A number of activity days will be held in parks across Sunderland this summer.

The family fun will include sports such as football, table tennis, traditional sports-day-style games, mini-golf, tennis, trampolining, volleyball, cricket, netball and hockey.

The activities will be held as part of the BIG Community Sports Festivals, the first of which will kick off in Princess Anne Park.

The upcoming BIG events are:

  • 1st August, Washington Area Festival, Princess Anne Park
  • 8th August, West Area Festival, Barnes Park
  • 15th August, North Area Festival, Seaburn Beach and Promenade
  • 22nd August, East Area Festival, Mowbray Park
  • 29th August, Coalfield Area Festival, Herrington Country Park

All the festivals will run from midday to 4.00 pm. Admission costs £1.00 per person. At each festival, people of all ages and abilities will have the chance to try out a range of physical activities.

Cllr John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for communities and culture, said, “The Active Sunderland BIG Community Sports Festivals are hugely popular during the summer school holiday period.”

“The festivals are a fantastic opportunity to take part in and try many different activities and sports.”

“The BIG Community Sports Festivals are a great way to spend an afternoon during the holiday period and there are five to choose from. I would encourage everyone to come along to their nearest festival and join in.”

“We would also like to show our appreciation to (the Wearside housing association) Gentoo, who have kindly agreed to sponsor the programme.”

Michelle Meldrum, Gentoo’s executive director (operations), said, “Gentoo is proud to support the BIG Community Sports Festivals this summer.”

“Working in communities across Sunderland to provide our customers and local residents with these types of opportunities is an important part of our business and we’d like to support and see as many people as possible participating in festival activities this summer.”

To learn more about the BIG Sunderland Community Sports Festivals, please go to www.activesunderland.org.uk or email active@sunderland.gov.uk.

You can also keep up-to-date by following the Active Sunderland Facebook page.  

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