Starter gun fires for big week of sport in the city
AN action packed day of sports fun and games with the chance to meet professional sportsmen and women from the city launches Bristol Sport Week tomorrow.
Harbourside Alive takes place in and around Millennium Square from noon until 4pm and will feature players from Bristol Rovers, Bristol City, Bristol Rugby, Bristol Academy ladies, England Hockey, and Bristol Storm basketball team.
Youngsters who attend the event will also have the chance to have a go at a variety of sports including football, running, rugby, hockey, squash, tennis, cricket, and basketball.
In addition to sports taster sessions, sports enthusiasts can take part in a fun run mile and enter the Bristol Sport Decathlon Challenge. There will also be the opportunity to win £500 worth of sports equipment for your local club.
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Georgette Van Hoof, Bristol's 10k race director, said: "The launch of Bristol Sport Week with Harbourside Alive is an open invitation to local families and local sports teams and clubs to get together and have some sporting fun.
"It is also a chance for anyone taking part in Sunday's 10k to come down to the Millennium Square site and find out more about the 10k, running workshops and the Bristol Half Marathon at the 'runbristol' information tent."
Bristol Sport Week sees the city hosting a series of sporting events including the Bristol 10k, the arrival of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on Tuesday, May 22, and the opening of the Bristol Urban Sport at the M Shed the same day.
There is also the 0117 Film Challenge to create a short film in just 117 hours featuring sport, games and play as part of the Bristol encounters International Film Festival.
The week culminates with the Women's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Birmingham which kicks off at 12.45pm at Ashton Gate Stadium.
Bristol City chief executive Guy Price said: "Kicking off the UK's biggest year of sport, the week offers something for everyone in Bristol.
"We're delighted to be hosting the FA Women's Cup Final at Ashton Gate on May 26, completing what will have been a fantastic week of sport for the city.
"With great value tickets on offer, a football fan park, and the chance to meet some of the top women players in the country before the game – we're sure Bristol can put on a great show for this national event."
Go to www.runbristol.com for more information.