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Below are the current news stories at Welwyn Hatfield Sports and Physical Activity Alliance.

Recent news items can be found in the Recent News section.  Click here for the Latest Herts

Sports Patrnership News.   Welwyn Hatfield  Year of Sport Calendar is again available to view or add your events.

WGC Healthfest - a very enjoyable success!

Lots of activities and stalls of Come-&-Try and information in the centre of Welwyn Garden City 21st May. The list of stallholders and their websites is shown below.


Thanks to everyone who attended and everyone who organised a very successful event!

More photos an video clips on this Flickr link. 











Age UK Hertfordshire  www.ageuk.org.uk/hertfordshire/
Affinity Water    www.affinitywater.co.uk
Awareness Mindfulness Meditation http://awarenessmindfulnessmeditation.co.uk
BeeZee Bodies    http://beezeebodies.com
Campus West Entertainment   http://cwentertainment.info/
East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust  www.enherts-tr.nhs.uk
East & North Hertfordshire CCG www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk
Finesse Leisure   www.finesseleisure.com
Fit4less   www.f4l.com/hatfield
GKR Karate   www.facebook.com/GKRkarateHatfield
Groundwork Hertfordshire www.groundwork-herts.org.uk
Healthwatch Hertfordshire www.healthwatchhertfordshire.co.uk
Herbalife Health Coach  www.herbalife.co.uk/
Hertfordshire Health Walks http://goo.gl/VAvruW
Herts & Beds Chiropractic www.herts-beds-chiropractic.co.uk
Kinetic Cycles   kineticcycles.co.uk
Mind in Mid Herts  https://mindinmidherts.org.uk
Premier Sport & Performing Arts sport.premier-education.com
Public Health & Protection http://goo.gl/W07SLI
Purple Star   https://goo.gl/qExryx
SFO Sports Centre   www.sfosborn.herts.sch.uk/sportscentre
Spot The Signs, Save A Life   www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk/news/201501/spot-signs-and-save-life
Talk-in-Herts Counselling Services CIC  https://talk-in-herts-counselling.co.uk
University of Hertfordshire, Centre for Research in Primary & Community Care  http://goo.gl/JBHb5L
Victim Support   https://goo.gl/6U84qD
WGC Heritage Trust –Play Pit    www.welwyngarden-heritage.org
WGC Library   https://goo.gl/pZXWua
WelHatCycling   www.welhatcycling.org.uk
WHSPAA    www.welhatsports.org.uk
WH Youth Council    www.welhat.gov.uk/youth-council
Wise Choice Solutions   www.wcmarketingsolutions.com

Youth Connexions   www.youthconnexions-hertfordshire.org

Great Turn-out for AGM andThis Girl Can Summit - Welcome the New WHSPAA Chairman

Over 30 peopleattended and thanked Dave Bartlett, Chairman of WHSPAA as he stood down after 10 years, and welcomed new chairman Rhian Hollyer.  Rhian, who has lived in teh area for many years is a member of Welwyn Hatfield Netball and she works as a Project Officer at Herts Sports Partnership.

The meeting also thanked Vice-chairman David Grant, who was also standing down.

Doug King, Treasurer, and Dave Hill, Activate Lead, were also thanked - and re-elected.

The minutes and other partners reports and  documents from the meeting can be found on the About Us, documents section of the website







This Girl Can Summit followed with inspiring presentations from several presenters - documents will be added soon.

Also there are lots of documents you can download for the TGC campaign on WH BC website: www.welhat.gov.uk/thisgirlcan



Come and Support the New WHSPAA Chairman and Vice Chairman at Thursday's AGM

WHSPAA Chairman, Dave Bartlett and Vice Chairman, Dave Grant, are standing down at the WHSPAA AGM 7pm Thursday 12th May.  Come and meet and support the new individuals to be elected and hear brief reports and discuss directions for the coming year.

