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Latest News

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

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 launhed at Gosling Sports Park with an introductory presentation by Matt Rayner, Youth and Sports Patnerships 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

Sports Awards, WHSPAA Newlsetter and Antibullying Week

Sports Awards - Recognition for Someone You Feel Deserves it 

WH Borough Council (ourselves and partners) have launched the request for notification of anyone who you feel deserves recognition for their achievements in sport and physical activity - whether in performance or service.

Click on the picture, right, for a copy of the poster, click this link for the nomination form and this link for the judging criteria.  To help with the large number of applications likely, please submit yours as soon as you can.


November WHSPAA Newsletter

There has been a lot going on in sport and physical activity recently, and lots more to come: thanks to all those who contributed to this edition.

Funding and recognition of your club opportunities - update your club's details on our website by the end of the month to be in for either £100 or £50 draw  - and a paper copy of this newsletter is posted to all clubs with a mailing address details on our website.  WHSPAA Development Fund reinstated: Reports of clubs, sports facilities, and organisations, the next Clubs' Forum  - and the big announcement for 2015. You heard it here first!

Read-on by downloading your latset Newsletter copy by clicking here.

 Your club not yet registered? then click here.




Anti-Bullying Week 7-21 November  See more information in Herts Sport Partnership's Coaching Matters  newlsetter


Any queries do not hesitate to contact me via my email below.

Best wishes

Dave Bartlett

Chairman WHSPAA

Email: Dave@Bartlett1.plus.com


University Sports Fair

Herts Uni Sports Fair showed the vast number of clubs available.

WHSPAA Stand at UoH Freshers Sports Fair

WHSPAA attended to show the community clubs and organisations available.

Click here for photos of Uni Club stands on Flickr

Click here for YouTube video of sports in action

Welwyn & District Bowls Club Receives WHSPAA Club Development Grant

Aided by a grant from the Welwyn Hatfield Sport and Physical Activity Alliance, four members of Welwyn and District Bowls Club have been able to attend a two day 1st4Sport level 1 Coaching Course.  At the end-of-season Breakfast Bowls event, 27th September, WHSPAA chairman David Bartlett presented a cheque for £180 to Club President Sue Wingham before going out to work off his breakfast with an introductory spell of bowling.  As a result of the presentation made to the WHSPAA executive by membership secretary Mike Poole, Matt Rayner, Youth and Sport Partnership Manager, WHBC, agreed to provide a similar grant of £180 from money available through 'Activate' WHSPAA fund. Together these two grants go a long way to helping with the overall cost of £520 which the club would otherwise have incurred.


The picture shows Sue Wingham and David Bartlett flanked by Ladies Captain Deborah Squires and Membership Secretary Mike Poole.



WHSPAA Development grants are available again click here for the details on the WHSPAA club funding page.

Hatfield Community Day at the Firestation, 20th September

A great day with lots of people attending.  There were cake stalls, bouncey castle and a roundabout and WHSPAA provided Volleyball, badminton and an information stand - with lots of interest.


The volleyball provided by Krzysztof Dabrowski was enjoyed by all ages,





... as was the badminton - which replaced the fire engines !



Badminton England coach, Gill Bartlett, helped people of all ages have a go




   Boxing bag and treadmill were also available thanks to the firestation crew.


  WHSPAA information stand: Councillor Duncan Bell and Councillor and Hatfield Mayor Howard Morgan with WHSPAA chairman Dave Bartlett.

Hatfield Health Fest

Welwyn Hatfield and Hatfield Town Councils with partners organised a Healthfest in White Lion Square Hatfield Saturday 13th September. On this theme there were some 25 stalls and with sports and physical activitities in the 'stadia' provided by Child UK organised by Welwyn Hatfield Sport and Physical Activity Alliance.





It was a great day with lots of people and the sun shone..Zumba, seated exercise, Tai Chi and Soul Salsa were among the other activities on the day.  Click here for a list of stall-holders.

