Bradford on Avon Community Area Sports Festival - May 15th-22nd 2011This Sports Festival is designed to celebrate and extend the wide range of sports and physical activities within our community. It follows a similar but smaller event held in May 2010 and will lead to a larger Festival next year, as a pre-Olympic 2012 Event.
Following from the above, the Bradford on Avon Community Area Sports Festival has now been officially recognised as part of the national Inspire Mark Programme, linked to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Inspire programme is geared to increasing participation in sports and physical activity through the involvement of voluntary organisations. For the first time ever, the Olympic Committee has sanctioned the use of an Olympic Games logo, other than for actual Games, by those in this programme.
The Sports Festival is being organised jointly be members of the Town Council and Community Area Partnership, with funding gratefully received from the Town Council and from Wiltshire Council via the Community Area Board.
During the week, from Sunday 15th to Friday 20th May, there will be opportunities for various sports and organised activities to provide “come-and-try”, “open-door”, “special demonstration” or similar “tasters” for the general public, either as part of their normal club sessions or as a one-off for the Festival week.
On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May there will be spectacular events in the Barton Farm and Country Park area. On Saturday a 10-kilometre run in the morning and an Aquathon later in the day. On Sunday morning there is a Sprint Triathlon starting at 8 am., with the swimming leg in the River Avon.
These above events are being organised separately by DBMax (see their web site: www.dbmax.co.uk), and many of the competitors will be visiting Bradford on Avon from other parts of the country.
Also on the Saturday and Sunday, local groups will be showing off a wide range of sports and other activities associated with a healthy life style, mainly in the same part of town. Everybody will have a chance to find out more, try out, join in or take part, sample something new, or just watch.
There will be some very interesting - and sometimes rather unusual – competitions, and prizes to be won: hopefully something to amuse or involve everybody! Healthy refreshments will also be on hand.
In view of our ambitious future targets, for instance in reducing carbon footprint, promoted by Climate Friendly Bradford, we are using the occasion to encourage the principle of ‘Zero Waste’: the mantra being: “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle – in that order”.
Check the Bradford on Avon Area Community web site (www.bradfordonavon.com) for more details, especially nearer the time.