Medway Festival of Sport 2011

MFSThe build up has begun to a six-week celebration of sport taking place in Medway this summer.

The Medway Festival of Sport 2011 will involve thousands of people of all ages in a programme ranging from school and community tournaments to an international event.

The Festival of Sport was first held in summer 2010, giving thousands of children and adults the chance to compete and participate in a programme of exciting events and activities.

The programme for June and July 2011 is going to even bigger and better and once again centres on Medway's centre of sporting excellence, Medway Park.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s community services portfolio holder, said: “We are committed to providing first-class opportunities for the whole community to participate in and enjoy sport in Medway.

Photo of Rosamund Pike, the oldest Medway Miler“This year’s Festival of Sport offers something for everyone as we continue the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and I hope thousands of people will join in the celebrations.”

The programme features more than a dozen activities open to the whole community. Mass participation events include the Cliffe Woods 10km, the Race for Life and the annual Medway Mile, a free one-mile fun run marking one year until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

There will also be community tournaments in sports including squash, basketball, softball, rugby, women's football and biathlon.

As the Festival of Sport reaches its climax, clubs and venues across Medway, including Medway Park, will also be offering taster sessions and free activities as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend.

The Festival of Sport also places a major focus on involving young people and marks the climax of a year of school sport competition in Medway.

Group photograph of all of the SSG netball players March 2011There will be no fewer than a dozen schools festivals and tournaments taking place during the festival period, involving hundreds of young competitors and volunteers.

The programme including the final events of the Mini Youth Games and Secondary School Games programmes organised by Medway Council's 2012 and Sports Development Team.

There will also be competitions organised by Medway's two School Sports Partnerships and a special Mini Girls' World Cup to coincide with the FIFA Women's tournament taking place in Germany.

Photo of British pentathlete Mhairi Spence competing in the combined event on the way to winning her world cup bronze medalThe Festival of Sport finale will be at the end of July when Olympic and world champions come to Medway for the Modern Pentathlon European Championships.

The Olympic-qualification event takes place at Medway Park from 28 July-1 August as the athletes do battle in the five sports of fencing, swimming, horse riding, shooting and running.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit www.europentathlon2011.org/.

The Medway Festival of Sport is organised by Medway Council’s 2012 and Sports Development Team in partnership with Medway’s two School Sports Partnerships, national governing bodies of sport and local clubs and facilities.

For full details visit the Festival of Sport section of this website.

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