Companies in Swindon are giving this year's Festival of Sport a big push – and a new It’s A Knockout contest will be a big hit.
So far nine teams have signed up for the tournament, including staff from Swindon lingerie company Triumph International, and Mercedes Benz of Swindon, in Drakes Way, right and below.
which will take place at Lydiard Park as part of the action-packed weekend on Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May.
The Festival of Sport, now in its third year, is an extravaganza of physical activity featuring a host of sports tournaments for adults, along with scores of free activity taster sessions for everyone.
Competitive tournaments for individuals and teams on 30 May include tennis, tag rugby, football, volleyball, angling, badminton, hockey to name just a few. Registration is now open and the deadline for entries is Friday 8 May.
People of all ages will also have the chance to try a wide variety of free activities at Coate Water Country Park on 31 May, such as sailing, canoeing, archery, Nordic walking, Tai Chi and croquet.
Purminder Mondair, Marketing and Communications Manager at Triumph, said, “We’re thrilled to be taking part in the Festival of Sport again this year. It’s a fantastic opportunity for work colleagues to come together, enjoy some exercise and, most importantly, have a great time. We will be entering the netball tournament and also teams for the It’s A Knockout event, which is proving particularly popular among staff.”
Mike Sands, General Manager at Mercedes Benz Swindon, said, “This is the first time Mercedes-Benz will take part in the Festival of Sport and our It’s A Knockout team is looking forward to some great fun. Taking part is important, as is the support the rest of the dealership staff is giving to the team – it really pulls us together. On top of that, it will be great to get involved with other businesses from the town. We hope the competition will pull in the crowds to come and enjoy the event and have a laugh at our expense.”
The Festival of Sport is part of the wider Challenge Swindon initiative, led by Swindon Borough Council, which aims to increase participation in sport and physical activity. This should help achieve the target of getting half the population doing 30 minutes of physical activity three times a week by 2020.
Councillor Nick Martin, Cabinet Member for Property, Leisure and Recreation, said, “This year has already been full of challenges. In the current economic climate, it is easy to forget the importance of taking regular exercise and also making time to have a bit of fun. That’s why the Festival of Sport makes the perfect solution if you’re looking for an incentive to get active, along with the chance to have a great time with family, friends and work colleagues. With so many different activities on offer during the action-packed weekend, from volleyball to tag rugby, badminton to angling, there really is something for everyone.”
The Swindon Borough Council team organising the Festival with staff from Triumph International