On your marks… it’s time for the first ‘Sporting Saturday’ in Peterborough.

Mayor of Peterborough Councillor June Stokes is urging residents to get active at the city’s first ever Sporting Saturday event on January 18.

The event will take place at The Cresset in Bretton and will showcase more than 40 organisations and clubs which provide accessible facilities for able-bodied and disabled people in and around Peterborough.

Originally Eastenders actor Steve McFadden was set to make a guest appearance but has had to pull out due to his filming schedule. Councillor Stokes is encouraging people to take part in the event which has been organised by the Mayor’s charity committee and will be packed with plenty of activities to get your new year’s health resolutions started.


Councillor Stokes told ESP – “We are putting on the event so residents can have fun, get fit and improve their general health and well-being.

“Sporting Saturday will also showcase the organisations and clubs which provide accessible facilities and activities for disabled people, their families and carers in and around the Peterborough area.”

Various taster sessions will be on offer in sports including indoor cricket, rowing and archery. Police officers will offer boxing lessons and Master Parker’s Serial Kickers will attempt to set a world record for the most participants in a Tang Soo Do class from 5.30pm.

The YMCA Gym will also be offering keep fit taster sessions and Studio 2 will host up to 40 stands, stalls and exhibition displays promoting sports, leisure and healthy living activities. Expert advice will also be available and there will also be art and craft activities for people to try.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend a dance class in preparation for the Sporting Saturday disco.

The Mayor, city council Chief Executive Gillian Beasley, Council Leader Marco Cereste and Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson, have already signed up to take part. City councillor Chris Harper is the MC for the day.

Jana Burton, Executive Director of Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, told ESP – “It’s good to see so many organisations coming together under one roof to promote health, wellbeing and sport and leisure activities for disabled people.

“It’s also important to remember that not only is this event about promoting activities for disabled people but for their family members and carers too.  This is the first project of its kind to be held in the region and I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and successful day whilst supporting the Mayor’s charities.”

Sporting Saturday runs between 10am and 8pm. Admission is £2 and under 10s are free.

Funds raised will go towards the mayor’s chosen charities – Inspire Peterborough, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, the Wednesday PHAB Club and Parents United.