Great chance to get active

“This event is not only for the young at age, it’s for the young at heart. I want dads, mums, brothers and sisters to come along, and enjoy themselves.

Brett O’Farrell, CEO, Hunter Academy of Sport

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ON FOR YOUNG AND OLD: Speers Point Park will play home to SportsFest October 28, in an all-ages family friendly event hosted by the Hunter Academy of Sport.

ON FOR YOUNG AND OLD: Speers Point Park will play home to SportsFest October 28, in an all-ages family friendly event hosted by the Hunter Academy of Sport.

The Hunter Academy of Sport is hosting the annual SportsFest event, a free family fun day at Lake Macquarie’s Speers Point Park on Sunday, October 28 from 10am-2pm.

The Hunter Academy of Sport’s core objective is to identify, educate, develop and provide opportunity to the region’s most promising athletes, but each year they like to motivate the local community to get active and take up a sport.

TEST YOUR SKILLS: Fun and engaging simulators, batting cages and sports challenges will be dotted along Speers Point Park.

TEST YOUR SKILLS: Fun and engaging simulators, batting cages and sports challenges will be dotted along Speers Point Park.

This event stems from the original Festival of Sport, which the Hunter Academy of Sport, alongside major sponsors Greater Bank and NIB hold each year.

For the past 25-plus years, sporting organisations across the Hunter open their doors to new participants, giving kids the opportunity to try something new.

Athletics LANSW/ANSW, AFL NSW/ACT, Ten Pin Bowling NSW, Netball NSW, Cricket NSW and many more will be on hand to give kids a try through various drills, skill development, inflatable batting cages and hitting bays.

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There will also be a rock climbing wall giving participants the opportunity to try one of the new sports that will be featured in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Newcastle Jets W-league squad will also be attending, where the community can have a kick with their favourite players.

“This event is not only for the young at age, it’s for the young at heart,”  Brett O’Farrell, CEO of the Hunter Academy of Sport, said. “I want dads, mums, brothers and sisters to come along, and enjoy themselves. Try a sport or activity you have never done before. You can smash a squash ball into a cage, you can relax with some yoga, you can jump, run, throw, and have all your efforts recorded. We have the support of the state sporting organisations and local associations which is a massive drawcard for this event.”

A full schedule of events is listed on the Hunter Academy website and Facebook.

So what are you waiting for? Brush off that dusty glove, throw on your joggers, grab the family and come on down to Speers Point Park on October 28  for a festival unlike any you’ve seen before.

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