City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh’s Festival of Sport!


By Editor - Posted on 09 May 2010

Welcome to Edinburgh’s Festival of Sport!

 
This year’s programme has an even wider range of sports and activities, designed to showcase the city’s many different sports clubs. Everyone, both residents and visitors, can easily become more physically active for a healthier lifestyle. Live demonstrations, taster sessions and competitions.Find an activity that suits you and most are FREE to try!
 
Listed below is the full festival programme on a daily basis. Events are free unless otherwise stated (at time of printing) but we strongly recommend you phone the contact details to confirm exact times, costs and venues.
 

Friday 4th June

 
Disability Bowling
Portobello Indoor Bowling Centre
10.00am to 2.00pm
Come along and see what is on offer for disability groups.
Book in advance on 0131 669 0878
 
Youth Touch Rugby Festival
Meggetland Sports Complex
12 noon to 4.00pm
All Edinburgh high schools are invited to send an S1/2 team to play in a Touch rugby festival. Fast paced and fun! This will be an excellent event for young children.
Contact 0131 529 7993
 
Murrayfield Wanderers Rugby “Taster”
Murrayfield 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Murrayfield Wanderers RFC is offering two introductions to rugby sessions. Everyone welcome to turn up and try the activities.
Touch Rugby: open to potential players both male and female, no experience necessary.
Youth Rugby: open to all primary aged children who would like to try out rugby.
Contact 0131 334 2793
 
Murrayfield – DAFS Youth Cricket Coaching
RoseburnPark
6.00pm to 8.00pm
Cricket coaching and practice sessions aimed at children aged 7 to 14 years.
Both beginners and experienced welcome.
Book in advance on 0773 007 4174
 

Saturday 5th June

Woman on Wheels Cycle Ride
Meet outside Commonwealth Pool
10.00am to 12 noon
Hervelo, Edinburgh’s only women’s cycling club, invites you to join a beginner’s cycle ride on cycle paths.
Contact hervelo@hotmail.co.uk
 
Come & Try Little Athletics
QueensferryHigh School
10.30am to 12.30pm
Free athletic taster sessions for children.
10.30am - 11.30am under 8’s
11.30am - 12.30am over 8’s
Contact 0131 331 1880
 
Come & Try Tang Soo Do
Gracemount Leisure Centre
11.00am to 12 noon
Free taster for anyone aged six and over. Just turn up on the day!
Contact 0786 677 7907
 
LGBT Community Sports Day
QueenStreetGardens
11.00am to 4.00pm
Bringing together the whole LGBT community for a day of sports and games.
Book in advance on 0131 523 1100
 
Recreational Outdoor Volleyball
The Meadows
12.30pm to 4.00pm
Men and women of all abilities welcome for recreational volleyball with www.jetsvolleyball.co.uk
Contact 0771 928 0169 or info@jetsvolleyball.co.uk
 
Tennis Open Day
St Margaret’s Park, Corstorphine
2.00pm to 4.00pm
All the family is welcome to come along and join in. Coaches available for advice and to organise games.
Contact 0791 937 7027
 
Free Golf Lesson
Craigentinny Golf Course at 4.30pm & 5.30pm
Free one hour lessons for beginners offered by Edinburgh Leisure.
Must book in advance on 0131 458 2100
 
Free round of Golf
Braids, Carrick Knowe, Craigentinny & Silverknowes from 6.00pm
Free round of golf offered by Edinburgh Leisure. Booking required at each course up to seven days in advance.
 

Sunday 6th June

Try Tennis
Craiglockhart Tennis Centre
6.00pm to 7.00pm
Play sport in a relaxed and friendly environment. This group meet every week and tennis is an ideal way to keep fit without the gym.
Book in advance on 0788 190 0251
 
Run/Walk for Scotland
HolyroodPark at 9.30am and 11.00am
5k run starts at 9.30am
6k & 12k walks start at 11.00am
Entry fee £10/£8 concession
Contact 0131 208 2500 or visit www.challengescotland.com
 

Open Sports Day
Edinburgh Sports Club, Belford Place
11.00am to 5.00pm
The Edinburgh Sports Club hosts an introduction to racquetball, squash & table tennis. Fully supervised by qualified coaching staff, plus free fitness testing in the gym.
Contact 0131 539 7071
 
