The Community Games programme provides communities in County Durham with the opportunity to come together for a day of sport and culture on their own doorstep.

The national programme which is in its second year, offers communities funding and support to organise an event inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics, celebrating the uniqueness of each community. The event can take place in a local park, a village green or a local community centre.

There were 27 Community Games held in last year with over 750,000 people getting involved. Events included torch relay celebrations, Village and Urban games and Family Fun days.

This year the programme opened for applications on April 1st and County Durham Sport, in partnership with the County Durham Community Foundation are looking to fund up to 30 Community Games before the end of September.

Communities who can apply include local sports clubs, community centers, schools, parish and town councils, workplaces and many more. For more information on who can apply and the funding available please visit or alternatively email