It’s your chance to win fam­ily tick­ets for Go Fest

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FAM­ILY sports festival Go Fest is re­turn­ing to Greater Manch­ester. The event, which show­cases a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties for kids to try un­der ex­pert tu­ition and coach­ing, will take place at SportC­ity, Eti­had Sta­dium, on April 28.

The festival, which is be­ing backed by the Manch­ester Even­ing News, al­lows fam­i­lies to ‘have a go’ at more than 15 sports and dance classes.

The event launched in Manch­ester for the first time last year – since then host­ing a win­ter festival and now one for spring. There will also be a two­day event in June.

Feed­back shows nearly 50 per cent of chil­dren and 44pc of adults who at­tended last year have since taken up a new sport.

Top coaches from Eng­land Net­ball, Manch­ester Mys­tics Bas­ket­ball, Manch­ester Badminton Academy and Su­per­stars Sport will be lead­ing the ses­sions, which last 45 min­utes.

Olympic badminton star Gail Emms is a GoFest ambassador.

She said: “It’s such a great event, the perfect chance to bring fam­i­lies to­gether to play some sport and have some fun.

“I am an ambassador for the event and de­lighted to be part of it.”

This year, the in­ter­na­tional women’s rugby player, Mag­gie Alphonso, has been an­nounced as an ambassador – and will take part in the sum­mer festival on Au­gust 14.

Ac­tiv­i­ties that are on the timetable in­clude vol­ley­ball, squash and ta­ble ten­nis, along­side ath­letic events such as sprint­ing, long jump and high jump.

Ash­ton Fenc­ing Club will re­turn for 2018 – pro­vid­ing plastic fenc­ing swords, al­low­ing fam­i­lies to learn the com­bat sport safely.

For any­one who doesn’t like sport, dance and fit­ness classes will be tak­ing place through­out the day. From salsa to street dance, there will be a va­ri­ety of classes to choose from.

New fit­ness craze Pound­fit is also on the timetable, which com­bines both drum­ming and dancing in a high im­pact car­dio class.

GoFest founder Paul Far­ris said: “GoFest Spring is nearly upon us and we are ex­pect­ing 150 to 200 peo­ple to enjoy the su­perb fa­cil­i­ties at the Re­gional Athletics Arena and The Na­tional Squash Cen­tre. We are very grate­ful to the bril­liant sup­port of Manch­ester council and the Manch­ester Even­ing News to make this all pos­si­ble.”

Along­side the ac­tiv­i­ties, there will be food and drink stalls sell­ing a va­ri­ety of re­fresh­ments.

Tick­ets cost £40 for a fam­ily of four (adults £14, chil­dren £11.50 ex vat and book­ing fee) and 15pc of all sales will be do­nated to the We Love Manch­ester Emer­gency Fund.

We have five fam­ily tick­ets to give away and to be in with a chance of win­ning one fol­low the link www.manch­ester eveningnews. c o. u k / gofestmcr and fill in the form. Visit www.gofest. co.uk to ob­tain more in­for­ma­tion.

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