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Why not get inspired by a summer filled with amazing sports and get the whole family 'Back in the Game'?

With restrictions easing, adults and children in Wales can now return to the majority of sports and fitness activities they loved before the pandemic struck.

Whether that means being part of a team once more, achieving that feeling you get from a proper workout, catching up with friends, unleashing your competitive side, or the simple pleasure of sinking a putt, it’s time for Wales to have fun again.

Sport Wales has launched a campaign called #BackintheGame with the aim of inspiring people to fall in love with sport and exercise again this summer.

There are events and activities taking place across the country this summer with something for everyone to enjoy. So why not re-engage with the sports and activities that you and your family enjoyed before the pandemic or take the opportunity to try something new?

1. Choose a Summer of Fun activity

Dad with young girl wearing boxer gloves.
The gloves are on for a good workout

 

After a challenging few months and fewer opportunities for your children to get active and do the things they love, why not have a summer of fun?

The Summer of Fun programme is packed full of events being run by all councils across Wales until September 30. It provides a range of leisure, recreational, sporting and cultural activities for children and young people up to the ages of 25 - and some of them are free.

For information on the activities taking place in your area, visit the Summer of Fun website.

2. Saddle up and get cycling

Girl cycling over a ramp.
Cycling skills can come in handy

 

Do you want to get the children out in the fresh air, or help them gain confidence on their bikes?

There are plenty of events being hosted around Wales this summer holiday, suited to all abilities and ages and helping everyone get back on their bikes.

Book your places today by visiting the Welsh Cycling website. You can also email info@welshcycling.co.uk for more information.

3. Complete a mile in the Active Nation Challenge

Two adults and a child enjoying a run at Barry Island.
Running at Barry Island beach.

 

If you’re looking for a way to get the whole family active during the summer holidays, then a special challenge awaits.

Run4Wales has launched the Active Nation Challenge, which encourages the people of Wales to get moving by signing up to walk, jog, or run a mile from August 6 to 8.

Entry is FREE and anyone can get involved. For more information and to sign up go to the website.

4. Hone your skills at a cricket camp

Boy with cricket bat.
Cricket's a great way to get out and about this summer.

 

Do you want your child to pick up a new hobby or skill this summer?

If so, what about giving cricket a go, something you can do it in almost any green space. And if your children are aged five to 11, Cricket Wales has events in every part of Wales, guaranteeing weeks of jam-packed fun, activity and skills development.

To learn more visit theCricket Wales website.

5. Sign up for a free rugby camp

Rebels RFC.
Rebels RFC.

 

Be inspired by the Lions tour of South Africa and get your children into rugby for free.

The Welsh Rugby Union is providing free summer holiday camps at rugby clubs across Wales this summer for children aged six to 15.

The action takes place across 96 sites and includes a day of fun rugby skills, with lunch provided.

To find out more, email participation@wru.wales .

6. Take on a triathlon-style activity

Children getting stuck at the Tri Active Cymru triathalon.
Children at Tri Active Cymru getting stuck in.

 

If your kids have plenty of energy and love trying multiple skills, then a triathlon may be right up their street.

Tri Active Cymru is a small ‘triathlon’-style activity, and can be in the form of a triathlon (swim, bike, run); an aquathlon (swim, run); or a duathlon (run, bike, run).

For more information visit the British Triathlon website or email stephmakuvise@welshtriathlon.org .

7. Splash down for free swimming sessions

Children enjoying swimming at an indoor pool.
Children cooling in the hot summer heat by swimming.

 

It's a chance to enjoy the water, have fun and splash about as a family. From family pods to water confidence sessions, each local authority has personalised its offer.

Get in touch with your local pool to see what they’ve got on for under 16s under the “free swimming scheme”.

Get Back in the Game

 

Hopefully, you will be inspired to sign up to one or more of those activities. But if you need further motiviation, find out how others are getting 'Back in the Game' by heading to the Sport Wales website.

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