Wincantons' Premier Outdoor Recreational Facility
KING ARTHURS STUDENTS HELP WITH FOOTBALL SESSIONS
Back in March, Wincanton Sports Ground were fortunate enough to receive funding from the Somerset FA to set up football sessions for adults with disabilities. After hearing about the sessions, Mrs Pattemore from King Arthurs asked if a group of Year 10 boys could attend and assist with the sessions. Both Wincanton Sports Ground and the adults who attend the sessions were more than happy to have the group come down to help with the activities. On the first session the students got stuck straight in, and all partnered up with participants helping them with their passing skills. In other sessions the students helped set up penalty shootouts, demonstrated drills and skills, helped set up and put away equipment, helped with tactics in a game and encouraged the particpants. Having the students help really benefited the participants, and regular attendee Neil says ‘having the boys here is really fun. They help you play well and encourage you’, while another regular, Max, said ‘the sessions were fun and energetic and the boys are really helpful.’ Overall the boys did a fantastic job, and did themselves and the school proud! We look forward to hopefully having them back next spring when the sessions restart.
WINCANTON TENNIS CLUB APPOINT NEW COACH
Dan Cahill joined Wincanton Tennis Club in August 2014 as the club's head coach. He is a qualified LTA level 3 coach and has extensive playing and coaching experience.
As a junior player Dan played at the Blackbrook Tennis Academy in Taunton. As a senior, Dan spent a year in the USA as a semi-professional player, before coming back to study a degree in Sports Coaching and Development at the University of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth. He graduated in 2013 with a 2:1 and has also achieved a Level 2 Fitness Qualification and is first aid trained.
As a tennis coach, Dan has a wide range of experience which he has gained over the last 6 years, most recently as head Tennis Coach at Wellington School, Somerset. He has organised and delivered individual and group/team tennis coaching competitions at Wellington junior and senior schools. Throughtout his time at Wellington Dan coached children of all abilities, ranging from 4 to 18 years. He has also delivered after-school clubs at several primary schools and a secondary, along with tennis and multi-skills summer camps throughtout summer.
Dan's coaching philosophy is reflected in his motto 'maximising potential'. Dan believes that no matter what experience and background a player comes to court with, they should receive coaching which empowers them to become the very best tennis player they can be. Therefore, Dan aims to deliver coaching which is tailored and personalised to suit the experience, needs and aims of the players involved, whether that is in individul coaching sessions or team/group sessions. Inclusitivity is at the very heart of Dan's coaching and he hopes this wil encourage people who have never considered themselves tennis players to pick up a racket and give it a go.
Over his first few months at the club, Dan will be developing a structured and comprehensive coaching programme to suit the wide range of club members and to help welcome new members to the club. To find out more information or to book coaching with Dan, contact him on email@example.com or ring him on 07730222324
3-2-1KM RUN ROUTE
Wincanton Sports Ground has recently created a 3-2-1 km run route around its grounds. The 3-2-1km run, which is a Run England project, allows you to track and measure your run, jog or walk when it best suits you.
The route is set around the Sports Ground and is open for anyone to use, free of charge! The start of the route begins at the start of ‘Peter’s Path’, when arriving from the town. The route will take you along the path, and then across the car park to the fields (so be aware it could be muddy!) Full maps will be situated around the ground, on the Wincanton Sports Ground website, our facebook page and on the notice board outside the Sports Ground. If you would like a copy to take home, there are some avaialble in the pavilion
This route is perfect for beginners, who may only want to run 1km to start with, and then gradually progress to the 3km. If you would like any more information on the run route or would be interested in attending a morning running group, please contact Jade on firstname.lastname@example.org
To view the map click here
ADULT DISABILITY FOOTBALL SESSIONS CONTINUE AT WINCANTON SPORTS GROUND
Back in March, Wincanton Sports Ground was fortunate enough to receive funding from the Somerset FA to help set up football sessions for adults with disabilities. The funding received allowed us to put on 10 free sessions, allowing local adults to keep active and improve their football skills. As well as health benefits, the sessions also provide a fantastic social aspect allowing participants to meet new people. Max Yarrow, a regular participant at the session and a member of Thorngrove Garden Centre, commented that ‘it is good exercise, and I have fun doing it.’ Thorngrove manager, Caroline Bottomley, who brings over a group every week stated that the sessions ‘have been a fun way to get fit and learn to work as a team. All of our group enjoy going every week.’
