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Sports Fest gets everyone active

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

Matti Hemmings appeared at Sports Fest

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FAMILIES turned their hands to traditional and new sports at a third annual event which gets bigger every year.

They paid nothing to get in to Sports Fest, held at the Wall’s club in Barnwood, Gloucester and had around 50 sports to try under expert tutelage and with some help from elite athletes.

Judo Olympians Gemma Gibbons and Sam Ingram helped launch the event, and world class performers including freestyle BMXer Matti Hemmings, freestyle footballer Dan Cutting, freestyle basketball player Tommy Baker, Parkour freerunner Parkour freerunner Jordan Wilcox, and mountain boarder Matt Brind.

The event is the brainchild of Cheltenham-based sports coach Jamie Roberts, who has run coaching courses across the county for more than a decade.

“It was fantastic,” Jamie. “We got lucky with the weather which was with us from around noon which really helped and there was a strong, steady flow of people.

“I don’t know at this stage how many people we had but certainly hundreds came along.

“The freestyle football, judo, breakdancing and Parkour demonstrations went down really well - the shows were really well supported.”

He said as a sports coach he wants to bring new sports to young and old.

“I want to give people the opportunity to try something for the first time - it’s something that usually costs you something but when it’s free, you mind find a new sport that really suits you.”

It was the third annual sports festival and dedicated to celebrating and promoting Gloucestershire’s sports and activities, and bringing them to new audiences.

Jamie said he wanted to give people a cheap, fun family day out and allow them to try something new at the same time.

“It’s not just about youngsters,” he said. “We had people of all ages there and it’s important to let people know that it’s never too late to try a new sport.”

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