Sports-mad Luke brings Olympics to Wellingborough

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Dozens of people turned out to an ambitious Olympics themed sports day that was organised by a Wellingborough ten-year-old.

Luke Phillips, of Hornbeam Close, was so inspired by the Games this summer he arranged a sport day at the town’s Redwell Leisure Centre today, with dozens of people turning up to try their hand at the likes of basketball, judo, boxing, fencing, archery, and hockey.

Sports coaches were also at the event, which also saw an appearance from Paralympian fencer Gabby Down, of Towcester.

Fundraising stalls also littered the centre’s lobby, as Luke hopes to raise cash for the 43 Northampton Scouts which he is part of, and charity Shelter Box.

He said: “It’s gone really well. It was quiet when we started but has got so much busier as the day has gone on.

“Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves.

“I loved the Olympics and I want to be an Olympic swimmer in 2020. I thought it would be good to let people try all the sports that were in the Games this year.”

Olympic themed cakes and merchandise was also on sale to raise funds for the scouts and charity, while the centre was decked out in Games flags and bunting.

DC Leisure, which runs the centre, in Barnwell Road, has let Luke and his family use the facilities for free.

The event was held from 10am to 3pm today. (Sun, Oct 7)

Luke’s mum Sara, 38, helped organise the sports day, and she said: “When he told us he wanted to do a sports day we weren’t sure if we’d be able to organise as something as big as this.

“But it has gone brilliantly. I’m really proud of him.

“The amount of people that have come through the doors shows that there is demand for sport in the county.

“There just isn’t enough facilities in the area.”