BSC Multicultural Services’ award-winning Supplementary School organised its Sports Day on Sunday 6th March at Suffolk New College Sports Centre and Goals. The Supplementary School, now in its 10th year, has grown over the years and expanded its activities, helping hundreds of children of diverse background to achieve their full potential in life. In addition to a Saturday School held at St Helen Primary School, Homework Club at Northgate High School, the project also runs sports clubs, regular educational trips and outings, and an annual Sports Day to encourage children to engage in sports, and lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
Due to Covid pandemic, BSCMS was not able to organise any of its community events and activities. The Sports Day was therefore one of its first events and it attracted more than 200 children and their families. A variety of sports and recreational activities were on offer including football tournaments (adults outdoor and children indoor), bouncy castle, table tennis, soft ball, assault course, basket ball and soft play area. All the children were given a goodie bag (containing snacks and drinks) and the winners of the football tournaments received trophies.
There were many guests and community leaders in attendance including Cllrs David Ellesmere and Carole Jones, Mahbub Alam Shamim, Treasurer of BSCMS, Sally Samson from Northgate High School, Omar Ali, Chair of Suffolk Kurdish Society, and Fotik Miah, Chair of Ipswich Mosque, among others. Cllr Ellesmere handed the trophies to all the winners and thanked BSCMS for proactively promoting social integration and community cohesion in Ipswich for nearly 25 years.
Mohammed Mainul Alam, Centre Manager of BSCMS and organiser of the Sports Day, said, “This has been a great event with so many children and their families in attendance. After two years of no major events or activities, everyone was really looking forward to this Sports Day and the feedback we have received from children and their families suggests they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
He added, ‘I would like to thank all my colleagues for their support and co-operation. Suffolk New College Sports Centre and Goals deserve our appreciation and special thanks to BBC Children in Need, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk Community Foundation and the Lottery Community Fund for their continued support. Thank you.’