Back in August, the Live and Move team supported some of our partner organisations in delivering the first ever Exeter Sportsfest event.
Its aim was to bring together the diverse communities in Exeter, whilst promoting mental and physical health and wellbeing to everyone.
Over 600 people of all ages and backgrounds came along the weekend, and there were plenty of activities on offer for all ages and levels of physical activity, ranging from badminton, table tennis, basketball, and even a chess game and rubiks cube competition! The aim was to have a go, get moving but most importantly, to have fun and to connect with members of our local community.
As well as the Lord Mayor Councillor Kevin Mitchell, and Councillor Marina Asvachin from the nearby Priory Ward, Councillor Duncan Wood, portfolio holder for leisure services and physical activity attended the event and said:
“What a brilliant festival, with some amazing skills on display but also a great opportunity to have a go at new activities whilst getting to know our neighbours and fellow Exeter residents. It’s a great opportunity for people who might not normally feel able to try their hand at new activities, to do just that. A real celebration of positivity in our community.”
Participants in attendance across the two day festival included people from the communities of Bangladeshi, Flipino, Hong Kong, Indian, Afghan and Thai, and many more.
Local resident Aru Aarya Pradhan tried the free Zumba class. She said:
“I am so pleased to have come along to Sportsfest today. It’s given me the chance to try new things and to meet new people. I had a go at Zumba and numbers of kid’s activities with my both children which was brilliant fun and it was easier than I thought it would be. I’ll definitely be doing more of this in the future.”
The event was delivered jointly partnership between Live and Move, Inclusive Exeter, Devon County Council and the Filipino Community Association. We can’t wait to hold more of these events in the future and perhaps encourage even more people to try something new.