We’re being encouraged to get active in Eastbourne this weekend as the Sports Festival returns.
Taster sessions in a variety of sports including dodgeball, tennis, inline skating, fencing, rugby, street dancing and trampolining are being held at sport and leisure centres across the town. There’s also the chance to try bubble football along with bouncy castles at selected venues, all for just £1 a session.
The idea is to give us the chance to try new activities for a small cost, with all proceeds going to the town’s branch of the NSPCC, to help in the training of volunteers and with the running of the ChildLine Schools Service.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “Eastbourne Sports Festival once again welcomes all who wish to try some fun sports and throw themselves into something new. There’s no need to have any previous experience in the activities on offer, all that is required is the want to try and to learn something new, whilst fundraising for a great cause. “
“The festival will demonstrate the vast amount of physical activities on offer to residents and visitors in Eastbourne, and I think it’s wonderful that a person can try out Ju Jitsu, bowls, street dancing and scuba diving, all in one weekend.”
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.
Eastbourne Sports Festival has been running since 2012 and has raised over £6,000 for the NSPCC in its first 4 years; event organisers hope that this year’s festival will significantly increase that fundraising total.
The event’s also being backed by England Rugby Grand Slam winner Joe Marler, who was born in Eastbourne. Joe 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”
The full programme of events can be found online.