22 Jul 2008

It’s all go at Techniquest this summer, as Dragon Sport descends on the hands-on science centre in Cardiff Bay in a bid to get youngsters active and interested in unravelling science!

As the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games draw ever nearer, Techniquest - together with the Sports Council for Wales - aims to kick start an interest in health, fitness, sport and the appliance of science.

The lottery funded Dragon Sport scheme – Wales’ biggest campaign to get primary school children hooked on out-of-school-hours-sport – is helping to draw more children into sport and increase activity levels. And Techniquest is home to a roaring programme of activities throughout the summer holidays (until 7 September 2008).

The action kicks off on Saturday 26 July with some special visitors to help launch the first weekend of the event.

The Vice Chair of the Sports Council Wales, Prof. Laura McAllister, will be rolling up her sleeves to take part in the sports and science extravaganza. The AM for Cardiff South and Penarth, Lorraine Barratt, Olympic medallist sprinter Jamie Baulch and Commonwealth Games badminton ace Matt Hughes, who are both now representing Superschools Wales, are also expected at the launch as well as members of the Cardiff Blues. They will all get involved in some of the activities which will take place outside the centre, on the waterside.

Outdoor activities, weather permitting, are scheduled to run from 11am – 4am daily and are free of charge.

The Sports Council for Wales is the Official Event Partner and there will be different activities to try throughout the summer, as well as visits from sports personalities.

Sports Council for Wales Chair, Philip Carling, explains:

"Dragon Sport continues to engage our primary school children into sport and we’re delighted to team up with Techniquest to offer opportunities throughout the summer holidays. The emphasis will be very much on trying out the activities and fun learning. I believe it is really important to show the impact of physical activity on the human body so that our young generation grow up understanding the importance of being active."

There is also a brand new show as part of the Science of Sport event. Techniquest’s Science Theatre will be transformed into an international sports arena for "Ready Steady Go" - a new audience-driven show. Volunteers from the audience will test their skills in all kinds of sports – including basketball, sailing, golf, and sprinting – all within the confines of the Science Theatre!

Inside the main exhibition hall there will be impromptu demonstrations on the exhibition floor, illustrating the science of sports clothing, and opportunities to test the strength of your grip. There will also be a special trail around the exhibits linked to sport and the human body, where visitors can race the clock to complete different tasks.