Active Sunderland Festival proves to be huge success

Picture: North News and Pictures/ The Keel Square Dance Kathleen Davis Stage School at Active Sunderland Festival.
Picture: North News and Pictures/
The Keel Square Dance Kathleen Davis Stage School at Active Sunderland City Centre Festival.

More than a thousand people took part in the Active Sunderland City Centre Festival last weekend.

People of all ages and abilities were given the opportunity to take part in ‘taster sessions’ in a wide range of sports and physical activities at 15 zones and venues across the city.

Trained coaches in over 20 sports led the activities, where equipment was available to allow visitors to have a go at everything from tai-chi and table tennis to tag-rugby and trampolining.

Another sport that was on offer was Dodgeball.

Angela Karamath, from Dodgeball North East, said: “The turn-out was fantastic, and it has been a great opportunity to introduce our sport to people of all ages in Sunderland.”

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “The Active Sunderland City Centre Festival was a great success, and gave hundreds of people the chance to try out many sports and activities perhaps for the first time.

“Hopefully people enjoyed the experience and will be encouraged to find our more, and become involved on a more regular basis.”

One of those taking part in the Saturday’s activities was seven year-old Ellliot Parker, who said: “I enjoyed the Active Sunderland Festival because there were lots of fun things to do. My favourite two activities were Dodgeball and Rugby.”

Coun Kelly added:  “We want to encourage as many people as possible to become involved in regular sport and physical activities.

“Taking part in this event might have provided that all important first step into the gym, onto the playing field or through the doors of their nearest community venue.”

Venues and activities included:

Mowbray Park

  • Just play
  • Tag Rugby
  • Play area

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

  • WW1 Walks – 40 minute led walks with a First World War theme
  • Table Tennis
  • Rowing
  • Urban athletes

City Library and Arts Centre

  • Easyline

MFA Bowl

  • Special offers on ten pin bowling

Market Square

  • Climbing Wall
  • Rowing
  • Cheerleading

The Bridges Shopping Centre

  • Everyone Active Bike Challenge

Grassed area on Crowtree Road

  • Boxing
  • Target paintball
  • Football
  • Dodgeball

Next to the Londonderry pub

  • Athletics
  • Table tennis
  • Target golf

Keel Square

  • Dance – a variety of dance performances and taster sessions led by local dance schools.

In front of the Old Fire Station

  • Trampolining

Sunderland Minster

  • Pilates
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga


Town Green

  • Cricket skills
  • Tennis skills

University of Sunderland, City Space

  • Volleyball
  • Netball


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