Fitness festival gets Sunderland active

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A FITNESS festival saw people pedal and fight their way to becoming more physically active.

The sports event was hosted at Farringdon Community Academy on Saturday, and saw families try out a range of activities for free.

Sporting activities for all the family at Farringdon Community Academy

Sporting activities for all the family at Farringdon Community Academy

Fencing, badminton and table tennis sessions were put on by sports clubs in Sunderland, who give people the chance to sign up to an eight-week beginner programme.

Active Sunderland, which ran the event, works alongside the University of Sunderland and the Foundation of Light, SAFC’s official charity, who added in their interactive Urban Athlete and football speed cage to the circuit of tasks.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for public health, wellness and culture said: “The morning was all about having fun and trying something new.

“Physical activity and sport is at the heart of keeping the city healthy.

“These community sport festivals are great news for residents as it means that it will help more people become more active and involved in community sport.

“We have a wide range of sports and activities that people can try across Sunderland and they all help build a real community spirit in various ways.

“I am delighted that this festival will open these opportunities up to even more people.”

Other events being lined up by Active Sunderland include the programme of BIG celebrations, which begin on Saturday, April 5, when it will hold a huge workout, followed by a mini fun run, bike rides and a walk through the summer.

Anyone who would like more information can contact Active Sunderland by emailing or by calling 561 4598.

It also has a website, which can be found at