Mayor launches second Eastbourne Sports Festival

Eastbourne mayor Mike Thompson showed off his sporty skills at the launch of the second Eastbourne Sports Festival.

This year (May 25-26) it has expanded to include seven venues and is a chance for people of all ages to come and try new sports and activities while donating to a good cause.

Everyone who tries a sport pays £1 per activity, and all proceeds go to the NSPCC Eastbourne Branch. There is no limit to the number of sports/activities people can try.

Last year’s event raised more than £1,300, and the aim this year is to better that.

Sports on offer vary from basketball to street dance, diving to gymnastics, archery to cricket and lifeguarding on the beach to martial arts, plus many more.

To pre-register for any of the sports tasters, email the Sports Festival team at or contact the venue directly.

Please have the following information to hand: names and ages of all participants, the date, time and venue (if emailing) of the sports session(s) and a contact number.

Pre-registering for sports tasters at the Sovereign Centre can be done online up to two weeks in advance at

Over the festival weekend venues will also welcome drop-in visitors. However, it is best to pre-register for activities to guarantee a place.

Please visit for more information.