UNISON sets out its own Olympian stall in Birmingham

Why not go along to the first West Midlands Regional Games at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr on Saturday?

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As the Olympics reach their crescendo in Rio this weekend, UNISON members can get their own dose of live sporting action at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

The union’s first ever West Midlands Regional Games will take place at the stadium in Perry Barr, Birmingham, between 9am and 4pm on Saturday 20 August.

The community event will provide an opportunity for free fun for members, staff, families and friends.

“More than anything else, these games are about building relationships,” says West Midlands community branch chair Becca Kirkpatrick, who has been key in organising the event.

“We’ve assembled a team from many branches to put on this event, including people who don’t normally come to UNISON meetings.

“It’s a great chance for us to have conversations with our neighbours and others in our community, and to create some fun memories together.”

The day will feature activities for all ages and abilities, free gifts, chances to learn more about different sports from across the region, as well as what UNISON does.

Activities will range from rugby skills with the Worcester Warriors, through football, running, boxing, a stress-ball-and-spoon race, to martial arts including Brazilian jiu jitsu and capoeira.

There will also be entertainment on the day, including singers and a beatboxer.

“Many people have already said they hope it will be repeated in future years,” says Ms Kirkpatrick.

For more information on the event and free spectator tickets visit the dedicated website.