Thousands have a real ball in Trowbridge Park

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The annual Sport and Play Festival attracted thousands of visitors to Trowbridge Town Park on Saturday, with people of all ages enjoying the wide range of activities on offer.

Organised by Trowbridge Town Council and Active Trowbridge, the free event included everything from extreme sports, such as high ropes and zip wires, to face painting, trampolining and rickshaw rides.

Community clubs also held workshops in football, tennis, golf, basketball and other sports, with the aim of improving health in the area and encouraging more people to get involved in sport.

This year’s event included a visit from Paralympic swimmer Stephanie Millward, pictured right, who joined Martial Arts Leisure, with the school raising £500 on the day to support her training for Rio 2016.

Miss Millward said: “This is an amazing thing that they are doing to support me.

“The idea to do this came from two of my supporters Tom and Rhys Grant, who I have known for a long while and are doing many events to raise funds to support my training.”

Martial Arts Leisure ran taster classes, with people able to make a donation to take part, as well as a five-hour Katathon, while Miss Millward was also made a patron for the school.

The event, which is now in its fifth year, also included several new activities, including an Alice in Wonderland-themed play zone, with activities featuring characters from the classic books played by Trowbridge Players.

Hayley Bell, Active Trow-bridge leisure activities manager, said: “It was an amazing day and it went fantastically well. We think we had about 12,000 people visit the park during the day, which is great.

“All the local sports clubs were at the festival and they were getting a lot of footfall, which is one of main goals of the festival.

“We also had some great performances from bands on the band stand.

“The extreme adventure area went down really well, as did the Alice in Wonderland-themed zone, which was supported by Trowbridge Players. I’m really pleased with how it went and it was great to see people visiting from outside of west Wiltshire.”

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