Nation’s biggest sports day coming to Copper Box Arena

PUBLISHED: 09:40 25 August 2016

The Copper Box Arena played host to handball at the London 2012 Olympics (pic: Lee Power)

The Copper Box Arena played host to handball at the London 2012 Olympics (pic: Lee Power)


Has the nation’s success at Rio 2016 inspired you to try out a new sport? If so, Saturday could be the day to do it.

The Copper Box Arena is taking part in I Am Team GB day, which is set to be the nation’s biggest sports day.

The initiative will see thousands of clubs and sports centres across the country open their doors to new participants for free. while also acting as a homecoming for sports stars returning from Brazil.

Visitors to the Copper Box will be able to have a go at a variety of sports including table tennis, fitness bikes and gymnastics balance beams between 8.30am and 6pm.

Coinciding with the venue’s hosting of the International Handball Cup, there will also be the chance to try out the sport.

Popular across Europe and parts of South America, it has been an Olympic sport since 1972.

Sports fans will be able to meet some of the Lottery-funded Olympians on the day, with pop star and presenter Alesha Dixon also confirming her attendance.

Russ Barnes, partnership manager at the venue, said: “All the staff at the Copper Box Arena are proud to fly the I Am Team GB flag and host one of the showpiece events as part of this inspiring campaign.

“This will be a great opportunity for our members and local residents to come and join in with the different activities alongside our staff and some famous faces to be part of this nationwide celebration of sport and our Olympic success.”

I Am Team GB has been organised by the National Lottery and ITV, with the latter switching off its channels for an hour on Saturday morning in a bid to get more people involved in sport.

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