Sports for all at Olympic Sheffield festival

Jessica Ennis celebrates her victory in the Women's 100m Hurdles event during the Great CityGames on Deansgate, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 20, 2012. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.
Jessica Ennis celebrates her victory in the Women's 100m Hurdles event during the Great CityGames on Deansgate, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 20, 2012. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.
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FANCY trying your hand at zorbing - or maybe climbing or martial arts?

A Sheffield festival is giving visitors the chance to sample all these sports and activities for free to celebrate the Olympic Games.

Sheftival is happening at the Don Valley Bowl on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5 - and more than 50,000 people are expected to attend.

Boxing rings, an inflatable hockey pitch and crazy golf will be on offer, along with have-a-go sessions in basketball, judo, table tennis and football.

Sports fans can also watch all of the action from the 2012 Olympics live on a 48-sq-metre screen in Don Valley Stadium, including Sheffield star Jess Ennis’s gold medal attempt in the heptathlon.

Jess has given the festival her seal of approval, saying the event will help spread the ‘buzz’ of the Olympics around the country.

“Sheffield is famous for its music and sport achievement,” she said. “Both are passions of mine and I believe Sheftival embraces them both.”

Steve Brailey, head of co-organisers Sheffield International Venues, said: “We’re hoping the fantastic range of activities on offer will inspire people to take up a new sport or revisit previous activities in this Olympic year.

“This event is designed to encourage everyone to have a go.”

As well as the free sporting sessions, a big outdoor pop concert will be taking place, with a bill selected by Real Radio and the team behind Sheffield’s Tramlines festival.

Other attractions include food stalls, a real ale trail, a carnival parade and fairground rides.

Tickets are on sale now. A family day ticket costs £40, while a weekend family pass is £70.

Day tickets are also available from £10, while children under six go free.

n To book, visit www.arenaticketshop.co.uk or call 0114 256 5567.