MP joins in the fun at Tamil sports day

Hemel Tamil Association sports day.
Hemel Tamil Association sports day.

The annual sports day hosted by Hemel Tamil Association and School was held at the Sportspace Athletic Track.

More than 35 Tamil families, including 50 children, took part at the event on Sunday, June 21.

MP for Hemel Hempstead Mike Penning was the chief-guest who gave a speech and watched the sporting events take place.

A spokesman for the association said: “Our MP’s visit and his speech had such a positive impact on the children as well as the adults.

“He spent more than 90 minutes watching the events and supporting the kids. He even played football with the older children. It was an unforgettable day for most of us and MP’s visit was the highlight of it.”

The association is celebrating its first annual day on Saturday, July 11 at Bennetts End Community Centre between 6pm and 10pm when Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress Cllr Robert and Mrs Wendy Mclean will be chief guests. All visitors are welcome.

Hemel Tamil Association is a thriving Tamil community based out of Hemel Hempstead, aiming to celebrate and teach Tamil language, arts and culture to the young generation. This is a voluntary organisation currently funded by its parents and members.

Tamil is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Tamil people of Tamil Nadu in India and Sri Lanka. It has official status in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

It is also chiefly spoken in the Indian states of Kerala, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands as a secondary language and by minorities in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India and was the first Indian language to be declared a classical language by the Government of India in 2004.

Tamil is also spoken by significant minorities in Malaysia, England, Mauritius, Canada, South Africa, Fiji, Germany, Philippines, United States, Netherlands, Indonesia and France as well as emigrant communities around the world.