The Success of inspirefest 2023 – Festivals to Inspire the Next Generation
What an absolute delight it is to share with you the incredible success of inspirefest Spain 2023! This past April, we launched an event that was truly a whirlwind of excitement and enthusiasm. Over 600 students from 43 teams from the UK came together to participate in a multisport event that spanned across the beautiful Costa del Sol.
We’re absolutely thrilled with the outcome of inspirefest Spain. Our mission was to create an inclusive event that would bring young people from all over the UK together, with the vision of fostering unity, friendship, and sportsmanship among all participants and spectators. And let us tell you, we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams! Not only was the competition fierce and exciting, but there was also plenty of entertainment to be had at the Holiday Polynesia Benalmádena resort. From a thrilling game of mini golf to soaring down the water park slide to dancing the night away at the disco, there was something for everyone.
Day 1 of our multisport festival started off with a blast. The breakfast buffet was a real feast for the eyes. The variety of food options was impressive, and everyone was eager to start the day. After breakfast, the groups then departed from the hotel to start their day with some rigorous training in the morning. It was amazing to see the dedication and hard work put in by all the players. The coaches did a fantastic job of keeping the energy levels high and the students motivated.
Once training was completed, the participants had a well-deserved break and headed to the pool for some fun in the sun. The pool was the perfect place to relax and unwind after a strenuous morning, and everyone had a great time splashing around and enjoying the beautiful weather. To end the day on a high note, the participants had some fantastic friendly fixtures. The atmosphere was electric, and everyone was excited to show off their skills. The games were intense, but the participants played with great sportsmanship and had a lot of fun, you could truly see how these games were bringing out the best in everyone.
Day 2 was just as exciting as Day 1. The groups were well-rested and fuelled up from the delicious breakfast buffet, ready to tackle another day of training. The energy was high, and everyone was eager to learn. Once again, the coaches put on some fantastic sessions, really focusing on developing the groups skills ready for the big tournament on the following day. After another intense training session, the groups were more than ready to recharge with a fantastic lunch. The spread was impressive, with a variety of dishes that catered to everyone’s taste.
During their break, the groups also had time to explore the hotel’s wonderful facilities. The mini golf course was a hit, with everyone challenging each other to get a hole-in-one. Other groups could be found in the fantastic on-site arcade, or the incredible bowling alley. This truly was a fantastic afternoon. The hotel’s amenities were top-notch, and the staff were all friendly and accommodating for the groups at inspirefest. Once everyone had regained their energy, they were then ready for their last friendly fixtures of the festival. The matches were superb, and the local teams were incredibly welcoming. One team even went out of their way to give a UK school a gift, which did not go unnoticed. It was clear to see the respect and appreciation from everyone involved. Overall, the local teams were fantastic hosts, and it was a great opportunity for the groups to learn more about the Spanish culture and make new friends.
Day 3 finally arrived, which meant it was tournament day! All the groups were eagerly waiting for this day, and they were all set to showcase their skills and compete against each other. The excitement in the air that day was palpable, and everyone was pumped and ready to go.
The tournament was nothing short of a spectacle. Each group across both netball and football played their hearts out, using all the skills they had learned throughout the past few days. It was amazing seeing how much they had improved and how well they were able to execute their strategies. It truly was an exceptional event, with all the groups coming together at the ceremony for their awards. It was a day filled with fun, laughter, and great memories.
The disco on the final night was a perfect way to bring inspirefest to a close, and a great place to celebrate everyone’s success on either the court or field. The dancefloor was packed, and we saw some fantastic dance battles. It was clear that everyone was having a great time and enjoying themselves.
inspirefest Spain was truly an unforgettable experience for everyone and we couldn’t be more pleased with how everything turned out and we are thankful for the inspiresport reps, the party leaders and everyone else’s hard work to make this event possible. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.