Community Games Day at Ulverston Leisure Centre proved to be a great success, as around 800 people attended what was described as their biggest event yet last Sunday.

The day started at midday and ran through to 5pm and featured a variety of sports run by the centre, while it also hosted sessions run by local clubs, including Barrow Raiders.

Hannah Paling, active communities coordinator, organised the event and said: “We run it every year and its all about getting people active and trying something new, as well as promoting local clubs and showcasing what’s on offer in the area."

“It is free and for all ages and all abilities. We had a huge range of sports on offer, including adaptable cycling which is for people with disabilities, along with Barrow Rugby for girls and women and girls football, which were all very popular."

In addition to these, there was also tennis, rounders, toddlers soccer and walking football, which are new to the centre, along with a dance demo and workshop.

Badminton, cricket, hockey, tri-golf and a bouncy castle and slide were also there for everyone to enjoy.

Paling said: “The turnout was massive. Families came for the day and set up picnics after participating in the games. The weather was hot and sunny and everyone had a good time with every area of the centre being used.”

In addition to the sport workshops, there was also a variety of stalls set up by different organisations in the indoor tennis courts, including: Croftlands Church, Playdale, St Mary’s Hospice, RNLI, Cancer Care, Ulverston Messy Church, Library, MIND and UASC. This gave them the opportunity to promote their organisation within the community and spread the word and recognition of what they do and how you can get involved.

Paling said: “It was really massive for Barrow Raders to come and get involved and it attracted many people. It allowed a big focus on women’s football and rugby which were both very popular.

“It was so good to see so many people of all ages down doing activities and trying something new."