Edinburgh Festival of Sport

Edinburgh Festival of Sport

It’s a sad but true fact that the closest many parents come to sporting activity is dropping their kids off at the swimming pool or standing at the touchline on a Saturday morning. Which is why Edinburgh’s Active Schools campaign has just launched its new off-shoot, Active Families, to encourage more people to get sporty together.

Trying something new can be a daunting – and costly – experience however, so it’s worth checking out the many free activities at Edinburgh’s 2nd annual Festival of Sport. Aside from dozens of events aimed purely at adults or children, the Festival has several family-centred sessions including a Kayak and Canoe Open Day at the Union Canal, Orienteering for Beginners at Bonaly Country Park, taster sessions of lesser-known martial arts such as Tang Soo Do and Aiki Jutsu, plus tennis and golf family days.

‘The idea behind the Festival is to raise awareness of opportunities for sport and physical activity across the city,’ says co-ordinator Donna Finnie, ‘and to encourage people who haven’t done sports for a while to try something different and challenge themselves.’ Edinburgh City Council has set itself a challenge of its own – to make the capital the most physically active city in Europe by 2020.

‘It’s quite a lofty goal,’ says Finnie, ‘and in order to achieve it we have to engage with lots of different people. One of our target groups is families, because a stumbling block for kids is that they can’t take part in activities unless their parents take them. So if we can provide things in the Festival the whole family can do together, like recreational volleyball events or tennis open days, then maybe we’ll get more people being active.’ Full details of the Festival can be found at www.clubsportedinburgh.org.

Various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 4-Sun 13 Jun

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