We have contributed £2,500 to support an exciting weekend of sporting events.

The ‘Bouncing Back to Sport’ weekend will enable local residents to try out a variety of sports sessions for free at Torquay Tennis Club.

As part of our ‘Torbay on the Move’ strategy which is supported by an investment of £150k after years of underinvestment into local sport, Torbay on the Move aims to get more people more active and into sport.

On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July, Torbay Sports clubs are showcasing the different types of sports available that are open to everyone again now that lockdown restrictions have eased.

With a theme of ‘sports, health and fun’ it is hoped the festival will be one of the biggest sporting celebrations seen in the Bay.

The event will be formally opened by Councillor Terry Manning, The Worshipful the Mayor of Torbay, with live music provided by Torbay Brass Band.

Over the weekend, festival goers will get to experience activities such as taekwondo, baton twirling, basketball, yoga, hockey, table tennis, archery, Zumba, football, cricket and gymnastics as well as a range of water sports.

Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, Torbay Council, said; “The last 12 months have been really difficult for both sports clubs and participants. Not being able to take part in sports is not only detrimental to people’s physical health, but their mental wellbeing. We are delighted to be able to support this initiative as part of our progress towards developing our Torbay on the Move strategy. We will be announcing even more sports and exercise-related events and activities over the coming weeks.”

Kirsten Neilson-Hunter, Secretary of Torquay Tennis Club, said; “As a result of COVID-19 we wanted to provide an opportunity as soon as restrictions were lifted to give something back to the people of Torbay. We wouldn’t have been able to put on this event without the support and help from Torbay Council and Sport Torbay, who have been so wonderful. The enthusiasm and positivity from the various clubs has been staggering.”

Andy Pelling, Chairman of Torquay Tennis Club, said; “I know just how hard these past 12 months have been for local sports clubs, the organisers, the children, the parents, the volunteers and everyone. People have had to endure so much, so now is the time for Torbay to enjoy all that its sports clubs have to offer.”

The Bouncing Back to Sport weekend is open from 10am on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July from 10am.

For more information on Torbay on the Move, including the Bouncing Back to Sport and Believe to Achieve funding opportunities, visit our sports pages.

Further information on Bouncing Back to Sport can be found via www.torquaytennisclub.co.uk or by calling Torquay Tennis Club on 01803 209500.

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