The 2015 Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 2nd August as part of the annual Riverside Festival and is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated team events in the region.

Teams from Noble Foods (Silver entry), Cardiology Dept, Grantham Hospital and Axis M&E Consulting Engineers have already signed up to take part and they are expected to be joined by up to 40 crews from all over the East Midlands, battling it out to be crowned Challenge Champions whilst raising much-needed funds for the Hospice.

No previous experience is required to take part in the dragon boat racing, just plenty of team spirit so why not take up the challenge? The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of one of the region's largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council.

The Challenge's official charity, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, is the only children's hospice in the East Midlands. Katie Baxter, Events Manager, comments, "The Dragon Boat Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for Rainbows as it gives us a chance to raise essential funds with the help of the local community. Thanks to everyone involved, we are able to continue to be there for hundreds of families." The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the Charity trophy plus a special prize meal kindly donated by The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen, situated at Trent Bridge, not far from where the Challenge takes place.

For more information and an entry form please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham