Rugby Star Backs Eastbourne Sports Festival

Thursday 5th May 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Joe Marler

England Rugby star and inspirational young sportsman, Joe Marler, has joined forces with Sport Eastbourne and the NSPCC Childline to promote Eastbourne Sports Festival, with rugby being just one of over 50 sports on offer!

Eastbourne Sports Festival returns to Eastbourne’s sports centres and leisure venues from 14 – 15 May, to raise money for the local branch of the NSPCC and to showcase the wide variety of sports and clubs available to join within the town.

Sport Eastbourne has reined in some top sports coaches and leading fitness instructors to take part in the festival, to give participants the best possible introduction to the numerous sports on offer, including coaches from the Rugby Football Union who will lead the way in taster sessions of women’s, girl’s and ‘little league’ rugby.

One of the main purposes of the festival is to open up opportunities for people to try something new and to make sports more accessible in Eastbourne for people of all walks of life; offering rugby coaching to women and children is just one of the many ways this is being done.

England Rugby Grand Slam winner Joe Marler, said “This is a tremendous event for Eastbourne, which I fully support. It provides a great opportunity for all ages to try out new sports, and will hopefully encourage them to continue to participate in sporting activities in the future.”

As a result of aiming to make many more sports accessible, the festival offers all taster sessions for the price of just £1 per person, with all proceeds going directly to the Eastbourne branch of the NSPCC to help in the training of volunteers and running of the ChildLine Schools Service.

With both team sports and individual sports on offer, the variety of activities to try over the course of the two-day festival is extremely diverse. From squash, karate and archery to dancing fitness classes, new age kurling and even Olympic track and field challenges; all visitors to the festival will find the perfect new sport to try out.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said, “Eastbourne Sports Festival has been running since 2012 and has raised over £6,000 for the NSPCC in its first 4 years. Not only this, but the festival has also introduced hundreds of people to new sports and clubs and to the excellent facilities on offer across all Sport Eastbourne centres; I have no doubt that this year’s festival will do the same.”

“There’s no need to have any previous experience in the sports on offer, Sport Eastbourne just encourages anyone to come along who wishes to try something new or reignite an old hobby.”

The Sports Festival is open to everyone, children and adults, and has no ability restrictions. Some activities are age appropriate and all age-related details for activities will be listed in the full Eastbourne Sports Festival brochure, which can be found online, if no specific ages are noted then the activity is open to all.

Events will be taking place in a whole number of venues throughout the town across the weekend festival, including all Sport Eastbourne sports centres; Cavendish Sports Centre, Hampden Park Sports Centre, Shinewater Sports Centre and Eastbourne Sports Park, as well as the Sovereign Centre, Gildredge Park Bowls Club, Eastbourne Bowls Club, Eastbourne Parade Bowls Club and Motcombe Swimming Pool.

The full Eastbourne Sports Festival programme of events with event information including an easy guide activity programme can be found online, in local sports centres and the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre.

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