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Packed week planned for city’s first Be Active Truro Festival

Friday 5th August 2011

Packed week planned for city’s first Be Active Truro Festival

A packed programme of activities encouraging people to get active and try something new is taking place throughout Truro this month (August 15 to 19).

The Be Active Truro festival, from Monday, August 15 to Friday, August 19, is being organised by Truro City Council, Cornwall Sports Partnership, Totally Truro Business Improvement District and Event Cornwall.

Activities will be taking place throughout the week on Lemon Quay, at Boscawen Park and with participating businesses including Motivation Fitness in Robert's Ope.

The week kicks of with two "Active Days" where a sports market will be set up on Lemon Quay alongside taster sessions and demonstrations of sports such as netball, hockey, athletics, basketball, Frisbee and badminton.

Wednesday will be a dedicated "Healthy Lifestyle Day" with a experts from Cornwall's Health Promotion Service setting up alongside Truro Farmers' Market offering advice and information on nutrition, healthy workplace initiatives, BMI checks and fitness programmes.

This is followed by "Wheels Day" on Thursday, with Truro business Clive Mitchell Cycles demonstrating bikes along with local cycling clubs.

On Friday, the festival will culminate in a classic sports day for businesses and traders to get involved with. Teams of four can compete for the Be Active Truro trophy in school sports day events like egg and spoon and three-legged races.

A number of sports coaches will be there to promote their more informal and less competitive activities; offering everybody the chance to get active in a more casual environment, including: ‘No Strings Badminton', ‘Ball Again Basketball' and ‘Back 2 Netball'.

The festival will also be launching ‘Easy Cricket' on 16 August at Truro Cricket Club.

Natasha Howard from Cornwall Sports Partnership said: "A major focus of the week is about giving adults the chance to get involved in something new or to have a go at something they've maybe not played for a while, which could lead on to continued participation.

"For a healthy lifestyle, it's important that we all aim to complete five 30 minute sessions of activity each week. With a wide variety of different sports, it's much easier to achieve this."

Neil Scott, BID manager for Totally Truro, said: "This is the first time we've put on a sports festival like this, and we're expecting it to be a really colourful addition to Truro's events programme.

"We're calling for local businesses to get involved with events such as our Sports Day, plus there is plenty on offer for residents or workers each day."

A full printed programme for Be Active Truro is available at Truro Tourist Information Centre or to download below.

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