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Thousands get active at this year’s Sports Fest

Published Friday, 23 August 2019

Sports Fest has broken its record of people taking part, with over 14,500 people having a go at sport during the festival

Visitors to sport fest pose to celebrate Coventry being European City of Sport

This year's Sports Fest was in partnership with Vodafone Gigafast Broadband, CityFibre, supported by Sport England Small Grants and was even bigger and better than ever as a celebration of our title European City of Sport 2019.  

The free, 10-day event provided for all abilities, ages and was focused on getting people involved in sport and encouraging them to try a new activity.  

Along with sports and activities, there were various stalls throughout the festival providing health and well-being advice, all for free. It Takes Balls to Talk, Year of Wellbeing, Coventry FHLS were amongst many that delivered the important advice. 

Sports Fest brought together communities and the people of Coventry to encourage them to see how they can simultaneously get active and enjoy themselves. 

Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “I am so pleased with the success of Sports Fest this year. It really was bigger and better than previous years which is very fitting for our current European City of Sport title. 

“Despite a couple of rainy days, we still had a fantastic turn out with children and families flocking to Broadgate each day to enjoy the huge range of sports that we had on offer. 

“What was really great for me to see was the fact that each and every person I saw at the festival had a smile on their face. This is ultimately what Sports Fest and European City of Sport as a whole, are about; bringing communities within the city together, to get active and have fun. I can’t wait for even more European City of Sport events to come.” 

As a result of extremely positive experiences at Sports Fest, many young people have signed up to join local clubs to continue the sports and activities they got involved in at this year’s event. 

The event continues to be supported by the Coventry Ambassador volunteers who committed over 500 volunteer hours welcoming and informing visitors across the 10-day sports event. This year we saw the inclusion of the Young Ambassadors who have had over 300 trained in over 30 local primary schools.  

David Moorcroft, Executive Director for CV Life and Chair of European City of Sport, said: “I’m really pleased with how this year’s event has gone. It’s a great reflection of how active our city is becoming, and our title of European City of Sport supports and encourages this even further.  

“Getting the city active is extremely important as it will have an impact on people’s lives in the long run. This is what Sports Fest aimed to do; give everyone the opportunity to try something new at their own pace, and the variety we had on offer just proved that there are so many things you can do to get your body moving. 

“There will be even more European City of Sport events for the rest of this year that will continue to encourage this important message.” 

Vodafone Gigafast Broadband is rolling out across Coventry, bringing broadband speeds of up to 900Mbps using more reliable full fibre along every stage of the connection from the home or workplace. Unlike most broadband services, Vodafone Gigafast Broadband uses a pure optical fibre network to transmit data and high-definition video instead of old copper-based telephone cables.  For more information to www.vodafone.co.uk/gigafast 

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