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Edinburgh Gets Physical with Activcity Launch

Activcity 2008/9

Edinburgh became an ‘Activcity' today when the Council launched its new sports events brand and calendar of events for 2008-09. Events ranging from the Scotland v New Zealand rugby international and the Scottish Tennis Open to the Edinburgh Moonwalk and the Y-front charity cycle for men will make up the programme.

Activcity replaces FutureSport which was launched in 2000 and initially had 12 events. By 2007 it had almost quadrupled in size and this year's new programme is bigger than ever, incorporating 68 events.

The new Activcity format includes more events that allow local people to participate and has more involvement from local clubs and other organisations in the sport sector.

City of Edinburgh Council Festival and Events Champion Steve Cardownie said:

"Activcity will do two very important things for Edinburgh - it will promote the fantastic range of sporting events taking place here whist helping more people of all ages get physically active. "Edinburgh hosts a fantastic array of sporting events and our status as a premier events location is going from strength to strength. We have an exciting year ahead with 30 brand new sporting events to Edinburgh to create an Activcity programme which is second to none."

City Sports Leader Deidre Brock said:

"We want to make Edinburgh the most physically active city in Europe by 2020 and our new Activcity initiative will help us to get there. Whether you want to go along to spectator or work up a sweat and participate, Activcity offers a broad range of events right across the city with something for everyone."

Activcity will be promoted throughout the year at a range of Council run Activity carnivals which will take place alongside sports fixtures and on site at events where people will be given the opportunity to try out different types of physical activity and sport.

For further information see individual event listings on this site or visit

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