Wakefield Council supports the nation’s biggest ever sports day

​Date: 24/08/2016

Ref: PR 8324

Inspired by the huge achievements of Britain’s Olympic athletes, Wakefield residents are being invited to support the nation’s biggest sports day.


On Saturday (27 August) people of all ages and fitness levels are being urged to support the ‘I Am Team GB’ campaign which marks the homecoming of the Olympic athletes from the Rio Games.


Wakefield Council is backing the national day with a whole raft of activities which everyone can enjoy for free. Activities include the chance to practice an Olympic distance on the outside track at Thornes Park Stadium from 9am to 4pm and swimming for free for an hour at the district’s pools.


Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: “Watching Team GB at the Olympic Games has been amazing with great performances from so many athletes. We’re so proud of them all, including our home grown athletes Alicia Blagg and Max Litchfield. We also want to wish our Paralympic athletes – Leah Evans, Sophie Carrigill and Jamie Stead all the best in Rio when the Games start on 7 September.
“I hope the ‘I am Team GB’ campaign will inspire children and adults to take the chance to go and try a sport and have fun.”


The free swimming sessions on Saturday are on at the following times:
Castleford – 12.30pm – 13.30pm (Fun Floats Session)
Normanton – 11.45am – 12.45pm (Fun Floats Session)
Featherstone – 9.30am -10.30am (Public open swim)
Sun Lane - 10.30am -11.30am (Public open swim)
Knottingley -9.30am -10.30am (Public open swim)
Pontefract -9.30am -10.30am (Public open swim)


There is no need to register for the Council events at Thornes Park or the swimming pools, but usual admission rules apply and it is on a first come, first served basis.


 Community groups are also organising events in the district on Saturday. These include the Thornes Park park run from 9am -10am; cricket training in Wakefield from 10am – 12 noon, as well as cycling and gymnastics in the district.


People can still celebrate the achievements of Team GB by doing their own thing, such as walking their dog, riding their bike or doing yoga. To find out about other events across the district visit http://iamteamgb.com/take-part