We live in a confusing nation. We extol the virtues of getting healthy and playing sport. But fast food joints litter the streets and judging by the growing list of ingredients on our food labelling what we eat isn’t as good as it professes to be.
The question is, how does this impact our kids?
As a parent I want to raise kids with a healthy approach to food and sport. They have as a default competitive nature that has been inbred from myself and he who helped create them. But we want to ensure sport is fun and accessible as well for my girls as well as my son.
I want my type 1 warrior to know no barriers and for her to continue to be passionate about running and jumping around. I want all my children to try as many outdoor activities as possible and for sport to be a natural ingrained part of their lives.
This summer we are going away for an extraordinary weekend. We are camping at a festival. It is a festival of sport, aimed at families, designed to enthrall the kids.
We are joining sporting legends like Martin Johnson, Andrew Strauss, and Sarah Thomas at SportFest 2014. And after speaking to one of the founders, Clare Barton, I can guarantee we are in for a belter of a weekend.
What is SportFest?
SportFest is a weekend for families to come together and have an incredible weekend all based around sport.
It is a chance to build long lasting memories, to explore new sports, and be coached by some of Britain’s finest athletes.
It is not about pushing the talented or striving to win. It is a weekend designed to celebrate the fun in playing a variety of sport, and show the kids that they can have a go at anything.
It is going to be Epic.
Where and when is it?
SportFest is held against the beautiful back drop of the Getty Family Estate in Wormsley. It is on the 2nd of August, with gates opening at 7am and the fun lasting until the following Sunday afternoon.
The activities are held on Wormsley cricket ground which has a reputation of being one of the most picturesque grounds in England.
And the order of play?
It is a fun filled schedule, designed to keep both parent and child busy.
After arriving and pitching your tent on the Saturday (you can also glamp if preferred), it will be time for the sport bonanza to begin.
Each session is headed up by a sporting legend, whose role is to teach more about the intricacies of the sport, whilst also learning the key values of teamwork and respect.
Every child joins in each session, SportFest is all about inclusion and giving everyone a chance.
Saturday evening has a serious treat in the form of a 20\20 cricket match where the teams are made up of the sporting legends.
Rumour has it that they all take it very seriously.
Post cricket is Jamie Oliver grub and music all night from X Factor star Luke Friend and DJ Dom Maker.
Then it is sleeping under the stars (surely the kids will be exhausted) before tucking into a hearty breakfast on Sunday before starting getting active again.
Sunday is a mix of cricket, fun runs, Zumba, playing dodgeball against the stars. Plus more coaching sessions for the children.
Can you imagine spending the weekend enjoying a volley with Pat Cash?
Or getting into a scrum with Will Greenwood, Martin Johnson and Austin Healey?
In August, my whole family will be reveling in those dreams.
And for the little ones?
SportFest is an event for the whole family. Children aged 1-5 have entertainment all weekend, from kids entertainers to a fully supervised creche.
Every detail has been thought of.
There is so much to tell you that it is impossible to fit in one article. We all have bits that we are looking forward to.
I am in training for the parents vs legends dodgeball. Him indoors fancies a bit of 20\20 cricket against the greats. My son wants to learn some martial arts, my eldest girl is desperate to pick up some Netball tips.
Not forgetting my youngest who wants to dance the night away and play with Sharkey and George (award winning childrens’ entertainers.)
How much does it cost?
For a weekend pass for one adult and one child costs £299, with £99 for each additional adult and child 5 years and over.
Included in the ticket price is:
Full details are here and you can read much more about the weekend. We will be providing a full review after the event and are counting down the days until SportFest arrives!
Until then we just have to cope with watching the highlights of SportFest 2013 (at least once a day!)
Disclosure: we have been given a family pass for the event, and cannot wait to go and tell you all about it!
If you want to join us please check out the 15% discount code FRIENDSFAMILY at the checkout and get ready for an excellent weekend!