Published Monday, 02 August 2021
Sports Fest was once again a huge success with over 10,000 residents having a go at sport during the festival.
The free, six-day event provided for all abilities, ages and was focused on getting people active and encouraging them to try a new activity in a safe environment.
The event saw sports and activities from Coventry Dynamite Cheer, Positive Youth Foundation, British Cycling, Midland Mencap, Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy, Tribe Cheer and more.
Sports Fest was also honoured to have the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games team at the event who hosted a day full of activities and a visit from the mascot, Perry.
Olympic Bronze medallist and Coventrian, Chelsie Giles, also attended the event to meet residents of the city and enjoy the Birmingham 2022 Takeover Day.
Along with sports and activities, there were organisations and groups including Wellbeing for Life – who re-launched their programme during the event, the Family Health and Lifestyle Service providing health and well-being information and advice throughout the event and Go CV who signed up over 900 new card holders.
Sports Fest 2021 was one of the first events open to all in Coventry city centre since the pandemic began.
Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “I am so pleased with the success of Sports Fest this year. We had a lot to live up to after 2019’s fantastic event, but this year it was just amazing to see so many families and young people get moving and take part in physical activity.
“This year we provided a diverse range of activities. We saw everything from cheerleading to fitness classes, plus a huge range of inclusive activities. There really was something for everyone. It was the perfect event to build the confidence of residents to get back out in the open and be around other people.
“I look forward to delivering this annual sporting event in the city again in 2022. It really does bring together our communities, it provides for everyone and it perfectly compliments the other major sporting events we will be hosting in Coventry soon.”
The event was supported by the UK City of Culture 2021 City Hosts who committed over 450 volunteer hours welcoming and informing visitors across the six-day event.
Take a look at the Sports Fest 2021 photos on Coventry City Council’s Flickr.