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Try A New Activity This Summer With The “I Am Team GB” Festival Of Sport

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The Tokyo Olympics are just a month away and to celebrate the occasion Team GB has partnered with Toyota to put on a series of free events throughout the summer.

These activities are all part of the I Am Team GB (opens in new tab) Festival Of Sport, and they include bigger events at venues like the Olympic Park in London and the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, as well as smaller local ones. Everyone is encouraged to create their own public or private activity to do on the weekend of 14th-15th August.

The festival is a great chance to try a new activity, especially at the bigger events where you’ll be able to take part in taster sessions for Olympic sports. These “hero” events are all taking place all weekend, and along with the activities you’ll have the chance to meet Olympic athletes. If you attend the event at Paultons Park in Hampshire you get to meet the greatest hero of them all, Peppa Pig.

There are four hero events (opens in new tab), three of which fall on Saturday 14th. The event in London’s Olympic Park lets you take a lap of honour on the concourse of the London Stadium before trying a host of activities in the event village. There’s also a 5K Your Way run at the University of Hull, and a family sports day at the Stadium of Light.

If you can’t make those, then the community events offer a far wider range of dates and locations. Filter local events by location on the I Am Team GB website (opens in new tab) to find what’s on near you, or search by keyword for the exact type of activity you’d like to do. The likelihood is you’ll be able to check out some activities at your local leisure centre for free.

As well as these free events, you can also organise your own activity (opens in new tab) as part of the festival. This can be a public event open to all (if COVID restrictions allow) or a private one just for you, your family and friends. The festival is all about encouraging people to exercise in new ways, so if there’s a great activity that you think people should learn about, put on your own public event and share it with the world. If you can guarantee Peppa Pig’s attendance then all the better.

Nick Harris-Fry
Nick Harris-Fry

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.