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Bristol youngsters set to be tomorrow’s sporting stars

School Sports Festival article

Press release issued: 27 March 2014

Bristol is creating the next generation of sporting heroes thanks to the Bristol Festival of School Sport, which will see over 1,350 school children discover a range of new activities.

This year’s three-day event, taking place at Coombe Dingle from 1 to 3 April, will see pupils from 20 of the city’s secondary schools experience the excitement of a major sporting event, thanks to the University of Bristol.

The children will try 16 activities, including fencing, handball, seated volleyball and American football as part of the event which is now in its 7th year.

Members of the University’s High Performance Squad – a group of 35 elite student athletes who receive support to fulfil their academic and sporting potential - will also be on hand to inspire participants and spot future talent.

Designed to encourage sport participation and healthy living, the event targets young people to actively engage them in a range of activities they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to try, from rowing to cheerleading.

Robbie Fox from Bristol University said: "We are delighted that the Festival of School Sport gives an amazing chance for the University, and our students, to interact with a large section of the city's schools and young people.

“For the majority this will be their first visit to a University facility and our student leaders are such an integral part of making this a positive experience."

Over 100 volunteers and coaches from the University of Bristol will be helping to run the event, passing on their expertise in martial arts, orienteering, ultimate frisbee, American football, lacrosse and futsal among others.

Since its inception, Bristol Festival of School Sport has introduced 8,221 children to new sports and 548 students have volunteered over 4,000 hours of their time to give back to the community.

The Festival also offers opportunities for pupils with disabilities or learning difficulties, under the motto of ‘Sport for All’.

The Bristol Festival of School Sport has been part of the official ‘Inspired By 2012’ programme since its development in 2009. 

Further information

London 2012 Inspire programme

The London 2012 Inspire mark, the badge of the Inspire programme, recognises exceptional projects and events which have been inspired by the 2012 Games. Projects reflect the Olympic and Paralympic values. So far only a handful of projects around the UK have received this special award.  

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