Sunderland to start the Community Sports Festival

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The new Community Sports Festival is set to launch this Saturday at Farringdon Community Academy.

The event will include a wide range of sports such as karate, boxing, fencing, badminton and table tennis and also host activities such as SAFC football speed gate and Sunderland University urban athlete.

Also available will be Sunderland Council LAF Team (Lifestyle, Activity and Food) and their smoothie making exercise bike.

The festival has been set up by sport and leisure team, Active Sunderland at Sunderland City Council.

Simon Wardle, one of the events co-ordinators said: “As Active Sunderland Delivery Officer I, along with my colleagues within the Sport and Leisure team at Sunderland Council are tasked with creating the community sports festival. For this particular one we have chosen Farringdon Community Academy.

“The festival is part of our brand new Active Sunderland project aimed at increasing the amount of 14 – 25 year olds taking part in sport or physical activity. This particular festival will also act as the project launch and operate on a turn up and take part basis with all activities running simultaneously through the two hours.”

Different areas of the city will benefit from Active Sunderland who gained a £200,000 cash boost earlier this year to encourage the project to develop new programmes within sport and leisure. This particular event is the first of four events to be held in and around the city over the next year.

Head teacher of Farringdon academy, Howard Kemp said: “Obviously we are delighted to be involved in supporting healthy living and exercise as a way of life. We are one of several partners across the city who are delivering the programme including Sunderland City Council, SAFC, Sunderland College and the University of Sunderland.”

The event will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 8 March at Farringdon Community Academy and entry is free.

For more details email: active@sunderland.gov.uk or call 0191 561 4598.

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