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A Bumper British Summer of Sport

Posted on 16/07/2012 by David Humphrey

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What is the biggest sporting event of the 2012 British Summer (if you can call it a ‘summer’)? Is it the Euros, Wimbledon, or the England v South Africa Test Match Series? Or perhaps that little event called The Olympics? I can tell you the answer is none of these – it is actually, in fact, the week of sport at newday 2012!

You can’t talk about newday for longer than 30 seconds without mentioning the sports. Sports and newday have gone hand in hand since the beginning. With over 6,000 people going to newday every year, the sports sector of the week boasts the ability to provide something for everyone going. This year we’re hoping that thousands of young people will ride the ‘Olympic Wave’ and get involved at least once in our vast opportunities during the week.
“But how can you boast such a bold claim”, I hear you cry. Well I’ll let the evidence speak for itself. Like last year, there are three specific sports teams focussing on providing different sporting opportunities. The Indoor Team has a massive budget, and rightly so, as it brings you (the newday people) its very own skate park. Now whilst this isn’t something new, just think about how you could go about hiring your own skate park for a week – it would be a very large feat indeed. They provide a rock climbing wall, basketball and new for this year, a bouldering wall. I’m only one team in and yet already I’m thinking – is there anyone going this year that won’t enjoy sports?
But what if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your zone to play sports? Well we’ve thought of that too. Zone Sports (ZS) is back again, but this time bigger and much better. Whilst the ZS Team Leader is keeping most of his tricks up his sleeve, I have managed to squeeze a little bit of information out to whet your appetite. The age-old favourite parachute games will make a re-appearance, and so will some wacky shuttle races. And the big one – after years of listening to the people’s pleas – we will have newday-organised rounders matches for the first time this year. What more could you ask for…
Well how about the pièce de résistance of newday sport; the one that brings out everyone’s competitive side – field sports. At newday this year, we have a vast array of sports competitions to make sure there really is something for everyone. The tournaments include: Volleyball, Touch Rugby, 12-14s Football, 15-19s Football, Dodgeball, and our new competition for 2012, VORTEX-BALL! And this year, we have managed to secure the Grandstand as our hallowed turf – there will be seating for the fans this year. Unbelievable Jeff! But that’s not all. Have you ever fancied having your name broadcast across the whole of newday for all to hear? Well this year it might just happen. Field Sports have teamed up with newday Radio, who will be at the sports events, announcing results and interviewing winners.
With all this for you at #newday12, there isn’t a single person who can honestly say there isn’t anything for them. So don’t resist it, hop, skip and jump on to the sports bandwagon. Dive headfirst into what’s on offer. And afterwards, you can discus how good it all was. I think that’s enough Olympic puns for now…see you at newday!


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    By Paolo Siracusa on 05/08/2012 at 17:37

    I’m new to Newday and I’m looking forward to it. When i was on the website, I was looking through and i found the activities section. I was just wondering, do you have to pay for the activities? if so which ones? Any other info based on the activities? do you have to bring the equipment? Thanks

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    By Graham Clark on 06/08/2012 at 10:27

    I believe that there are only things that cost money are the newday ferris wheel and the bumper cars.

    All other events and sports activities are free. As for equipment, everything you need will be provided so you just need to bring yourself.

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    By Luke Stokoe on 11/08/2012 at 19:25

    Can you tell me how much the ferris wheel and bumper cars are so that my mum knows how much money to give me!!

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    By Jennie Pollock on 12/08/2012 at 13:47

    Luke, I’m sorry, but we have no idea how much those things will be. They are operated by external suppliers and we neither know nor can regulate those prices, I’m afraid.

    There are also ice creams, sweets, milkshakes etc to buy in the different cafes… My best advice is to ask some others in your youth group how much they normally take.

    Sorry I can’t help more.

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    By Zach Thompson on 12/08/2012 at 14:57

    Do I need to bring my own scooter or can they be hired, if so how much?

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    By Jennie Pollock on 12/08/2012 at 15:31

    You need to bring your own, as far as I understand it. Do carry it to and from the venue, though, as it will be confiscated if you ride it on site. Thanks.

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    By Joel Bailey on 21/05/2013 at 21:10

    Do I need to bring my own scooter or can they be hired, if so how much and do you have to pay for the skate park if so how much?

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    By Luke on 16/07/2013 at 22:54

    Would like an answer to Joel’s question please.

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    By Jennie Pollock on 22/07/2013 at 15:37

    The answer is, I don’t know, I’m afraid. Joel, what happened last year?

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