Teen aptly named ‘England’ selected as face of Community Games
With her Union Jack boots in toe, a smile that could melt hearts and a name befit for a true national Great – Tilly England has been officially crowned the face of Community Games.
The bubbly 13-year-old from Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire, is fronting the Community Games programme – which will see more than 1,000 free events taking place across England.
Tilly’s dreams of becoming a news broadcaster were realised when she was given the unique opportunity to broadcast alongside the BBC’s anchorman, Nick Owen, at one of the Community Games events in Birmingham, recently.
She took part in a video to promote Community Games, which has been a hit on You Tube and Facebook alike.
The events are the brainchild of Legacy Trust UK and are being delivered by the YMCA and The County Sports Partnership Network.
It is hoped Community Games, which unite families and communities, will leave a lasting legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Lee Mason, Chief Executive of the County Sports Partnership Network, said: “We are delighted Tilly England is on board fronting our Community Games campaign.
The Community Games are about uniting families and communities and we really hope as many people participate in the games as possible.
We want to see people embracing the Olympics this summer in the heart of their very own communities.
We have a variety of Community Games taking place during the school holidays, some are being held in community halls, others in streets and the range of activities on offer vary from egg and spoon races right through to rock climbing.”
St John’s COE Middle School pupil, in Bromsgrove, Tilly, said she was thrilled she was given a chance make her broadcasting debut with Community Games.
She said: “I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to take part in the Community Games viral.
All my friends and family have watched the video and are immensely proud of me.
Taking part in the viral has really cemented my ambition to go on to become a broadcast journalist.
In the meantime, I can’t wait to attend a Community Games event in my area.”
To find out when a Community Games is taking place near you, log on to www.communitygames.org.uk or www.facebook.com/communitygamesuk
And to see Tilly in action check out http://www.youtube.com/user/communitygamesuk