Bristol hosts West of England Festival of Sporting Ability
Press release issued: 1 July 2008
Around 100 pupils from 12 special secondary schools will compete in the inaugural Festival of Sporting Ability hosted at the University's Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, this week [1-3 July].
The three-day event aims to encourage pupils to participate in a variety of sports along with offering advice on how they can get involved in sporting activities in their area. Guest speaker and paralympian, Stephen Thomas, will be sharing his experiences of sporting excellence and his passion for sailing with the pupils on 1 July.
The festival activities include football, polybat, athletics, tee ball and tag rugby, with mixed teams representing their schools and a focus on fair play and teamwork. At the end of the day each participant is awarded a medal and certificate.
Karen Harvey, Community Sport Development Manager at the University of Bristol, said: “This is a sister event to the Bristol Festival of School Sport and the aim is to deliver a high-quality, fun event, which inspires and motivates pupils to stay active by playing sport.”
The event is also part of the community programme, linked to the 2008 Bristol and Bath UK School Games, which takes place from 28-31 August.
The West of England Festival of Sporting Ability is a partnership initiative between Wesport's Competition Managers and Inclusion Team and the University of Bristol, with funding and support from the John Rutley Sport Fund and Bristol International Airport.
Karen added: ”The Bristol partnerships are committed to delivering events such as this and have all the necessary skills, energy and enthusiasm. However, we rely on the support of local donors and sponsors to make them happen. We are very grateful to the John Rutley Sport Fund and Bristol International Airport for their continued support.”