The perfomance programme

11:30 Seated Exercise by Age UK

12:30 Salsa with Rene Alvarez

1:00 Pop Dance with Lauren

1:30 Zhan Zhaung

1:45 Salsa with Rene Alvarez

2:00 Seated Exercise by Age UK

Click here for 45 event photos on Flickr and here for a YouTube clip of outdoor badminton Smah Up!

Handball with Krzysztof Dabrowski in the stadia provided by Child UK and WHSPAA



[This was the second Healthfest in the borough, the first was in Welwyn Garden City Healthfest, 7th June - see below.]

WHSPAA at Peartree Community Day, 30th August

Lots of local people enjoyed the event at Woodhall Community Centre from 12 to 4pm.

Held at Woodhall Community Centre, WHSPAA provided an information stand, manned by Vice-chairman, Dave Grant, and badminton thanks to Nathan and Razinah Scofield from Welwyn Hatfield Community Badminton network.  There was: Fun fair, Café, Plant & flower stall, Tombola, Toddler soft play, Bouncy castle, Bring & buy sale, Raffle.


The event was organised by the Peartree Safer Neighbourhood Team & St John of God Hospitaller services.

Supported by local councillors: Malcolm Cowan, Michal Siewniak, Steve Roberts.                              

Hatfield Skatepark Grand Opening

Locals and international skateboarders, BMXers mixed to make the most of this great celebratory opening event on 15th August. 

Welwyn Garden City Mayor Cllr Les Page and Hatfield Town Council's Mayor Cllr Howard Morgan gave formal addresses celebrating the efforts of everyone involved in findng the funding and working togther to realise this dream - with particular thanks to Sport England and the local Councils.



Team Extreme gave a fantastic display of skills that wowed the crowd - as did many locals.

See this Youtube clip. and these  Flickr photos.

Cuffley Sports Day

Cuffley and Northaw had a really great Sports Day on Saturday 19th July at King George V Playing Field in Cuffley.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lynne Sparks Opens the Cuffley Sports Day

Welcomed by the chairman of Northaw & Cuffley Parish Council, Adrian Prest, the event was opened by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lynne Sparks, who thanked everyone for coming to this first sports day and everyone for helping making it possible.


Taster sessions and coaching were enjoyed by all ages for Football, Table Tennis, Bowls, Tennis, Seated Exercise and Zumba were provided by local clubs and leaders and 

Volleyball, Softball, Running club, Hockey and Dodgeball were among the activities provided by Child UK with the support of Sport England funding for the WHSPAA Developing Community Sport project..










The event was organised by Northaw & Cuffley Parish Council clerk, Jason Grocock, with the help of many of the local sports clubs together with Dave Bartlett, Chairman, WHSPAA.

Many more photos are available via Dave Bartlett's Flickr pages, click here.


WGC Primary Schools Commonwealth Games at Gosling Sports Park

11 WGC primary schools took part in over 20 different sports on Friday 11th July at Gosling Sports Park.

WGC Primary Schools Commonwealth Games at GSP


The event was opened by the Mayor Councillor Les Page and Sports Ambassadors Jessie Edwards (judo) and Elise Snow (skiing).  Click the photo for a larger copy. 


The sports, which included, athletics, badminton, boccia, gymnastics, gladiator/bungee, hockey, rugby squash, taekwondo, tennis, and zumba,   were delivered by local sports clubs and Gosling Sports Centre staff.

Local MP, Grant Shapps, who attended was clearly delighted by the efforts and enjoyment of the children,

So that children could continue to enjoy their favourite activity they all received a leaflet (click here)  of the respective local clubs and organisations.

The principle organiser, Mr Stuart Willams, Monks Walk school wrote:

'Just wanted to say a massive


for all your help with our event on friday. So many people to mention....'


WHSPAA and Child UK at WGC Healthfest fun, 7th June

Initial rain clouds did not stop people in WGC centre enjoying what was on offer at the Healthfest.  Organised by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council with lots of stalls and free activities, sport and physical activity was provided by WHSPAA, Child UK and local WHSPAA clubs and members.  The activities in the stadia were supported by a Sport England grant to develop sport in 6 WH communities.

