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.
Hatfield Skatepark Grand Opening
Locals and international skateboarders, BMXers mixed to make the most of this great celebratory opening event.
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.
Cuffley Sports Day
Cuffley and Northaw had a really great Sports Day on Saturday 19th July at King George V Playing Field in Cuffley.
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.
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
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.
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 Bennett, Borough Council's Sports Lead, Dave Bartlett, WHSPAA chairman and Andrew Anasatiou, Child Uk Director with SE grant notification.
Krzysztof Dabrowski, with Child UK, provides volleyball fun
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..
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.
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!
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.
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 deadline for returning application forms is Friday 27th June so please ensure they are distributed as soon as possible.
Sports Scholarships Coordinator
University of Hertfordshire
Direct Line: 01707 281183
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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)
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? ..
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..
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.