The brief AGM is being held at Gosling Sports Park, Collingwood suite:  documents for the meeting can be found on our Doucuments page:  http://www.welhatsports.org.uk/about+us/whspaa+dates+and+documents+

Refreshments and networking with other clubs and organisations are from 6:30pm.

The AGM will be followed by the This Girl Can summit conference when clubs and organisations will be able to influence and see how they can be involved in the borough-wide festival later in the year.

To help manage catering please inform admin that you can come:  Lester Vaughan <l.vaughan@welhat.gov.uk>

Dave Bartlett

Chairman WHSPAA 

A Great Time at Hatfield Primary School Games

Charity SportInspired organised a fun tournament of 5 sports for 220 children at 5 Hatfield Primary schools at Hertfordshire Sports Village, 22nd March.



Thanks to all organisers, sponsors - Land Securities (Galleria) and Ocado, - VIPs, including WH Mayor Lynn Sparks, Jonathan Trower, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire; helpers; 20 St Onslow school leaders; school teachers and WHSPAA Clubs and coaches: Comets Junior Badminton Club, Hatfield Boxing Club, Falcon Judo Club, Welwyn RFC  and Gosling Tennis Academy.

Click on leaflet image for pdf of the clubs at the event:

More photos on Flickr.   Video clip on YouTube

Post event impact report - including, '98% children found a sport they would like to play again'. 

Launch of Simply Amazing Welwyn Hatfield Project

The launch of a '£250,000 boost to get young people active across borough' was held outside the Hub, Hatfield Town Centre with local MP  Grant Shapps and many representatives from local organisations present.

See report from Welwyn Hatfield Times.

WHSPAA Full Alliance Meeting

Minutes of the Alliance meeting

Upcoming Welwyn Hatfield Sport and Physical events that clubs and organisations can be involved in




John O'Callaghan, Director of Herts Sports Partnership, explained th ecurrent status of the new sports strategies.

To view click the image above

Kim Collins, Project Manager, Child UK detailed the curent status of the project and how clubs and organisations can be involved.

To view click the image above

WHSPAA at WGC Library's 'Herts Health for All'

WHSPAA members promoted local sports clubs, organsations and activities to library visitors at Herts Health for All event Tuesday 16th February.

L-R: David Grant, WHSPAA vice-chairman, Gill Bartlett, Comets Junior Badminton Club, Rosemary Basden, Hatfield Town Fc, and Dave Bartlett, WHSPAA Chairman.

There was a steady flow of visitors with a range of interests throughout the day with more than 30 leaflets and and a similar numebr of WHSPAA newsletters taken.

There were also First Aid and Resuscitation demonstrations as well stalls on Health Eating and Volunteering - even the Hatfield Welwyn Community choir sang with some physical activities and got people joining in!  

Free January WHSPAA Newsletter

Thanks to all schools, clubs and

organisations for your input -

it makes a great read.

Click on the image left for the latest

WHSPAA Newsletter.


WH Sport Awards Nominations Now Open

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council are delighted to announce that the 2016 Welwyn Hatfield Sports Awards is under starters’ orders as nominations are now open!

 Nominate Now




The awards celebrate the success and achievements of athletes, coaches, teams and schools across Welwyn Hatfield.  There are 13 different categories/awards to which you can nominate.  


To nominate your Welwyn Hatfield Sporting hero or heroes, complete the form at:   www.welhat.gov.uk/sportsawards2016 


The shortlisted nominees will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, on the evening of Tuesday 8 March 2016, Winners will be announced on the night.


The Sports Awards Team


01707 357168

A Very Successful Welwyn Hatfield School Games Partnership Leaders Tennis Workshop

An army of assistants from all 4 WH SGP secondary schools  left the SE-WHSPAA-funded session at Gosling Sports Park Tennis Centre having worked very hard to develop their knowledge and delivery skills. 

A great group and very worthy of the support you have provided for them.  They were a credit to themselves and the staff at each of the sites that work very hard to ‘knock' them into shape!  Hopefully the return will be excellent from this group as they assist with the youngsters they work with.

