Yesterday the GMFA held the 9th annual GMFA/RVT Sports day.

The rain and wind didn’t deter the hardcore fans of the event, which is now in its 9th year.

Matthew Hodson, CEO of GMFA said, ‘This was the ninth year of the revived GMFA / RVT Sports Day and it was the first one where we had torrential rain. Truthfully, it feels like we’ve just dodged that bullet for all these years. What was brilliant though is that the wet weather didn’t dampen the atmosphere. Moving some of the events indoors, or under the arches, and just accepting that at other times we’re going to get wet, we still managed to have a great games. And we’ve raised a few thousand pounds to support GMFA’s HIV prevention work, including our website and FS magazine, which receive no Government funding, as well as the local charities, Vauxhall City Farm and the Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Garden.

‘I’d like to say a huge thanks to all the teams for competing so gamely, to the staff and management at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and to the GMFA volunteers who kept the event running so smoothly, to Timberlina, Nicholas Heath and Bob Ballard for hosting and commentating on the sporting events and LaVoix for hosting the auction – and to everyone else who came along, helped to raise funds and made it such a great atmosphere.

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‘We’ve finally proved that we can still have a great Gay Sports Day, even if it rains. But some sunshine next year will be greatly appreciated, all the same.’