New event gives Cumbrian youngsters a taste of sporting fun

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Canoeing, archery, street art and climbing were among the activities young people in west Cumbria were given a taste of at the first Workington Go event.

Organised by the town council, the event provided taster sessions in a range of sports and leisure activities for youngsters aged 12 to 18.

Pool-based activities took place at Workington Leisure Centre.

While rain meant that wasn't the only place participants found themselves getting wet, they didn't let that put them off trying out the fun activities on offer in Vulcan Park and Curwen Park.

About 140 people turned out to the event, which offered free pre-booked spaces on its activities.

The council worked with leisure provider GLL to host Workington Go.

Its aim was to showcase to young people the kinds of healthy, productive activities available for them to engage with locally.

Each participant was given a goody bag, sponsored by New Balance.

Town clerk Chris Bagshaw said: "We hope that we've proved that there's a need and that there's a demand for it.

"We have a longstanding commitment to developing activities for younger people in the town.

"We want to support the town's sporting clubs but also to show that there's a range of opportunities.

"Everything went according to plan apart from the weather."

The bad weather meant the operators of GLL's mobile Clip 'n' Climb wall faced some difficulty with the mud in Vulcan Park, but once resolved the wall proved very popular with participants.

Mr Bagshaw said panna football sessions, which saw players compete one-on-one or two-on-two, were also popular.

He added that the council hoped to hold a similar event in 2018.

"We are very pleased with the first attempt," he said.

"It was a good exercise and feedback was good.

"Given another year and better weather we think it will go from strength to strength."

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