A Bumper British Summer of Sport
Posted on 16/07/2012 by David Humphrey
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!