Centre offers a free taste of sports

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FREE taster sessions to get people interested in sports they may not have yet tried are being staged at Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre to tie in with the Olympics.

The venue, funded by Northumberland County Council, is laying on a range of activities, starting on April 16 with badminton and volleyball for adults and juniors, followed by rush hockey and swimming on April 17 and 18, plus kayaking, swimming and try-a-tri on April 20.

A second week will take place from May 14, starting with badminton and volleyball, followed by rush hockey on May 15, swimming and rush hockey on May 16, kayaking on May 18 and swimming and try-a-tri on May 20.

Sessions will continue throughout the Festival of Alnwick week, with disability multi-sports and badminton on June 11, rush hockey on June 12, swimming, basketball and volleyball on June 13, kayaking on June 15 and try-a-tri and swimming on June 17.

There will be badminton on July 16, rush hockey on July 17 and 18, volleyball and swimming on July 18, kayaking on July 20 and swimming on July 22.

The fifth and final week starts on August 27 with badminton, followed by rush hockey on August 28, volleyball and swimming on August 29, kayaking on August 31 and swimming on September 2.

Kathie Keady, community sports manager for NCL, said: “It’s fantastic that the county council is putting money into this, knowing the kinds of financial difficulties local authorities are facing.”