Sporting Legends Relay
From 18 July to 23 July, Knowsley will host a week-long celebration of sport as part of its Borough of Culture events programme. Whether its running or cycling, boxing, dance or football that you love, this summer is the time to celebrate!
The Knowsley Sporting Legends Relay will travel the length of the borough with support from local communities, sporting groups, local sportspeople and even the odd famous face popping up. The 6-day showcase event will celebrate Knowsley’s rich and varied sporting heritage, as well as its past, current and future sporting heroes. There are lots of FREE opportunities for the public to get involved and lots of free fun family events and activities to enjoy.
Here’s what’s coming up and how you can get involved.
Day 1 – Monday 18 July
The Grand Depart – ‘Toddle Off’
The relay, which will be accompanied by a DJ bike bringing good tunes and good vibes, will start from Everton FC’s Finch Farm before making its way to Halewood Leisure Centre. There hundreds of ‘little people’ will have gathered for a mass ‘toddle’ helping to get the celebrations off to the cutest start possible. There may be a few tears and there’s bound to be dribbling – but not in the footballing sense!
The Toddle Off is a fun event for pre-school and reception aged children and their parents / carers. Those taking part will be able to wander - at their own pace – on a mile long toddle around one of the outdoor football pitches, while the DJ bike plays some feel-good family tunes.
The ‘toddle’ is expected to last approximately 30 minutes - 1 hour.
Refreshments will be available to purchase at the café and toilets and baby changing facilities will also be available in the Leisure Centre.
We are looking for around 100 toddlers and reception aged children to take part in the ‘toddle off’ at 11 am. If you are a nursery school, preschool or reception class or just want to pop along with your little one you should sign up to take part - CLICK HERE.
LOCATION: Volair Halewood, Halewood Leisure Centre, Baileys Lane, Halewood, L26 0TY.
TIME: The ‘Toddle Off’ will begin at 11am and those taking part will need to arrive at 10.30am.
From here, the relay will travel through Halewood onto the Halewood Environment Centre where runners will complete a final 1-mile relay up and down Halewood’s loop line.
Day 2 - Tuesday 19 July
‘On your bike mate’
The DJ bike and sporting Legend will pick up the relay at Halewood Environment Centre and head to Holy Family Social Club in Cronton. There, community-based cycling scheme Pedal Away will take their turn on the Tour of Knowsley.
The baton will travel to Stadt Moers Park where a huge community bike ride will take place.
Whatever your ability might be, if you have two wheels, then why not come along to the community bike ride? This is a secure, dedicated route through the park and is perfect for all cycling clubs, groups, local families and individuals to come together and put some power to your pedals. There is no official start time so people can arrive between 5pm and 6.45pm and cycle for as long or as little as you wish. Numbers are limited so If you want to take part, you should register online in advance – CLICK HERE.
Spectators are also welcome to cheer along the riders.
LOCATION: Stadt Moers Park, Pottery Lane, Whiston
TIME: 5pm to 7pm
Toilets will be available on site.
This is an outdoor event so please make sure you wear appropriate clothing / footwear.
Day 3 - Wednesday 20 July
As we reach the ‘half-time’ of the relay the baton will make its way from Stadt Moers Park, onto Bowring Park Golf Club. Here, runners will take in a lap of the historic course before moving on to King George V playing fields which will have been transformed into a mini sporting village.
Everyone is invited to King George V Playing Fields between 3pm and 6pm to try out a variety of sports and activities. Why not join us for our mini miler? You can run, at your own pace, on a mile long loop of the site open to anyone and everyone and accompanied by the DJ bike.
LOCATION: King George V Playing Fields, Longview Lane, Huyton
TIME: 3pm to 6pm
Soft drinks and snacks will be able to be purchased on site.
Parking and toilets are available at the Purple Hub next to King George V Playing Fields.
While the community is joining in the sporting fun a small group will push on to Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park to meet the Huyton Boys – a group of local lads who in 1971 won the English School Boys FA Trophy and are now celebrating the rich footballing heritage of Knowsley in a special exhibition.
The public can see a FREE special exhibition that celebrates and displays The Huyton Boys Football Memorabilia. Watch this space - details about the exhibition will be announced soon.
Day 4 - Thursday 21 July
‘Wild about walking’
A slightly slower paced Day 4 starts at Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park and moves towards Carr Lane Woods where a FREE, 3-mile Heritage Walk around Prescot will begin. The walk will take in many of the town’s historic buildings and prominent landmarks along with a close-up view of the new Shakespeare North Playhouse, before arriving at Prescot Soccer Centre around 1pm.
There are just 75 places available on the Heritage Walk so anyone interested in taking part needs to register online to avoid missing out - CLICK HERE.
The walk is open to everyone, and refreshments at Prescot Soccer Centre are included. Anyone taking part should ensure they have suitable footwear / clothing.
LOCATION: Starts Carr Lane Woods, Carr Lane, Prescot
Day 5 - Friday 22 July
The relay will travel from Prescot Soccer Centre to Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park (KLCP) to meet a variety of sporting clubs from the borough for an afternoon full of fun!
Everyone is invited to gather at KLCP for an afternoon of fun and games. Young and old will be able to experience a vast array of sports and even have the unique opportunity to take part in a family bike ride within the Velodrome. If you are interested to get involved, CLICK HERE. Please note, you will need to bring your own bike to take part.
There will also be some impressive stunt shows, cycling workshops and other demonstrations alongside a FREE community BBQ.
LOCATION: Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton, L36 6EG
TIME: 3pm to 7pm
Refreshments will be available to purchase, and parking and toilets are available at Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park.
Day 6 - Saturday 23 July
Super Sports Day!
The relay will begin its last day at Kirkby High School and proceed onto Eddie McCardle playing fields – just adjacent to Liverpool FC’s AXA Training Ground. There, the whole community – along with more than 100 local dancers - will come together in a huge FREE Sports Day.
Come and join the celebrations, everyone is invited! – with ‘It’s a Knockout’ style games, dedicated kids’ zone, taster sessions form local sport clubs, and live music there will be plenty of free fun for everyone to enjoy. There will also be two amazing dance performances choreographed by Grace Goulding supported by the iconic Jeanefer Jean Charles who has previously worked on events such as the London Olympics, world cups and Commonwealth Games.
LOCATION: Eddie McArdle Playing Fields, Simonswood Lane, Kirkby
TIME: 12noon to 6pm
Please note that there is limited availability to park.
This huge celebration of sport will top off a fantastic week of free fun for everyone!