THE NATIONAL Exhibition Centre (NEC) will open its doors to the first ever Sports Show in June 2016.
The event, which will be the first ever family Sports Show of it’s kind, has been created to inspire kids to play sport and will host tens of thousands of visitors.
The Sports Show is the brainchild of Superskills founder Ed Rusling and rugby legends Will Greenwood and Austin Healey.
The event will last for three days between June 24 and June 26 2016 – for the first time ever, the NEC has taken a 25% stake in the event.
Paul Thandi, CEO of the NEC Group, said: “We’ve made some positive changes to the way we are structured to work with our existing and new customers.
“Workingalongside Ed and his brilliant team is a great example of how we’ll be working with our customers in the future across all of our platforms.
“We are really looking forward to being part of this project and turning the NEC into a fantastic sporting venue over the three days of Sports Show.”
With more than 25 different sports including rugby, football, netball and athletics available to try, the event promises to be a fun day out for all the family to share.
Director of the Sports Show, Ed Rusling said: “The Sports Show is going to be a playground of fun for kids across the country, we will be taking over most of the NEC and we plan to pack every inch with as many different sports as we can.”
Charles Johnston, from Sport England, said: “Events like the Sports Show offer a great opportunity for families to come along and try a new sport or activity.
“We can all get a bit set in our ways about the sports we do and don’t play, but events like this are a great way to inspire and encourage everyone to try something new.”
Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood said: “We are very excited to announce that we already have NGB’s and Sport England on board, it’s very important to us to have the backing and support of these sporting institutions and they will be the first of many we announce.”