Women and Girls Sports and Leisure Festival
An all new festival dedicated to celebrating and encouraging
female participation in sport and leisure activities will be taking
place this month.
Bedford Borough Council is hosting the event at the Bunyan
Sports Centre on Saturday 20th April. The festival is thought to be
the first of its kind and it is hoped will lead to an annual event
in the local sporting calendar.
The festival has been created following research carried out by
Sport England that identified that only 19% of adult women in
Bedford Borough participate in the recommended amount of physical
activity a week.
With so much on offer in Bedford and the wider Borough, this
festival will showcase exactly why taking part in regular physical
activity is not only important, but also easy, affordable and
Councillor Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and
Culture at Bedford Borough Council said: “The Women & Girls’
Sports & Leisure Festival is a fantastic initiative to get more
people passionate about sport and maintaining an active lifestyle.
Taking part in an event such as this is a great way to meet new
people, make friends, learn a new skill or simply rediscover your
love of a once-favourite activity.”
There will be a number of taster sessions and demonstrations
taking place throughout the day, accompanied by information
displays to highlight the huge wealth of activities on offer within
the Borough, which also extend to the excellent in-house facilities
at the Bunyan Centre.
Other activities taking place include a bouncy castle,
trampolining, golf, dance, athletics, martial arts, wheelchair
basketball, roller skating sessions and fitness classes.
This is a free, family friendly event, open to women and girls
of any age or ability. So whether you are an established athlete or
a complete beginner, there will be something on offer for you.
Dads are welcome to attend to supervise their daughters but
unfortunately they cannot participate in the activities as these
are strictly for ladies only!
With free entry and no cost to participate, what are you waiting
Put a spring in your step this April!
Time: Open between 9am and 4pm
Venue: The Bunyan Sports Centre, Mile Road, Bedford, MK42
Coming soon…The 16th Bedford Junior
Sunday 28th April will see Bedford Park and Robinson Pool come
alive once more as young children from school year 3 to year 11
take part in the 16th Bedford Junior Aquathlon.
Always a popular event, the Aquathlon costs just £6 to take
part, the only requirement being that participants must be
confident swimmers within their age bracket.
The Aquathlon offers young people the opportunity to take part
in a fun and exciting sports event. Afterwards there will also be
the chance for participants’ to sign up to other races and develop
their swimming and/or running ability by joining a local club.
The Aquathlon will take place alongside a senior Triathlon which
is an official British Triathlon-registered event. Not only will
this help to ensure that the Aquathlon organisers can make use of
the expertise and staffing levels that the Triathlon will bring, it
will hopefully provide the young hopefuls with some inspiration for
their future sporting prowess!
Bookings for the Aquathlon are now being taken up to Monday 15th
For more information please contact Katie Percival, Sports
Development Officer at Bedford Borough Council, on 01234 718829 or
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information please contact Amy Rance, Sports
Development Officer at Bedford Borough Council, on 01234 718827 or
by emailing email@example.com.