Commonwealth Sports on offer across the Vale
Published 15 July 2014
Following the excitement of the World Cup, the summer of sport continues when the Commonwealth Games commence on 23 July. A total of 256 medal events covering 17 sports will be contested in Glasgow between 23 July and the 3 August.
Residents of all ages are able to participate in 13 of the Commonwealth sports at local clubs across the Vale of Glamorgan including boxing, hockey, judo, lawn bowls, and rifle shooting.
The Vale Council’s Sports Development Team has information on their website regarding local clubs offering opportunities in Commonwealth Games sports, as well as others. There are over 40 different sports and physical activities offered across the Vale of Glamorgan for residents of all ages and abilities in more than 200 sports clubs and organisations.
On 26 July from 11am to 3pm at Central Park and Kings Square, Barry, residents will be able to experience a few of these Commonwealth sports at the Sports and Play Family Fun Day.
The Vale Council’s Sports and Play Development team have been working in partnership with the Wales Squash & Racketball Governing Body to develop new opportunities for juniors to participate in squash. They have assisted Wales Squash and Racketball in visiting local schools in Penarth and Barry to deliver taster sessions to raise awareness of the sport of squash. They have also been working together, along with Barry Squash Club to develop new community based squash sessions in Penarth and Barry Leisure Centre.
Athletics, badminton, hockey, netball, rugby and table tennis opportunities have also been developed in schools and community clubs as part of the Dragon Sport programme, which aims to increase the number of 7-11 year olds participating in sport.
Working in conjunction with the Sports Development Team and local schools, Badminton Wales have been delivering BISI training to local teachers and volunteers, enabling them to deliver fun, badminton activities within school and community settings. A junior badminton club is now running out of Holm View Leisure Centre for children and young people who want to participate in badminton outside of school.
If you would like to find out further information please visit www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk or call 01446 704793. You can also find out further information by following the team on Twitter @valesportsnews.