Weymouth Welcomes Dorset Festival Of Sport
11:25am 24th July 2013
Fancy a go at beach volleyball or beach tennis?
Or maybe you'd like to try kayaking and have never had a chance.
This weekend in Weymouth you can - as the Beach plays host to the first two days of the Dorset Festival of Sport.
It's to celebrate the first anniversary of the Olympic sailing events held off Weymouth and Portland.
The 10 day programme includes:
- Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July: Residents and visitors are being invited to have a go at a number of different sports on Weymouth Beach. These include: beach volleyball, beach tennis, table tennis as well as kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding taster sessions provided by Ecover The Blue Mile. A mobile skate park will also be on the Weymouth Pavilion forecourt for scooters and BMX bikes. 10am to 5pm both days
- Monday 29 July: To pay tribute to the Paralympic Games, a Disability Beach Festival will be happening on Weymouth Beach including seated volleyball and boccia. Disability Beach Festival 10am to 2pm. Open to all 2.30pm to 5pm.
- Tuesday 30 July: Youth football and rugby day. People will be able to watch youth football and rugby teams play throughout the day on Weymouth Beach.
- Wednesday 31 July: Weymouth College Summer of Fun - People can enjoy a day of water sports and youth team sports, such as rugby and football, along with a range of cultural activities including music, dance, theatre workshops and sand castle making by Weymouth College staff and students.
- Thursday 1 August: Battens Charity Volleyball Championship.
- Friday 2 to Sunday 4 August: The 30th RAF Weymouth Beach Classic championship. Top players from around Britain and Europe will take part in this exciting men's and women's 2-a-side sport. The event includes free grandstand seating, live commentary and is being filmed by Sky Sports.
- Monday 5 August: Fireworks display on Weymouth Beach at 9.30pm
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Tourism and Culture brief holder Cllr Ian Bruce said: "The Dorset Festival of Sport is a celebration to mark the one year anniversary of the Games in Dorset. It is also designed to continue and promote the legacy and inspiration of sport, activity and healthy lifestyle to visitors and residents throughout Dorset."
"The festival is a new event that has something for everyone. I fully encourage everyone to come down and enjoy the sport as a participant or as a spectator."