Bury St Edmunds named Suffolk’s Most Active Town...
Bury St Edmunds has been named Suffolk’s Most Active Town in a competition run by Suffolk County Council – with the town’s 2015 Festival of Sport playing a key role in helping to win the title. Now sports enthusiasts in the town are under starters orders for this summer when the Festival of Sport returns. Launched in its present form last year the event is held to coincide with significant sporting events taking place at the same time both locally and internationally.
This year the eight day event will take place from Sunday July 10, which is the day of the Men’s Finals at Wimbledon, the Euro 2016 Football Final in Paris as well the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Locally it’s the day of the women-only cycle challenge at Nowton Park, Women on Wheels.
The idea was developed last year 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.
Mark Cordell said: “The Festival of Sport was a great success last year with a large number of taster sessions being held for people to try everything from Aerobics to Zumba. I was delighted that so many of the town’s sports clubs and teams supported the event and hopefully raised their own profile as well.
“Partly due to the success of last year’s event and a number of other initiatives in the town, Bury St Edmunds has won Suffolk’s Most Active Town competition. It’s particularly pleasing to have had this initiative recognised in this way and allows us to build on all the strengths of last year’s event. While the aim of the festival is to promote an active lifestyle I hope that businesses in the town not directly related to sport will participate with perhaps bars screening some of the major sporting events that week and shops having a sporting themed window during the festival.”
For the final three days of the festival Bury St Edmunds will also host the Street Velodrome, which will be in Charter Square from July 15-17. It will offer members of the public a chance to have a go for free on the Saturday and will host a televised regional competition for professional cyclists on the Sunday. Meanwhile, 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.