Sports Coaching Conference

A Sports Coaching Conference is to be held at Wellington College, Berkshire on Friday 16th March 2018. This Conference aims to draw together some of the leading names in coach education and skill acquisition within the UK.  The aim of this is to subsequently support people working in sport with young people every day.  At this conference, you will hear from presenters with a wealth of experience and knowledge in their chosen fields.  Delegate fee to £30 per attendee to include all refreshments for the day.

Topics covered will include:
– maturation of young people, relative age effect and specialisation within sport
– applied coaching science
– effective talent development
– appropriate behaviour of coaches

Speakers include:
Sean Cummings, Senior Lecturer, Bath University
Russell Earnshaw, Coach, RFU
Alun Powell, National Talent Manager, ECB
Danny Newcombe, Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University & Hockey Coach, Wales Senior Men
Stuart Armstrong, Head of Coaching for Sport England
Emily Reynolds, Head of Sport, Youth Sport Trust
Ric Shuttleworth, Performance Coach and Coach Developer, RFU
Dan Pratt, Assistant Director of Sport and Head of Cricket 

There will be hour long practical sessions in rugby and hockey by Danny Newcombe (hockey) and Russell Earnshaw (Rugby)

Fee:  £30 per delegate, inclusive of all refreshments and lunch.  £100 for 4 delegates from one organisation. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.  For a full agenda and biographies of speakers and/or to book please click on:

https://www.eventsforce.net/2018mar16-gamesenseandcoachingconference

Walking rugby

Promoting Walking Rugby

Reading Rugby Club have successfully introduced Walking Rugby, working with the RFU to develop a format which has now been adopted by a group of clubs in the South West.

In order to help with clarifying some aspects of the game, a video has been produced to help to further promote the game  https://youtu.be/1LmgjdgdWX4

Walking Rugby sessions are held at Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park, Sonning Lane, Reading RG4 6ST on:

Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

Wednesdays at 19:30 p.m.

A contribution of £2:50 per session is requested, but become a social member and sessions are free.

For more information see the Reading Rugby Club website http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/readingrugbyclub/teams/153480

2017 Sports Awards

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Under 14 Girls (Ivor Baker Awards Cup) Isobel Blinkhorn (received on her behalf by Mary King)

Under 14 Boys (Hurst Bakery Cup)         James West

Under 18 Girls (Richard Worth Cup)       Megan Splain

Under 18 Boys (Bray Cars)                       Archie Carter

Senior Woman  (BT2000)                         Tilly Nash

Senior Man (Wokingham BC)                  Alfie Mawson (received on his behalf by James Eaglesham)

Best Primary School (1Life Shield)        Robert Piggott CE Junior School

Best Senior School (1Life Shield)          The Forest School

Service to Sport in the Community – Club (Wokingham News)  Woodley United FC

Service to Sport in the Community – Individual (The Get Reading Cup)  Brian Wooldridge

Coach of the Year (Pinewood Starr Boxing Shield)  Symon O’Keefe

Volunteer of the Year (Wokingham Town Council)  Richard Devereux

Unsung Hero (Chris Evans Trophy)   Suzanne Fenwick

Service to Disabled Sport (BT2000 Cup)  Alan Leason

Excellence in Sport (Woodley Town Council)  Lucie Colebeck

Courage Award (John Cunningham Cup)   Helen Wilson

Spirit of Sport (Earley Town Council Cup)  Sophie Guy

Male Team Award (Reading Rugby Club)  Reddam Gymnastics Junior Boys Team

Female Team Award (Global Knowledge Award)  Maiden Erlegh U18 Girls Rugby team

Chairman’s Award (WBSC Chairman’s Cup)  Roland Mear

New tennis courts open at Cantley Park

As a result of work undertaken in partnership with the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association), 3 new tennis courts, floodlighting to 6 courts and a new clubhouse have recently been opened at Cantley Park. This new tennis facility, which now consists of 12 outdoor tennis courts, is being managed by GD Tennis, who are also providing tennis coaching programmes for all ages and abilities.

The cost of a 12 month household membership is £65 for all household members to play (excluding floodlighting). There is also a pay and play option for £8 per hour per court. There is an additional cost of £5 per court per hour for floodlighting. All courts must be booked in advance of playing.

To find out more or to book a court, visit the Cantley Park Tennis website, email mailto:cantleyparktennis@gdtennis.co.ukor call 07501 369305.

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Volunteering opportunities in Sports and Leisure

Would you like to volunteer in Sports and Leisure?

Would you like to give something back to others?

Have you recently retired and have some time to volunteer?

Wokingham Borough Council’s Sports & Leisure team have recently created a host of new volunteering opportunities in their sport, leisure and health prevention projects.

We are committed to providing outstanding service on all our programmes and by volunteering you will help us to maintain the high standards of delivery that our participants expect.

Volunteer roles are available in the following projects:

  • Walking for Health
  • Steady Steps
  • SHINE over 60’s
  • Wokingham Active with adults & children with additional needs
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Long Term Health conditions
  • Sportivate sports sessions
  • Mental Health
  • Dementia Friendly sessions
  • Seasonal opportunities
  • And much more…

Training is available and an induction course will help you develop your confidence and skills in volunteering.

For more information on the volunteering opportunities within the Sports & Leisure team, contact sport@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 974 3728