Free SportsFest at Bateau Bay

EDSACC oval the venue for the CC SportsFestEDSACC oval the venue for the CC SportsFest

The Central Coast will be hosting its biggest free interactive sporting spectacular , SportsFest 2017, on September 23 and 24, at the EDSACC sporting precinct, at Bateau Bay.

This celebration of all things sport is a first of its kind for the Central Coast and will be featuring exhibition games, come ‘n try sessions, stalls and displays, sporting heroes, autograph sessions, professional demonstrations, live entertainment and food markets. Council Unit Manager Open Space and Recreation, Mr Brett Sherar, said SportsFest is an opportunity for residents to enjoy, experience or participate in a range of both traditional sports and non-traditional activities, and get active. “ S p o r t s F e s t encourages all residents to come together to engage in healthy and active recreational activity, from budding sports stars, to volunteers, to spectators, this festival showcases how sport involves our whole community.

“Offering exposure to many traditional and non-traditional activities, from drill dancing to dragon boats, lacrosse to life-saving, roller derby to rugby, and oztag to orienteering, this allinclusive celebration of activity will ignite the interest of sports enthusiasts, as well as people who may not be already engaged in traditional sports,” Mr Sherar said. Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said Council is committed to promoting an active and engaged community and has been pleased by the response from local and state sporting bodies to partner with Council in this endeavour.

“We want our community to be active and connected, and participation in sport really does deliver that. “So do our sporting associations and clubs, who have been keen to be involved to promote the benefi ts of their particular code, attract new members, and signup volunteers, through an exhibition of their sporting assets,” Mr Reynolds said. “It gives local clubs a chance to show their passion for their chosen sport and for the community to come along and find out more about the different opportunities to get active across our region. “This event has also been designed as a skillsharing forum, where professional and toplevel sports people can demonstrate expertise and act as mentors to future generations of our sporting elite. “It is a unique opportunity to come along and fi nd out about the different sporting and recreational opportunities available on the Coast. “You may just fi nd that sporting pursuit you have been looking for,” Mr Reynolds said. The Entrance District Sport and Community Centre (EDSAAC) is the ideal venue for the festival as it is home to a variety of facilities including sporting fi elds, an indoor centre, netball courts, croquet fi elds, tennis courts and Bato Yard.

Source: Media release, Sep 11 Central Coast Council media