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Sports Facilities

ARE YOU INSPIRED?

For those that have been inspired by all the recent Olympic action, Bedford Borough Council would like to encourage people to continue the momentum. The borough is nationally recognised as hosting a wide-range of sporting facilities and people are being reminded to make the most of the amenities on offer.

 

Many visited Bedford Borough Council’s Live Site event, held at Bedford International Athletic Stadium from 3rd to 9th August, to catch all the Olympic action on a huge screen hosted at its prestigious track.

 

The event also gave hundreds of children the opportunity to experience the ‘get involved, and get inspired’ facilities available at the stadium, with many trying out judo, hockey, table tennis, badminton, football, trampolining and more!

 

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “There has been a huge amount of excitement in Bedford as the borough was gripped by all the Olympic action. People really enjoyed themselves, and this was evident for all to see. The weather was good to us too, which was a big bonus and raised spirits even higher as a result. We are encouraged by the large number of residents and visitors taking part in all Olympic & Paralympic related events. We hope it served to highlight our sporting facilities, so people will come back and use them in future – building on Bedford’s sporting legacy.”

 

On the Live Site’s launch night a Flag Parade, recognising the cultural diversity of the borough, also took place as part of a packed programme of events. Hundreds of residents of Bedford Borough proudly participated paraded a flag from their home nation. Local group Ethnic Mosaic organised the display and were delighted so many people joined them in celebrating the borough’s diverse heritage, with 48 countries being represented. The free to participate event was inspired by local photographer Brenton Jackson who decided it would be great for Bedford to have its own version of an Olympic opening ceremony.

 

People can get involved with sport locally, across all the borough’s facilities, located at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium the Bunyan Centre, our swimming pools and at Kempton Outdoor Centre – by joining the centre’s dedicated paddlesport club on Tuesday evenings.  Kempston Outdoor Centre’s experienced coaches are on-hand to guide individuals through progressive sessions, passing on their skills and knowledge. Kempston Outdoor Centre staff can be contacted on 01234 718666, or via their website at http://www.kempstonoutdoorcentre.co.uk/

 

If you want to know more about sports clubs in your area, Bedford Borough Council’s Sports Development team will point you in the right direction. Visit www.bedford.gov.uk/sport for a list of sports clubs in your area, alternatively contact the team on 01234 718827, and for borough facilities visit www.bedford.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture

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