Over 100 sports and activity sessions are now available for people to try for free as part of Bristol’s year as a European City of Sport.
The council’s ‘Are You Game?’ campaign has been organised as part of the city’s year-long celebration of sport and is bringing together clubs and organisations from around the city to offer a range of free taster sessions to help local people try out new sports and activities.
There are a wide range of sports on offer including tennis, cricket and korfball (a Dutch sport with similarities to netball and basketball) and also plenty of different activities such as sports injury therapy and Biodanza (creative movement to music). All of which are available to try for free as part of the campaign.
The campaign has been growing since it was launched in May and people can now view taster sessions that are available for the rest of this month through to September on the Bristol City of Sport website.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “As 2017 is our year as a European City of Sport we want to use it as an opportunity to work with our city’s great clubs and organisations to improve the profile of sport within our city and encourage people who wouldn’t normally be involved in sports and activities to get active and try new things.
“Making sport and culture more accessible is one of the commitments I set out in the council’s Corporate Strategy and I hope that initiatives like this campaign will help start the conversation about how we can make our city’s great facilities and institutions more inclusive for all Bristolians.
“It’s been great to see so many clubs and organisations already getting involved in the ‘Are You Game?’ campaign. I’d like to thank them all for their support and encourage everyone to get out and try some of these for yourselves. We’ve got some great activities on offer and, who knows, perhaps you might find the perfect one for you!”
Dance Dance Party Party Bristol is one of the organisations which are providing activities for free as part of the campaign.
Hannah Taylor from Dance Dance Party Party Bristol said: “‘Are You Game?’ is fantastic because it reaches out to those who feel fitness is not for them, showcasing the many different activities across Bristol that can get you fit, build up friendships and are fun to take part in.
“Dance Dance Party Party is a woman only dance space, specifically designed for women who love a night out dancing but don't like heels, hangovers and hassle. Come along to Bristol's Weekly - All Female - Post Work Dance Party. First session offered for free through the ‘Are You Game?’ initiative, £4 for following sessions. For more info find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DDPPBristol/ ”
All Aboard are a local water sports company who offer a wide range of water sports at Bristol’s harbour from sailing to powerboating. As part of ‘Are You Game?’ they are offering free Kayaking sessions on the Harbour.
Nicola Murdoch, Chief Executive, said: “Bristol being the European City of Sport is an amazing opportunity for all of us. For us at All-Aboard it’s given us a platform to promote what we do to the people of Bristol, and as a result we are getting more and more people out on the water.
“The ‘Are You Game?’ campaign fits in really well with our open days (every month through the Summer) and taster sessions (every Sunday) – so come on down and have a go at some water sports in the heart of Bristol’s historic city docks.”
Details of all the events and activities going on as part of Bristol’s year as a European City of Sport and the ‘Are You Game?’ campaign can be found on the City of Sport website: www.bristolcityofsport17.co.uk/are-you-game
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