On behalf of all the members of Rotary District 1180 it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 17th Rotary Fun Games.
We are delighted that each year we have approximately 300 volunteers representing our 78 Rotary Clubs who help to make the Fun Games a happy and memorable event for everyone involved. The event grows from strength to strength with new ideas evolving each year.
Once again, we are very fortunate to have the use of the marvelous facilities at MBNA and we are extremely grateful for the assistance afforded to us.
Events like this do not just happen. Behind the scenes there are months of planning and preparations by the District organising committee. We are very grateful for their service under the leadership of Past District Governor John Bird and his hardworking team.
The Rotary International theme 2017/18 is ‘Making a Difference’ and the logo above represents the diversity of the peoples of the world. It is bright and colourful and that is how we see the Rotary Fun Games!
We hope that all the participants have a marvellous day and one that they cherish for many months to come. We know that many look forward to the event for weeks and the Rotarian Volunteers enjoy the day just as much; seeing the pleasure and happiness it creates.
A huge thank you to all concerned – have a truly fun day whilst ‘Making a Difference’.
Thanks to everyone,
District Governor 2017/18, District 1180
The History of The Games
The inaugural District Fun Games took place in 2001, since when the Games have been organised annually by Rotary District 1180, with the support of MBNA at their magnificent sport and leisure centre in Chester, which includes both indoor and outdoor facilities.
The main reason for organising this District event was that although there were Games for more dedicated athletes with disabilities, very little was provided for the general community of disabled adults to give them a chance to try out sports they might not realise they can participate in.
There are a number of specially adapted sports available to try including archery, boccia, carpet bowls, cricket, darts, new age kurling, golf, table tennis, tennis, basketball and cycling as well as an increasing range of fun activities such as penalty shoot-out, skittles, velcro target, bucket & ball, softball and assault course.
Competitors enter the games as individuals and can try their hand at all or any of the games on offer and can repeat any they particularly enjoy. Anyone over the age of 16, regardless of the extent of their disability, can take part as the games are for participation and not competition, although participants can have their score sheet marked for each game they try if they wish. The day is relaxed and informal with everyone being encouraged to participate, and above all, to HAVE FUN!
The day concludes with a medal presentation ceremony when every participant has a medal individually presented to him or her. This really is a wonderful climax to the day, and from the cheers, smiles, applause and often some impromptu singing and dancing, it is clear that the event is a great success for participants and volunteers alike.
There is no entry fee, but clubs, groups and individuals are asked to register in advance so that we have an idea of how many people to expect on the day, and this can now be done on line although paper entry forms are also available. As transport can be a prohibitive cost for some groups, we now have several Rotary Clubs who help with the cost and organisation of this at a local level.
A huge number of volunteers is needed for the event to run smoothly; the larger Rotary Clubs usually send two or three ‘shifts’ of volunteers to cover the day, and often take responsibility for one specific activity. Volunteer helpers who attend, thoroughly enjoy the day as well as learning a lot more about the difficulties faced by people with disabilities.
Many of our competitors look forward to returning year after year and some even tell us it has become an annual highlight for them!
The Fun Games are now in their 15th year and District 1180 hopes they will continue to provide a great day out for everyone involved for many more years to come.