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The Big Sports Day is back: Parade to be filled with free activities to try out

Watford Borough Council is less than three weeks away from filling much of the town centre with free activities for the Big Sports Day.

People will have the chance to try out everything from BMXing to cricket without parting with a single penny during the humungous experience on Saturday 19 September. Visitors won’t even need their own bike to have a go on the BMX track – or their own bat to enter one of the cages and hit some balls. And there’s more – sports and fitness activities will be going on all the way along the pedestrianised part of The Parade from 11am to 5pm.

There will be golf and tennis areas, where people can test your skills, and a 60m athletics track between Clarendon Road and the flyover. For those looking for something a bit more adventurous, try out parkour. The ‘free-running’ style of leaping and rolling across urban obstacles was made famous by a James Bond chase scene in Casino Royale... but Watford’s version won’t include any explosions.

There will be sports activities from Everyone Active, which runs the Watford Central and Watford Woodside leisure centres. Plus town centre gyms NRG and Fitness 4 Less will be running exercise classes throughout the day. Visitors will have the chance to try out the chaotic Zumba dance fitness routine that’s taking the world by storm – or ‘spin’ along to a group exercise bike challenge. Everyone Active will bring a climbing wall too.

Coaches from the mighty Watford FC – recently promoted to the Premier League – and its Community Trust will be based near the Rickmansworth Road subway on The Parade. Loveable club mascot Harry the Hornet will invite everyone that passes by to take part in some footy fun. Right next-door, there will be some huge inflatables for people to learn some tackling and throwing skills to get into the spirit of the Rugby World Cup.

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “We’re hoping that the Big Sports Day will encourage the whole town to try out a new activity. The Big Sports Day is for all ages and fitness levels: it’s good to exercise, so why not give something a go and see where it takes you? You don’t have to be a Troy Deeney or a Usain Bolt to take part. There will also be three-legged and sack races on our athletics track, but no racing on Segway scooters.”

The Big Sports Day is being staged for the second year in a row as part of the council’s Big Events series of cultural and sporting activities. For more information, visit

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