Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Solihull celebrates one year to go till the London 2012 Games

Olympic fever is hitting Solihull this weekend as the borough starts the final countdown to the London 2012 Games.

As part of the Open Weekend 2011 (22-24 July 2011) both of Solihull’s Leisure Centres are opening their doors to the community as part of two fun filled days.

On Saturday 23 July from 9am-5pm, North Solihull Sports centre is welcoming everyone to take part in a wide range of free activities. These include: gymnastics, tai boxing, street dance, cheerleading and free swimming from 12 - 4.30pm.

There is also a car boot sale taking place during the afternoon (£5 per car) and a crèche open day from 11am – 12.30pm. To book a place on any of these activities or for more information, contact 0121 770 3822

On Sunday 24 July from 9am-1pm, Tudor Grange Leisure Centre is also hosting an open activity day with more free events consisting of such things as: mini athletics, bouncy castles, health checks, judo, fencing and much more.

STARS (Solihull Talented Athlete Recognition Scheme) athletes will also be in attendance. For more information, contact 0121 705 6371

Councillor Mrs Kate Wild, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “With just one year to go, now is the time to start getting really excited about the London 2012 Olympic Games. This Open Weekend is something everybody can take part in and is a great opportunity to see the different sporting facilities we have in the borough. Why don’t you come and see for yourself?”

The Open Weekend supported by BP - the Premier Partner of the Cultural Olympiad – will entail a series of sporting and cultural events taking place across the UK with hundreds of thousands of people participating.

During last year’s Open Weekend, more than 1000 events took place. Now, in its fourth year, it is estimated that more than two million people have taken part in Open Weekend.

London 2012 Chair Sebastian Coe said: “For the fourth year Open Weekend is focussed on celebrating the ‘One Year to Go’ countdown to the London 2012 Games. This is helping communities across the country experience the best of British sporting, artistic and cultural talents up close. I’d encourage people to get involved at a local event as part of this nationwide celebration; it will be an outstanding event.”

For more information about the Open Weekend 2011 visit:

Also, to find out more about sport and physical activity in Solihull visit:

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