General Sport

Updated 1st April: A digest of sport from across the borough.  Send us your sports stories via e-mail to info(at) for inclusion on-air and on-line.

PUPILS FROM ACROSS EREWASH SHOW OFF THEIR MOVES AT ESSP DANCE FESTIVAL:  More than 200 children from across the borough showed off their dance moves at a festival organised by Erewash School Sport Partnership.

Pupils from Ashbrook Junior School, Chaucer Junior, Cotmanhay Junior, Firfield Primary, Mapperley Primary, Risley Primary, Scargill Primary, Shardlow Primary and Stanley St Andrew’s all took part.

The dance festival took place at Friesland School in Sandiacre and Friesland students opened the event with a street dance entitled ‘The Age of the Phone’. Three A-level students from Friesland closed the show with a piece that aimed to help them focus on their technical and expressive skills.

Faith Dyer, class teacher and PE co-ordinator from Ashbrook Junior School, said her pupils had been extremely excited to take part.  She said: “I brought 21 children and they did a stone age themed dance which links in with the topic they have just done in lessons. They put all of their learning into the dance and they’ve really enjoyed preparing for the festival.”

Hayley York, transition liaison at Friesland School, worked with Ashbrook Junior and Risley Junior on their performances ahead of the festival.  She said: “I worked with each school for three weeks and their dances have linked in to topics that they have been studying. It’s been all inclusive so every child has been given the chance to join in even if they couldn’t perform at the festival. They’ve absolutely loved it.”

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, thanked everyone for taking part.  She said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for pupils from across the borough to take part in a dance festival. The standard of the dances improves every year and we were all extremely impressed. It was great to see so many schools represented and in terms of numbers taking part this is the biggest dance festival we have held. We would like to thank all of the children for their hard work and the staff who supported them and accompanied them to the event.”

KIRK HALLAM CVA STUDENT SELECTED FOR GB SKIING TEAM:  A Kirk Hallam Community Academy student who is one of the country’s top freestyle skiers has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Junior World Championships.

Justin Taylor-Tipton, 16, has been named in the 19-strong GB Squad by British Ski and Snowboard for the World Junior Freestyle Championships in Italy.

The competition takes place from April 3rd to 7th in Chiesa in Valmalenco and Justin will travel there from Laax in Switzerland, where he is currently training.

After taking part in the Junior World Championships, Justin will travel back to Laax to compete in the Big Air event at the British Championships on April 7th.

His sister Ella, 12, also a student at Kirk Hallam Community Academy, will also be competing at the British Championships from April 3rd to April 7th.  Justin and Ella are both ICON athletes and are grateful for the support they receive from Derbyshire Sport.

Justin, of West Hallam, said he was thrilled to be selected to represent Great Britain.  He said: “I’m so stoked to get selected for the Junior Worlds at Valmalenco this April in Slopestyle and represent GBR, it's a great honour.”

Justin is part of the Freestyle National Academy, a partnership between Snowsport England and British Ski and Snowboard to support the most talented athletes who have been identified as having the potential to progress.

It is part of the GB Park and Pipe – a type of skiing which involves tricks and jumps -  Performance Pathway, with the next stage being the GB park and pipe team followed by the potential for Winter Olympic selection.

Justin is an ambassador for Sportsaid, the Rob George Foundation and Go Ski Go Board. In April he will receive his Sportsaid cheque from the Nottingham Building Society as he has been closely linked with its Ilkeston branch.

The teenager started skiing when he was seven, began competing in races when he was nine and became a freestyle competitor at the age of 12.

He learnt freestyle at Swadlincote Ski Centre and trains at Hemel Hempstead, Stoke Ski Centre and Halifax Ski Slope.

Justin's current titles include the English Slopestyle Champion 2015 and 2016, British Indoor Slopestyle Champion 2016, Welsh Slopestyle Champion 2016 and winner of London Ride Big Air 2016 at Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show.

Martin Ebbage, head teacher at Kirk Hallam Community Academy, said that everyone was extremely proud of Justin and Ella.  He said: “Justin and Ella both work incredibly hard and deserve every success. Justin’s selection to represent his country is an amazing achievement and we are sure that Ella will put in a fantastic performance at the British Championships. We are proud to support both of them.”

Justin is trying to raise £6,000, which would cover the costs of training for half a year. To support him click this link

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

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 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

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

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) or ali_271(at)

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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) (project manager), tony(at) or visit the website for the club at

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)  

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,

GENERAL SPORT: Sports clubs in Erewash are being urged to ensure their details are featured on the Derbyshire Sport website  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)

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.