Edinburgh Baseball Open Day
Warriston Playing Fields
12 noon to 3.00pm
Edinburgh Diamond Devils invite you to give baseball a try while watching a top game in action.
Contact 0792 171 3615
 
Come & Try Edinburgh Cycle Speedway
RedbraesPark
12.30pm to 4.00pm
Session aimed at cyclists of all ages and abilities. An opportunity to practice then participate in a series of races.
Contact 0790 354 2232
 
Energy Zone Free Taster
QueensferryHigh School
11.00am to 12 noon
Edinburgh Leisure offer free Energy Zone activities for S1 to S5 children.
Contact 0131 331 1880
 
Tennis Open Day
The Meadows Tennis Courts
2.00pm to 5.00pm
All the family is welcome to come along and join in. Coaches available for advice and to organise games.
Contact 0791 937 7027
 

Monday 7th June

Come & Try Croquet
The Meadows
3.30pm to 8.30pm
Meadows Croquet club invite young and old alike to try out croquet for free. Just turn up on the day and please bring flat soled shoes.
Contact 0845 250 4394
 
Free Golf Lesson
Craigentinny Golf Course
At 6.00pm & 7.00pm
Free one hour lessons for beginners offered by Edinburgh Leisure. Must book in advance on 0131 458 2100
 
 
Girls Basketball Coaching
BoroughmuirHigh School
6.30pm to 8.00pm
Polonia Phoenix Basketball offer free basketball coaching and games for girls aged 9 to 14 years. Just turn up on the night!
Contact 0771 971 4932
 
 
An Introduction to Ju-Jitsu
St Stephen’s Centre, Howe Street
7.00pm to 9.00pm
Come along and try out jitsu! A two hour introduction to basic techniques on the mat. Suitable for adults aged 18+.
Contact ben@edinburghjitsu.com
 
Social Badminton
George Watson’s College
7.30pm to 9.00pm
Play sport in a relaxed and friendly environment. This group meet every week and Badminton is an ideal way to keep fit without the gym.
Book in advance on 0788 190 0251
 

Tuesday 8th June

Masters Swim Session
Portobello Swim Centre
6.30am to 8.00am
Open to all swimmers with coaching assistance available.
Contact 0131 669 6888
 
Shuttle Scots BC v Hotscots FC
Crags Sports Centre
7.00pm to 9.00pm
Annual challenge badminton match between Edinburgh’s LGBT Football and Badminton Clubs. Spectators welcome.
Contact 0131 523 1100
 
Table Tennis Open Day
Church of Good Shepard, Murrayfield
7.30pm to 9.30pm
The Murrayfield Memorial Club invites all standards of players to come along to be coached and play matches. All ages welcome.
Contact 0131 337 7020
 
Try Korfball
Mary Erskines Sports Hall
8.00pm to 10.00pm
Edinburgh City Korfball Club offers a beginner friendly session to introduce new comers. This sport is a combination of handball, netball and basketball. Open to males and females 18+.
Contact 0787 613 028
 

Wednesday 9th June

Girls Football
Meggetland Sports Complex
The Boroughmuir club invite youth girls to these open training sessions.
Just turn up on the day!
6.00pm to 7.30pm: 9 to 13yrs
7.30pm to 9.30pm: 14 to 17yrs
Contact 0778 869 5135
 
Come & Try Tang Soo Do
Meadowbank Sports Centre
6.30pm to 8.00pm
Come along and try out this interesting Martial Art.
Contact 0786 677 7907
 
Come & Try Shinty!
HolyroodPark
7.00pm to 8.30pm
Try out Scotland’s other national sport. Open to both males and females aged 14+. Equipment will be provided.
Contact forthcamanachd@googlemail.com
 
Female Gym, Fitness & Badminton night
Crags Sports Centre
7.00pm to 10.00pm
Promoting the regular females nights especially for the BME community.
Book in advance on 0131 667 3334
 

Thursday 10th June

Swanston Gents Senior Texas
Scramble Golf Open
starts at 9.00am
Four person teams.
Book in advance on 0131 445 2239
 
Come & Try Croquet
LauristonCastle
at 2.00pm & 6.00pm
Come and try croquet at two hour open sessions for all ages. Please bring flat shoes.
Contact 0131 661 9994
 
