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Community Sports Festival

The Active Sunderland area Community Sports Festivals are well under way in the city during the six week school holiday period. The first two festivals have been a huge success with hundreds of people attending and taking advantage of the sports activity taster sessions on the day. The next festival is taking place at Barnes Park on Wednesday 9 August from 12noon – 4.00pm.

At the Festivals everyone is encouraged to take part in a sport or activity they might not usually have chosen and to find out about opportunities to continue taking part in a sport or activity. Working with partners and sports clubs, the aim of the festival programme is to increase the number of people being active across the city.

Each area festival offers a wide range of different sporting activities and one of the providers taking part at Barnes Park is Gateway North East, a charity focused on working with young people who have learning difficulties.

Laura Fearne, head coach at Gateway North East said: “We are delivering various activities at a number of the Active Sunderland Festivals this year and we are really looking forward to being involved again on Wednesday”.

She added: “The Area Sports Festivals are a great opportunity for us to showcase what Gateway has to offer and encourage young people with disabilities to participate in sport and activities, we look forward to seeing as many people as possible at Barnes Park on Wednesday 9 August”

Entry to each festival is only £1.00 per person and at Barnes Park the following activities will be on offer-

Football – Handball – Tennis – Golf Driving Range and Mini Golf – Foundation of Light football  activities – Boxing Aerial team with Dance – City Giant feet football and target games – Traditional family games –  Inclusive sports with Gateway North East

Don’t forget to look out for the next community sports festivals in the programme;

Wednesday 16 August – Mowbray Park

            Wednesday 23 August – Hetton Lyons Country Park

            Wednesday 30 August – Thompson Park

Please check the Active Sunderland Facebook page to keep up to date with the activity programme or go to for Active Sunderland news and events.

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