• Olympic Torch arrives on the Village Games opening day

    17th June 2012

  • The 2012 Games are recognised at the Co DurhamSport & Physical Activity Awards

    21st September 2012

  • Sedgefield Village Games Juniors

    17th June 2012

  • Fun & Games Day Finale

    8th July 2012

What were the 2012 Sedgefield Games?

The Sedgefield Village Games was an initiative from local sports clubs and organisations, working with schools and the Town Council, to celebrate both the Olympics and the 700th anniversary of Sedgefield’s market charter.
A committee was formed in 2011 from local organisations. The principle was to showcase the many sporting activities available in the village. Local sports clubs were invited to hold open events, primarily aimed at children. Participation was encouraged through award of medals or certificates depending upon how many events an individual attended. Additionally, every child in the village was given a unique memento to mark the Games.
The initiative achieved the coveted InspireMark accreditation from the London 2012 organising committee. A schools competition was held to design a logo for the Games and a website, Facebook page and Twitter account were set up.
The Games opened on the day that the Olympic Torch passed through Sedgefield, and were closed at a Grand Finale 3 weeks later, where again clubs were able to showcase their activities. Between these dates, 14 local clubs organised open events, with participation from another 6 organisations in supporting the Games. All events were attended by many children who were trying that sport for the first time. At the time of writing it is estimated that over 200 children took part, with around 100 claiming a gold medal (for attending over 5 events)
The Village Games have helped increase the profile of sport in Sedgefield to both adults and juniors, and will undoubtedly provide a legacy of support and participation for all the clubs involved.
The Sedgefield Village Games has been an initiative in the true spirit of the community spirit that exists in Sedgefield and the Sedgefield Village Games committee hope that the events organised will be remembered by everyone.

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Steve Cram backs Sedgefield Village Games


Steve Cram - Olympian, former world record holder, world champion, BBC commentator, and all round North East athletics legend - has given his backing to the Sedgefield Village Games. He says: “The Sedgefield Village Games concept is great and one that has my full support. It is exactly this kind of initiative that can help London 2012 deliver a lasting sporting legacy and one that extends far beyond the capital. Long after the excitement of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, it will be local communities up and down the country that at a grass roots level will identify and nurture the sports stars of tomorrow. The team behind the Village Games has put together a fantastic programme that I’m sure will excite and inspire loads of young people to get involved in sport and this project clearly reflects the great community spirit that exists in Sedgefield.”

A word from the Mayor.


During my time as Mayor of Sedgefield I have been privileged to be involved in planning for some of the most momentous events which have taken place in the Village in many years. Like buses, they have all come along at once, and this has given the community an opportunity to put together a tremendous programme of celebrations and I am certain that '2012' will be remembered in Sedgefield for many a year. In and around Sedgefield we are blessed with a vibrant community with many sports clubs and organisations who are determined that the Olympics will be remembered locally as well as nationally and many of these groups have come together to organise this programme of events in Sedgefield to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics Games. The guiding principle has been that anyone that would like to try one of the sports involved can come along and have a go for free under the watchful eye of skilled and qualified coaches in sports from squash to athletics, rugby to archery and football to karate to name just a few, that we are very fortunate to have in Sedgefield. I am so proud of what we have in the village. I really hope that you will take the opportunity to have a go and be a part of Sedgefield Village Games 2012. Yours Faithfully, John Robinson



The 2012 games involved the following people, groups and businesses.

  • Sedgefield Town Council
  • Sedgefield Web Design
  • Carillion
  • Bishop FM
  • Press Ahead
  • Sedgefield Squash Club
  • Sedgefield Cricket Club
  • Martin Gray Football Academy
  • Sedgefield Rugby Club
  • Sedgefield Harriers
  • Sedgefield Community College
  • Hardwick Primary School
  • Sedgefield Primary School

Achievement Award


21st September 2012


On Thursday night, representatives of the Village Games organising committee picked up the Contribution to Phyisical Activity Award at the Sedgefield District Sports and Physical Activity Awards (quite a mouthful!). We were delighted to receive this recognition, but of course it's a prize that we collected on behalf of everyone who contributed to the success of the games. We won't list all of them here, but they include clubs, societies, other community groups, the council and many individuals. However, more than anything or anyone else, it was the children and adults who really made the Sedgefield Village Games so great, by turning up and participating (or ferrying those who did) in such big numbers for every event that was part of the programme. Many thanks to all of you - this award is yours too. 

