General Sport

Updated 3rd June: A digest of sport from across the borough.  Send us your sports stories via e-mail to info(at)erewashsound.co.uk for inclusion on-air and on-line.

GAME, SET AND MATCH FOR EREWASH PUPILS AT TENNIS TOURNAMENT:  It was game, set and match for primary school pupils who enjoyed a tennis tournament organised by Erewash School Sport Partnership.

Youngsters from Hallam Fields, Chaucer Junior, Sawley Junior and Ashbrook Junior School made it to the final of the event which was held at Kirk Hallam Community Academy.

The winners were Sawley Junior School and they will go on to compete at the Derbyshire Summer Games event on July 11th.

Jack Steggles, competition organiser from Erewash School Sport Partnership, said the tennis competition had been a great success.  He said: “We held competitions across the north and south of Erewash and the top two at each made it to the final.  It has been indoors and the children use very soft sponge balls and the court width is smaller.  They’ve really enjoyed taking part and hopefully have been inspired to play more tennis.”

Pupil Lucas Redfern, nine, from Chaucer Junior School, said he felt proud to make the final.  He said: “In the last competition I won two games and lost one.  I do love playing tennis and I play it at school.  I like it because it’s just one on one and if you lose you’ve got no-one else to blame but yourself.  I’m really pleased to make the final and feel quite proud.”

Gary Smith, class teacher and PE co-ordinator at Chaucer Junior School, said taking part in the tennis competition had improved his pupils’ confidence.  He said: “We have a professional tennis coach who comes into school and works with our Year 4 children and that’s been great; the children have got a lot out of it.  Taking part in this tennis competition has been a great opportunity for our pupils and it really helps with their confidence.”

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said she hoped the tennis competition had inspired more children to give the sport a go.  She said: “We’ve had some great feedback from this competition and I know the children who took part have really enjoyed it.  We hope that they have more confidence now and might look to play more tennis, perhaps at school or a local club.  Hopefully they are feeling inspired and maybe we might even see one of them playing at Wimbledon in the future.”

For pictures of the students at the event, visit this link on our main news pages.

BOROUGH ATHLETE HOPES TO OVERCOME INJURY FRUSTRATION:
An 18 year old borough athlete is hoping to put a period of injury behind her to get back to settled form on the track and field.  Niamh Emerson from the Amber Valley & Erewash Athletics Club is back at the highest level after a recovery and lay off over the winter due to a knee injury.

However, Niamh has shrugged off the experience of pain and lack of action by putting it down to experience before applying herself to competitive action once more.  The Derbyshire County Track & Field Championships were staged recently with the teenager winning long jump and setting a new county record 5.69m, and following up her team mate Emily Cooper in second in the 200m.

Sunday 21st saw the British Athletics Junior Team visit Loughborough with Emerson part of the line up for the beginning of the recognised season International event, where she competed in the high jump and heptathlon and run as a guest participant in the 100m hurdles.

She sustained her knee injury early on during Winter training in September and found it quite difficult to deal with, having had a long term injury for the first time in the wake of strains that had only taken a couple of weeks to recover from.  As a result, she missed out on any indoor track action.  Having acknowledged the lengthy period of recovery in the most recent instance, she set about trying to find another way of rehabiliation and eventually found something that worked.

Emerson is aiming to qualify for the European Junior Championships which are being staged in Italy and has one eye on the 2018 Commonwealth Games being held in Australia, but is keen not to aggravate her knee in the high jump in the meantime..   She has not competed in the discipline since July of 2016 at the County Championships but she is encouraged by her coach's conclusion that this will have had no effect on her chances.

Last year, she was the UK's joint fourth in the high jump with a personal best of 1.89m and will aim to be in the Team England squad with her abilities.  Having won the heptathlon 800m in Georgia last July, her first heptathlon for this year was over the weekend of May 27th and 28th.

DERBY COLLEGE STUDENTS SUPPORT RAMATHON: Public Services students at Derby College will be turning out in force to help organisers of the annual Ramathon in June.

Around 100 students, who are based at the College's Broomfield Hall campus, will be supporting the annual Derby half marathon, business team run and mini Ramathon fun run which will be held on Sunday June 4.

They will help with setting up for the event marshalling the route and clearing up the area afterwards.

