Below are the current news stories at Welwyn Hatfield Sports and Physical Activity Alliance.
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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 had 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.
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 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 :)"
See more photos of the day on Dave Bartlett's Flickr
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
There was a lot discussion around these topics and great networking afterwards.
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
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
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.
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]
WHSPAA Presentation to Leaders (at Monks Walk, 10Dec14)
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.
University Sports Fair
Herts Uni Sports Fair showed the vast number of clubs available.
WHSPAA attended to show the community clubs and organisations available.
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.
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
[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.
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, 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 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..
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!
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 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
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.
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)
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.