Colin Rosen Inter-School Sports Day raised more than £20,000 for Chai

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The sun shone and the excitement mounted on Sunday as more than 100 children from 8 Jewish Primary schools across North London competed in the Colin Rosen Inter-School Sports Day in aid of Chai.

The event, hosted by brothers Neil and Michael Rosen and held in memory of their father, Colin, has raised more than £20,000 so far for the ‘Chai in Schools’ service.

Competitors took part in 60m, 100m, 200m and 400m races, long jumps and a cricket ball throwing contest.

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School triumphed, taking away the Colin Rosen Inter-School Sports Day Trophy and were also gifted £500 to spend on sports equipment for their school.

Neil said: “One of our greatest memories from when we were children was Dad taking us to Copthall Stadium on a hot Sunday afternoon to compete in the Inter-Hebrew Classes Sports Day. He was the manager of the Belmont team at the time and loved this event so much. We in turn loved competing with him.

When dad passed away last year from a brain tumour, we thought about what we would like to do in his honour. And the one thing that kept coming back to us was his love of athletics and in particular the Inter-Hebrew Classes sports day athletics competition.

We are delighted that this event is also raising money for Chai, a wonderful charity who gave dad, and our whole family so much support and guidance during his difficult last months.”

Following the event, Michael said: "On a day when the whole country was enthralled by top-class sport, we are so proud to have been able to arrange this fantastic athletics meeting which we hope will become an annual fixture in the school calendar. We were incredibly impressed by the high-quality athletics on display, and the event was a fitting tribute to our dad who would have loved watching the races so much. We are also absolutely delighted to have raised so much money for Chai to help them with their vital work. We’d like to say a huge thank you to our event sponsor, Pears Foundation, our Media partner, The JC and Prize Sponsor, EFR Travel."

Chai’s Chairman, Louise Hager said: “To everyone involved, from the athletes to the schools, from spectators to the sponsors – thank you for joining us and making this sports day so special.

To Neil, Michael and everyone else involved, it is hard to find the words to express what your support and meticulous planning over the best part of a year means to us all. The dedication and enthusiasm that you have shown in organising this event gives us tremendous encouragement and we feel very blessed to have you supporting us in this fitting tribute to your dear father’s life.”