Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Henley Games encourages next Olympians

SCORES of children took part in a series of sporting activities at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley

SCORES of children took part in a series of sporting activities at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley.

The Olympics-themed event, called the Henley Games, was held in the venue’s grounds next to Mill Meadows on Thursday last week. Entry was free for families with a standard admission ticket.

It was opened by Henley Mayor Julian Brookes, who took part in a tug-of-war against the museum’s Mr Toad mascot and won.


Henley Rugby Club held touch rugby workshops while the town’s cricket and golf clubs set up miniature versions of their sports for youngsters. There were archery and fencing sessions courtesy of Henley leisure centre as well as egg and spoon races, hopping races and races where children balanced small bean bags on their heads.

Participants were supervised by a team of young people from the museum’s RRM Youth Squad, a sports-themed initiative set up with Olympic funding earlier this year.

Organiser Helen Cook, the museum’s head of learning, said: “We’ve had all ages from the very young to the not-so-young taking part. We’ve had a steady flow of people and they’ve enjoyed trying their hand at lots of different activities.”




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