 People joined in the lots of activities lead by Child UK in the stadia.



 Hockey was popular  ...








Zumba lead by Karen Bedford was also popular


 Mayor Howard Morgan visited the WHSPAA stall and sport stadia - seen below with Healthfest organiser Councillor Fiona Thomson and WHSPAA chairman Dave Bartlett.



 Many thanks to all who participated,organised and made the event possible.



 Lots more photos on Flickr.


The next 'Six Communities event' funded by Sport England will be for Northaw and Cuffley parish, 19th July, see above.


Sport England Grant for Sport in Six Commuities of Welwyn Hatfield - and Woolmer Green Village Day was the first

Sport England have accepted WHSPAA's bid with a grant of £9,920 to support and develop sport in six of our borough's communities.   Child UK are to provide the main support for the activities with clubs being involved as they wish.

The first event was at Woolmer Green Village Day, on Sunday 1st June.

Darren, Dave and Andrew with Sport England grant notification


Darren Bennett, Borough Council's Sports Lead, Dave Bartlett, WHSPAA chairman and Andrew Anasatiou, Child Uk Director with SE grant notification.



Krzysztof Dabrowski, Child UK, provides volleyball fun



Krzysztof Dabrowski, with Child UK, provides volleyball fun








Darren Bennett joins in the hockey



Darren Bennett joins in the hockey






Inside, badminton was provided by Welwyn Hatfield Community Badminton Network clubs


Thousands came and had a really great time..

More photos on Flickr


The next event is at WGC Healthfest, Saturday, 7th June, outside the Howard Centre - click here for a leaflet.  Contact Dave Bartlett if your club would like to be involved..


Crowds Pack WGC for Womens Tour

Crowds packed the finish line in the sunshine








                                                                 And crowds packed the events and marquees









WHSPAA stand manned by Vice-chairman Dave Grant, Chairman Dave Bartlett and WGC Bowls President Dave Hegarty (and later Doug King, Clubs Rep.).










Over 1800 WHSPAA magazines were distributed thanks to leaders, Jessie Edwards, Mikey, Emily Reed, Perri Driscoll, Dani, Elise Snow and 250 leaflets were handed to enquirers. A great day was had by all!

More photos on  Flickr     Youtube Chiil-out clip

See, also, report of this Herts stage 'Marianne Vos extends Tour of Britain lead with stage win'  on BBC website  and "Laura Trott’s joy at her Hertfordshire homecoming" in Welwyn Hatfield Times.

Clubs and Organisations turn out for WHSPAA AGM

Clubs and organisations turned out on a wet night to support WHSPAA, hear about last year's progress and next year's plans, elect officers and hear John O'Callaghan's useful presentation 'New  Opportunities for Sports Clubs and Organisations'.

See AGM documents and John's talk on the About Us, WHSPAA Dates and Documents page.



A great day of a Festival of Sport, at Stanborough, 25th May! 

See Darren Bennett's Facebook

And in Welwyn Hatfield Times, 3 pages in the printed copy!


Herts Talented Athlete Programme 2014-15

Once again the Hertfordshire Talented Athlete Programme is offering Hertfordshire’s most talented young athletes the opportunity to access high quality services to assist them in their sport.

Based at Hertfordshire Sports Village and supported by the University of Hertfordshire, Herts County Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Herts Is Ready For Winners, the programme has been supporting talented athletes for 9 years during which time a number of these have ‘graduated’ to higher levels of support such as the national government funded programme TASS, UKA funding and various University Sports Scholarship programmes. Please click this link on

Click these links:   more information

- the talent pathway for where HTAP sits amongst national support programmes.

- the package

- application form

The deadline for returning application forms is Friday 27th June so please ensure they are distributed as soon as possible.

