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.
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.
WH Sports Awards 2014
[From Wuzzup teens webpage, see below]
The 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.
Government Pledge for a Fitter Nation
'A commitment to building a more active nation was made yesterday (13 February) with the launch of a campaign to promote physical activity across the country.
Sport England’s Chief Executive Jennie Price joined Lord Coe, LGA chairman Sir Merrick Cockell, Public Health Minister Jane Ellison and the Families & Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson to mark the launch of the ‘Moving More, Living More’ campaign. Led by the Government and Mayor of London, it will bring together individuals and key organisations such as local authorities, businesses and employers, to promote physical activity across the country - ensuring it is a lasting legacy of London 2012 and part of a long term vision for a fitter nation.
‘Moving More, Living More’ builds on learning from the world’s most active countries, that action on physical activity needs to be a long term effort and is best tackled through a team approach across government and all sectors.' Read more on Sport England website.
The Government have agreed to extend Primary Schools PE funding to 2020!!!
Michelle Bavington reported: 'The Government have agreed to extend this funding to 2020!!!! This is great news for PE and sport in schools and will enable us to continue with our partnership work.
The government have also agreed to continue funding the School Games until 2016.
Click tis link for more information:
School Games Organiser
Welwyn Hatfield School Games Partnership
Sir Frederic Osborn School'
This and more national, county and local information can be found on our 'About Us' webpages.
Do You Know Someone Who Should be Recognised?
Welwyn Hatfield Sports Awards 2014
These annual awards celebrate the dedication and achievements of local athletes, coaches, teams and school teachers. But hurry - nominations close on Friday 17 January.
The categories in which to nominate (with the sponsors in brackets) are:
- Coach of the Year (Herts Coaches Association)
- Service to Sport (Welwyn Hatfield Times)
- Young Leader of the Year (Central Herts YMCA)
- Sports Team of the Year (Mears)
- Sports Club of the Year (WHSPAA)
- Sports Person of the Year - all ages (Finesse Leisure)
- School Teacher of the Year (Herts Sports Village)
- Contribution to Disability Sport (Activate)
The NEW awards for 2014 are:
- Primary School Pupil of the Year (Hatfield Town Council)
- Secondary School Pupil of the Year (Wuzzup)
- Primary School Team of the Year (Gosling Sports Park)
- Secondary School Team of the Year (Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust)
- Young Participant of the Year - under 16 (Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council).
Please go to the Borough Council's webpage for the criteria and application form by Friady 17th, latest..
Free Christmas Sports Day at Gosling Sports Park was a Great Success!
A free Sports Day at Gosling Sports Park, 7th December, was a great successs with 100's of children proving to be great footballers, fantastic gymnasts and talented volleyball players.
It was also lovely to see the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield there who happily gave out trophies and sweets to our children and…some adults
Principle organiser was Michal Siewniak, Community Development Officer, CVS for Broxbourne & East Herts, with help and support from many people and organisations such as CKR, HSP and WHSPAA.
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.
WHSPAA Club Forum 12th November
WHSPAA members enjoyed excellent sessions at the University:
- 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:
- Social Media (by Vicki of Make Sports Fun)
WHSPAA at Uni Freshers' Sports Fair
WHSPAA represented Welwyn Hatfield sports clubs and organisations at this year's Uni Freshers' Sports Fair.
Luke Trevillion, Herts Uni Badminton Activator, with Dave Bartlett, WHSPAA chairman Dave Bartlett at WHSPAA stand .
Autumn Edition of WHSPAA-EaW Magazine Published
The Autumn edition is now being distributed around houses, sports facilities, doctors surgeries, etc.
If you would like a copy you coud try these outlets or click on the cover page, right,
Thanks to everyone for their input and hard work in putting it together.
Hope you like it. Let us know on our Facebook page? ..
WHSPA_EaW Magazine, Summer Edition, Published
The 2nd edition of our WHSPAA_EaW magazine with all the summer information and fun is published and is being distributed to Welwyn Hatfield sports centres, schools, doctors surgeries, our parishes, etc, and to homes near sports centres.
It has also been sent to all our club contacts that have registered a contact address (as separate from venue address) on our clubs' database. It can also be obtained formatted for PC screen and mobile device from EaW website,
Many thanks to all contributors and advertisers. The deadline for articles and adverts for September edition is 31st August.