A SPORTS festival in aid of the NSPCC will take place on May 12 and 13.
Eastbourne Borough Council is working in partnership with the NSPCC to put on the festival for the local community.
It will offer taster sessions in as many sports and activities as possible, including some sports that will be showcased later this year in July and August and some from the Commonwealth Games.
Activities include: tthletics, gymnastics, tramploning, fencing, track cycling, lacrosse, rowing (West Langley lake), boxing, table tennis, tennis, badminton, squash, ladies and youth football, inline hockey, dance street dance, cheerleading, zumba and a range of martial arts as well as bouncy castles and soft play equipment at two of the sites (Cavendish and Hampden Park).
The sports festival will be held across the Eastbourne sports facilities and aims to showcase the abilities and diversity of the area’s local clubs and groups.
Organisers also hope it will open up the opportunity for local people to get involved and have a go at sports they otherwise may not have the chance to try.
Trevor Hill is an active member of the local NSPCC branch and he said, “We are hoping to attract all ages and abilities to get involved in a fun filled weekend of sport and fundraising.”
It will require a donation of £1 for each person to try one sport, so for £5 one person could try five different sports or a group of five could all try one sport.
All proceeds will go towards the NSPCC ChildLine Appeal.
Trevor said ChildLine received 369 landline and payphone calls from the Eastbourne area last year. He explained calls from the Eastbourne area may be significantly higher as only 24 per cent of all calls to ChildLine come from landline and payphones and at present it’s not possible to regionalise calls from mobiles.
Trevor says the fundraising is very important because it takes £1,800 to recruit and train a ChildLine counsellor.
For more information visit www.eastbournesportsfestival.btck.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org The participating sports centres can also be called. Call Eastbourne Sports Park on 649214, Hampden Park on 509859, Shinewater on 768614 and Cavendish on 647683.