Roger Black was also very instrumental in supporting and publicising GoFest in the run up to the event, and came along and joined in with his family over the GoFest weekend. A highlight for many was competing against him in one of our 5k runs!
“ …A BRILLIANT DAY OF FUN AND VARIETY. AND I THINK VARIETY IS THE KEY. SO MANY PEOPLE PLAYING DIFFERENT SPORTS THEY HAVE NEVER TRIED, LIKE SQUASH FOR EXAMPLE, WHICH HAS BEEN SO POPULAR THROUGHOUT THE THREE DAYS. I HAVE BEEN HERE WITH THE FAMILY, AND MY BOYS REALLY TOOK TO THE SQUASH; NOT SOMETHING WE WOULD TYPICALLY PLAY AND I HAVE DEFINITELY BEEN INSPIRED TO PLAY MORE OF IT WITH THEM.”
As one of Britain’s inspiring Olympians, Gail Emms MBE represents the very best of the nation’s sporting offering. Playing badminton from the age of four, she has shaped her career around the sport and began representing her country in 1995.Her appearances in both women’s and mixed doubles tournaments has seen her awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals and she consistently achieved results that saw her reach the top of the world rankings.Inspired by her family’s love of sport, Gail Emms MBE was destined for a glittering career. Now retired from professional competition, she has turned her attentions to sharing the hugely positive impact that sport can have on life and well-being, working as an ambassador for sport and inspiring young people to be more active.
“FORMER WORLD CHAMPION AND HAVING WON A SILVER MEDAL AT THE ATHENS OLYMPIC GAMES WITH MIXED BADMINTON DOUBLES PARTNER NATHAN ROBERTSON, THE SPORTING STAR CAN NOW LOOK BACK ON A CAREER THAT SAW HER REACH THE VERY TOP OF HER SPORT. GAIL IS DELIGHTED TO BE A GOFEST AMBASSADOR AND WILL BE AT GOFEST NORTH IN MANCHESTER ON SATURDAY JUNE 24TH, WITH HER FAMILY!””
Maggie Alphonsi is the face of international women’s rugby and arguably is one of the most well-known names in women’s team sports on the planet! Since her retirement from rugby in 2014, she is now turning her attentions to being in front of the camera working for a number of different media outlets. She is passionate about the values of sport and is excited about her involvement with GoFest 2016 and will be there on Sunday August 14th!
“I’m delighted to be part of this really exciting new festival aimed at providing a wealth of choice for people to ‘ have a go' at a sport. I know from experience how important sport and physical activity is to a healthy happy way of life and I really hope people will get behind GoFEst as a significant and growing movement. I’m looking forward to the GoFest weekend on August 13th and 14th already….see you then!”
Kevin Keegan and his superb SOKKA digital football games were just tremendous. Not surprisingly, Kevin’s natural enthusiasm came through in abundance, not only throughout the GoFest weekend but during the build up to the event. He has been a real supporter of GoFest and both parents and children thoroughly enjoyed his coaching, tips and great sense of humour.
“GOFEST .. A MAGNIFICENT WEEKEND AWAY FOR EVERYBODY; FAMILIES DOING SOMETHING HEALTHY TOGETHER… IT’S INCREDIBLE THE AMOUNT OF CHOICE. A BRILLIANT OPPORTUNITY TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO “HAVE A GO”, GIVING KIDS AND ADULTS THE CONFIDENCE TO TAKE UP SOMETHING NEW.”
“I NEVER PLAYED OUTFIELD UNTIL AGED NINE, THEN WAS PLAYING STRIKER FOR ENGLAND AGED 20! ALL THE RESEARCH SAYS THE COUNTRY HAS A MASSIVE PROBLEM WITH OBESITY BUT WHO IS DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT? GOFEST IS DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT! THIS COULD BE SOMETHING THAT GOES ON FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS…”
Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite were our Dance Ambassadors and conducted several fantastic Fit Steps classes on the main stage. They also wowed us all with two unbelievable dance routines and spent time mingling with our Festival goers. Lots of selfies going on!
“IT’S GOT EVERYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE AND IT’S SO WELL ORGANISED. IT’S BRILLIANT AND EVERYONE SHOULD REALLY GET BEHIND IT. I FEEL LIKE I’M AT HOME IN AUSTRALIA – THERE’S JUST A REALLY HEALTHY BUZZ AND SO MUCH GOING ON, AND SO MUCH OUTSIDE TOO!”
Tamsin Greenway was our netball Ambassador. She led a number of coaching classes and presented the medals for our netball tournament winners.
“…A REALLY COOL, FUN, HEALTHY AND ACTIVE ENVIRONMENT. IT’S BEEN AMAZING TO WATCH PARENTS DOING LOADS OF DIFFERENT SPORTS AND WATCHING THEIR KIDS JOINING IN WITH THEM. SO OFTEN, PARENTS WATCH THEIR KIDS FROM THE SIDE LINES; THIS WAS REALLY DIFFERENT.”