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Festival of Sport launched for Bury St Edmunds...

Sports groups and organisations within Bury St Edmunds are being invited to register their interest for the town’s first ever Festival of Sport, which will be held in September.


The idea is being developed by a Festival of Sport partnership in the town, including the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Ourburystedmunds, along with Abbeycroft Leisure and St Edmundsbury Borough and Suffolk County Councils. The group is chaired by Ourburystedmunds Chief Executive Mark Cordell.


The Festival of Sport week will begin on Saturday 12 September, which is when the Tour of Britain cycle race will come through the town and will run until Sunday (20 September). Mark Cordell explained: “This is a great opportunity to celebrate our town’s sporting achievements and heritage. Bury St Edmunds is firmly on the map for the major cycle races and, of course, in 2012 the Olympic Torch Relay came through the town just before the Rwandan Olympic team was based here. The Festival of Sport is building on the legacies of those events and of course the successes of our home-grown sports clubs and teams of which there are a huge number in and around the town.”


As well as including the Tour of Britain stage, the Festival of Sport will also take in the opening Rugby World Cup match between England and Fiji at Twickenham on 18 September. It’s anticipated that as well as a host of have-a-go sporting activities during the festival there will be plenty for those who prefer to watch, including events with major sports personalities to be announced in due course. Sporting groups who want to run an event to coincide with the festival or be involved with the activities are invited to contact the BID.


Cllr Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure said:  “I am really excited to be closely involved with the Festival of Sport and it is yet another great example of how successful Ourburystedmunds has been in pulling partners together to work collaboratively for the benefit of our beautiful town.  We are keen to encourage people to be more active and there will be lots of activities during the festival which will give us all a chance to try something new.  I’d urge anyone wanting to get involved in running an event or supporting the festival to get in touch.”


Sports clubs and groups who want to register their interest in the Festival of Sport should email



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