Preston city games festival set to kick off today

Game for it: Last year's dragon boat races at Preston Docks
Game for it: Last year's dragon boat races at Preston Docks
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A city-wide games festival is kicking off today, with businesses from across Preston taking part.

The Guild City Games, which runs over three weekends from now, begins at the UCLan sports arena with events including rounders, archery and ultimate frisbee.

They are good days, there are lots of families there, it’s a great day for people from Preston and around

Almost 500 people have signed up for this year’s games, which leaders have described as “exciting and action packed.”

This will be the third year the games have been held, following the success of previous events.

Today will see competitions running through the day, ahead of the Moonlight and Memories walk for St Catherine’s Hospice this evening.

Coun Veronica Afrin, Preston Council’s cabinet member for culture and leisure services, said: “It is always well-attended, it’s exciting.

“They are good days, there are lots of families there, it’s a great day for people from Preston and around.”

She said the events were entered by corporate teams, and attracted a “mixture” of people.

She said: “I think part of it is the social aspect, people go to compete, but it is just a great city event that many people enjoy, whether they are competitive or not.

“We have some great spaces for people to compete in and enjoy in Cottam and at the docks.”

Coun Afrin, who was at today’s events, said: “We have such an exciting and action packed month in store with the Guild City Games starting today.

“The City Games kicks off with rounders, football, netball, cycling, archery and ultimate frisbee at the UCLan sports arena.

“The following weekend we then have golf on Friday June 12. On Saturday June 13 the sports continue with table tennis and badminton taking place at the Sir Tom Finney Arena.

“The City Games then draws to an end in spectacular fashion with dragon boat racing and the City Games closing ceremony on Saturday July 12 at Preston Docks.”

She added: “I am grateful to the sponsors, because we couldn’t do it without them.”