Our annual community sports event in Grahame Park always goes down a treat with the children and their families – and this year was no exception. More than 100 children and young people registered to race. There was a whole lot of racing going on!

The Deputy Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Lachhya Gurung, attended a Barnet Homes event for the first-time and was very positive about the benefits of Urban Gamez for the community.

“Events like Urban Gamez bring people together and just seeing all the children and young people here participating in sports is wonderful,” said the Deputy Mayor.

One local mum talked about how her sports-mad daughter was so looking forward to Urban Gamez 2019, that she started training for it a month ago.

Stella said: “My family looks forward to the Urban Gamez every year, it brings the whole community together and gives the children something active to do. My kids have been watching previous Urban Gamez on YouTube to get in the mood for it. I even took the day off to see them run.”

But as with every year, there were other activities everyone can participate in – mobile rock climbing wall, a rodeo bull, games and the popular smoothie-making bike.

Local partners that attended to support the event included the  new Youth Zone facility Unitas, Colindale Communities Trust (for work and training opportunities), Saracens, Barnet Library Services and NW9 Nails, part of the Art Against Knives charity, had a pop-up nail bar at event.

Barnet Homes’ contractors have always been strong supporters of the Urban Gamez and this year we would like to thank Morgan Sindall and Lift Specialist for sponsoring the event.  Funding of this kind ensures that events like Urban Gamez can carry on well into the future.

Speaking of future Urban Gamez, the event celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2020 – we want to make sure it’s the best one yet.

If you know of any sports personalities who would be interested in supporting sports activity for young people at grass-roots level or have any ideas about how we can make Urban Gamez 2020 Grahame Park’s biggest sporting event ever,  please email get.involved@barnethomes.org