Move More In May: Festival of Sport

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The second annual Festival of Sport is being held across the borough in an effort to get people more active.

Council venues and club premises in Newcastle-under-Lyme are hosting a series of taster days, coaching sessions and community activities with the goal to improve the access to sport.

The borough council have partnered up with Sport Across Staffordshire’s event ‘Move More In May’, that aims to get people more involved in sport.

The festival is not only a great way for people to get active, but it helps to boost their confidence too.

Last years festival was a month long, but this year the borough felt that a month was not enough time to include all of the activities.

Sports Development Manager Lucy Taylor, says they changed the festival to two months, running from April until the end of May, to spread out events to accommodate people’s availability.

She said: “It is across not just weekdays, but obviously weekends, evenings, so it can fit into anybody’s timetable.”

Sports such as volleyball, swimming, tennis, golf, netball, climbing, and even the niche sport of petanque, are included in the festival.

Venues include: Jubilee 2, Basford Tennis Club, Newcastle Town Football Club, Chesterton Football Club, Newcastle College, Keele University, Onneley Golf Club, Newcastle Town Netball Club and Michelin Sports Centre.

Picture credit: https://www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk

The organising committee has worked alongside local businesses to ensure that the festival is a success this year.

The first ping pong parlour in Staffordshire is set to open during the festival, offering free table tennis in the York shopping arcade in Newcastle Town centre.

The festival has also been involved with the ‘This Girl Can’ movement, to market their ‘Back to Netball’ sessions.

The festival offers activities to a wide range of people including sessions for ladies, adults over 50-year-old, people with disabilities, children and anyone that wants to join in on the fun.

Ms Taylor said: “Just highlighting those opportunities where anybody can take part in sport.

“It’s not just for young people or adults, we want older people, we want disabled people, we want the whole of the community to embrace and get involved and find something that they can enjoy.”

Festival of Sport runs across the borough until May 31.

The majority of the activities are free, but some have a small fee to participate.

“Come along have a go, but really it’s about embracing that it doesn’t have to be in one place it is across our whole communities,” Ms Taylor said.

For more information about specific events, times, and locations visit Newcastle Borough Council’s website.

All photographs provided by Newcastle Borough Council. 

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