Festival of Sport launched for Bury St Edmunds
Bury St Edmunds is set to host its first Festival of Sport in September - celebrating the town’s sporting achievements and successes.
Sports groups and organisations are being invited to register their interest in the festival which is due to open on Saturday September 12 - the day the Tour of Britain rides through town.
The event, which will run until Sunday September 20, is being developed by a sports festival partnership which includes Business Improvement District organisation Ourburystedmunds, Abbeycroft Leisure and St Edmundsbury Borough and Suffolk County Councils.
Mark Cordell, Chief Executive of Ourburystedmunds, is chairing the group.
He said the festival would be a great way of celebrating the town’s sporting successes both in staging sports events and taking part.
“Bury St Edmunds is firmly on the map for the major cycle races and, of course, in 2012 the Olympic Torch relay came through the town just before the Rwandan Olympic team was based here,” he said.
“The Festival of Sport is building on the legacies of those events and of course the successes of our home-grown sport clubs and teams of which there are a huge number in the town.”
As well as the Tour of Britain stage, the festival will take advantage of the opening game of the Rugby World Cup between England and Fiji at Twickenham on September 18.
Alongside a host of have-a-go sporting activities, there will be plenty to do for those who prefer to watch including events with major sporting personalities which will be revealed closer to the event.
Sporting groups and teams who want to run an event alongside the festival or to be involved in the activities are being invited to contact Ourburystedmunds.
Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure, said she was keen to get as many people as she could involved in the festival.
She said: “I am really excited to be closely involved with the Festival of Sport and it is yet another great example of how successful Ourburystedmunds has been in pulling partners together to work corroboratively for the benefit of our beautiful town.
“We are keen to encourage people to be more active and here will be lots of activities during the festival which will give us all a chance to try something new, I’d urge anyone wanting to get involved in running an event or supporting the festival to get in touch.”
Sports groups and clubs can register their interest in the festival of sport by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org