Aiki Open Day
Carrickvale Community Centre
6.00pm to 8.00pm
The Muromachi Koto Ryu Aiki Jutsu Club are offering free introductory sessions for all age groups. Just come along on the day!
Contact 0787 155 4111
 
Try five-a-side Football
Meadowbank Sports Centre
7.00pm to 8.00pm
Keep fit and have fun at this social game of football.
Book in advance on 0788 190 0251
 
Try Tai Chi
Gillis Centre
7.00pm to 9.00pm
The L’art Du chi group invite you to join this introduction to Tai Chi.
Contact 0131 669 1804
 
Masters Swim Session
Portobello Swim Centre
8.00pm to 9.00am
Open to all swimmers with coaching assistance available.
Contact 0131 669 6888

 

Friday 11th June

Festival of Sport Football World Cup
SpartansFootballAcademy
9.30am to 12.30pm
Local primary schools adopt a World Cup Nation and participate in a fun seven-a-side football tournament. Spectators welcome.
Contact 0131 552 7854
 
Disability Bowling
Portobello Indoor Bowling Centre
10.00am to 2.00pm
Come along and see what is on offer for disability groups.
Book in advance on 0131 669 0878
 
Youth Rugby Festival
Murrayfield
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Murrayfield Wanderers RFC is offering another two introductions to rugby sessions. Everyone welcome to turn up and try the activities.
Touch Rugby: open to potential players both male and female, no experience necessary.
Youth Rugby: open to all secondary aged children who would like to try out rugby.
Contact 0131 334 2793
 
Try Kayaking
PortEdgarSailingSchool
5.30pm to 8.30pm
Dynamic half hour kayak taster sessions for youngsters aged 8 to 14.
Book in advance on 0131 331 3330
 
Get on Board Sailing
PortEdgarSailingSchool
5.30pm to 8.30pm
High energy sailing taster sessions for youngsters aged 8 to 14.
Book in advance on 0131 331 3330
 
Murrayfield-DAFS
Youth Cricket Coaching
RoseburnPark
6.00pm to 8.00pm
Cricket coaching and practice sessions aimed at children aged 7 to 14 years. Both beginners and experienced welcome.
Book in advance on 0773 007 4174
 
Free Golf Lesson
Craigentinny Golf Course
At 6.00pm & 7.00pm
Free one hour lessons for beginners offered by Edinburgh Leisure. Must book in advance on 0131 458 2100

 

Saturday 12th June

Scotland v Wales Croquet International
Meadows Croquet Club
9.30am to 4.30pm
Come along and watch top international croquet.
Free admission.
Contact 0845 250 4394
 
British Youth Climbing Finals
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Ratho
10.00am to 5.00pm
Come along and watch Britain’s best young climbers in action.
Contact 0131 333 6333 or info.ratho@edinburghleisure.co.uk
 
Youth Soccer Camp
Gracemount Leisure Centre
10.00am to 12 noon
SFA qualified coaches offer free football coaching for boys and girls aged 5 to 12.
Contact 0131 658 1940
 
PortobelloBeach Volleyball
Tournament
PortobelloBeach
10.00am to 5.00pm
Open to youths and recreational players – this event has something for everyone. Spectators also welcome.
Contact 0781 763 1334
 
Edina Hibs Football Open Day
The Jewel
11.00am to 4.00pm
Fun day for all the local community with football and multi sports for all ages. Just turn up on the day!
Contact 0779 697 6957
 
Aiki Open Day
Carrickvale Community Centre
11.00am to 1.00pm
The Muromachi Koto Ryu Aiki Jutsu Martial Arts Club are offering free introductory sessions for all age groups. Just come along on the day!
Contact 0787 155 4111
 
Jitsu Youth Introduction
St Stephen’s Centre, Howe Street
12 noon to 1.00pm
Come and try jitsu! Aimed at young people aged 11-18years. A great way to build confidence, get fit, learn some really practical skills and have fun at the same time.
Contact ben@edinburghjitsu.com
 
Volleyball Come & Try Session
The Meadows
12.30pm to 4.00pm
All levels welcome for recreational volleyball with www.jetsvolleyball.co.uk
Contact 0771 928 0169 or info@jetsvolleyball.co.uk