The Ramathon will start and finish at Pride Park Stadium and Derby County Football Club is again the race partner for the event.  The route then includes the city centre and Elvaston Castle Country Park.

Derby College Assessor Ed Watkins explained: “We have been involved in this and many other annual events for several years and it is part of an ongoing programme of work experience for the students.

“Many of our students are planning careers in the public services including the Army and Police and in the security industry so the problem solving skills that they have gained will be invaluable in their future careers."

Ramathon Race Director Richard Kay said: "We have a fantastic relationship with Derby College and are very grateful for their support again this year.

"The students' role on the day is invaluable - ensuring that the runners have safe passage around the route and that the thousands of spectators are able to enjoy the action and cheer on their family and friends."

To enter online and for further information visit www.ramathon.co.uk

GET INVOLVED WITH ILKESTON HOCKEY CLUB: Erewash Sound is pleased to support Ilkeston Hockey Club. 2015 was a difficult year for the club which nearly closed due to a lack of players.  'Back To Hockey' was an intiative run during that difficult year which led to enough players being attracted to the club to create a full team to turn out each week and play in the Derbyshire Hockey League.

For 2016, club officials have signed up once more to a national campaign being run in conjuction with England Hockey which works to encourage adults into playing sport and in particularly, hockey.  The sessions are open to men and women and club officials hope to get enough people interested to create a mixed team and be able to call on some subs for the Ladies Team.

More info can be found on the club website, or via englandhockey.co.uk whilst hockey session dates are lsited on the Ilkeston Hockey Club Facebook page.

All the sessions are on a Drop in / pay as you go basis.  The Ilkeston Hockey Club is the only one within a 5 mile radius of Ilkeston, with the closest other club being in Beeston with another in Derby.   Sessions cost just £2 and although there significant interest from local men, club officials would really like to see more ladies join the club.  With more members, more teams can be created, both male and female.

JUNIOR PARK RUN: A new and exciting Junior Parkrun is being held every Sunday morning at West Park in Long Eaton. Junior Parkrun is a series of 2 kilometre runs around West Park and aimed especially at 4-14 year olds but everyone can join in. Adults can run with their children and under 11s must be accompanied by a responsible adult - the event is free and you must be registered to take part.

Everyone taking part should meet near the Rugby Club in West Park at 9am every Sunday - suitable footwear and clothing should be worn. Following the event participants might want to consider cooling off in the swimming pool at West Park Leisure Centre or getting some light refreshment from the Café.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “The weekly junior parkrun is a great way for youngsters and family members to improve their health and well-being, as well as making new friends. The aim is to have fun in the great outdoors, so come along and join in.”

Register for free at www.parkrun.org.uk/longeaton

NEW 5K IS UP AND RUNNING: The first of new weekly Saturday morning 5k runs in West Park at Long Eaton took place on Saturday 13th June 2015.

Launched by Erewash Borough Council, the weekly runs are part of the international parkrun organisation which sees 5k timed runs take place in parks across the world, with the events always free and open to people of all ages and

The Erewash Parkrun series features a session every Saturday at 9am in West Park and anyone from seasoned runners to beginners are welcome to go along.

The runs are entirely free but those taking part need to register with parkrun and print out the individual barcode to take along. Registration only needs to be done once.

The start point for the run is alongside the Rugby Club and cricket pavilion and the course takes runners on two clockwise laps within West Park.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: "We are delighted to announce that we have joined the parkrun community and look forward to seeing young and old taking part in these free, weekly 5k parkruns in West Park. We have been very keen to support this parkrun project as it adds to our wider programme of providing a whole host of opportunities for our residents to have a healthier and more active lifestyle. Our thanks and appreciation goes to the volunteers who are organising these runs and we encourage everyone to have a go – whatever your ability and age – and see how rewarding it is to run in a community event in lovely parkland surroundings.”

The parkrun programme will be run by volunteers and running enthusiasts and has been set up thanks to funding by Erewash Borough Council and the support of several partner organisations, including Derbyshire Village Games, Active Erewash, Jog Derbyshire and Long Eaton Running Club.

For full details and to register visit www.parkrun.org.uk/longeaton.

OVER 50s INVITED TO PLAY WALKING FOOTBALL: 
Over 50s are being invited to take part in 'Walking Football' here in Erewash.

Sessions are held every Monday from 7pm to 8pm at Kirk Hallam School 3G outdoor pitch on Godfrey Drive in Kirk Hallam.  You can take part for just £3 each organised by and as part of Erewash Village Games.