Wincanton Sports Ground disability football group-Photo by Terry Fisher
Although we have now used all of the funding, it has been decided that the sessions will still continue to run on our astro, and be led by a qualified coach. Sessions will run every Monday afternoon, from 2-3pm, at a small cost of £2 per session.
The sessions would not have been able to start without the kind support and help from the Somerset FA and especially Rachael Edwards, the disability officer at the Somerset FA. The Sports Ground would like to take the opportunity to thank them for the funding that has allowed us to give adults with disabilities the opportunity to take part in Sport. In order to allow the sessions to continue and grow, it is vital that the event is promoted as much as possible so if you, or you know of anyone who may be interested in attending the sessions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me by either emailing email@example.com or calling 01963 31815.
SPORT 50 SESSIONS
Wincanton Sports Ground hold Sport 50 sessions every Thursday from 10am-12pm at a cost of £2 per week. Sport 50 is a South Somerset District Council scheme that offers people aged 50+ an opportunity to get involved in activities such as boccia, indoor kurling, walking rounders, indoor badminton, indoor volleyball and table tennis! At the Sports Ground we put a huge emphasis on the social aspect of the activities, and attendee Tom Laurie states that ‘you don’t have to be the most physically active person around to get involved, as each activity can be adapted to meet the needs of the individual. It is more about the social aspect.’ If you are interested in attending Sport 50, please contact Jade Hansford on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01963 31815.
WINCANTON PRIMARY PUPILS TRY SHORT MAT BOWLS
Here at Wincanton Sports Ground, we aim to provide a variety of sports for a variety of people. Most recently we invited pupils from Wincanton Primary School to come down and have an opportunity to try Short Mat Bowls. 24 year 4 children and 3 members of staff made the most of the sunny weather and made their way down to the Sports Ground using our new ‘Peter’s Path’. The path now allows safe walking access from the town to the Sports Ground, and class teacher and deputy head of Wincanton Primary School, Sarah Martin, commented that now the path has been built, she feels a lot more comfortable bringing children to the Sports Ground.
Having 2 mats set up in our hall, which were kindly lent to us by Templecombe Short Mat Bowls Club, the pupils were split into groups which were led by Mr Deryck Lemon and Mr and Mrs Berry. All the coaches have a strong background in Short Mat Bowls, with Mr and Mrs Berry having played for England, and they all kindly volunteered their time to help out with the sessions. While half of the group were being taught the tactics and techniques of Short Mat Bowls, the others were given the opportunity to try the Sports Ground indoor kurling equipment.
Both the short mat bowls and indoor kurling not only required the children to play, but also to think very carefully and tactically about their next move! Both activities were a success with the pupils and they all thoroughly enjoyed trying activities they hadn’t had the opportunity to play before! The pupils were also a pleasure to teach, and are a credit to Wincanton Primary School-we would not hesitate them back to try more activities in the near future!
Finally, Wincanton Sports Ground would like to say a huge thank you to the staff and pupils from Wincanton Primary School, and also to Mr Lemon and Mr and Mrs Berry for volunteering their time to come and coach all the pupils. For more details on activities that happen Wincanton Sports Ground, or if you would like your school to give short mat bowls a go, please do not hesitate to get in contact by calling 01963 31815 or email Jade on email@example.com.
WINCANTON SOCIAL ROUNDERS LEAGUE 2014
The past 7 weeks saw 5 teams battling it out to be crowned champions of the 2014 season, as well as a round robin tournament on the final night. The teams this year were made up of family, friends and work colleague from all over the local area, with both young and older people taking part, with each team playing each other twice.
