As part of Move More Month 2023, Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park in partnership with Westfield Health is hosting the second ‘Olympic Legacy in Action’ event following the successful inaugural event last year which celebrated the 10th anniversary of London 2012 and saw over 2,000 people visit the Park and get involved.
Hosted at various venues across the Park, including the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, iceSheffield, Oasis Academy Don Valley and the Community Stadium, the event will take place over three days.
Thursday 15 June will see the Schools Event take place, organised by Yorkshire Sport Foundation and the Sheffield School Sports Partnerships. The day will include a This Girl Can event targeting Year 9 Girls from across Sheffield and offering them the opportunity to try a range of different activities including the colour smash run at Don Valley Bowl.
On Friday 16 June the Inclusive Sports Event will get underway which aims to remove barriers to sports and activities for those with disabilities and encourage participation regardless of a person’s level of ability.
The event will culminate on Saturday 17 June with the huge Community Event, which will take place from 11am to 4pm. The event will be completely free of charge and is open for everyone of all ages and abilities to attend and get involved.
Visitors to the Community Event will be able to take part in taster sessions for a variety of sports and activities including rugby, basketball, netball, football, cricket, chairobics, weightlifting, canoeing, climbing, cycling, snooker, ice skating, coached running sessions and many more.
Last year the Community Event saw an estimated 1,000 people visit the park with over 30 organisations delivering activities across the site.
The Olympic Legacy in Action event is being held as part of the wider Move More Month – a city wide strategy with the aim of creating a healthier, happier, and more connected Sheffield.
Claire Fretwell, Operations Manager at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park said: “We are so excited to finally share some details about the upcoming Olympic Legacy in Action event.
“Not only is the event a great opportunity to celebrate Move More Month and a fantastic reminder of the importance of keeping active, it also allows us to collaborate with local organisations and community groups to help raise their profile and increase participation in their activities once the event is over.
“We’re delighted at the number of organisations who are supporting us this year and also very thankful to Westfield Health for sponsoring the event, meaning we can build on the success of last year and deliver an even bigger and better event in 2023.”
Dave Capper, Chief Executive at Westfield Health said: “We are delighted to sponsor and host this event in partnership with Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.
“Across the three days, people will have the perfect opportunity to step outside and try something new, increase their physical exercise and potentially find a new activity they love.”
The Olympic Legacy in Action event follows the launch of the Park’s Legacy Fund, a new grant-giving programme for local community organisations to provide services and activities which help support physical and mental health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation.
Administered by South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, with contributions from partners of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the fund welcomes applications from grassroots community organisations within a three-mile radius of the Park. Further details about the fund, including how to apply, can be found here.