On Friday 27th October Sport Together Berkshire CIC held its second Festival of Inclusivity event, this time held at Cantley Park in Wokingham, providing multi-sports activities for adults and children with physical disabilities or learning or neurological conditions.
Supported by Wokingham Borough Council’s Sport & Leisure Team and Wokingham Sports Council, the event organised by Sport Together Berkshire was aimed at anyone who is unable to play mainstream sport due to perceived barriers. A special thanks must go to Glenn Goudie and Joe Howorth from Wokingham Borough Council’s Sport & Leisure Team for working with us to put this event on, which we hope will become an annual event in their calendar.
On the day participants took part in football, hockey, tennis, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, and ended the day throwing foam javelins and foam frisbees. Great fun was had by all.
Dan Rook from Reading FC Community Trust and co-founder of Sport Together Berkshire said, “Reading FC Community Trust are delighted to be part of the Festivals of Inclusivity, and working with likeminded companies and individuals to provide sporting opportunities that everyone can have a go at despite their abilities”.
On the day the event was supported by Andrew Douglass and Richard Dolinkski, Directors of Sport Together Berkshire CIC, as well as ex Wokingham Councillor Angus Ross, Nigel King Chairman of Wokingham Sports Council, and many others.
Andrew said “I thought the facilities at Cantley Park were exceptional – and very accessible. It was a really great day and another step to building some solid foundations for Sport Together Berkshire.”
Richard added ” a wonderful day and great example of how collaboration of sports companies and partners can really achieve great things, for those who need it most”.
Cllr Ian Shenton, Executive member for Environment, Sport and Leisure, from Wokingham Borough Council said “The council is delighted to welcome the Festival of Inclusivity event at Cantley Park. It is important multi-sport activities are inclusive to all as it provides opportunities for residents to keep active and make new friends, whilst promoting positive mental health and well-being.”
South Berkshire Hockey Club is offering Walking Hockey sessions with a qualified coach on Thursday mornings from 11:00 – 12:00 at Cantley Park.
Walking Hockey is perfect for players who are looking for a less physically demanding version of the game but still enjoy using or learning new skills and being involved in the team and social aspect.
It’s designed to help people keep an active lifestyle regardless of age, health and ability. Whether you are new to the sport, just not played for a while or had to stop due to injuries or other reasons, Walking Hockey allows you to pick up a stick in a fun and relaxed environment with like-minded people. The team will meet in the cafe for refreshments afterwards.
Each session costs £5. Sticks will be available to use but players should provide their own shinpads.
Existing club member?
Go to the Pitchero app or website and request to join the “Walking Hockey” team.
Not yet a club member?
Register for our club (https://www.southberkshirehockeyclub.org.uk/), complete all of the required personal details, and request to join the “Walking Hockey” team.
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On Sunday 3rd September 2023 Berkshire Banshees Wheelchair Rugby Club CIC, took part in the third and final GBWR 5s competition at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent and ended the day beating close rivals Newcastle Wheelchair Rugby, known as North East Barbarians, to claim the top spot of the Championship meaning the Banshees will be playing Premiership 5’s league Wheelchair rugby in 2024.
It was a fantastic series of tournaments, where the skill levels of all clubs taking part had improved significantly from last year’s tournament, where the Banshees just lost out on promotion to Bournemouth Lions.
At both the first and second tournaments of the season, Banshees and Barbarians finished the days level on points but because Barbarian’s had narrowly beaten Banshees on both occasions, they topped the table. So, it was all to play for going into tournament three.
Both Banshees and Barbarian’s won two of their first three games of the day, leaving them still level on points, so it all came down to the exciting final game to decide which team would be promoted to the Premiership! Banshees plan of attack worked, and they won convincingly, with a final score of 24-16, showing the development of the team over the season.
This means the Banshees have been promoted twice in three years, quite remarkable considering the club was only formed in 2017 to give people with physical disabilities and learning / neurological conditions the chance to give the sport a go!
