Get outside and try something new this Easter

Children get ready for the Active Sunderland Adventure Week.
Children get ready for the Active Sunderland Adventure Week.
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GET out of your comfort zone and try something daring.

That is the message from the organisers of Active Sunderland Adventure Week.

The scheme runs from April 18 to 24, and encompasses a number of unusual sports and challenges at free and discounted prices.

Fencing, sailing and snowboarding are all part of the programme, which is designed to get people involved in the more unusual activities on offer in the city.

Adventure Week aims to give people the opportunity to take part in enjoyable sport at a level suitable to them, regardless of age.

Ron Odunaiya, the city council’s executive director of City Services, said: “Sunderland has a fantastic range of sports and facilities available, and Adventure Week is a chance to showcase all of them, especially the less mainstream sports, that are available in the city.

“A number of clubs and facilities have really backed the week, by getting involved and offering free and discounted activities.

“It’s a great way to show people that they can get out there and try something different, and they don’t need to leave the city to do it.”

Fencing, climbing and streetwise soccer take place at Cityspace, with snowtubing, snowboarding and urban games at Silksworth Sports Complex.

Or, for something a little less adrenaline-fuelled, Nordic Walking is another of the less common activities on offer.

Victoria French, sport, wellness and partnership manager for the council, said: “Active Sunderland Adventure Week, now in its second year, forms a key part of Sunderland’s Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy promise.

“Not only does this week give people of all ages and abilities the chance to take part in a wide range of sports, some of which they would never have the opportunity to take part in, it allows us to showcase the many quality community sports clubs that we have in the city.

“Community sports clubs are key to growing participation and providing local communities with a sense of pride.

“So come and give one of these sports a go and we look forward to a great week of activity.”

Active Sunderland is a partnership between the council, Sunderland University, SAFC Foundation, Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust, School Sports Partnership, Sunderland City College and Gentoo.

It is part of a calendar of festivals in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games to get the city more active.

The next 18 months will see a number of sporting events including the Sunderland City 10-kilometre run and marathon, the Sunderland Big Bike Ride and the Tyne and Wear School Games.

For more information call the Active Sunderland team, on 561 4713 or visit www.activesunderland.org.uk.