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Playing in the side street

Salford, 25th September 2019

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In order to save themselves some pocket money

the sports fans find convenient side streets

parking off the main road on the way to the stadium

One by one, they move on to empty paving

ignoring the call of the parking charge

plastered on the nearby wall

Playing fields and abandoned land

Perfect Places for those with a nose (and Permit)

to Place a spot for incoming visitors

Kids sit forlorn – as their playspace

finds itself taken over for 48 hours

by hawkers with money on their mind

Traffic jams – a certainty

as kids take over the abandoned tarmac

for an impromptu game of rounders

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Poetry Seasons Sport Sports

Open

Open

As the competition began to place

The audience and judges shivered in their space

As a young guard, who’d never done the job before

Created a draft inside on the competition floor

Now this might not be bad for contestants so bold,

But judges observing were getting a cold

Said head judge to colleagues, as he spoke to all

I think next year, it’s summer not fall

And sending out messages to stewards away from floor

I know it’s an open…but someone please…shut that door 🚪

 

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Acrostic Life Poetry Seasons Sport Sports

Abandoned

Tuesday, May 17th 2016

A piece of poetry written by Inkdrop for the Inkwell in response to the prompt from Daily Post

Abandoned

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Going to the game

Longing to see the team at

Old Trafford – but left on the Salford side of the canal

View of the Stadium assured but

Expectations dashed – no sign of the game

Someone’s left him by the waters edge.

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Life Memories Sport Sports Volunteering

Legacy

Salford, 11th March 2016

In response to the Daily Post Prompt Legacy

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They say a Legacy is something left behind after you are gone.

Something to remember you by.

This is definitely true for the Legacy of the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.

You see, it may have been a short sports competition, smaller than the Olympics but it led to so much more.

Athletics took off in a big way in the city thanks to the Commonwealth Experience. After the Glorious Competition which saw Sale Harriers Darren Campbell lead the Anchor leg for England in the City of Manchester stadium, the athletes moved in to the training track next door – the Regional Athletics Arena.  A perfect compact venue for athletics, and one that would host world class events, world, Olympic and commonwealth trials long after the track would leave the stadium and become a home for Manchester City Football Club.

And as part of that legacy. The Regional Athletic Arena has hosted training for schools and colleges around Greater Manchester, as well as worldwide.

The GMEX – Now known as Manchester Central – Hosted Judo and Badminton Contests during the games.  It is one of the largest conference venues in the country, but still hosts Concerts and Sporting Contests, Most recently the World Taekwondo Grand Prix.

Swimming was another sport which Manchester’s locals took to their hearts, as
in 2008 the city became host of the FINA world swimming championships. Training took place in the Manchester Aquatics Centre whilst the event Itself took place in the Manchester Arena, another commonwealth venue, which bedazzled the crowds with its wonderful lightshow and effects

Cycling is another sport which has benefited from Manchester, as home to the UK Cycling team.  The City has been proud hosts of the World Championships in 2008 and regularly hosts major Cycling Events in the National Cycling Centre – which now hosts a purpose built BMX track for supercross events.

When London was awarded the Olympics and Paralympics , Paralympic Sport was already in the eyesight of Manchester, as the city hosted the IPC Paralympic world cup event – covering a number of events in the lead up before and up to the London Games  – The Games Focused on Four Key Sports – Athletics, Swimming, Cycling and Wheelchair Basketball.  As the years progressed Sitting Volleyball and Boccia were added to the programme

The Australian Swim team trained at the aquatics centre during the run up to Olympics, and during the Paralympics Brazils Paralympians based themselves in and around the University Campus in Manchester, Focusing on Sitting Volleyball, Athletics, Wheelchair Basketball and Fencing. When the sport began in earnest – Old Trafford was the home of the group stages of the Olympic Football contest.

And every one of these events was manned by a cast of fantastic volunteers – some who have become personal friends along the way.  We received plenty of training in our roles and some have become organisers of volunteers at other events.

As for me – I continue my role with Sale Harriers at the Regional Athletic Arena and turn up at other venues when required…and my own reminder – hangs proudly on the bedroom wall – A commemorative medal and certificate from the Manchester games, and a baton from the London Games – then there’s the kits and the pins and the rest…A plaque dedicated to the 10,000 volunteers rests by the new athletic arena, by a glass wall dedicated to the gold medal winners

When the flag was passed on from Manchester’s games it didn’t stop the action, after all as the Banner at the Aquatics centre says – “We do things differently here