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Sporting success heads to Sutton

Capture the spirit of the Olympics by coming along to Sutton's own Festival of Sport and starting to follow in the footsteps of Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis or Joanna Rowsell.

As the Olympics draws to a close on 12 August and before the Paralympics gets going on 29 August, the Festival of Sport will set up in Sutton High Street on 18 and 19 August to harness enthusiasm for getting active and keeping fit.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Colin Hall, said: "We have all been inspired by the incredible athletes at the Olympics and are looking forwards to the Paralympics.

"But sport is about taking part and this is a fantastic opportunity to find out what's available and choose something that suits you."

And the options are practically limitless. More than 80 local clubs representing well over two dozen sports have been invited to attend on the two days to explain what's involved and tell you how to get started.

It doesn't matter if you don't understand the offside rule or can't tell a shuttlecock from cricket bat, the Festival of Sport has information on everything from archery to zumba so you're sure to find something that grabs your interest.

A marquee will be set up near Trinity Square from 11am to 3pm on both days and anyone can wander in to see what's going on.

And if you don't want to go in, the Festival will come to you as club members will come outside to introduce passers-by to the joys of physical exercise and hand out a useful booklet that provides contact details for clubs all over the borough.

Those who like to see what they have to do before signing on won't be disappointed - demonstrations will provide a glimpse into mini tennis, table tennis, boccia, cycling, rowing and more, so you can see just how much sweat is required.

The 2016 Olympics is in Brazil, so the road to Rio starts here. But getting down to Cheam to play bowls on a Wednesday night would be a good start.

Last updated: Tuesday, 07 August 2012

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