Bristol European City of Sport

European City of Sport

The European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation, ACES Europe award European City of Sport status to cities with a population of between 25,000 and 500,000, which show a passion for sport at every level.

Bristol European City of Sport 2017

Bristol (alongside 15 other European cities) has been awarded the prestigious title of European City of Sport 2017.

This is in recognition of:

  • our great sports facilities
  • our current physical activity levels
  • success of local sports clubs  and sporting events
  • how Bristol works together to provide high quality sports provision

Bristol has many voluntary run sports clubs and organisations where you can take part in sport and physical activity whether to just get out, have fun, feel energised and be social or to improve the your ability, skills and fitness.

We're collecting information over the year about community activities, sports clubs and events in Bristol, so that we can tell you how and where you can take part.

Community activities

Find local activities near you (pdf, 595k) (opens new window)

If you run or organise a local physical activity session complete our online form to be included in our listing.

Sports clubs

Find sports clubs near you (pdf, 466k) (opens new window)

If you're a local sports club complete our online form to be included in our listing.

Get involved in the ‘Are You Game’ campaign

As part of Bristol’s year as European City of Sport 2017, we're encouraging clubs to help us get the people of Bristol more active, and trying out new activities.

If you're a sport club, community organisation, leisure or physical activity provider, you can get involved with the citywide ‘Are you game? (pdf, 518k) (opens new window)  campaign.

It could attract new members, or promote your activity across the city.

What you need to do 

Let us know if you can offer a free session or taster between 6 May and 16 September this year, by filling in the Are You Game?' - Expression of Interest form. The deadline is Friday 31 March 2017.

You can use an existing session, or a new one created for the campaign.

You can edit your interest at any time, and you’re not committing at this stage.

Government physical activity guidelines

Bristol is amongst the highest of all major cities in England for overall participation rates in sport and physical activity; however this varies widely across our communities. Some groups are much less active than others and a large part of our population stays inactive, most of us could and should do more.

See the government physical activity guidelines for how much exercise you should be doing.

Make a change

Make a change by:

  • personally pledging to do more and to ‘think active’, from changing short journeys to walking and cycling
  • setting a goal/ challenge by arranging to meet friends for an activity, helping others to be active, getting our families out more
  • helping as a teacher or leader our younger generations to start on a pathway of activity (our children have been labelled the least active generation, read the UK Active Kids generation inactive report).
  • encouraging as a manager in an organisation,  employees to be more active. Research shows that it makes a happier, healthier, more productive and resilient workforce.

Being active doesn’t have to cost anything, Bristol has many parks and open spaces you can enjoy for free , let’s get out there and help make Bristol the most active city!

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