Free sports coaching for young people returns to Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce a free sports coaching initiative

Calling all 7-16 year olds in Surrey Heath! Would you like to try out a new sport, or get better at one you already play?

Surrey Heath Borough Council, in conjunction with the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games and local sports clubs, are offering FREE coaching sessions for young people at a venue near you.

According to a recent report in The Guardian, three-quarters of UK children now spend less time outdoors than prison inmates – but in an age where children spend on average twice as long playing on screens than playing outside, the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games initiative encourages young people to try something different.

By offering coaching aimed at beginners rather than experienced club players, the initiative creates an environment where young people can make new friends, enjoy themselves, and hopefully foster a life-long association with physical activity.

Between now and June, free coaching sessions will be offered across Surrey Heath in a variety of sports including badminton, boccia (a pan-disability sport), boxing, cricket, football, hockey, judo, lacrosse, netball, rugby, squash, swimming, table tennis, touch tennis and tennis.

Each sport is open to specific age groups/gender, and the sessions take place at schools, clubs and leisure facilities across the borough. At least six weeks of training is on offer for each sport, with all sessions held either after school or at the weekend, and led by qualified, passionate coaches.

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Likely planning application for housing at Windlemere Golf Club

It really is amazing what one turns up when Googling.

Windlemere Golf Club in West End is a 9-hole golf course and driving range open to the public. It appears that the club closed at the end of December 2016. The document I found is an Archaeological Assessment of the land for housing on Windlemere Golf Club. The club house and associated buildings will be demolished to make way for three houses.

You can view the document below, I’ve also taken a screen grab from the document of the likely planning application. [Click on image to expand]


Laughter is the antidote to the negativity

I you’re feeling in need of a dose of laughter as a pick-me-up, Kris Kamara‘s football reporting is matchless.

Not having Sky Sports for many years, I do though remember watching this hilarious report by Kris Kamara for Sky Sports Soccer Saturday. and there are so many more like this on YouTube. The interaction between Jeff Stelling and Chris is comedic joy. I’ve replayed a few times today, and feel better for it.

New gym opens at the Arena Leisure Centre

Surrey Heath Borough Council this week announced the opening of a new new £170,000 at the Arena Leisure Centre,

arena-opening-groupThe Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr John Winterton has officially opened the new gym at Arena Leisure Centre in Camberley. Phil Burgess, member of the Olympic silver medal-winning Team GB rugby sevens squad, also attended the launch on Saturday 15 October.

The new gym, which features bespoke equipment for functional training, a synthetic turf sprint track and a CardioWall as part of the £170,000 refurbishment, offers members cutting-edge fitness facilities at an affordable cost.

Cllr Winterton said: “I am pleased to officially open the new gym at the Arena Leisure Centre in Camberley. It’s a fantastic new facility which will help the people of Surrey Heath to stay fit and healthy using the latest equipment and technology.”

Arena Leisure Centre is operated by Places for People Leisure in partnership with Surrey Heath Borough Council. Jonny Gosnell, General Manager of Arena Leisure Centre, said: “We are extremely proud of our new fitness facility at the Arena.

“Our main aims were to bring the fun factor back into health and fitness, and to ensure we remain accessible to all users. We feel we have achieved this, and now more than ever we can encourage more people to lead a healthy lifestyle.”

Mr Gosnell added: “Having new, exciting equipment available we can accommodate for absolute beginners in the gym right up to highly-experienced athletes.

“We have made changes based on feedback from members – including more concept rowers, extending the free weights area, additional benches, and more focus on functional training. This investment is part of a quarter of a million pounds that PfP Leisure has recently funded into improvements into the Arena. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Surrey Heath Borough Council.”

Surrey Heath Business Portfolio Holder Cllr Craig Fennell said: “We welcome this investment in the new gym at the Arena, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to offering top class leisure facilities in Surrey Heath – I would encourage as many people as possible to visit and try the equipment out.”

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Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2016 winners

Surrey Heath Borough Council released this report yesterday,

The Surrey Heath Sports Awards celebrated the best in local sporting achievement with a special ceremony at Camberley Theatre on Monday.

Organised by Surrey Heath Borough Council, the awards honour people from across the borough who have excelled in their sport, exceeded personal targets or made a meaningful impact on the local community.

The awards were attended by around 350 members of the local sporting community and selected VIPs including the Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr John Winterton, and Team GB Olympians Phil Burgess (rugby sevens) and Ashley McKenzie (judo).

The evening is one of the most anticipated events in the borough calendar as a chance to celebrate the achievements of local athletes, clubs, coaches and volunteers.

Nominations from the public received over the summer were whittled down to a shortlist of just three finalists per category before winners were selected by the Surrey Heath Sports Council.

Award Winners:
Coach of the Year – Pedro Lemos
Club of the Year – Swifts Juniors
Disability Sports Award – Penny Froude
Outstanding Service – Christine Thompson
Sports Personality – Phil Burgess
Surrey Youth Games ‘Performance of the Games’ – Ellen D’Arcy
Surrey Youth Games ‘Coach of the Games’ – Chris Pratt
Sports Team of the Year – Camberley Rugby Club Men’s First XV
Young Sports Personality – Zayna Gallacher
Young Sports Team – Camberley Town U13 Boys
Young Volunteer – Phoenix Govey-Gray

Portfolio Holder for Business Cllr Craig Fennell, said, “This has been another fantastic year for sport in the borough with Olympic and Paralympic medals for athletes with local connections, and excellent performances and participation levels from Surrey Heath clubs at all levels. These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate this, and encourage future success.”

The winners of the Sports Awards will automatically be entered into the county-wide Surrey Sports Awards, which are held in December. Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Specsavers, Places for People, Surrey Playing Fields, Active Surrey, Complete Coaching, 96.4 Eagle Radio, Eight Wealth Management, The Massage Company and Legacy Clothing

Royal Logistic Corps open day tug of war competition video

Tug-of-war competitorsAnother short video to, hopefully, amuse you. This one is of the Tug of War competition at July’s Open Day of the Royal Logistic Corps, at Dettingen Fields, Deepcut.

By way of explanation, a tug of war competition is in three matches. The team winning two matches is the winner. Obvious, really. Teams of eight pullers – a coach is allowed – are matched by weight category, such as 640k.

The rope has a red tape mark in the centre of the rope, which is lined up with a ground marker. The first puller of each team holds the rope behind a white tape, which is 4 metres from the red tape.

The judge asks the teams if they’re ready, then issues, ‘pick up the rope‘, followed by ‘tighten the rope‘, then ‘pull’. When the white tape of one team crosses the centre mark, the judge signals by pointing in the direction of the winning team. It’s a very short video, less than a minute. I’m sorry that I don’t know the names of the teams.