Town prepares to host popular sports festival

Duncan Goodhew MBE launches the 2014 Eastbourne Sports Festival with staff from the council and the NSPCC. SUS-140605-165508001

Duncan Goodhew MBE launches the 2014 Eastbourne Sports Festival with staff from the council and the NSPCC. SUS-140605-165508001

Mums, dads, kids and grandparents will be given the chance to try their hand at a variety of new activities as Eastbourne prepares to host its third annual sports festival next weekend.

The event, organised by Eastbourne Borough Council in partnership with the NSPCC, will let people have a go at sports such as diving, synchronised swimming, roller blading, archery and fencing - all for just £1 a time and for a good cause.

This year will see the third Eastbourne Sports Festival take place on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at a variety of sporting venues across the town after the event proved so successful in 2012 and 2013.

Olympic gold-medalist and swimming star Duncan Goodhew joined staff from the council and the NSPCC to officially launch the 2014 festival at the Sovereign Centre last month.

The two-day event is open to all ages, children and adults, although some activities may have restrictions on size. A donation of just £1 per person is required to take part in any of the sports, with all proceeds going towards the NSPCC ChildLine School Service (0800 1111) - a confidential helpline dedicated to helping children and young people 24/7.

Tracey McNulty, Senior Head of Tourism and Leisure at Eastbourne Borough Council, said, “The sports festival is a fantastic opportunity for local people to try their hand, or foot, at a completely new sport and raise money for the NSPCC at the same time.

“There is so much sport going on in Eastbourne offered by dozens of enthusiastic, well-run clubs and the festival is a brilliant showcase for those organisations. I would urge everyone to visit our facilities and clubs and try something new.”

Duncan Goodhew MBE added, “Children should take part in sport because it’s a great, great experience. It’s lots of fun and it prepares children for the workplace, for normal life. It gives them a bit of robustness in a setting that’s supportive. They learn skills and how to deal with failure as well as success. Every child has to find their sport to make a difference to themselves.”

The Eastbourne Sports Festival, which is sponsored by Chartered Accountants firm Breeze & Associates, will showcase the abilities and diversity of many local clubs and groups. For a list of the venues and sports, along with activity times, visit www.eastbourne sportsfestival.btck.co.uk




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