Sam Bruce, Gosling Sports Park, Herts LTA and HST Tennis Academy

See more photos on WHSPAA Facebook.

Welwyn Hatfield School Games Partnership Leaders YLA Badminton

19 Leaders from Welwyn Hatfield School Games Partnership secondary schools attended the Badminton England Young Leaders Award course, sponsored by a Sport England  Big Lottery grant to WHSPAA.

Gosling Sports Park hosted the course and it was tutored by Cherie Wiper, Stanborough school, with significant assitance from Stuart Williams, Monks Walk school, with Rhian Walsh, Sir Frederic Osborn school, and David Bartlett, WHSPAA (and WH CBN).


The intensive but enjoyable course covered several modules including, Qualities of a leader, Team skills, Tournament Organisation and SmashUp!.


Another Great Uni Freshers Fair

Lots of attendees, over 30 sports stalls and several demonstrations made this year's Freshers' Sports Fair one of the biggest and best, 30th September.











WHSPAA stand with chairman Dave Bartlett and vicechairman David Grant







 Lots of great demos, too.

 See more photos on: Flickr..

 sports demos on Youtube


This Girl Can - A Practical Guide for Clubs










This Girl Can week is 16th - 25th October.  Click on the picture above to download the practical guide for clubs to make it a great week!

Dave Bartlett

Chairman WHSPAA

Hatfield Healthfest 12 September - a great day for fun and healthy living

  Zumba was popular as was football in the stadia







27 of stalls showed enjoyable ways of staying healthy.





Councillor Fiona Thomson retains her ballance at the Finesse stall.


And, of course, the WHSPAA stand promoted all our sports and physical activties:

Gill Bartlett shows some young visitiors the activities available.


More photos and video clips - click on Flickr.



SFTN Provided 4 Days of Minions in Action

Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st 4 days... at King George V, Mundells Lagoon and Salvation House ... unlimited amounts of fun, for Minions aged 4-16 years old, totally free were provided by SFTN with Basketball at KGVthe help of several WHSPAA coaches.  .





Basketball at KGV


Sports included  Football, Basketball, Badminton, Kickball, Playground activities, Parachute games               


                                                         Football at KGV


Various games and activities at Mundells.


Thanks to organisers Herts International Church, Mundells.

See:  more information on: www.thebestof.co.uk/local/welwyn-and-hatfield/events/feature/m-i-a





Road to Rio for Welwyn Hatfield Primary School Children

Over 400 Welwyn Hatfield primary school children from 20 schools participated in 20 different sports in a fun tournament at Gosling Sports Park on Friday 10th July.


The event, which started at 9 am with all the children meeting up for a rousing start of drumming from Monk's Walk school's musicians, and finished after 3pm with races in the stadium. It was organised by the Welwyn Hatfield School Games Partnership (WH SGP) with the help of several partners including Gosling Sports Park and WHSPAA.  The school teams represented the countrties that will be in the Olympic Games in Rio next year.

The weather was great and the children all had a wonderful time.

Thanks for the success go not only to the principle teacher organisers from Welwyn SGP secondary schools but also to the primary school teachers who followed their group to every event, the leaders from the WH SGP who did a realy great job enthusing the young participants and helping improve their skills and the WH clubs that supplied coaches to supervise the leaders at some of the events. More photographs are available on Flickr, click here.



Lots of Fun in spite of the Weather at Welwyn Festival Sports Day

The Sports Day on the Sunday at the end of Welwyn Festival Week started with a 10k run and a 2K Fun Run for primary school children.  Hundreds took part in both events!


Start of 10 Run







Junior 2K Run start


       Start of junior 2K run - assisted by the occasional enthusiastic parent!




In the afternoon there were lots of games in the stadia organised and provided by Child UK (funded by Sport England).








Thanks go to all the organisers and particpants..


