New attractions for two-day sports festival

Two days of non-stop sporting activity will take place this weekend with the staging of the second Eastbourne Festival of Sport.

This year six venues will be hosting a wealth of activities as part of a series of taster events.

Organisers are hoping that following the success of the Olympic Games last year, which saw a boom in a number of sports in Eastbourne, notably diving, that people’s imaginations will be captured over the next two days to try their hands at a new sport.

The Eastbourne Festival of Sport coincides with the launch this weekend of the Healthy Eastbourne campaign, which lists on their website a directory of clubs and organisations offering sports activities.

The website is at:

It costs just £1 per person to try a sport, and all the money raised will go towards the NSPCC towards recruiting and training a ChildLine counsellor.

Twelve months ago, more than 1,000 children and adults took part raising £1,331 for charity. The Sovereign Centre and the Seafront Lifeguard Station have been added to the list of venues, which includes all of the Eastbourne Borough Council’s sports centres, as well as Eastbourne Rowing Club.

Activities run from 9am to 5pm on both days.