Coventry’s year as European City of Sport 2019 may be over, but sport in the city is not.
The overall vision for the year was: "To promote and celebrate, in every community, the benefits of sport and physical activity, and to be the catalyst for a fitter, healthier city in the future."
We carried this out in three ways:
We used the year to break down divisions between sport, activity and culture and focused on enriching the lives of individuals and communities in our city. We wanted to see innovative and new ways to get people active in Coventry. A great example of this was the Move and Play exhibition held at Coventry Transport Museum. It was accessible to all and we saw all ages having fun in there. We look forward to seeing even more events and projects like this during Coventry’s year as City of Culture 2021.
2019 also saw the Year of Wellbeing for both Coventry and Warwickshire. We used the European City of Sport title to improve health and wellbeing in Coventry.
Wellbeing is a key part of our work towards a healthier city. We are always looking for ways to create a cleaner, greener, more active city that everyone can be proud of, and sport is at the heart of that.
We carried out over 180 events all on different capacity scales. Many of which had a wellbeing focus and were tailored to particular age groups, abilities and communities to ensure they were all in comfortable environments and felt as ease. We saw everything from large events like Sports Fest to new, smaller events like Golden Oldies and Sporting Memories. Each of these put smiles on the faces of those who participated. They were all so successful that we are bringing them to 2020 and beyond.
We used our status to celebrate sport and other physical activities in Coventry while highlighting the opening of new facilities and initiatives such as The Wave water park and Go Canley project. Whether we were celebrating the success of our sporting heroes, cheering on our school teams at Coventry and Warwickshire School Games, raising thousands of pounds with Free Radio Cash for Kids, or aiming for a personal best using one of the new park routes, sport touched us all.
It was and will continue to be enjoyed by the old and the young – we built new communities and brought people together. It has helped to shape our fantastic, multicultural city, with those who have forged new lives here bringing us sports as diverse as Gaelic football to Kabaddi. Coventry definitely celebrated the title in style.
As the year is now over, Coventry – European City of Sport 2019 is now Coventry Sport. We will continue to deliver events and legacy projects around the city, providing for all areas, ages and abilities so we can maintain and further the efforts that were put in by so many during 2019.
Over 170,000 people in Coventry became active and we would like to see that continue to rise.
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Take a look at our infographic of achievements during Coventry's year of sport.