Welwyn Healthfest

Welwyn Healthfest, Saturday 13th June, outside the Howard Centre, drew large crowds of people in spite of the weather to visit the 35 stalls and have a go at the large number of activities available.  Stalls included:

Affinity Water, Alzheimers Society, BeeZee Bodies, Bodybalance, hysiotherapy, Campus West, Change for Life, Community Learning Disability Nursing Service, East & North Herts CCG, Elsa's Kitchen, Finesse Leisure, Gosling Health Club, Herts Action on Disability, HCT School Nurse, Healthwatch Hertfordshire, Healthy Living Pharmacy-Waitrose, Herts Health Walks, Herts Libraries, Herts Stop Smoking Service, Herts Year of Walking, Kinetic Cycles, Mind in Mid Herts / IAPT, Natural Health WGC, Queensway Health clinic (students), Sagecare, University of Herts, Waitrose, Weight Watchers, Welhat Cycling Forum, Welwyn Hatfield Community Trust, WHSPAA, Wise Choice Solutions, Chilli Pilates, Sir Frederic Osborn Sports Facilities, East & North Herts NHS Trust, WH Times, Stanborough Park , WGC Brass Band.


Child UK provided 10 different sports in the Stadia for all ages.


Karen Bedford provided Zumba, Blue Velvet Dancers provided a dance display and Welwyn Garden City Band played rousing music. 


Clik here for more photos on Flickr

Health walks in Welwyn Garden City

Wooolmer Green Village Day

The annual Woolmer Green Village day, this year on 7th June, was spectacular both in the great weather and the record number of people attending - 'over 1000'. 

Outside there were all manner of stalls and activities including pony rides and go-karts.  Indoors WHSPAA and Welwyn Hatfield Community Badminton Network managed the table tennis and badminton.  And it all ended with the traditional parents v children tug-o-war - won, of course by the children!

On the WHSPAA stand there was a lot of interest in the information that our clubs and organisations had provided.

More photos are available on Flickr.


Peartree Sports Day takes sport and healthy liviing to the local community

A really enjoyable day for all in the local community . As principal organiser, Councillor Michal Siewiak stated:

"More than 150 people with 50 children attending. It was great to see variety of sport activities coaches engaging whole families. It was lovely to see people talking to our Public Health/ NHS team. It was fantastic to see our colleagues from the Christchurch providing additional health support.

It was great to see HCC Fire and Rescue Service. They are always so popular!! I am also happy that the Welwyn Hatfield Sports and Physical Activity (WHSPAA) Alliance was present. Did you know that WHSPAA works with 161 clubs in Welwyn Hatfield?

I am delighted that we were able to serve food. Music was fantastic and Alex proved to be a talented DJ. Thank you too, to "The Gifted",

On behalf of our Peartree cllrs, thank you for making first Peartree Sports/ Health day a success! let's continue making a difference in our community and inspire many more residents :)"

Councillor Michal Siewniak


See more photos of the day on Dave Bartlett's Flickr

Welwyn Hatfield Sports Awards 2015

A spectacular evening recognising sports people of the borough was held at Campus West on Thursday 26th February.

Club of the Year, sponsored by WHSPAA, was Welwyn Garden City Footbal Club.



The full list of winners was:

