Rugby greats launch Festival of Sport

12 Jan 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

Rugby greats Will Greenwood and Austin Healey have teamed up to launch a Festival of Sport this summer.

Hosted at North Norfolk’s Holkham Estate from 13 to 15 August, 2021, the pair have enlisted a host of sporting legends to take part in the event, which will offer children the opportunity to discover and learn about a variety of sports and be coached by legends.

Keen to generate some post lock down positivity, the duo have launched the family sports festival, which will also feature entertainment, camping and other activities across the weekend.

A number of sporting legends have already been confirmed for the event, including England rugby internationals, Rachael Burford and Mike Tindall; former England cricket captain, Sir Andrew Strauss; Olympic gold medalist and GB hockey player Alex Danson; Olympic and World champion rowers Helen Glover and Anna Watkins; former England international netballer Pam Cookey; former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland; TV naturalist and television presenter Steve Backshall; and Celebrity Who Dares Wins star, Jason Fox.

Children aged five to 17 will have the opportunity to play rugby, netball, cricket, tennis, hockey, rowing, football, gymnastics, and athletics, with the opportunity to try other sports such as trampolining, climbing, golf and dodgeball. 

“As parents, we were acutely aware of the impact this year has had on families and especially kids,” said Healey.

“We want to do something to bring the fun back into people’s lives and bring families together. We can’t wait to get families engaged and active outside in this beautiful environment.” 

Greenwood added: “We recognise that not every kid gets involved in the same way. Our mantra for the festival is that ‘no-one gets left on the bench’. 

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a budding junior champion or just want to stick your toe in the water and try something new. There’s something for everyone.” 

The Festival of Sport will also have live music, an outdoor cinema, a Taste of Norfolk food village and a spa and wellness area, with one of the country’s most stunning and unspoilt beaches is just a stone’s throw away.

“We are thrilled to be hosted by Holkham Estate” said Clare Morton, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Festival of Sport. 

“With its acres of parkland, woods, and lake, it really is a magical place and the most perfect location to create an oasis of activity and fun for our inaugural event.” 

Tickets are available for the whole weekend or for each day, with the option to clamp or glamp in the heart of the Estate.