Free sports taster scheme

The Mayor of the Ribble Valley Coun. Simon Hore takes to the slopes at Pendle Ski Club
The Mayor of the Ribble Valley Coun. Simon Hore takes to the slopes at Pendle Ski Club

A MAJOR Olympics-themed family sporting event offering free taster sessions in more than 20 activities has been unveiled by Ribble Valley Borough Council.

The 20-12 event will see 20 sports on offer over a 12-day period from Wednesday July 13th until Sunday the 24th. The free taster sessions are on offer in a bid to inspire residents of all ages to get into the Olympic spirit by taking part in new sporting activities.

Even Ribble Valley’s Mayor, Coun. Simon Hore, got in on the act, helping to launch the scheme by having a go at skiing – a sport he has never tried before – on Pendle Ski Club’s dry slope overlooking Clitheroe.

The 20-12 event will feature traditional Olympic sports, such as cycling and swimming, and new activities, such as skateboarding and zumba.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s leisure and sports development manager, Colin Winterbottom, said: “Ribble Valley has some fantastic sports clubs, first-class facilities and dedicated volunteers, who have joined forces to make this event possible.

“The 20-12 event aims to introduce a wide range of sports to residents of all ages and there is certainly something for everyone. We are inviting people to get in the Olympic spirit by taking part.”

Olympic organisers are keen to encourage as many mass participation sporting events as possible ahead of next year’s London games.

Further details about 20-12 are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.