Multisport project launched in Birmingham

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Sunday 30 September saw the launch of a new mobile multisport project in Birmingham, which aims to mobilise people to try out a wide range of sports.

The project will see a number of NGBs – including British Rowing, Canoe England, England Athletics and British Cycling – deliver taster sessions at different sites around the city, with the support of Birmingham City Council.

It is hoped that these NGBs will be able to work together over the coming months to provide opportunities for Birmingham communities to participate regularly in a broad range of activities.

The project’s launch was held at Edgbaston Reservoir, with a primary focus on delivering rowing and paddlesport taster sessions.

In the two-hour session – which was supported by the superb Edgbaston Watersports staff and Birmingham Rowing Club – more than 40 people participated in sessions on the water with many more having a go on the indoor rowing and kayaking machines. Groups of runner and cyclists were also taken on routes passing alongside the reservoir, allowing good exposure for all four sports.

“It was also wonderful to see people of all ages being given the opportunity to get on the water,” said Gareth Storey, Explore Rowing Watersports Development Officer. “Many of the attendees made enquiries about taking their interest in these activities further.

“Despite the cold and wet conditions, the people who attended were given a fun introduction to the sports and offered very positive feedback on the project after the launch.”

Over the coming months, more venues will be identified and further sports will be included to help bring a range of sporting activities to all areas of Birmingham.

To find out more about the Edgbaston Watersports Centre, visit www.bearcreekadventure.co.uk/index_edge.asp.

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