Festival of Sport programme announced

A host of sports have been arranged for the Festival of Sport.
There is something for everyone to try during the Festival of Sport.

An exciting programme of free sports taster sessions are taking place in Lichfield District this summer in celebration of the Commonwealth Games which are set to be hosted in Birmingham this summer.

Providers including Active Lichfield, Freedom Leisure and local sports clubs and organisations have scheduled the Festival of Sport at venues in Lichfield and Burntwood for people of all ages from Thursday July 28 to Monday August 8.

Among the activities are badminton, cricket, boxing, tennis, soft archery, judo, dodgeball, Tai Chi and squash.

Wheelchair Basketball and Disability Cricket and multi-sport sessions are in the programme together with dance classes for the under 5s, Teddy games mini athletics and Rugby Tots for children aged 2 to 7.

With other activities including cycling coaching, a Commonwealth Games-themed park run, Pickleball (a racket sport similar to badminton) and Spikeball (a net sport where a ball is served to a round net set above the floor), there is something for everyone.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, said:

“The Festival of Sport is an exciting opportunity for people to try their hand at a variety of sports free of charge.

“We are delighted to be able to offer them as part of the celebrations for the Commonwealth Games.

“Be it tennis, cricket, archery, yoga or football, badminton, basketball or Boccia (a sport related to bowls that can be played by anyone but is accessible to people with severe disabilities), we hope people across Lichfield will join the fun.” 

The Festival of Sport launch events are taking place on Saturday 23 July at Burntwood Leisure centre and Sunday 24 July at Beacon Park, 10am-2pm both days. The programme itself runs from Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August.

For full details of activities, venues, dates and times visit the Active Lichfield website

Published: 4 July 2022