Sign-up for big celebrations as sport relief returns to city

PEOPLE across the area are being encouraged to get into the Olympic spirit and sign up to Chichester’s second Sport Relief Mile.

The event is organised to raise money for the national charity Comic Relief, will take place on Sunday, March 25 setting off from Graylingwell Park.

Participants have a choice of one, three or six miles, so people of all ages and abilities can take part.

In addition there will be plenty of other activities taking place as part of a community play day at Graylingwell.

As part of national Outdoor Play Week there will be Zumba demonstrations, football skills and drills with Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club and rugby skills with Chichester Rugby Club and Driving Force Coaching.

Chichester District Council has organised a whole host of events as part of the Olympic year.

There will be a multi-sport club at Westgate Leisure Centre on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, February 12.

There will also be a 2012 mini games culminating in a two-festival in May.

Next month there will be a street dance programme for young people aged five and upwards at the Chichester Nursery School Children and Family centre.

Other regular events include the Youth Sport Achievement Awards in June, the Junior Aquathon in July for young people aged between eight and 16, and also the Chichester Triathlon.

Members of the public can watch the Olympic torch relay flame pass through the city on July 16 and in September there will also be the Get Active festival.

In October the city will also host its ever first half marathon, although preparations for this are still taking place.

Throughout the summer there will also be various community sports programmes including football, rugby and tennis.

To take part in the Sport Relief Mile see www.sportrelief.com or CDC’s site www.chichester.gov.uk and type in Sport Relief 2012.