City leisure centres to organise free events as part of the nation’s biggest sports day – I Am Team GB  

Two City leisure facilities – Clifton Leisure Centre and Nottingham Tennis Centre will host multi-sport sessions on Saturday 27 August designed to get more people active in the local community and celebrate Team GB’s achievements at the Rio 2016 Games.

I AM Team GB

There will also be free Table Tennis and Nottingham Parklives activities running across the city as well as a free hour of fitness across all city leisure centres to really inspire people to get into their communities and see what sports there are on offer.

The events are part of I Am Team GB – a nationwide campaign that has inspired thousands of UK clubs to open their doors to new participants. This campaign is part of an initiative backed by ITV and The National Lottery, working with the British Olympic Association, UK Sport and supported by Join In, to inspire the Great British public to take part in sport.

The day will begin with all of the city’s leisure centres offering all their facilities for free (swim, gym, fitness class, health suite) between 9.30am -10.30am. This is to coincide with the ITV switch off when the channel ceases broadcasting for an hour to encourage people to get out and be more active.

Between 10:30am and 2pm, Clifton Leisure Centre in partnership with Nottingham Girls Can is running a Women’s Sports and Fitness event. This will provide 4 free taster sessions of sports fitness activities, Cycling, Tennis, Running and Boxercise. The schedule of the day is as follows:

10.30 – 11.15 – Group Cycling* (Spin Studio)
11.20 – 12.00 – Beginner running/Athletics Fitness session
12.30 – 13.15 – Cardio Tennis (Sports Hall)
13.20 – 14.00 – Boxercise (Sports Hall)

The spaces for the sessions are limited so please make sure to book in advance. *For cycling, you will need to create an Active Nottingham membership to access free activities on the day. All the booking details are at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/i-am-team-gb-fitness-day-at-clifton-leisure-centre-tickets-27212561504

Between 1 and 4pm, Nottingham Tennis Centre is inviting everybody to come and join them for a celebration of a fantastic medal haul in Rio by trying out some great sports at the family fun day.

It’s all free. There will be Tennis, Table Tennis, Archery, Football, Badminton, Athletics/fitness challenges, Karate, Netball, and Boccia (a Paralympic sport similar to boule or petanque). There will be prizes (including gold medals) and hopefully players will be inspired to get involved in some of these sports more regularly.

There are also lots of free table tennis tables around the city as part of the Datto Ping project and anybody is invited to come along and play. Simply grab a bat from the side of the table and play – absolutely free of charge! There is a list of tables at: www.pingengland.co.uk/nottingham

A budding Mo Farah may want to try the 5km run leaving from either Forest Recreation Ground or Colwick Country Park at 9am. These are open to runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and abilities. For more information please visit the parkrun website www.parkrun.org.uk. You’ll then be able to search for your local event and follow the simple instructions to register and print your barcode which will enable you to have your time recorded.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “We are proud to be able to get involved in this initiative and to open up the doors of our fine leisure facilities for an hour on Saturday. I’m also glad that Clifton Leisure Centre and Nottingham Tennis Centre are celebrating sport with events to mark our Olympic achievements and to encourage everybody to get involved in sport in such a fun way. Families or individuals, budding Olympians or Paralympians, we are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible on 27 August who are inspired to have a go at a different sport.”

For further information on other events happening near you on 27 August please visit: http://iamteamgb.com

For further information on the events, please contact Donna Marshall – Communications and Marketing Officer at donna.marshall@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or telephone: 0115 8764443

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The National Lottery
I Am Team GB celebrates the support the public gives to Team GB’s athletes just by playing The National Lottery. During the four-year buildup to Rio 2016, National Lottery players contributed £80m a year towards the Olympic and Paralympic cause. In addition, The National Lottery has contributed more than £4bn to enable grassroots sports participation across the UK.

ITV
As the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster, ITV wants to use the scale of its network and much loved talent to encourage the nation to get out and get active on Saturday 27 August, giving us all the opportunity to be happier and healthier.

Join In
Join In is a London 2012 legacy charity that puts more volunteers into community sport. Join In helps clubs set up their I Am Team GB events while offering support and practical advice. To find volunteering opportunities near you, visit joininuk.org.

The British Olympic Association (BOA), UK Sport, and Sport England are also supporters of I Am Team GB.

For more on I Am Team GB, please contact Jenny Scott on 020 7045 9615 or jenny.scott@joininuk.org

 

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