AROUND 2,000 people came along to run, climb, shoot and smash at the free Family Fun Day which was held at Yeovil Recreation Centre on Saturday 16 August.

The event – which was organised by South Somerset District Council – offered families the chance to try a wide range of sports including volleyball, netball, hockey and athletics for free. There was also the opportunity to scale the popular climbing wall and take on family and friends on ‘Laser Tag’.

The day was the first of its kind at the Recreation Centre and Jake Hannis, Senior Sport and Healthy Lifestyles Officer at South Somerset District Council was delighted with the turnout. “We have enjoyed our busiest summer ever at the Rec and we wanted to give even more people the opportunity to see what an impressive range of facilities and sports we have to offer.

“It was a great chance for people to try a sport for the first time and also offer the opportunity to play on some of the best sports facilities in the district. From the initial feedback following this event, we hope the positive experiences people had will result in more people taking up sport with our community sports clubs.”

Cllr Sylvia Seal, Health and Well Being Portfolio Holder at South Somerset District Council said, "It is so important that young people and their parents know what sporting opportunities are available in South Somerset and what better place to show them than at Yeovil Recreation Centre.

“The venue has been positively bustling this year and in June alone we had approximately 10,000 people using the Athletics Arena. We were also proud to play a small part in the recent European Gold Medal that Jo Pavey won as she has been training at the Athletics Arena in the build up to her incredible performance.