Take part in the Camberley Sprint Triathlon at the Arena

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce that, [click on image to link to Council website]

Following the success of the Specsavers GO-TRI at the Arena, the newest triathlon challenge has arrived in Camberley and entries are now open!  The Camberley Sprint Triathlon, which is designed to bridge the gap between beginner triathlons and the full distance, takes place on Sunday 23 September.

Competitors start with a 400 metre swim in the Arena Leisure Centre before cycling 20km around a picturesque Camberley course. There’s a final 5km run to the finish line where a medal awaits.

It’s the perfect test of endurance in a professional, friendly environment. All abilities welcome, from first-timers to experienced triathletes. It’s also open to enter as a team ‘relay’ event, where a group of three people each complete one of the legs of the triathlon (swim, cycle or run).

So if you’d like to take part, but don’t think you’re quite up to completing the whole triathlon, it’s a great opportunity to grab two of your friends, work colleagues or family members and demonstrate some teamwork!

Entry is open to anyone 16 and over, and costs £35.  What are you waiting for?

Places are limited so enter today at www.surreyheath.gov.uk/tri 

Nominate people & teams for the Surrey Heath Sports Awards

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce request for nominations for their sports awards,

Do you know an individual who excels at sport, a fantastic team, an inspirational coach, or a tireless volunteer who goes the extra mile?

The Surrey Heath Sports Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding commitment and achievements in sport over the past 12 months.

Nominations for a range of individual, team and club awards are open, including:

  • Young Sports Team of the Year
  • Sports Team of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Disability Sport Award
  • Coach of the Year
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year
  • Sports Personality of the Year
  • Outstanding Service to Sport

The deadline for nominations is 9 September, and winners will be announced at a ceremony held at Camberley Theatre on 15 October.

All the winners in the Surrey Heath Sports Awards are automatically entered into the Surrey Sports Awards. Last year, two Surrey Heath winners – Bagshot Tennis Club (Club of the Year) and John Wickens (Bagshot Football Club) – went on to triumph at the county-wide event.

The nomination form is quick and easy to complete online. Reward those who make sport happen in Surrey Heath and make a nomination today! Visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/shsa 

Council promote ‘Tennis in the Park’ with court & booking improvements

Surrey Heath Borough Council reveal,

Plans for a new Online Booking System and Annual Tennis Pass revealed, offering tennis for the whole family all year round for just £39.

As part of our commitment to help residents live a healthy and active lifestyle, Surrey Heath Borough Council is working in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to get more people playing tennis more often, and to make sure our park tennis facilities are sustainable.

Earlier this year we held a public consultation to understand the views and motivations of both existing and potential parks tennis users. Responses showed improved court conditions and a clearer, simpler booking system were the main factors that would people more likely to play at parks tennis venues.

In response, a range of court improvements have been completed at our London Road Recreation Ground venue in Camberley, including jet washing, moss treatment, surface repairs, court binding and repainting to offer a more attractive and playable surface for users of all standards.

We will also be introducing ‘ClubSpark’ soon – a simple, customer-friendly online booking and payment system for our park tennis courts. In tandem with the new booking system we are introducing a great value Annual Tennis Pass that allows a household of up to 5 people to play Tennis in the Park all year round at any of our four venues across Surrey Heath for just £39 – meaning the whole family can play for the equivalent of just £3.25 a month.

Players can also use the system to book courts on the traditional “Pay as you Play” basis at the current rate of £5.75 per court per hour. As our busiest venue, London Road Recreation Ground has been selected as the pilot site for improvements, including a new gate-access system that works in conjunction with ClubSpark.

The aim will be to make similar improvements over time at our remaining park tennis venues at:

  • WatchettsRecreation Ground
  • MytchettRecreation Ground
  • Frimley Green Recreation Ground

These major changes will be supported by a diverse coaching programme catering for all ages and abilities and targeted opportunities for low-cost tennis.

To celebrate the new-look tennis offer, we will be taking part in the national “Great British Tennis Weekend” initiative on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July.

SHBC will be offering free access to all our park courts all weekend, and will also be offering free coaching on Saturday 21 July at London Road Recreation Ground courtesy of our new coaching partner, the National Tennis Association. The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Dan Adams, will attend the launch of the event with an LTA representative at 10.30am, followed by a day of free tennis opportunities for children and adults, including coaching sessions between 11am – 3pm.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. To register, please visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/tennisinthepark.

To register your interest in our Annual Tennis Pass, please email business.services@surreyheath.gov.uk.

Further updates will be posted on our social media channels and at www.surreyheath.gov.uk/tennisinthepark

The RLC Open Day – a football festival

The Royal Logistic Corps Open Day last Saturday, 7th July, while a celebration of all things military logistics, was also a football celebration.

The England v Sweden World Cup quarter final match on Saturday afternoon necessitated a re-jigging of the open day programme.

The area in front of the big screen on which to watch the match was soon occupied by seats and picnic blankets. A steady stream of people taking their refreshments to the screen area, leaving empty tented areas as a result. I took photos, and a short video of the RLC Band playing The Three Lions, which got everyone in the mood for the match.

Yours truly received some of the liquid refreshments thrown into the air when England scored, necessitating a change of position. All in good humour.

Cycling grand tours provide riveting TV

I’ve written here about my love of watching cycling grand tours on TV. There are three European grand tours – cycle races that, unbelievably, last for three weeks. The grand tour season begins with the Giro d’Italia, followed by the Tour de France, and ending with the Vuelta d’España.

The reason I’m writing about cycling is that Chris Froome yesterday won the Giro d’Italia in spectacular fashion. Froome is only the third man, after legendary pair Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault, to hold cycling’s three most prestigious races at the same time.

The race was hugely exciting, with Britain’s Simon Yates wearing the leaders pink jersey for two weeks and winning three stages, only for him to run out of energy towards the end of the third week. My wife rolled her eyes when I said that I’d be glued to the TV for the Tour de France.

Young boy’s unaffected joy is heart warming

Yes, I admit it, I’m a football supporter, and as a Wulfrunian, someone born in Wolverhampton, I’m a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, aka the Wolves.

At this time of the football season, I can be found checking the news for the latest player acquisitions, or lack of them, as the case may be. In doing this on the BBC’s website, I came across this lovely touching video. Oh, and the Midlands accents added to the pleasure for me.

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did. Click on image or link below to see the video.