Still chance to be part of Bury St Edmunds Festival of Sport

Winners and finalists celebrate at the Most Active County Town and Village awards presentation on the Ipswich Waterfront.
Small Village winners Jill Kent and Tracey Tompkins from Mendham; Town winner Mark Cordell from Bury St Edmunds and  Small Village winners Jan McLardy and Catherine Clark from Hundon ANL-160315-194255009
Winners and finalists celebrate at the Most Active County Town and Village awards presentation on the Ipswich Waterfront. Small Village winners Jill Kent and Tracey Tompkins from Mendham; Town winner Mark Cordell from Bury St Edmunds and Small Village winners Jan McLardy and Catherine Clark from Hundon ANL-160315-194255009
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Sports organisations in and around Bury St Edmunds are being urged to snap up the remaining opportunities to be part of this summer’s Festival of Sport in the town.

The nine day event will launch on Saturday, July 9 with physical activities and challenges in Charter Square.

It is being co-ordinated by Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Ourburystedmunds with Abbeycroft Leisure as well as St Edmundsbury Borough and Suffolk County Councils.

Ourburystedmunds chief executive Mark Cordell, who chairs the group, said: “The Festival of Sport was a great success last year offering a range of activities – and it helped Bury St Edmunds win the title of Suffolk’s Most Active Town.

“I was delighted that so many of the town’s sports clubs and teams supported the event and hopefully raised their own profile as well. We’re very pleased that a number are now making preparations to be involved this year too. Now we want clubs to come forward to let us know what they would like to do during this week and we’ll try to help them achieve that. There will be a dedicated Festival of Sport website listing all the events taking place and opportunities for them to promote what they are doing.”

Confirmed activities so far at the festival include a 5km run organised by Positive Steps on July 12 and the Street Velodrome in Charter Square from July 15 to 17. There will also be baby ballet, Mums Fit HIIT, Tai Chi and Yoga at the Apex.

Ian Evans, of Abbeycroft, said he has had expressions of interest from groups such as dance organisations, swimming clubs and Suffolk FA but now needs them to specify when they would like to hold their activity to ensure a wide range across the week. Email mark.cordell@ourburystedmunds.com