Bradford is one of only nine cities across the country being launched as an official Team GB FanZone.

Live action and highlights of the Olympics Games will be shown on the Big Screen in City Park from midday until early evening. The UK is four hours behind Brazil so people will have to check out the schedule carefully if there are certain events they want to see.

Bradford Council is working with sport national governing bodies, Team GB and local sporting groups to bring sporting activities to City Park so people can try out sports that Team GB will be competing in.

There will be two full size table tennis tables throughout the whole period of the Olympics 5 – 21 August. Bats and balls will be supplied to anyone interested in taking part, with members of local clubs offering encouragement and tips.

Volleyball England are setting up a “come and try” court and a “Go Spike” cage on certain days for people to have a go at this popular sport in a 8 metre x 8 metre cage that will keep the ball within a certain perimeter.

A “Go spike” campaign was launched five years ago to get more adults playing volleyball.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “We’re proud to be chosen as one of nine cities as an Official Team GB FanZone.

“It will be great for local people to come down to City Park and share in any Team GB successes.

“I would also like to encourage people to ‘have a go’ at the sporting activities we are bringing along with Team GB to feel a part of the action.”

Vicky Drake from Clayton Village Primary School said: “The children have been talking about the Olympics in relation to their own sports day and they are so excited about coming down to City Park and showing their enthusiasm and support for the world’s greatest sporting spectacle.”

Former Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle said: “Team GB fans are so passionate and it was fantastic in 2012 to get everyone together at locations across the country.

“There is something very special about everyone coming together to support Team GB. I’d encourage fans around the UK to visit a FanZone during the Olympic Games and show the athletes in Rio that they are behind them.

“It is great to see Bradford backing Team Gb ahead of another exciting Olympic Games and they’d love as many fans as possible to visit.”

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