  • Primary School Team of the Year - Welwyn St Mary's Table Tennis Team (Sponsor: Gosling Sports Park)
  • Secondary School Team of the Year - Chancellors School Swimming Team (Sponsor: Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust)
  • Primary School Pupil of the Year - Anya Trigg, Welwyn St Mary's (Sponsor: Hatfield Town Council)
  • Secondary School Pupil of the Year - Rebecca Hurley, Queenswood School (Sponsor: Hatfield Town Council)
  • School Teacher of the Year - Jackie Harrison, Commonswood Primary School (Sponsor: Hertfordshire Sports Village)
  • Coach of the Year - Michael Dargan, Falcon Judo Club (Sponsor: Herts Coaches Association)
  • Team of the Year - 1RM Power-lifting Team (Sponsor: Mears Group)
  • Young Participant of the Year - Esperanza Merry, Wheelchair Tennis (Sponsor: Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council)
  • Contribution to Disability Sport - Hassan Halil, Multi-Sport (Sponsor: Activate)
  • Club of the Year - Welwyn Garden City Football Club (Sponsor: Welwyn Hatfield Sport & Physical Activity Alliance)
  • Sports Person of the Year - Alison Waters, Squash (Sponsor: Finesse Leisure)
  • Service to Sport - Chris Sherriff, Welwyn & District Bowls (Sponsor: Welwyn Hatfield Times)
  • Young Volunteer of the Year -Callum Pond, Welwyn Garden City FC (Sponsor: YMCA West and Central Herts)
  • Volunteer of the Year - David Croft, de Havilland Bowls Club (Sponsor: Child UK)
  • Outstanding Contribution to Sport - Derek Beaumont

There were also the Olympic and Paralympic Value awards. These were for individuals who have shown values that are historically based on fair play and honourable competition. These awards were sponsored by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

  • Respect - Steve Willis, Onslow School
  • Determination - Harwood Hill Primary School Basketball team
  • Inspiration - Kim Anderson, Taekwondo
  • Courage - Kevin Brennan, Multi-Disability Sport
  • Friendship - Carrie Hudson, Old Hatfield Ladies Running Club
  • Excellence - Kyran O'Neil, Welwyn Garden City Boxing Club
  • Equality - Ian Miller, Athletics

See more information on WH Borough Council website:

and the Welwyn Hatfield Times

WHSPAA AGM 14th May - Election of Officers, Reports and Presentations

Sixteen members attended the 10th WHSPAA AGM at Herts University.

Doug King (left) was re-elected Treasurer and Dave Bartlett (right) was re-elected Chairman of WHSPAA for 2015-16.

Minutes, Reports and Draft 2015-16  plans are available on our About Us, Agenda, Minutes and Reports section:

After the main meeting, the Club Forum section heard from John O'Callahan, HSP, on

National and County Changes for Sport 2015-16, and from Matt Rayner on Local Sport and Leisure Scene .

There was a lot  discussion around these topics and great networking afterwards.




WGC Cricket Club and Blue Velvet Line Dancers win WHSPAA club Update draw

Welwyn Hatfield Sport and Physical Activity alliance are keen to ensure the 160 local sports clubs on their database have up-to-date details, so that anyone searching for where to play or volunteer has accurate information.  Currently, sports leaders in our secondary schools are contacting clubs to seek opportunities to gain practice in helping in clubs and in return provide free manpower.  This could be to help with coaching or officiating, or administration, or perhaps website maintenance.

Twelve of our local clubs updated their details in December and first and second prizes were awarded in the draw.

Blue Velvet Line Dancers, that meet at Campus West on Saturday mornings, won the second prize of £50: organiser, Organiser, Val Hamby, said she was very pleased as it would help advertise the clubs at extra sessions like at Herts Health for All, 10th February in Welwyn Garden City library.

Ian Watkins of Welwyn Garden City Cricket Club whose junior section practices at Stanborough school on Friday evenings was extremely pleased to win the first prize in the draw for £100.  Ian said that the money would help with buying new kit for the coming season.

It is really helpful to everyone interested in seeking out sports clubs to see clubs keeping their details up to date. There is just January to be in with a chance of winning the prizes and this includes signing up for the first time.  Contact Dave Bartlett, email:  Dave@Bartlett1.plus.com, with any queries.

Photo1, right: Val Hamby receives £50 cheque from WHSPAA chairman, Bartlett, at end of her session at Campus West.

Photo2, left: Ian Watkins receiving £100 cheque from WHSPAA chairman, Dave Bartlett, at their Friday practice session Stanborough School.


 Thanks to all the clubs that updated their details.

