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Almost An A-Z Of Sporting Activities From Archery To Yoga
Youngsters throughout the Staffordshire city of Lichfield and the surrounding area were able to get their summer school holidays off to the perfect start by taking part in a week-long programme of sporting activities. The first ever Lichfield Festival of Sport, which was organised by Lichfield District Council, took place between July 24 and July 30. The festival offered local schoolchildren, and older people, the opportunity to try out more than 50 free classes and activities across the district.

Yoga, Burntwood Park, Lichfield Festival of Sport
Outdoor yoga sessions at Burntwood Park as part of Lichfield Festival of Sport

At the end of the festival, hundreds of people of all ages had taken part in the varied sessions and activities which were held at Friary Grange Leisure Centre in Lichfield, Burntwood Leisure Centre, in Burntwood, and number of local parks across the two areas. The Festival of Sport taster sessions showcased the many activities and classes which Lichfield District Council offers the local community. At Burntwood and Friary Grange leisure centres the free classes ranged from football and indoor cycling to legs, tums and bums, aqua circuit, and a boot camp.

Archery, Chase Terrace Park, Lichfield Festival of Sport
Archery at Chase Terrace Park

Children and young people also took part on various free coaching course tasters, including tennis, football, trampolining, dance, dodgeball, judo and a parent and toddler class. Outside the leisure centres, local parks also got in on the act with a variety of sporting activities for people to try their hand at. These included archery at Chase Terrace Park, Dodgeball at Redwood Park, family yoga at Burntwood Park, parkour at Cherry Close, and a range of daily sports sessions at Beacon Park in the centre of Lichfield. The council's leisure staff were on hand to guide participants throughout the taster sessions and to answer any questions.

Judo, Lichfeld Festival of Sport
A judo taster session

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Lichfield District Council, said: "Our aim is to get more local people taking part in regular exercise, and we ran the Festival of Sport to give everyone a chance to try out some of our classes and activities. We're all really pleased so many people had a go and feedback has been very positive. We hope it will encourage more people to book onto sport courses and classes or to simply add some more physical activities into their lives." The council's Summer Holiday Fun programme is continuing with weekly sessions for children and young people. To find out what's on and how to book, visit

Beacon Park
Beacon Park in Lichfield

The SPACE summer passes are still up for grabs, offering 11 to 17 year olds unlimited activities for 20 for the whole summer. The passes are available to buy from Friary Grange and Burntwood leisure centres. The pass gives young people access to unlimited swimming at public swim times, Getin2it summer activities, off peak leisure centre court hire, pool sessions featuring a giant inflatable, Glow Active UV Sport sessions, as well as bowls and crazy golf at Beacon Park.
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Why? Free Sporting Activities For Kids
When: 24 - 30 July
Where: Chase Terrace Park, 35 Eastgate Street, Burntwood WS7 1JJ
Cost: Most activities were free
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