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Sports festival bathed in glorious sunshine

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Published: 16/07/2012


The day started with school children performing the haka before the games got under way. Bristol Rugby Club player Glen Townsen (pictured) was on hand to inspire the youngsters and offer tips on playing rugby. The overall winners were Hanham Abbots Junior School and Cadbury Heath Primary School were runners-up. Everyone who took part also received a medal.

The council event, which is sponsored by Airbus in the UK, was played at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex by Year 5 and Year 6 school children. Six local rugby clubs including Chipping Sodbury, Frampton Cotterell, St Mary’s O.B., Aretians, Kingswood and North Bristol have been providing club coaches to go into our schools and do some coaching in the run up to the festival.

Steve Evans, director of environment and community services, said: “In the year the Olympic Games comes to London, our festival in South Gloucestershire is providing a great opportunity to get more young people involved in sport in the hope that we may find our very own future Olympians. Sport can help bring people together and teaches children about fitness, confidence and discipline and has a really positive impact on our younger residents.”

Mark Stewart, Airbus’ Filton General Manager and Human Resources Director, said: “Airbus has sponsored the Festival of Youth Sport for 11 years now and we are excited to be a part of an amazing event that has achieved so much in the community and has given school children access to local sporting opportunities.”

Hot on the heels of the spring event, the summer festival will see hundreds of youngsters flock to South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE campus in Filton on Saturday 7 July to try out athletics, cricket, tennis, tri golf, KS1 multi skills tennis and pop lacrosse. The aim is to create a local sporting legacy in which more youngsters go on to join community sports clubs and lead active and healthy lifestyles.

For the first time this year we are hosting a ‘Come and Try’ event on Thursday 12 July for people of all ages and abilities with physical and sensory impairments. Paralympic sports will be available to try including athletics, boccia, cricket, wheelchair basketball, table tennis, poly bat and table cricket, swimming and football, providing an opportunity to raise the profile of disability sport and talent spot for future sporting talent. If you would like to take part please contact us on 01454 868169.

Further information about all of these events is available online at www.southglos.gov.uk/olympictorch or email the sports development team at sport@southglso.gov.uk


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