ACTIVE children dodged the showers to try as many new sports as possible at the weekend.
Occasional downpours did not deter families determined to attend Chichester District Council’s Get Active festival in Oaklands Park on Sunday.
“It’s a brilliant activity,” said Klodiana Nela, who was there for the fourth consecutive year with her sons Arion, eight, and Dorart, five, who attend Lancastrian Infants School and Central Junior School.
She said the festival was very good because when they moved to the area from Stafford, it helped the family find a lot of clubs to join.
Arion was now involved with a football team – which all came about through Get Active.
“It’s a beautiful thing that Chichester does,” she said.
“I don’t think any other town does this.”
Meanwhile, Katie Jarvis, from Bosham, was there with her daughter Tilly and said the pair were having a ‘wonderful time’.
“My daughter has started climbing as a result of coming today,” she said.
She said Tilly, who attends Central Junior School, first took up climbing at Get Active two years ago.
“She’s done sailing, smoothie making, climbing. Her old nursery are here so she’s been to see old staff.”
Tilly (pictured), also had a go at Choi Kwang Do, a martial art group which runs classes in North Mundham, Tangmere and Barnham.
“It’s good for kids that hang back and brings them out,” said Rob Elliott, who runs the classes.
“We were here last year,” he said.
“We do benefit – it’s given us more exposure and because it’s a more recent martial art it’s getting it out there.”
The club still had a lot of interest, despite the rain, which meant people were occasionally running for cover when the showers started.
Hannah Rawlings-Smith brought her four-year-old son Felix to the festival.
“It’s been really good,” she said. “My son really enjoyed the rugby.
“We came last year and he was fearless, but a bit small.
“This year he’s fearless and a bit bigger so it’s better.”
As well as rugby, she said Felix also enjoyed the hockey and cricket sessions.
“Everyone’s still smiling despite the weather,” she added.
“No one’s shut up and gone home.
“We’ll absolutely be back next year.”