The Family Fun Indoor Sports Festival taking place during half-term (21 February 12-3pm) will help launch this year's Active Sunderland BIG programme of events and activities.
Organised by Active Sunderland at the Beacon of Light this Thursday afternoon, it will also help introduce people to some of the local sport clubs and community groups, sponsors and even a new mascot involved in helping to deliver this year's programme.
Sunderland City Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture Councillor John Kelly will be joined at 12.45pm by representatives from some of the sponsors including CEO of Gentoo Nigel Wilson, to watch and even participate in some of the activities.
Also joining in with the children and families enjoying one or all of the sessions, will be Active Sunderland's new Lion mascot who'll be named at the event with a name chosen for him or her by the people of Sunderland in an on-line poll.
The new Active Sunderland lion mascot will be supported by their feline cousin SAFC's Samson the cat during this and other events, with the two expected to challenge each other to a friendly game of table tennis some time over the afternoon.
Councillor Kelly said: "The 'Family Fun' Indoor Sports Festival is not only a great way to launch this year's Active Sunderland BIG Programme, but also to introduce some of the sponsors of this year's events and the local sports clubs and community groups delivering the activities.
"I'm looking forward to meeting the children and families at this and the other sports festivals taking place across the community throughout the year.
"We try to organise something to suit everybody and I hope our new mascot will help encourage our younger sportsmen and women of the future to come along and get involved."
Cllr Kelly added: "It's all about enjoying yourself and finding the activity and exercise to suit you, and help us all to get 'Active Sunderland' this year."
For more information about the Active Sunderland event programme click here