Best regards      

Sarah Grybowicz

Sports Scholarships Coordinator

University of Hertfordshire

Direct Line: 01707 281183

Councillor Darren Bennett starts a Facebook and Twitter

Councillor Darren Bennett, Sports Lead for the Borough Council  - and fanatical sportsman - launched on Facebook and Twitter recently.  You can find him here:



Shortly we hope to put a permanent link on WHSPAA webpage.

Best wishes



WHSPAA Club Forum 12th November

WHSPAA members enjoyed excellent sessions at the University:

WHSPAA Club Forum members trying new Facebook skills

 -  John O'Callaghan, Herts Sports Partnership, explained how Uni students are keen to help local clubs and the system that has been set up.  Click here for the full presentation on the engagement with Herts Uni and how to obtain volunteers.


 - Social media, expert Vicki, explained how to make the most of Faecbook and Twitter  see documents:

 - Example Club Social Media Strategy

- Social Media (by Vicki of Make Sports Fun)

- Guidlines: Using Social Networking Services and Social Media: Promoting Safe and Responsible use


WH Sports Awards 2014

[From Wuzzup teens webpage, see below]

Sports Awards Winners 2014The 2014 Sports Awards ceremony was a huge success with 17 young people receiving their Diamond Jubilee Awards, followed by the presentation of 12 main awards, ending with the announcement of the winners for the Olympic and Paralympics Value awards. All the photos are on our Flickr pages for you to download them (details on how to do so is below). They are free to download so please spread the word to any other attendees on the night. We hope you had a great night and we would love your feedback on what you enjoyed and also what you would like to see next year. Make sure you look out for the double page spread in the WH Times on the 19th February. A final thank you to all our sponsors who without which the ceremony wouldn’t have happened.

The Winners on the night were:

Young Leader of the Year – Nathan Scofield, Badminton

Primary School Team of the Year – Springmead Under 11 Mixed Cricket Team

Secondary School Team of the Year – Monk’s Walk Badminton Under 14 Team

School Pupil of the Year – Joe Stong, Monk’s Walk

School Teacher of the Year – Janet Warrington, Creswick School

Coach of the Year – Joy Porter, Hatfield Netball Club

Team of the Year – Welwyn & Hatfield Ladies Volleyball Team

Contribution of Disability Sport – Jean Stannard, Eagles Boccia

Club of the Year – Panshanger Football Club

Young Participant of the Year – Jessie Edwards, Judo

Sports Person of the Year – Elise Snow, Skiing

Service to Sport – Ben Roberts, Diving

Value winners where –
Courage – Gill Bartlett
Determination – Grace Gear
Equality – Chloe Chapman
Excellence – Tom Sparks
Friendship – Welwyn Girls U18 Rugby
Inspiration – Andy Nation
Respect – Chancellor’s Swimming Team

Click here to go to more information and photos on Wuzzup teens site...

See also report in WH Times with follow-up articles and comments) in subsequent weeks' editions, and on website on coming dayse, see for example:

  Sports Person of the Year Elise Snow;

WH Times will be adding other stories over the coming days.

WH Winners at Herts Sports Awards December 2013

A really great event was put on at Herts University for this year's Herts Sports Awards in December 2013.

Many WH sports people were recognised and WH Winners comprised:


Volunteer of the Year: Kerri Sian Brennan: Welwyn Garden City Swimming Club

Female coach: 3rd Place Joy Porter: Hatfield Netball Club

Service to HE / FE Sport:  2nd Place, Carly Morris: UH AU Netball Club:  3rd Place Samantha Hughes: UH AU Cheerleading

Lifetime achievement:  Peter Waghorne, Richard Bloom, Martin Calvert, Gloria Keech, Gill Bartlett
Special posthumous presentation was made to Martin Calvert’s family. Martin was a much-loved and admired boxing coach and Welwyn Garden City Boxing Club founder who died suddenly and tragically in 2012.

BBC East Sports Unsung Hero Award:  Gloria Keech of Herts Netball and Mavericks. After receiving a Herts Sports Partnership Lifetime Achievement Award.

Service to Sport Award winner: Gobi Ranganathan, Wheelchair Para-badminton

For more information see HSP Sports Awards Webpage.

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