Running from Saturday 11 – Friday 17 July, the Festival of Learning has more than 150 free events open to the public – with a number of activities and workshops aimed at aspiring athletes, coaches and spectators alike.

Here at sportBU, we are hosting an open weekend at BU’s Talbot Campus on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July, with opportunities to have free health checks and sample group exercise classes like zumba, outdoor spin and yoga.

For those who want to try something more unusual, there’s the chance to take part in handball, wheelchair basketball or wheelchair rugby.

AFC Bournemouth will also run a family fun day on campus on Sunday 12 July, with hourly coaching sessions for children throughout the day – involving fun games, penalty competitions and matches.

Barry Squires, Sports Operations Manager at sportBU, is one of the organisers.

He said: “The Festival of Learning celebrates the breadth of knowledge and excellence at BU and sportBU are glad to be supporting this event showcasing our facilities, services and fitness provision that the public can access all year round.

“Whether you wish to have a taste of one of our fitness classes, book up a free health check, or get your child to experience our sports camps for the weekend; there is something active for everyone at our open weekend in July.’

Sport taster sessions and classes will also run throughout the Festival of Learning, including judo, lacrosse and futsal – an alternative form of football.

If you like to mix your sport with music, there’s the chance to try yBall, or ravepong and raveminton for the full disco experience – complete with UV lighting.

Off campus events include measuring athletic performance, hosted at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC), and experiencing the thrill of velodrome cycling at Bournemouth Cycling Centre at Slades Farm.

If you don’t fancy breaking a sweat, or prefer spectating, there are talks and workshops on healthy eating, improving teamwork, and collecting sports team statistics like those seen on Match of the Day.

To find out more, and book free tickets for  sports events, visit the Festival of Learning website.