Weymouth Beach Sports Festival could still be held this year

Weymouth Beach Sports Festival could still be held this year

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:07am 27th May 2020.

Weymouth's annual beach sports festival in July has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was due to be held between 15th and 26th July this year but Weymouth Town Council says the events can no longer run, in the interest of safety and wellbeing of the public.

In the past it's featured a range of sporting events and activities like rugby, football, school sports, BeachFit, Swim the Bay and the Beach Volleyball Classic.

But the event could be back in September, if everything goes according to plan.

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Gina Hartley, Director of BeachFit Weymouth, said:

"It is with great disappoint that we have to cancel the BeachFit Festival this July.

"The event has grown from strength to strength over the last few years and bookings for this year were the best yet.

"We are exploring the possibility of rescheduling the event in September, we will monitor the coronavirus restrictions and announce a decision closer to the time." 

Cllr Graham Winter, Mayor of Weymouth Town Council, said:

"The support for sports on the beach is always brilliant, shared and enjoyed by visitors and the local community.

"We will work extra hard to ensure that the sports festival returns to Weymouth bigger and better and look forward to welcoming back competitors and spectators."

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Alan Rose, Director of Just Racing (UK) and organiser of Swim The Bay, said:

"We are very disappointed to have to cancel this year's Swim The Bay event but we are confident that it is the right thing to do at this time.

"Last year's inaugural event was a great success and we look forward to building on this popularity and making the annual Swim The Bay event in Weymouth Bay a wonderful iconic sporting spectacle for the town".