair-based activities for those in their autumn years. 

As part of the program the Village Games team at South Derbyshire District Council formed a committee of interested groups from the area in order to organise an annual competition "The Alternative Olympics".  The competition moves around the district each year it started in Hatton in 2012, was held on the Twyford Road Playing fields in Willington in 2013, moved to Barrow in 2014 and to Repton in 2015.

The Willington Action group members have formed a team, organised by Bill Harding, that has represented Willington at every annual Village Games "Alternative Olympics" event.   Bill also represents Willington on the organising committee.

Village Games