CHILDREN'S DAY A BIG SUCCESS

Over 3,000 youngsters and their families turned out at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Saturday for the return of Leeds Children’s Day after an absence of four decades.

Over 3,000 youngsters and their families turned out at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Saturday for the return of Leeds Children’s Day after an absence of four decades. This special event was organised by the Garry Chappelow Memorial Fund in partnership with Leeds Rugby Foundation with all money raised through ticket sales, raffles and donations going straight back to junior sport clubs in the city. The event was opened by the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Leeds and featured children’s rides and police and fire displays. Spectators were treated to a series of performances on the pitch including Maypole Dancing from Woodlesford Primary School and Castleford Maypole, a martial arts display from Mike Tobin as well as Gymnastic displays. The day also included player appearances from the Leeds Rhinos and an Under 10’s Rugby Tournament which was won by Hunslet Parkside in a dramatic final against Stanningley. Organiser Les Marshall commented, "We are extremely pleased with how the day went, plus we have been able to achieve our aim of raising money for junior sport. We were fortunate that the weather was on our side. Everyone who attended had a great day and we are sure this will become an annual event." Chris Rostron from Leeds Rugby Foundation added "We were delighted to support the Garry Chappelow Memorial Fund with the staging of Children’s Day. Headingley Carnegie Stadium is a fantastic venue for this kind of event and has proven to be the perfect stage for what turned out to be a very enjoyable and successful day. Leeds Rugby Foundation would obviously like to thank everyone for their tremendous support including Leeds Rhinos, the dozen or so amateur rugby teams, cheerleaders, martial arts displays, majorettes, West Yorkshire Police and the many exhibitors from Shetland ponies to climbing walls that gave us their support. The day was for the community, who turned out in great numbers in support of the day which is fantastic and certainly justifies the hard work everyone has put into making this happen." The Garry Chappelow Memorial Fund was set up in 2002 after the tragic death of Leeds Rhino’s Fan Garry Chappelow. Since then the charity has raised over £50,000 for young sportsmen and women throughout the city of Leeds.