Even on the final league night, the positions still hadn’t been decided! The deciding game at the top of the table saw Gillingham Mixed Bunch take on the KA Knights, both teams made up of teachers from local schools. The first meeting between the 2 sides saw KA Knights edge past their opponents, beating them 13-8. The second meeting was even closer, and there was only 2 rounders in it, with the KA Knights winning by 13 rounders to 11. Gillingham Mixed Bunch also drew with Birds with Balls on the final evening, in an impressive match that finished 9-9. Other results on the final evening saw KA Knights take all 5 points against The Overs, and the Birds with Balls beating The Overs.
The 2 KA Knights wins on the night, made sure they finished the season unbeaten, securing 1st place with a maximum score of 40. Runners up were Gillingham Mixed Bunch with 32 points. 3rd place went to the Birds with Balls, closely followed by Dextra Dragons and The Overs.
KA Knights were crowned league, and tournament champions having not lost a game all season!
The final evening saw all the teams take part in a round robin tournament, all playing each other once. KA Knights, continued their unbeaten streak by winning all of their matches while the Birds with Balls followed closely behind losing just one match on the evening! The tournament was then followed by a BBQ and presentation, which saw all players being presented with certificates while KA Knights and Gillingham Mixed Bunch were handed their league winners and runners up trophies respectively.
Wincanton Rounders League runners up, Gillingham Mixed Buncg receive their trophy. Photo by Harry Scott.
The Wincanton league, was designed to be a fun social evening and allow people to take part in a sport that they may not have played for a while. While it was competitive at times, everyone involved enjoyed themselves and improved their skills week by week!
Louise Stephens, captain of the Birds with Balls said that ‘it was my first time playing rounders in a league, and as captain and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was not just about the game, it was about meeting people and having a laugh and a bit of banter. We will definitely be putting in a team next year! We need more things like this run for the community to get involved!’ While, Harry Scott of Dextra Dragons, who entered a team with his work colleagues, stated that ‘it was great to have a laugh with colleagues outside of work, it was competitive and fun at the same time. There’s nothing more satisfying in life than smacking a rounder’s ball in the evening sun!’
Wincanton Sport Ground would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to everyone that took part in its first ever rounders league. Due to the success this year, we are hopeful that a league will run again next year...and there is always room for more teams, so watch this space! We look forward to hopefully seeing returning and new faces next summer!
Wincanton Rounders League teams celebrate their first season!
ACTIVITIES AT WINCANTON SPORTS GROUND
Are you looking to get fit this year? If so, Wincanton Sports Ground could be the place for you!! Here at the Sports Ground we have around 50 acres of land, which would be perfect for running on. We have also recently purchased 3,2,1 km signs, meaning you can track your run each time either on your own, or with a group of people. If you don't like to run alone, and are more motivate to do so when you are with a group, we are looking to also start a running club here at the Sports Ground.
We like to cater for all ages here at the Sports Ground, so if you're 50+ and interested in staying active why not join in with our Senior Football sessions. For more information please contaxt Jade on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01963 31815.
FLOODLIT TENNiS COURTS, ASTRO-TURF, BOWLS GREEN AND PETANQUE
Here at the Sports Ground we have 4 all weather floodlit tennis courts, which are available for casual hire all year around. The court is £6 for an hour, however if floodlights are needed courts are priced at £10 an hour. We also have a 5/7 aside astro and a petanque court.
FACILITIES TO HIRE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS
As well as sporting activities, Wincanton Sports Ground is also available to hire for private functions. We have a large social area, bar, kitchen, changing rooms and disabled access.
NEW SPORT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER-Jade Hansford
Having lived in Wincanton all my life, I know the potential that Wincanton Sports Ground has. This amazing facility has so much space that can be used to develop sport in the local community. In the next year I hope to increase the usage of the indoor facilities, by encouraging older people and people with disabilities to become more involved in physical activity and exercise. I would also like to expand the number of sports that are played at the Sports Ground, for example look at creating facilities for netball and basketball, as well as starting rounders clubs and tournaments, running clubs and inter village tournaments,
If you are a local club or school, and would like to use the facilities here at Wincanton Sports Ground, please do not hesitate to contact me on: 01963 31815 or email@example.com and I will be more than happy to help to see what we can do!
All Facilities are available for hire by Teams, Individuals,
Clubs or Commercial Organisations