The sessions are run by Stanton Ilkeston FC.  Walking Football is the new initiative by The FA to promote healthier lifestyles and to increase participation.  It is aimed at encouraging people to start exercising and enticing people back in to football in a format that they will be happy with.

For more details, contact Toni Jantschenko on 07584 856292 or e-mail toni(at)villagegames.org.uk or ali_271(at)hotmail.co.uk.

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GOLDEN YEARS BOCCIA: Golden Years Boccia is being hosted in Ilkeston!  Boccia is a seated game where coloured balls are propelled towards a white jack.  This session will be for the over 60s, as well as getting together with like minded people, you'll get a cup of tea or coffee and an optional free health check.  Keep your mind and body active and join in!  Why not share this information with someone who might benefit from taking part?

The sessions started on 26th September 2013 and run from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at St Thomas' Church Hall, opposite the Littlewick Health Centre and cost just £2 per person.

STANTON TENNIS CLUB: Following a grant of £63,000 from the Lawn Tennis Association, four of the outdoor courts have been completely reconstructed to full LTA standard and now Stanton Tennis Club, who play their winter tennis at the indoor court at the sports park, have made the venue their home for the club in addition to giving some access to the public.

Membership rates are affordable and a programme of professional coaching for junior members caters for all ages and abilities.   For more details, e-mail mark(at)stanton-tennis.co.uk (project manager), tony(at)stanton-tennis.co.uk or visit the website for the club at www.stanton-tennis.co.uk.

COME AND HAVE A GO AT BOCCIA!: Boccia is a type of bowls played from a sitting position.  The Boccia Group, open to all, is at West Park Leisure Centre on Sundays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  People of all ages and disabilities are welcome at a cost of £2 per session for each player, whilst carers go free!  For more details, contact John & Kay Milton on 0115 972 7439 or e-mail johnkay46(at)msn.com.  

CROQUET: Long Eaton Park Croquet Club welcome the young and old to join them in regular games including as many as 16 people at dates and times to suit the needs of visiting groups.  For evening games, visitors arrive just before 7:00pm for a start at 7:00pm upon which time members firstly explain and then play as many as two types of Croquet, Gold and Association.  Club sessions are held three times a week from early May to late September, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and on Thursdays from 6:30pm.  A range of tournaments are entered and the club has four half-size lawns, two which can be converted to full size.  For more details, contact Club Secretary Susan Jackson on 0115 932 2542 - and for more details on the sport in general, visitwww.croquet.org.uk.

GENERAL SPORT: Sports clubs in Erewash are being urged to ensure their details are featured on the Derbyshire Sport website www.derbyshiresport.com.  The on-line directory is the most popular in Derbyshire and includes free discussion forums, news, venue information, photo galleries, a members' database and other features which all help keep everyone in contact with each other.  Clubs will also find the site is an excellent way to gain new members - while it also offers a boost to those wanting to develop their own website and club information.  Roland Harrison, Erewash Borough Council's former Sport and Health Development Manager told Erewash Sound Sport: "The website is a great place for clubs to promote themselves and also enables local residents to find out where to go if they want to take part in a sport that they are interested in. I would urge all local sports clubs to log on and make sure they are listed, ensuring the website is an up-to-date database of sports clubs in Erewash.

It is vital that any clubs already on this site update their information on an annual basis to ensure people can contact the right person in the sports club.

BASKETBALL: Ilkeston Outlaws Basketball Club are based at the Cavendish Centre, Ilkeston. The club has around 130 playing members from the age of 8 to 18, 3 National League sides, local league sides for both boys and girls and a mixed mini basketball side for U12s who have just won the Nottinghamshire Open Mini Championship.  The Outlaws have just joined forces with Mansfield Express EBL Divisional Men's Team and will be based at Bilborough College. The team will be known as Outlaws Express, officially 'Ilkeston and Mansfield Outlaws Express'.  For further information, contact Judy Pittson on 0115 932 6720 or e-mail judypits(at)hotmail.co.uk.

BADMINTON: Dell Badminton Club is seeking new members.  The group meets every Wednesday at West Hallam Community Centre, Station Road, from 8:00pm-10:00pm.  For more details, just turn up at the Centre and ask to speak with club secretary Sue Selby.