MIL-OSI UK Cities: First Coventry Moves: On Your Doorstep event to take place

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Source: City of Coventry

The first Coventry Moves: On Your Doorstep event will be taking place in the coming days as a community festival with sports for all ages and abilities has been planned.

Earlsdon Primary School is the first group to showcase their festival that will take place on Monday 2 May from 10am – 3pm on Earlsdon Street, CV5 6EP. 

Earlsdon Festival is free and will showcase a variety of sports including boccia, netball, table tennis, boxercise and sitting volleyball. 

Coventry Moves: On Your Doorstep is a Commonwealth Active Communities funded project that is part of Sport England’s wider investment into the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Coventry City Council was successful in securing the funds for this project in 2021 that will enable communities all around the city to enjoy free sports and physical activity. 

Rebecca Bollands, Deputy Head at Earlsdon Primary School, said: “We’re very excited to be hosting a Commonwealth Games Community Festival at Earlsdon. We hope that all members of the community will enjoy the opportunity to try out a range of sports. This will mark the start of another exciting summer of sport for the city.” 

Andy Williams, Director of Business, Investment and Culture, Coventry City Council, said: It’s great to see this is the first of a long line of Commonwealth Active Communities street closures that are set to take place. 

“The Earlsdon Festival will showcase five different sports and expect the excitement and enthusiasm of the young people taking part to be infectious. I’m really looking forward to hearing about the other organisations that have applied to be a part of the Coventry Moves: On Your Doorstep programme.  

“I can’t wait for a wide variety of sport to be delivered right into the heart of local communities. Sport, at all levels, for leisure and pleasure alongside competition really does boost physical and mental health and a pattern of keeping active in childhood can set people up for a life of movement.” 

Coaches from Earlsdon Highway Netball Club will be attending Earlsdon Festival to showcase their netball skills and support the activity. 

City-wide organisations can apply to deliver a community street closure event that promotes sport and physical activity. Funding will be provided.  

Details of the event delivery and funding can be found on the Commonwealth Active Communities funding page or email covsport@coventry.gov.uk for further information.

Published: Wednesday, 27th April 2022

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