General Sport

Updated 14th December: 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.

HUNDREDS OF EREWASH PUPILS GET MOVING TO ESSP FESTIVAL: Hundreds of youngsters were encouraged to get moving at two festivals run by Erewash School Sport Partnership.

Pupils from Dallimore Primary, Mapperley Primary, Charlotte Infant, Stanley Common, Stanley St Andrew’s and Field House took part in one of the Mini Movers events at Rutland Sports Park.

Another festival was held at The Long Eaton School for schools including Ladycross, Risley, St Laurence, Firfield, Ashbrook Infants, Dovedale and Brooklands.

At both events there were six different activities for the children to try including a circuit using different body parts, reading a story called The Silly Sheep Dog and mimicking the animals’ movements, performing different actions with ribbons, controlling balloons, using body parts to draw letters and a series of target challenges involving throwing and catching.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said: “Our Mini Movers festivals are always extremely popular and all of the children had a great time. It was all about encouraging them to try something new and just to get moving in a variety of different ways.

“All of the activities looked at different skills and it was great to see so many pupils willing to get involved and have a go. We would like to thank their teachers for bringing them here and the sports leaders who helped us to ensure that both of the events ran smoothly.”

Sports leaders from The Long Eaton School helped to run the Long Eaton festival and sports leaders from Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy supported ESSP in delivering the event at Rutland Sports Park.

Pupil Kiera Warhurst, 12, said: “We all enjoyed helping to run the event today and working with the young children who were very enthusiastic.”

Teacher Olivia Wade brought 25 pupils from Field House Infants to the festival.  She said: “They were very excited to attend the event and were doing star jumps on the carpet at school before the register. They did lots of throwing and catching and relay races and really enjoyed themselves. All of the children love taking part in new and exciting things so this was a great experience for them. The sports leaders from Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy did a fantastic job with the children too.”

EREWASH PUPILS JUMP TO IT AT TRAMPOLINING FESTIVAL: 
Youngsters from across Ilkeston jumped to it at a trampolining festival held by Erewash School Sport Partnership. Pupils were taught some basic moves and how to stay safe on a trampoline by coaches from Phoenix Trampoline Club.

They were also given a demonstration by club members at the festival, which was held at Kirk Hallam Community Academy.

Schools taking part included Ladywood Primary, Sawley Infant, Dallimore Primary, Mapperley Primary, Field House and Charlotte Infant.

Amy Lind, from Ladywood Primary, said her pupils were excited to take part in the event.  She said: “We’ve never been to a trampoline festival before and as it can be quite an expensive sport we thought this was a good opportunity for some of our pupils to give it a go.

“They were all very excited about coming and these trampolines are probably much bigger than ones they’ve been on before.

“It’s great to have the Phoenix coaches here and really what we hope is that this will give them a bit of inspiration and it might be something they consider trying again.”

The session was held by Erewash School Sport Partnership in conjunction with Phoenix Trampoline Club, based in Ilkeston, with support from sports leaders at Kirk Hallam Community Academy.

Adam White, head coach at Phoenix, said the festival was about introducing pupils to trampolining.  He said: “They went through the basics with the coaches learning moves like straddles, tucks and pikes.  They also learnt how to land safely because that’s where a lot of accidents can happen on trampolines at home. Hopefully they enjoyed themselves and gained a bit of confidence.”

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said all the youngsters had thoroughly enjoyed the festival.  She said: “Our trampolining festival has become very popular and it was great to see so many faces there. It’s a brilliant opportunity for pupils to try something different and hopefully they left feeling inspired and some of them might consider going along to a club.”

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.