Community Event To Celebrate Festival of Sport

Residents in Stoke-0n-Trent can try their hand at a range sporting events as part of the city’s Festival of Sport celebrations this weekend.

Classes for boxing, table tennis and rock wall climbing will be available for visitors to take part in. Younger guests will also be able to participate in the successful Gymtots programme and have their face painted. Guests will also be able to have a free health check by one of the centres health professionals.

Councillor Hazel Lyth, cabinet member for adult social care, sport, leisure and culture, said:

“Promoting sport and increasing participation is one of the key aims of the Festival of Sport programme. We must continue to push the importance of healthy living and use all our sporting resources to support and develop this within Stoke-on-Trent.”

The community event will take place at Dimensions Leisure Centre in Burslem between 12pm and 4pm on Sunday August 8, 2010. For more information contact 01782 233550.

Speed Cycling Without Brakes For Festival of Sport

Thrill seekers can experience the exhilaration of cycling with no brakes at a Cycle Speedway event.

The event, taking place on Monday (August 2) is part of the city’s Festival of Sport and is aimed at children aged seven to 14. It will be the first of three Extreme Cycling classes taking place in August. The two hour class will take place between 6:30pm and 8:30pm at the Etruria Park track. Two further events will both take place on Wednesday August 25, between 1pm and 3pm and 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Coaches will be on hand to talk participants through the basics of riding a cycle speedway bike. The riders have experience racing throughout the world competing for both Stoke-on-Trent and England in International competitions. Cycle Speedway is raced on an oval circuit with four riders in each race, racing anti-clockwise around the circuit for four laps.

Councillor Hazel Lyth, cabinet member for adult social care, sport, leisure and culture, said:

“The Festival of Sport allows us to promote sporting events which children in this city would not otherwise be able to experience and Cycle Speedway is a prime example of this.

“The coaches on hand are some of the best that this country has to offer and will show children how to race a Cycle Speedway bike both safely and competitively.”

For the new starters and the beginners, the club provides all the equipment that is needed, but if children have there own helmets and gloves they may bringing their own. For more information contact assistant sports development officer Kate Beer on 01782 235030 or email

Soldier and footballer join together for 2010k

Grenadier Guard Luke Davis and Port Vale footballer Gareth Owen will be united by a common cause when they take part in the 2010k race this weekend.

Luke, 22, was wounded in Afghanistan earlier this year and is running to raise money for the Colonel’s Fund, which supports the families of Grenadier Guards killed in action and injured soldiers.

Gareth’s brother is currently serving abroad with the Royal Engineers, and has seen service in Iraq and Bosnia. The Port Vale defender will be running to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity, and has already raised over £200.

Both will be having one of their final training sessions for the event at Northwood Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow as they prepare for the race.

Luke, from Etruria, is also running in memory of his friend and comrade Lance Sergeant Dave Greenhalgh, who was killed in the same explosion that seriously injured him. Speaking earlier this week, Luke said: “Running the 2010k will be a great way to help me with my fitness regime, but more importantly, it will help me raise some cash for the Colonel’s Fund.”

Luke’s jaw was shattered in the explosion that hit is jackal armoured car, and spent a week in hospital while surgeons rebuilt his jaw. He still needs further dental work done, but plans to return to his unit soon.

Gareth has played for both Stoke City and Port Vale and wants to do his bit to help raise money for Help for Heroes. He added: “My brother is currently an acting serviceman and fortunately he hasn’t needed to use the Help for Heroes charity but so many servicemen and women have.

They are the bravest people I have ever met, and I want to do something, however small to help. I’m really proud to be representing the club and the city in the 2010k. Being born in Staffordshire and playing for both clubs, you get a real affinity for the area, and it’s great to be able to show that you live and work in such a great city.”

A major event in the city’s Festival of Sport, the 2010k is one of several mass participation events to celebrate the centenary of the city’s federation status. The race will be open to everyone, and will also feature a 2k fun run.

The route will start and finish in Stoke Town Centre, will travel around the town before moving up through Shelton, the city centre, and Hanley Park before coming back to Stoke.

The event is being sponsored by Staffordshire University and sports shoe company Brooks Running.

All entrants will get a free t-shirt and there will also be prizes awarded to the first five male and female finishers

Take part in sport this half term with city Multi Sport Camps

Children from across Stoke-on-Trent will have the chance to take part in two Multi Sport Camps over the half term holiday next week.
The camps, taking place at Trentham High School and Sandon High School, are designed for children of all abilities, and take place at both sites between 10am and 3pm throughout the week.
Sports on offer include:

    • Football
    • Cricket
    • Athletics
    • Basketball
    • Swimming
    • Dodgeball
    • Rounders

There will also be activities on offer to help celebrate the city’s Festival of Sport, including golf, swimming and boxing skills.
Councillor Derek Capey, cabinet member for sport and leisure, said:
“The Multi Sport Camps are an ideal way for young people to keep themselves occupied, and get fitter and healthier over the half term break.
“It’s not all about being a competitive sportsperson though. The important thing is that people learn the value of teamwork, and sport as a way to improve their lifestyle.

Sport for all at James Brindley Sports Centre

Youngsters across Stoke-on-Trent are being invited to try different sports for all the family at James Brindley Sports Centre this month.

The Centre, at James Brindley Science College in Chell will be featuring a host of sports throughout at day as part of the city’s “Festival of Sport” which will be officially launched later this year as part of the centenary celebrations for the city’s federation status.

Sports coaches will be there in the afternoon providing activities such as bench ball, dodge ball, basketball, football, swimming, a bouncy castle and face painting. The sports sessions are open to children aged 7 to 14 and swimming is open to all. The bouncy castle is for children 18 months to 6 years old.

In the morning there are also new sports sessions available. There are places left for the “Little Strikers” junior football coaching sessions from 9am – 9:45am, which is for three to five year olds. There also “Gym Tots” sessions which are for 18 months to 3year olds that start at 10:00am until 10:45am. These are both 10 week courses which cost £30.

Councillor Derek Capey, cabinet member for sport and leisure said: “The event is aimed at getting young people of all ages to get take up a sport, but also to remind them that it is not about being competitive, just having fun and taking part.

“This type of event is something that we will be rolling out continually throughout the year. We wants all kinds of sport to be accessible to everyone throughout 2010.”