Knebworth Sports Club Receives £100 in Club Draw

Philip Gray, chairman of Inclusive and Clubmark Knebworth Sports club at Gosling Sports Park, received a cheque for £100 from Dave Bartlett, chairman WHSPAA in the draw for clubs that updated or (in the case of a new club)  entered their details in November. 

Philip said he was very pleased to receive this money as it would help the club with its projects to increase membership; keeping his club details up to date was imporant to maxaimise club publicity and also to make sure he heard of the latest opporunities from WHSPAA.

Dave said that as well as the Club Forums there were a number of projects coming along that are likely to be of interest to many clubs.  For clubs to update details they just needed to log in.  If they don't know how or have lost their login details email Dave.

The draw of £100 (first) and £50 (second) prizes continues for December and Janaury: clubs that have won are excluded from further wins in this round's months..

Launch of Herts Sports Disability Hub

Herts Sports Disability Hub was launched at Gosling Sports Park with an introductory presentation by Matt Rayner, Youth and Sports Partnerships Officer, WH BC to a wide

 Main partners to the project are:

 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

 Gosling Sports Park and Finesse leisure

 Hertfordshire County Council

 Herts Sports Partnership

 Univesrity of Hertfordshire, Herts Coaches Association

 Activate (WHSPAA).

After the presentation attendees went saw activities by people with disabilities.

Currently available for participants in the Borough:

Tennis at Gosling;  Sailing at Stanborough;

Badminton at Gosling;   Cycling at Stanborough

Table cricket at Goslling;   Archery at Stanborough

Trampolining at Gosling;   Angling at Stanborough

Golf at Gosling;   Bell Boating at Stanborough

Boccia & New Age Kurling at Gosling;  Kayaking and canoeing at Stanborough.


The project budget is £276,334 over 3 years.  £139,369 is from Sport England, £87,585 from partners and £49,380 from in kind support: project detail, page 1  page 2

Photo left with cheque: Ed Sandham, Sport England and Les Page, WH Mayor..


Lead contact: Ros Cramp, Herts Disability Sports Hub Co-ordinator, email .


Launch of Living Leading Giving Project

On Wednesday 26th November forty-eight Year 12 and Year 13 leaders and seven PE apprentices (photo left, click for larger copy) from Welwyn Hatfied School Sports Games Partnership provided 18 activities for 180 Year 4, 5 and 6 children in 3 zones, indoors an outside, at St Mary’s Primary School Welwyn.   The event was the launch of the ‘Living Leading Giving’ project initiated by Welwyn Hatfield Sport and Physical Activity Alliance and funded by Sport England.

The teachers leading the project are Cherie Wiper, Stanborough School, Stuart Williams, Monks Walk School and Rhian Walsh and Jason Dodd of Sir Frederic Osborn School.

Chairman of WHSPAA, Dave Bartlett, said it was great to see so many of the children enjoying themselves and learning so much in a relatively short time – and great credit to the skills and abilities of the young leaders. The project will fund leaders attending [CSLA and NGB] sports courses, continuing professional development courses like Child Protection, SAQ and First Aid.  The leaders will then have the opportunity to be mentored in our sports clubs, sports centres and other WHSPAA organisations.  At the end of the project next summer, all of this will lead to the opportunity for the leaders to progress their sport studies and, if they wish, have increased potential to take paid employment.  [Click here for HSP Coach Ed week courses]

See write-up and more photos on Welwyn Hatfield Times web article and WHSPAA photos on Flickr .

WHSPAA Presentation to Leaders (at Monks Walk, 10Dec14)

 Dave Bartlett

Chairman WHSPAA

Upcoming Events

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A packed two-week programme of activities, events and opportunities, including: free tasters, live music, talks, walks, markets, displays, exhibitions, and much more. We hope you find something that interests you, and encourage you to try something new.

This Girl Can - in Herts

6th Jun, 2016

A week of events for women and girls see: www.thisgirlcanherts.org

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