The Games Sports Programme


Tue 19th June. Rugby: 18:00-20:00, Rugby Pitch.

Open evening hosted by Sedgefield Rugby Club. Learn to handle the oval ball along with some touch-rugby games.

Thur 21st June. Football: 17:30-19:00, Community College.

Martin Gray Football Academy - A number of skill based challenges from the renowned regional academy, headed up by the ex Sunderland star.

Thur 21st June. Zumba: 20:00-21:00, Sedgefield Primary.

For Ages 14 and over, hosted by Zumba with Jane. A mixture of dance and exercise. Get fit while having fun!

Thur 21st June. Ladies Squash: 17:00-21:00, Sedgefield Squash Club. .

To mark National Women Try Sports day, the squash club has decided to host a squash and racketball open evening for ladies only. Anyone (women or girls) is welcome and a coach will be there from the club for any beginners. Rackets can be provided - all you need to bring is a clean pair of trainers.

Sat 23rd June. Cricket: 09:30-11:00, Cricket Club

Hosted by Sedgefield Cricket Club - quick cricket, practice nets, and fielding skills.

Mon 25th June. Karate: 19:00-20:00, Community College

Open night by Sedgefield Ishinryu Karate Club. Ages 8+. Sample some of the techniques. A great way to improve coordination and flexibility.

Mon 25th June. Bowls: 18:00-20:00, Community College.

The bowls club has kindly agreed to host an opening evening as part of the Village Games, offering anyone who goes along the chance to try their hands at carpet bowls or short mat bowls. People can bring their own bowls or borrow the club's on the night.

Tue 26th June. Archery: 18:00-20:30, Cricket Club.

Hosted by 1st Sedgefield Scouts. Ages 6 and above. An adult will need to accompany child. Fancy yourself as a modern day Robin Hood?

Tue 26th June. Golf: 18:30-20:00, Cricket Club.

Hosted by Gordon Cattrell PGA. Practice shots, nearest the flag competitions etc.

Thur 28th June. Tennis: 18:00-19:00 (Under 11’s), 19:00-21:00 (11-16yrs), Community College

Open evening hosted by Sedgefield Tennis Club. Coaching, fun games and competitions.

Sat 30th June. Boxing: 10:00-11:00, Fishburn Gym

Hosted by Fishburn Boxing Club. Previous experience not essential!! Try a workout with the pads.

Tue 3rd July. Archery: 18:00-20:30, Cricket Club.

Hosted by 1st Sedgefield Scouts. Ages 6 and above. An adult will need to accompany child. Fancy yourself as a modern day Robin Hood?

Tue 3rd July. Golf: 18:30-20:00, Cricket Club.

Hosted by Gordon Cattrell PGA. Practice shots, nearest the flag competitions.

Wed 4th July. Junior Athletics: 18:15-20:00, Community College.

Hosted by Sedgefield Harriers. Open to anyone in Year 3 upwards. A series of running, jumping, throwing and agility events where children will be put into teams.

Thur 5th July. Senior Athletics. 18:00-19:00, NetPark.

Hosted by Sedgefield Harriers. Coached adult running session for all abilities.

Tennis: 18:00-19:00 (Under 11’s), 19:00-21:00 (11-16yrs), Community College

2nd time lucky tonight for tennis (rain stay away please!). Sedgefield Community College outdoor courts.

Sat 7th July. Squash. 09:00-11:00 (11-16yrs), 11:00-13:00 (Under 11’s). Squash Club.

Hosted by Sedgefield Squash Club. Come along and have a go with some fun games and basic racket and ball skills for the younger participants.

Sat 7th July. Park Run: 09:00, Hardwick Park.

5K Fun run / walk for all. Come dressed as your favourite Olympian or London icon. Please register at www.parkrun.com.

Sun 8th July. Village Fun & Games. 12:30-17:00, Cricket Club.

A social event with fun and games for all the family. Bar open! Come and join in with rounders, welly throwing, 5-legged race, wife carrying, quick cricket etc.

Tue 10th July. Wigglets. 09:30, 10:30 and 11:30. Parish Hall.

Special Olympic themed events for Under 5's. Please contact wigglets@tiscali.co.uk if your child is not a regular member.


Attendance Medals

All children received recognition of their participation by having their attendance recorded on a special card that was signed off at each event:

  • 1-2 Events: Certificate

  • 3 Events: Bronze medal

  • 4 Events: Silver medal

  • 5+ Events: Gold medal