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Bolton goes sporting crazy

There’s no time to sit down in Bolton this year as the council’s official Year of Sport gets into full swing.

Residents will be encouraged to join in a packed programme of sporting events throughout 2012 as part of the Bolton Council campaign.

One Bolton Match Day, at the end of April, will give people of all ages the chance to see a live football match, while the Olympic Torch relay will be in town on May 31.

Councillor Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said: “Bolton is proud of its sporting heritage and continues to invest in sport at a grassroots level. The UK has an exciting year ahead, full of sport and celebration and here in Bolton the council is making sure the town and its residents join the party.

“That’s why we’ve developed the Year of Sport to join together existing events, as well as creating new ones just for this year that will encourage all ages – but especially young people – to get involved in sport and improve their fitness, well-being and overall health.

“Hopefully the Bolton Council Year of Sport will also be the moment for some young people when they will get into sport for the first time and, who knows, we could create a few Olympic stars of the future as a result!”

Other highlights include the Horwich Festival of Racing cycling event, in June, and the Ironman UK Triathlon, which takes place in Bolton in July.

The Bolton 2012 Games will be a summer-long festival of sport open to all young people aged 8-14 in Bolton and the surrounding districts.


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