New partnership to get more kids and families active

The Youth Sport Trust has been announced as the official charity partner of popular festivals, GoFest.

The children's charity will be the official charity partner for the regional festivals set to take place at the Etihad Campus in Manchester on the 23 and 24 June and at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on 21 and 22 July.

GoFest is a unique series of Family Festivals of Sport, Dance, Health & Fitness, aimed at all abilities and ages in a fresh air environment.   

GoFest Founder, Paul Farris commented:

We are delighted to welcome Youth Sport Trust as our Charity Partner and would like to thank them for the support they are giving us in helping us to promote an active lifestyle for young people. We are passionate about giving children and families opportunities to have fun being active together and to help them to find a passion for an activity they had never tried before coming to a GoFest event.

Vicky Gutteridge, fundraising manager from the Youth Sport Trust, said:

The Youth Sport Trust is thrilled to be working with Go Fest. Our charity is committed to getting young people active and we could not think of a better partner to help strengthen our mission. Go Fest is a fantastic opportunity for families to have a go at a multitude of activities while supporting the Youth Sport Trust to change lives through the power of sport.

GoFest offers a choice of 50 indor and outdoor sports and health related activities with concurrent coaching/games sessions within the inspirational facilities of Surrey Sports Park and the Regional Athletics Arena, Tennis & Football Centre at the Etihad Campus (Sportcity), Manchester. Activities include hockey, korfball, Surrey Storm netball, dance acrobatics, cricket, fencing and Archery Tag to climbing, zip wiring, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing and scuba diving. There will be music, food stalls, big stage entertainment, free massage and celebrities.

The Sports are delivered by a number of providers including Surrey Storm Netball, Manchester Mystics basketball, Sale Sharks rugby, Surrey Scorchers Basketball, NGBs like the LTA, England Netball, England Lacrosse, British Judo and by local sports businesses or clubs like Guildford Thunder Korfball, UK Flair Gymnastics and Discover Archery.

GoFest operates an 'all inclusive' ticket, allowing access to a wide range of sports and activities for attendees to try. 

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