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Celebration of Sport Week returns to Ashton Gate for 2018

A four-day festival of community sporting activity will grace Ashton Gate Stadium next week, as Celebration of Sport Week returns for its second year from May 21st - 24th.

Following on from the success of last year’s event, Celebration of Sport Week brings together four sporting charities – Bristol Sport Foundation, Bristol City Community Trust, Bristol Rugby Community Foundation, Bristol Flyers Community and Bristol Jets Community – with festivals, exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the stadium.

The highly-anticipated week is a chance for the charities to invite participants from their community programmes to Ashton Gate and celebrate the role that sport plays in many of our lives.  

During the week, the charities will deliver training sessions, festivals and education workshops in the comfort of the 27,000-seat arena whilst giving people the chance to play on the same turf that so many of their heroes have graced.

“Last year was the inaugural Celebration of Sport Week – and what a week it was,” said Bristol Sport Foundation’s chief community officer Ben Breeze.

“This year, it’s set to be bigger and better and we are delighted to, once again, open up Ashton Gate Stadium for community usage and give the people who access our programmes the chance to come together and celebrate the progress they have made.

“Bristol Sport Foundation and its partner charities continue to impact the lives of thousands of people across Greater Bristol, and Celebration of Sport Week is, as the name suggests, a huge celebration of the work being delivered.”

The programme:

Monday (May 21st) sees the Bristol City Community Trust’s Disability Football programme showcased in the morning, before the Community Foundation’s Project Rugby takes centre stage in the afternoon.

On Tuesday (May 22nd), the focus switches to Bristol City Community Trust, with youngsters once again given the opportunity to emulate their heroes on the hallowed Ashton Gate turf. Participants from the Trust’s Premier League Primary Stars programme will take to the field in the morning followed, in the evening, by the prestigious Woodcock Shield final.

Wednesday (May 23rd) is Bristol Rugby Community Foundation’s chance to shine, as boys and girls from a range of programmes take to the pitch for a series of tag and invasion games – while the older generation, from the Community Foundation’s Walking Rugby programme, exhibit their skills in the South Stand concourse.

On Thursday (May 24th) close to 1,000 children from BSF’s Forever Sport PE and Sports Coaching programme will descend upon the stadium to take part in a wide range and diverse offering of sports. Children will experience dodgeball, cricket, football, rugby and jailbreak to name a few.

The week culminates with an afternoon of corporate tag rugby with the Foundation’s Nascence Project, as local businesses take to the field before enjoying an evening of networking at the stadium.

You can keep up to date with the action on Twitter (@BSFound), Facebook (Bristol Sport Foundation) and online at www.bristol-sport.co.uk/community.