Sunshine and smiles at summer sports festival
The sun shone guaranteeing a super day of fun and smiles at the Summer Sports Festival at The Mountbatten Centre.
Hundreds of people turned up to try the wealth of sport taster sessions on offer at the event organised by Active Devon, the County Sport Partnership to celebrate the Olympic Legacy Sport Maker programme.
Traditional sports such as football, golf and table tennis proved popular in the ‘come and try’ sessions as did table cricket and canoe simulators.
Water sports also featured highly with sailing, canoeing and rowing sessions all fully booked. One of the canoe participants said it was the best day he had ever had. Many participants said they would be interested in taking up the sport they tried on a regular basis.
Craft and cultural activities attracted considerable crowds with many of the younger participants making Olympic Torches and a number of children going on to win paddle sessions at The Mountbatten Centre in a competition held on the day.
One of the highlights of the day proved to be the fire boat and fire engine firing their water hoses over the sound.
The Sport Makers workshop which took place in the morning and was run by Ladies England Rugby Player, Danielle Waterman offered information for people interested in volunteering opportunities as part of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy. Sport Makers are people who directly make sport happen at a local level, bringing the Olympic and Paralympic values to life in every community.
The programme, open to anyone aged 16 and over, is coordinated in the county by Active Devon and aims to inspire at least 900 people in Devon to volunteer at least 10 hours organising or leading sporting activities. Participants of the workshop went on to put their skills into practice by volunteering with the afternoons activities.
The festival proved such a success, organisers have already confirmed they will stage the festival again next year and have promised even more sports on offer.
Anyone interested in attending a Sport Maker Workshop are advised to contact Charlie Keene on 01392 263674 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the Sport Maker programme can be found at www.activedevon.org/sportmakers.