 
Kayak & Canoe Open Day
Forth Canoe Club, UnionCanal
1.00pm to 6.00pm
Try out a wide range of water sports including slalom, sprint and white water. Open to adults and children over 7 years. Just turn up on the day!
Contact 0794 193 8912
 
Orienteering for beginners
BonalyCountryPark
1.00pm to 3.00pm
This event is suitable for all ages with plenty of assistance available. Just turn up on the day!
Contact 0131 225 7771
 
Women’s Self Defence
St Stephen’s Centre, Howe Street
1.30pm to 2.30pm
Learn some practical tips and simple techniques in a friendly and non-threatening environment.
Women only and all ages welcome.
Contact ben@edinburghjitsu.com
 
Introduction to Ju-Jitsu
St Stephen’s Centre, Howe Street
3.00pm to 4.00pm
Come along and try out jitsu! A one hour introduction to some basic techniques. Suitable for adults aged 18+.
Contact ben@edinburghjitsu.com
 
Free golf lessons
Craigentinny Golf Course
at 4.30pm & 5.30pm
Free one hour lessons for beginners offered by Edinburgh Leisure. Must book in advance on 0131 458 2100
 
Free round of golf
Braids, Carrick Knowe, Craigentinny & Silverknowes
from 6.00pm
Edinburgh Leisure is offering a free round of golf after 6.00pm. Booking required at each course up to seven days in advance.
 

Sunday 13th June

Race for Life
HolyroodPark Starts at 10.00am
Women’s 5k and 10k fundraisng event for Cancer Reasearch UK. To enter contact 0871 641 2282
Entry fee £12.99
 
Hermitage Golf Club Family Competition
10.00am to 3.00pm
The Hermitage Golf Clubs invites entries from children, family & friends for this fun competition.
Contact 0131 447 5700
 

Two Capitals Cycle Ride from Dunfermline to Edinburgh
Starts at 10.00am
Non-competitive fun cycle event, suitable for all ages.
Entry fee £15/£10 concession
For more information visit www.twocapitals.org
 
PortobelloBeach VolleyballTournament
Portobello Beach 10.00am to 5.00pm
Open to youths and recreational players – this event has something for everyone. Spectators also welcome.
Contact 0781 763 1334
 
Football Coaching Showcase
Drumbrae Leisure Centre
10.00am to 2.00pm
Spectator event as local youngsters participate in five-a side football games.
Contact 0131 312 7957
 
Murrayfield DAFS CC Kwik Cricket Festival
RoseburnPark
10.00am to 1.00pm
Youth Kwik Cricket tournament featuring several local clubs. There will also be come and try coaching sessions for youths.
Contact 0773 007 4174
 
Open Day
Portobello Indoor Bowls Centre
10.00am to 2.00pm
Come along and try out bowling. Something for all ages from under 5’s to over 50’s. Just turn up on the day!
Contact 0131 669 0878
 
Come & Try Petanque
InverleithPark
10.30am to 5.00pm
Inverleith Petanque Club host an open day offering coaching and the opportunity to try out this interesting sport of French boules.
Contact 0774 068 1619
 
Edinburgh Wolves American Football Tournament
Meadowbank Stadium
11.00am to 6.00pm
Four team junior tournament, followed by Wolves v Edinburgh Tigers senior game. Spectator event.
Contact gm@edinburghwolves.com
 
Craiglockhart Junior Tennis Championships
Craiglockhart Tennis Centre
12 noon to 6.00pm
Series of tennis tournaments open to both primary and secondary school students.
Book in advance on 0131 444 1969
 
Friendly Open Tennis Tournament
The Meadows
2.00pm to 4.00pm
MeadowsCity Tennis Club invite players of all levels to participate in an Open tennis tournament. Just turn up on the day.
Contact 0774 748 1681
 
Come & Try Hurling
HolyroodPark
3.00pm to 4.30pm
Come along and try out the fastest stick sport in the world! All ages welcome and equipment provided.
Contact forthcamanachd@googlemail.com
 
Hearts Swim Club Open Day
Drumbrae Leisure Centre
4.00pm to 6.00pm
This is an opportunity for young swimmers to be assessed by a professional coach, with a view to joining the club.
Contact 0796 007 4423
 
Masters Open Swim Session
Drumbrae Leisure Centre
7.00pm to 9.00pm
Hearts SC invite swimmers aged over 16 and over to try out for their master section.
Contact 0796 007 4423