03 May 2017

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

Try a new sport or activity for free this weekend.

People looking to get outside and get active are being encouraged to come down to Millennium Square this weekend (Saturday May 6), to try out some free sport and physical activity taster sessions.

To celebrate the launch of the ‘Are You Game?’ campaign, people will have the chance to try their hands at a number of sports and activities including basketball, korfball, tennis, judo and dance.

As part of Bristol’s year as European City of Sport, clubs and organisations across the city will be running free taster sessions throughout the summer to encourage people to get out and try something new.

More than 80 organisations have signed up to offer a session as part of the ‘Are You Game?’ campaign. People will be able to choose from a wide variety of activities, including; korfball, yoga, fencing, basketball, boxing and climbing.

Guy Fishbourne, Sport and Physical Activity Development Manager, said: “This event will be a great opportunity for local people to come out and enjoy sport free of charge.  

“As part of the ‘Are You Game?’ campaign there are a wide variety of activities available throughout the summer, not just traditional competitive sports.

“We hope that we can show people who don’t usually consider themselves ‘sporty’ that there really is something out there for everyone to try.   

“From climbing to karate, we would like to encourage everyone to give something new a go – you never know, you might even end up with a new hobby!”

The year of sport will mark a celebration of the part sport and physical activity plays in every aspect of life across Bristol’s many and diverse communities.

More information about the event can be found online on the Bristol City of Sport’s Facebook page (

To find a free taster session as part of the ‘Are You Game?’ campaign visit https://www.bristolcityofsport17.co.uk/ - activities will start appearing online following the launch event on May 6.

Notes to Editors:

European City of Sport will bring together the best of what the city is already doing to support and celebrate sport with additional events and campaigns especially for 2017.


The European City of Sport title is awarded by ACES Europe, a not-for-profit group based in Brussels that promotes sport across Europe.


Cities are judged on their sporting facilities, residents’ level of participation, the success of local teams and sporting events.


Across Bristol there are a wide array of groups and organisations involved in delivering sports to local people and communities, and the aim is for everyone to work together throughout the year to highlight opportunities for everyone to get involved.


A developing list of sport and activity clubs from every ward in the city can be found here www.bristolcityofsport17.co.uk to add your own activities email cityofsport17@bristol.gov.uk