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Sound Tennis, Pole Fitness and Freestyle Frisbee to debut at TAKEPART

Alice Blezard June 11, 2015

TAKEPART festival kicks off on June 20, offering attendees the chance to TAKEPART in a wide range of sports and activities.

TAKEPARTTHE event, will take place in Preston Park, and aims to offer a selection of activities that are collectively accessible to people of all ages and abilities. From traditional sports to more passive past times such as health walks and yoga, the festival aims to offer something for everyone.

By encouraging people to engage in activities the festival hopes to improve wellbeing and individual lifestyles. Incorporating activities accessible to those with disabilities and/or limited mobility, TAKEPART features many free activities to try including sound tennis for the visually impaired.

The festival begins on Saturday 20th June in Preston Park with more than 70 different multi-sports and activities, as well as the chance to get involved with new events at the Festival of Rugby to celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015 coming to the city in September.

With brand new activities and taster sessions making an appearance this year, TAKEPART offers a great chance to get involved and try something new. For the first time in 2015, there will be Active After Work events, providing fun social events for adults in the city to get active after work.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s Sports Development team have joined up with 120 different sport, dance and activity organisers to organise TAKEPART – and many activities are either free, or low cost.

This means that the team are able to offer a mix of high-profile events and community-based ventures, which make up the foundation of TAKEPART’s success as well as increasing the fitness levels in neighbourhoods across the city.

Cllr Alan Robins
Cllr Alan Robins

Councillor Alan Robins, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Economic Development and Culture Committee, said: “This year’s TAKEPART is bigger and better than ever, with new exciting events and taster sessions, alongside the variety of sporting opportunities that everyone can get involved in.

“The festival gives everyone the chance to try out something new and I hope everyone will participate this summer. For the young in particular, it’s an opportunity to get involved and find a love for physical activity, while for the not so young, a reminder that exercise is good for you too.”

TAKEPART 2015 highlights include:

♦         June 20, 12noon to 5pm – free family fun day in Preston Park, sports activities, performances and meet club members.

♦         June 25, 10-3pm – Best of Health, the only event in Sussex based on health with disabilities at the King Alfred.

♦         June 27, 11am – 4pm – Bikestock at Stanmer Park, a fun cycling festival for all the family (suitable for all levels).

♦         June 28, 12noon – 5pm – Wild Park Youth Event, a free event for teens ages 12+ to come and play football with the Albion in the Community, have a go at archery, rock climbing, dance and more.

♦         June 30, 10am-1pm (registration from 9.30) – Active Forever event, free activities.

♦         July 4 & 5Paddle Round the Pier, the country’s largest free charity beach festival.

♦         June 20 – 5 July 5 – TAKEPARTs ‘Active After Work’ – a programme of after work events, competitions and challenges with colleagues. Activities include beginner-friendly competitions in ultimate frisbee, raft racing, beach tennis, rounders and more.