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Community sports back with a bang in Romsey

Almost 50 youngsters made the most of the summer sunshine by taking part in the community sports sessions in Romsey on August 1.

Coaches from the Saints Foundation and Romsey Tennis Club lent a hand alongside Test Valley Borough Council, Hampshire Constabulary and the fire service at the Romsey Rapids sports fields.

The Partnership Community Sports sessions are run every year in Andover and Romsey, but this year is a first where professional coaches have come along to teach those attending.

With sports including football, tennis and rounders, 49 youngsters registered to take part in the range of sporting activities and also learned about the risks of fire, how to stay safe and how to keep active.

Portfolio holder for community and leisure, councillor Tony Ward, said: “These are fun, engaging and educational days out for lots of children, and of course it’s free, too. We know that parents sometimes look for that something different to help keep their children occupied during the summer holidays and we’re pleased that we can offer this with the added benefits of learning about all aspects of safety in the community.

“I’m also very grateful to the Saints Foundation and Romsey Tennis Club for being able to introduce that professional edge to the sports. I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed their day!”

The Partnership Community Sports sessions are run annually by the council and other organisations and are free for those aged between eight and 15-years-old.

The next event is being held at Charlton Sports Academy, Andover on August 19. To register, contact the council’s community and leisure team at