The winners of the Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2018

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the winners of the Surrey Heath Sports Award 2018,

Surrey Heath’s sporting talent was celebrated at the Sports Awards 2018 with a special ceremony at Camberley Theatre. The awards recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding commitment and achievements in sport over the past 12 months.

Camberley Rugby Club – Club of the Year

More than 300 members of the local sporting community attended the awards on 15 October, alongside special guests including the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Dan Adams, and SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan.

Nominations were across a wide spectrum of sports including equestrian, inline puck hockey and pickleball. These were whittled down to a shortlist in each category before the winners were selected by the Surrey Heath Sports Council.

Winners:

  • Active Surrey Coach of the Year – Claire Murray, Heatherside Social Walking/Cycling
  • The Massage Company Sports Club of the Year – Camberley Rugby Club
  • Camberley Theatre Disability Sports Award – Yasmin Somers, Harlow Athletics Club
  • Highly Commended – Surrey Chargers (Mixed Ability Rugby)
  • Outstanding Service to Sport – Grant Simmons, Ravenscote Junior School
  • Legacy Sportswear Sports Personality of the Year – Samantha Taylor, GB Age Triathlete
  • National Tennis Association Sports Team of the Year – Camberley& Farnborough Hockey Club Ladies 2nd XI
  • Complete Coaching Young Sports Personality of the Year – Owen Heard, Camberley& District Athletics Club
  • Specsavers Young Sports Team of the Year – Bisley & Sandown Chase Pony Club Mounted Games Junior Team (Equestrian)
  • Robin Elsdon-Dew Award for Young Volunteer of the Year – Alivia Leahy, Liberty Gymnastics Club

Specsavers Surrey Youth Games Awards

  • Performance of the Games – Parami Aye
  • Coach of the Games – Mark Dodson (Football)
  • Young Ambassador of the Year – Dylan Wright
  • Most Supportive School – Crawley Ridge Junior School

Surrey Heath Sports Council member Cllr Charlotte Morley said: “Many congratulations to all the award winners, and everyone who was nominated this year.  It’s been a great year for Surrey Heath sport, with fantastic performances and participation rates from clubs at all levels. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of the coaches, volunteers and parents who dedicate so much of their time and effort. The awards are an excellent opportunity to recognise the achievements of all involved.”

Sports Personality of the Year, GB Age Triathlete Samantha Taylor, said: “I had a fantastic evening at the Surrey Heath Sports Awards and am honoured to have won Sports Personality of the Year. Thank you to everyone that has supported me to achieve so much – here’s to seeing what we can do next year, and who else I can inspire to be more active!”

To be eligible for the awards, you need to be a Surrey Heath resident, or play or be involved in sport in the Borough.  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 (Outstanding Service to Sport – Bagshot Football Club) – went on to triumph at the county-wide event.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Active Surrey, Camberley Theatre, Complete Coaching, Legacy Clothing, The Massage Company, National Tennis Association, Places for People, Specsavers and Surrey Playing Fields Association. www.surreyheath.gov.uk/shsa

Congratulations to all the winners.

Shortlist for the Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2018

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the shortlist for the Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2018.

The awards recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding commitment and achievements in sport over the past 12 months. Following a fantastic year of sport in Surrey Heath, dozens of nominations were received from the public for these wide-ranging awards. These were whittled down to a shortlist in each category before the winners were selected by the Surrey Heath Sports Council.

To be eligible for the awards, you need to be a Surrey Heath resident, or play or be involved in sport in the Borough.  Organised by Surrey Heath Borough Council, the awards celebrate the best in local sporting achievement with a special ceremony at Camberley Theatre on 15 October, where the winners will be announced. This year’s shortlists:

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

  • Ashley Tombs (AvalancheInline Hockey)
  • Pedro Lemos (FoxhillsClub & Resort – Golf)
  • Claire Murray (HeathersideSocial Walkers)

Robin Elsdon-Dew Award for Young Volunteer of the Year

  • Pheonix Govey-Gray (CamberleyJudo Club)
  • Mikayla Dodson (CamberleyTown Youth FC)
  • Alivia Leahy (Liberty Gymnastics)

Specsavers Young Sports Team of the Year

  • Camberley& Farnborough U14 Boys Hockey Team
  • Curley Park Rangers U9 Team (Football)
  • Bisley & Sandown Chase Pony Club Mounted Games Junior Team (Equestrian)

Complete Coaching Young Sports Personality of the Year

  • Lillie Tombs (AvalancheInline Hockey)
  • Victoria Usher (RushmoorSyncronised Swimming Club)
  • Owen Heard (Camberley& District Athletic Club)

National Tennis Association Sports Team of the Year

  • CamberleyRugby Club 1st XV
  • Camberley& Farnborough Hockey Club Ladies 2nd XI
  • Paul Hughes and Wendy Marks (Runnymede Royals Pickleball Club)

Legacy Sportswear Sports Personality of the Year

  • Charlotte Dannatt (Camberley& District Athletic Club)
  • Harry Dugmore (CamberleyRugby Club)
  • Samantha Taylor (FarnhamTriathlon Club)

Camberley Theatre Disability Sports Award

  • Yasmin Somers (Harlow Athletics Club)
  • Surrey Chargers (Mixed-Ability Rugby)

The Massage Company Sports Club of the Year

  • Fins Swimming Club
  • CamberleyJudo Club
  • CamberleyRugby Club

Outstanding Service to Sport

  • David Noble (LightwaterJuniors Badminton Club)
  • Gill Abraham (CamberleyCricket Club)
  • Geraldine Carter (CamberleyLawn Tennis Club)
  • Grant Simmons (RavenscoteJunior School)
  • Gareth Rise (CamberleyRugby Club)

Last year’s winners included rugby player Harry Dugmore as Sports Personality of the Year, Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI as Sports Team of the Year, and Chobham Cricket Club U11 as Young Sports Team of the Year.

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 (Outstanding Service to Sport – Bagshot Football Club) – went on to triumph at the county-wide event.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Active Surrey, Camberley Theatre, Complete Coaching, Legacy Clothing, The Massage Company, National Tennis Association, Places for People, Specsavers and Surrey Playing Fields Association. www.surreyheath.gov.uk/shsa

Take part in the Camberley Sprint Triathlon at the Arena

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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.