I Am Team GB’s Festival of Sport 14th – 15th August 2021, There are plenty of ways you can get up and get active for I Am Team GB’s Festival of Sport on 14 and 15 August 2021. Click on the button below to see the activities on offer, or you can get involved in your very own home. More activities will be added over the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled for some top opportunities… Let’s get up and get active this summer!
That’s the message from passionate sports fan Andrew Clark, who is helping spearhead a series of over 25 trailblazing events up and down the UK this weekend.
Clark is the National Sports and Aquatics Manager for GLL, who are partnering with the ‘I Am Team GB’ ‘Festival of Sport’ to continue the momentum off the back of Tokyo 2020.
The innovative grassroots initiative has been launched by Team GB and presenting partner Toyota, with the fun-filled Festival of Sport harnessing the stories of British athletes and encouraging the public to ‘Get Up and Get Active’.
GLL’s raft of activities include game-changing taster sessions right across the country, with two of the initiative’s hero events – in Cardiff and Manchester – being organised by the non-profit charitable social enterprise.
GLL run over 250 sport and leisure facilities on behalf of local authorities across the UK and Clark hopes joining forces with I Am Team GB can keep Brits dancing to the buzzing Olympic beat.
He said: “We’re partnering with I Am Team GB to really try and inspire both young people and adults to be motivated by the Olympics, get involved and take up some healthy activity.
“We’re putting on a range of taster sessions across the UK – everything from learning to swim to improving your fitness to trying out different sports like gymnastics.
“We’ve got lots of other clubs, coming into our facilities doing taster sessions as well.
“I Am Team GB is a way that we are working with Team GB to ensure that people that feel inspired and have got a way of coming down and trying different activities.
“It is the UK’s biggest Festival of Sport up and down the country in our leisure centres, but also different sports clubs around the UK.”
GLL’s hero events are two of the jewels in the I Am Team GB crown as Cardiff and Manchester welcome a star-studded line-up of athletes.
Tokyo taekwondo silver medallist Lauren Williams and swimming star Matt Richards – part of Team GB’s triumphant 4x200m freestyle relay team – will attend events at Cardiff’s Western and Eastern Leisure Centres at 12:30pm and 12pm on Saturday.
And just 24 hours later it’s the turn of three-time Olympic champion and recently-retired cycling star Ed Clancy, who will descend on Maindy Leisure Centre – the district where Geraint Thomas, Owain Doull, Elinor Barker and Luke Rowe all trained – on Sunday.
Up in Manchester the line-up is just as inspirational, as two-time Olympic bronze medallist Bianca Walkden and track cycling heroes Katie Archibald and Ryan Owens will appear at the Manchester Regional Arena between 12pm and 4pm.
Several GLL events are also embracing the English Institute of Sport and Sport England’s talent spotting initiative, with Cardiff, and venues in Tower Hamlets, Camden, Islington and Barnet, all bidding to unearth the next generation of grassroots sporting talent through aptitude tests.
GLL-organised events are also being run in cities such as Cambridge, Belfast and York and Clark hopes throwing his weight behind I Am Team GB can blaze a trail.
He added: “What we see is that when we facilitate a lot of training time for athletes who are training for the Olympics, as well as grassroots, is the connection between the two.
“For us, it’s creating as many of these touchpoints of inspiration to ensure that more people are motivated to be more active, but they actually get on that sporting pathway.