Residents invited to a ‘Summer of Sport’ Open Day

As part of the ‘Summer of Sport’ events programme, a special open day will be taking place in the city centre on Sunday 8th August with a variety of sports clubs and community groups coming together to showcase the sport and leisure activities residents can get involved with.  

Taking place from 11AM until 4.30PM in St Sampson’s Square, residents are invited to come along to find out more about the city’s community sport and leisure offer, chat to providers and clubs and get involved in some fun taster activities with the chance to win prizes.   

A series of sporty challenges will be available on the day for residents and visitors to take part in – including everything from a squash wall, rowing and cycling challenges, practicing football and hockey skills.  

Leisure providers and clubs taking part include:  

  • City of York Hockey Club – learn more about York’s Hockey Club and take part in their hockey goal scoring challenge 
  • York Sports Village – find out more about the York Sports Village facilities and join their rowing machine challenge 
  • Walx – Nordic Walking –  learn more about using Nordic walking poles or how to walk for relaxation or fitness, whatever your fitness level. 
  • Open Country – Walking and Cycling – find out more about Open Country, who have over 30 years of experience in successfully organising and leading countryside activities for people with disabilities  
  • Wigginton Squash Club – take on the squash wall and find out more about how you can get involved with the club 
  • York City Football Club Foundation – find out more about York City Football Club Foundation and test your football skills with their ‘Keepy Uppy’ challenge  
  • GLL Better – learn more about the facilities here in York and take a turn on their spin bike challenge. 
  • City York Council Walking and Cycling and Sport and Active Leisure – pick up a leaflet and find out where you can walk and cycle across the city.  And talk to the sport and active leisure team about your local sport or physical activity provider. 

The event is part of the Summer of Sport programme of activities which take place in the city centre until 5th September. In a collaboration between Make It York, THOR’s Tipi and First Bus York, the activity includes an interactive sporty sculpture trail, pop-up tipi bars, a street food village and urban running routes.  

Throughout August, residents and visitors can also enjoy free yoga classes at THOR’s tipi each week in partnership with Emperor’s Gym. Classes run each Wednesday (07.30AM -08.30AM) and Friday (08.30AM – 09.30AM) with pre-booking required by email to Free outdoor ping pong tables, sponsored by JORVIK Viking Centre are also located on Parliament Street for people to enjoy this month.  

Dominic Berry, Senior Events Manager at Make It York said: “We are delighted to welcome sports clubs and groups from across York to the city centre for this special open day as part of our ‘Summer of Sport’ programme of activity. York has such a wide variety of fantastic sports clubs and leisure facilities and the event will be a great opportunity to showcase this and support residents to find out more about what is available in their city.” 

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure & Communities at City of York Council, said: “I’m delighted pleased that residents can enjoy and benefit from this brilliant series of activities. They are much-needed opportunities after a year when so many of us haven’t been able to be as active as usual. The Summer of Sport is a terrific showcase for some of the city’s excellent clubs, so have a go and see what you discover!” 

Download the Summer of Sport map sponsored by First Bus York at or pick up printed copies in the Visitor Information Centre at 1 Museum Street.  


Notes to Editor 

Make It York  

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment. 

For further information please contact: 

Amy Goodman – Consumer Communications Manager 

Ana Ignatova – Communications Executive 


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