Head Coach Sally Sycha said ‘I am so proud of all the Banshees, both those who played at the tournament and those who train with us. I’ve seen development in the whole team this year, both individually and as the team working together, implementing the tactics we’ve trained for. I’m looking forward to further development of the 5s team as we enter the Premiership, and hopefully entering a second 5s team next season to provide more competitive opportunities for our players. As well as this we’re now going into 4s season with our combined team with Brighton Buccaneers, named the Banshaneers, and we continue to develop our youth team. It’s exciting times for our growing club, and we couldn’t do it without all our supporters help, thank you!’
Craig Hunter, Chairman of the Banshees said “this was a terrific performance by not only the players who played across the tournaments but the whole club, all players who trained and played friendlies together, coaches and volunteers. Our thanks must also go to the local business community who have supported us from day one, notably Absolute Mobility, SecureCloud+, Polyco Health, Dudmans of Berkshire, Haslams, Egnyte Software, Get Berkshire Active, without all their support this would not have happened.
We now look forward to developing a 4s team, who will play the same game as the GB Paralympic team, as well as continuing to develop our Youth section for children and young adults aged 8 – 16.
The Wokingham Borough Council Sport & Leisure team are currently hosting some Leisure strategy consultations regarding the Sport & Leisure offer and facilities for the next 5 years. We are collecting feedback from our residents through the following survey link, the full strategy is available through the same link, and a summary version is below. If you would like to have your say and contribute towards please click the link, it will take just a few minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. If you would be able to share the survey that would be great.
Rugby in Berkshire soon available to even more people than ever.
Berkshire Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby team hold regular sessions on Thursdays (6.30 – 8pm) and Saturdays (11am – 12.30pm) at Reading RFC starting on Saturday 26th September and is open to anyone aged 18 or over to join in.
What is mixed ability rugby?
It is regular full contact rugby… for rugby’s sake. If you happen to have some form of disability or barrier but want to play regular rugby, then you are more than welcome. The same goes if you have no disability or barrier. It is not a disability team. Players are not classified by physical, intellectual or mental abilities and the game is played using all the usual laws of rugby.
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Reading RFC, Holme Park, Sonning Lane, Reading, Berkshire, RG4,6ST
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We have been monitoring the ever-changing government guidelines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but with the current social distancing and gathering guidelines and the limited sport being played over the last few months, we have regrettably decided to cancel this year’s Sports Awards. We are pleased that a lot of sport has been able to resume in some form over the last few weeks, and hope that things return to some form of normality soon.
We look forward to announcing plans for the 2021 Sports Awards, and to receiving your nominations. In the meantime if there are any achievements which you feel should be recognised, any forthcoming sporting events you would like publicised or any issues you would like raised, please get in touch.
The Feel Inspired Golf Academy is an initiative designed to bring golf to children and young people with special educational needs, intellectual or physical difficulties. The emphasis is on golf as a lifetime sport for everyone with participation, enjoyment and achievement more important than ‘winning’.
Coaching takes place in a fun, friendly and inclusive environment and the focus is on developing each participant’s individual golf skills whilst simultaneously promoting and practicing life skills such as co-operation, honesty, sportsmanship and perseverance, in a relaxed, supportive environment. There is strong emphasis on positive reinforcement coaching strategies and an award system for all participants to promote enjoyment and positive engagement.
Sessions are held on Saturdays from 12 – 1 pm at Sand Martins Golf Club.
After much anticipation, Sporting Memories, is coming to Wokingham borough.
Sporting Memories supports older people living in England and Wales with dementia, depression and loneliness by engaging them in social activities and helping them to recall memories of watching or playing sport. By sharing memories of sporting moments and tapping into a passion for sport, the sessions help people to connect with others and with their past, reawakening positive thoughts and feelings that otherwise remain hidden away.
Using images of sport and memorabilia, older people are assisted to stay connected to their friends and communities, cognitively stimulated and physically active. The project, led by Wokingham Borough Council Sports & Leisure team, help people over the age of 50 age well and remain as healthy as possible.
The sessions will take place at Berkshire County Sports & Social Club, Sonning Lane, Sonning starting Wednesday 1st May 2019 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
The sessions are open to people 50+ and many of the members attend to enjoy the company of other older sports fans, some of the members may live with dementia or have memory problems, some have experienced depression, some they may have had a stroke or live with Parkinson’s, but all have one thing in common, a love for sport!
For more information see https://www.wokinghamboroughsportscouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/BCSSC-Flyer-Wednesday.pdf