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All Stars Cricket for five- to eight-year-olds

Posted on Friday 19th May 2017 at 5:26 pm by SH (Editor)

ECB All Stars Cricket

All Stars Cricket is a brand new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket.

The programme is delivered across England and Wales at over 1,800 fully accredited All Stars Cricket centres. It is a fun and active way to develop your child’s skills, and through our eight-week programme they will learn lots – as well as make new friends – in a safe and inclusive environment.

Patchway Cricket Club, based in Scott Park, Rodway Road, Patchway BS34 5JR, is running its sessions on a Saturday morning, from 10.30am to 11.30am, starting on Saturday 20th May.

All girls and boys are welcome, and each registered child will receive a pack of cricket goodies including a cricket bat, ball, backpack, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap to keep so that they can continue their love of cricket when they go home.

By registering for All Stars Cricket, your child will be guaranteed eight weeks of jam-packed fun, activity and skills development. To register, visit allstarscricket.co.uk or contact Dave Hull on 07954 391434.

More: Poster advertising the All Stars Cricket programme in Patchway »

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Harriers pair clinch world championship medals

Posted on Tuesday 10th May 2016 at 12:27 pm by Nikki Hallur

Bronze medal winners Kenedi Cross (left) and Vada Finniear (right) in action at the 2016 World Acrogymnastics Championships in Putian, China.

A local gymnastics club based at Patchway Sports Centre has had a major success with two of its gymnasts receiving medals at the recent Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Putian, China.

Harriers Acrobatic Gymnastics is a relatively small club which also trains at Little Stoke Primary School, but its gymnasts Kenedi Cross, aged 15, and Vada Finniear, aged 18, have made it big this year by winning a bronze medal in acro-gymnastics, which is performed in pairs with no apparatus. They were competing in the class for Mixed Pair Ages 13-19. The pair train at Harriers with their coach, Sarah Bateman.

The Journal previously reported on Kenedi and Vada in September 2015, when they competed in the European Championships in Reisa, Germany, but they were left disappointed as an injury prevented them from completing the competition. Kenedi’s mum, Teresa Cross, tells us that their club deserves recognition because “it has very limited facilities, with no sprung floor” which means Kenedi and Vada can only train around 12 hours per week, in contrast to the 20+ hours that is possible at larger clubs. Despite this, both competitors as well as their coach, Sarah Bateman, were selected for team GB this year. They were asked to trial for team GB last year due to their history of successes in national competitions, although they were unable to finish at the European Championships. About their success this year, Teresa says, “we were all ecstatic” as they “got back up to full fitness”.

The Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships involved 12 pairs competing in qualifying rounds over two days. Kenedi and Vada received the highest marks for balance, and secured fifth place to go into the finals. Teresa Cross says it was “nail biting” as they had to compete against the European Champions from Portugal.

More: Pair are "proud of achievements, coach and club" »

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Success for Patchway triathlete at European Championships

Posted on Wednesday 18th September 2013 at 9:49 am by SH (Editor)

Triathlete Akhil Viz competing in Vichy, France.

A locally-based athlete is currently enjoying a well-earned rest after representing Great Britain in the European Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Vichy, France at the beginning of September.

Akhil Viz, 24, is originally from Gibraltar but has been based in Bristol since October 2011. He lives in Patchway and works as an Aerospace Engineer at Atkins Global on the Aztec West Business Park.

The ultra-distance sportsman was selected for the GB team after a good showing in the 2012 UK Ironman Triathlon  (2.4 mile swim + 112 mile bike + 26 mile run).

An excellent performance in Vichy saw Akhil finish 6th within his age group and 189th overall (out of around 700 entrants) in a total time of 10 hours and 48 minutes.

Prior to the event, Akhil took two weeks off work to go home to Gibraltar and focus on his final training. Over the fortnight he swam 25km, cycled 1,100km and ran 72km!

Writing on his blog, Akhil describes the “time-crunched” nature of a triathlete’s life, which in his case involves juggling 10 to 15 hours training with a full-time job. His daily regime involves waking up at 4.30am to fit in 2-3 hours of training before work.

Akhil’s goals for the next couple of years include running 100 miles and swimming 10km. “When will I pursue them? I do not know, but those targets are there at the back of my mind,” he says.

“I will definitely do another half and full Ironman next summer, but have yet to decide on which races. There is a lot for me to think about and I have to reset and refocus on my priorities.”

“In the long term, I would love to represent Gibraltar at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The qualifying standards are high but I am up for the challenge!”

Read more: My Ironman Journey (Blog by Akhil Viz)

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BMX club rides away with Patchway sport award

Posted on Wednesday 31st October 2012 at 3:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Action from Round 1 of Bristol BMX Club's 2012/13 Winter Series in Patchway.

Bristol BMX Club has scooped the 2012 Patchway Community Club Grassroots Award.

Organised by Patchway Sports Association, the competition is a celebration of sport for Patchway, which this year saw nine clubs nominated. The awards evening was hosted by Patchway Sports and Social Club on Sunday 21st October and on the night over 100 people were also treated to a dynamic judo display by Patchway Judo Club.

The Grass Roots award went to Bristol BMX Club for their efforts as volunteers providing year-round BMX facilities open to the public and racing every Wednesday from April to September, with a winter series one Sunday a month from October to March. The club has been running for over 30 years and is based at The Tumps in Waterside Drive.

Open for riders of all abilities, the club’s membership has had a huge boost since the London 2012 Olympics, and has risen from 120 to a record 151 riders, many of whom turn up every week to race including boys and girls aged 4 and over to adults up to 50 years old.

The club is a non-profit organisation, with any profit made being ploughed back into track maintenance to keep the facilities up to a high standard.

Riders have represented the club at regional and national level, and even at world level, and have been lucky enough to have coaching sessions provided by Olympic coach Marcus Bloomfield, who was a member of Bristol BMX Club in his youth.

The Patchway Community Sports Association is supported by South Gloucestershire Council working in partnership with Patchway Town Council, Patchway Community College, Circadian Trust and local sports clubs.

Roger Loveridge, Chair of Patchway Community Sports Association, said:

“It was a great evening. We are really pleased that Bristol BMX won the award because they are one of those clubs who work tirelessly all year round and this will help raise the profile of the work they do. The facilities need to be updated so hopefully this will help the club.”

More: The full list of clubs nominated for the award »

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