Friday Night Fives again a community success

Fast work ... Enjoying the Friday Night Fives event last week at the Balclutha Cross Recreation Centre are (from left) Clutha District Youth Council president Bronson Blackbourn, Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan, Councillor Ken Payne and youth worker Ruth Ratcliffe. PHOTO: JACK CONROY

The sound of shouting and running filled the Balclutha Cross Recreation Centre last Friday, as weeks of planning by the Clutha District Youth Council came to fruition in its annual Friday Night Fives sports event.

It was youth council president Bronson Blackbourn’s first time running the show, and he said he was proud of how the organisers came together to make it happen.

“We’ve been putting in a lot of work. I’m very grateful for the team .. we’ve hit the ground running.”

From 4.30pm to 6pm, year 7 and 8s played fast games of netball, futsal, frisbee and viperball, which is played with a small rugby ball.

From 6.30pm the courts opened up to year 9s to adults.

Bronson said the event was one that had been gratefully received in previous years by the community and councillors alike.

“Some members of the youth council joined just so they could be part of Friday Night Fives.”

Ten teams of five played in the youth section, with five-to-10 minute halves in each game.

They were then mustered from one station to the next by Bronson, with Mayor Bryan Cadogan supervising.

Mr Cadogan said it was a great opportunity for the youth councillors to take on some responsibility.

“This is magnificent, the kids are enjoying it. It’s a tradition now. It’s really good for the youth council to step up and do it.”