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Posted Tuesday, May 22nd 2018

Trust enjoys great day out during Celebration of Sport Week

Bristol City Community Trust was on centre stage on Tuesday (May 22nd) during Celebration of Sport Week at Ashton Gate Stadium.

The day, made possible thanks to the work of the Trust and Ashton Park School Sports Partnership, shone light on the Trust's Primary Stars programme, with the annual Coronation Cup and Woodcock Shield finals played later in the day.

Celebration of Sport Week is a four-day festival of community sporting activity which runs at Ashton Gate Stadium until Thursday (May 24th).

It highlights the positive work of the four sporting charities – Bristol Sport Foundation, Bristol City Community Trust, Bristol Rugby Community Foundation, Bristol Flyers Community and Bristol Jets Community – with festivals, exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the stadium.

And today, City head coach Lee Johnson was on hand to present medals and trophies as well as sign autographs and pose for photographs.

He told bcfc.co.uk: "It's great to see kids from the local community, my little girl included with her school today, out at Ashton Gate. It's amazing to have children from the community play in a stadium like this. It's unbelievable. I should think this is inspiring for the children.

And he jokingly added: "I've actually just seen somebody with a Bristol Rovers shirt on so can we get him removed please?

"No, in all seriousness all the kids are buzzing and that's what you want, to inspire young people. That's what we can do, not just Bristol City but the Bristol Sport brand."

When asked why sport was important to him, Johnson continued: "I think for health, for enjoyment and I think sport at any level can give you discipline, cohesion and communication with your team mates. I think you can become a good student, learn good discipline to be a good student which is important as well. It's fun and it's great!

"Nowadays there's a worry for me as a parent to see the electronics in this iPad-era and everything which comes with that, so to be able to get the kids out running around, feeling fit, active and mobile, can only be a positive."

Monday showcased the Trust’s Disability Football programme followed by the Community Foundation’s Project Rugby in the afternoon. Wednesday is set to focus on the rugby club's Community Foundation with a series of tag and invasion games – while the older generation, from the Community Foundation’s Walking Rugby programme, will exhibit their skills in the South Stand concourse.

On Thursday (May 24th) close to 1,000 children from BSF’s Forever Sport PE and Sports Coaching programme will descend upon the stadium to take part in a wide range and diverse offering of sports. Children will experience dodgeball, cricket, football, rugby and jailbreak to name a few.

The week will conclude with an afternoon of corporate tag rugby.

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