Rochford District Council’s mascot, Max the Dragon fought valiantly but unfortunately lacked the sword skills to defeat former Olympic fencer, James Beevers in a duel!
James will be teaching youngsters the basics of the centuries-old sport at the Rochford District’s big day out – which this year is set to be our biggest ever!
When asked why he enjoyed being part of Wild Woods Day, James who represented Great Britain in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games said: “The most enjoyable element is simply giving the families and children a chance to have a go at fencing. Seeing a child try something like fencing is so rewarding, because it’s not a sport that a lot of people get to do.”
Along with fencing, visitors can try freestyle basketball, football skills and the climbing wall. New to Wild Woods Day this year is slacklining, the sport of walking and balancing along a small nylon rope.
Now in its ninth year, Wild Woods Day offers a range of arts, sports and leisure activities and a focus on green themes including recycling, sustainability and protecting the local environment.
Please note there will be no parking available on the day at Hockley Woods. However, Wyvern Community Transport will be providing a shuttlebus service. More details can be found here: www.rochford.gov.uk/wildwoodsday