Waterlooville Family Games has something for everyone

FACE PAINTS Hannah Ahern paints the face of Tyler Moore, five, during the fun day at Mill Hill School field in Waterlooville.  Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113309-2)
FACE PAINTS Hannah Ahern paints the face of Tyler Moore, five, during the fun day at Mill Hill School field in Waterlooville. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113309-2)
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YOUNGSTERS got the chance try out all sorts of sports and activities at the first Waterlooville Family Games.

Organised by local residents and groups from Waterlooville and Crookhorn, the day promoted healthy lifestyles and tried to get people excited about London 2012, while raising money for the Rowans Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

COLOURFUL The Classique Dance School performs. (113309-4)

COLOURFUL The Classique Dance School performs. (113309-4)

The free games were held at Mill Hill School field, in Mill Road, Waterlooville, and all day children enjoyed running, jumping and throwing races, as well as a bouncy castle.

All the family also got to participate in demonstrations on the day, ranging from martial arts to dancing and drumming, with the Sword Fencing Road Show also displaying their skills.

Organiser Chrissie Monck said: ‘It was a great success, our feedback was 100 per cent positive. What we wanted was to bring back some of the old community spirit, and it certainly did that.

‘This was our first attempt and it went very well, but next year I can see it being even bigger and better.’

Chantelle Hele, 22, of Elizabeth Road, Waterlooville, brought her children Tyler Moore, five, and Mason, two, to the family games.

‘It was really good,’ she said. ‘The children enjoyed all the games and activities and it was a cheap day out. I’ll definitely be coming along next year.’

The event was supported by Portsmouth City Council, Guinness Hermitage and Havant Borough Council.