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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2013 SPORTS AWARDS. 5th Active Broxbourne Sport Awards returns to the Hertford Regional College this May.

On Tuesday 14th May 2013 the Hertford Regional College (Turnford Campus), will host, for the second time, the 5th Annual Active Broxbourne’s Annual Sports Awards.

Person of the Year 2010 & 2012), Leeds and Wales footballer Steve Morison (Sports Person of the Year 2011) and Lea Valley Regional Park Authority (Mayor’s Award for contribution to Sport).

Now in it’s 5th successful year, Active Broxbourne are pleased to announce B3Living as the main sponsor and Hertford Regional College as the host sponsor.

The evening will be hosted at Hertford Regional College in the main reception area allowing the full scale of the open planned area to be appreciated. Dancers from the college will open the event and food will be prepared and served by the Atrium Restaurant in house at the college.

With 12 awards to contest the voting starts now and nominations can be submitted online at Nominations are being taken throughout the month of April and close on Tuesday 30th April 2013. Past winners have included GB cyclist Laura Trott (Sports

For information on how to nominate please call Matt Ridley on 01992 78555 (ex5909) at Broxbourne Council or Mark Neville on 01992 444209.

• Young Sports Performer • Sporting Achievement of the Year • Disability Sports Person of the Year • Coach of the Year • Volunteer of the Year • Service to Sport • Club of the Year • Mayor’s Award • Sports Person of the Year • Disability Coach of the Year • Primary School Contribution to Sport • Secondary School Contribution to Sport • PE Teacher/Coordinator of the Year

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THE MAGAZINE FOR SPORT & LEISURE IN BROXBOURNE & EAST HERTS Welcome to eaW magazine Welcome to the Spring edition of eaW magazine for Broxbourne/East Herts and parts of North Enfield. During the last 6 months we have been working on a strategy

to work in several areas in Hertfordshire as well as keep a small presence in the North of Enfield. With a strong relationship with the Community Sport Networks in Hertfordshire we have recently

launched a Welwyn Hatfield edition and are now pleased to bring you this edition for Broxbourne and East Herts. We are also working with Active Broxbourne to bring you the first ever Sports Festival

for Broxbourne, coming to Broxbourne Sports Club on 27th May 2013 . See page 8 for details. Mark Neville Director, eaW Limited

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SPORT • LEISURE • LIFESTYLE & FITNESS Building work at Grundy Park Leisure Centre commenced on 11th March at the site in Cheshunt

Development work at Grundy Park Leisure Centre has now begun The key developments of the £4 million Grundy Leisure Centre project begun in mid March to the delight of local members and sports enthusiasts. The project’s developments include: a new ground floor café opening onto the park; new reception area; extension of the Fit&Well gym; refurbished changing rooms, including a brand new changing village; further dance studio space and function room space; and an improved health suite comprising of sauna, steam room and hot tub Cabinet Member for Leisure and Recreation, Councillor Hazel Jackson was there to launch the build project. She said “The project has been a long time in the pipeline and I am delighted to see the builders on site making the exciting plans a reality. Phasing the works to ensure the centre remains open is important. I look forward to

presenting a leisure centre fit for the 21st Century.” The work is due for completion in May 2014 but is being phased to ensure service areas are kept open as much as is possible during the duration of the build. The first phase will be the extension of the Fit&Well gym which is set to complete at the beginning of June 2013. The extension of the Fit&Well gym will mean that more cardio equipment can be installed including four additional cross trainers, seven upright bikes (three new bikes and four to replace the existing kit), three additional rowing machines and one Synergy360 – an innovative piece of kit which provides apparatus for personal or group training for up to 10 people. Information about the development project is available at the Centre and online at www.

Footballers flock to John Warner in February

160 young people attend half term 5-a-side football tournament at John Warner 160 young people aged between 11 and 19 years attended the February half term football tournament at The John Warner Sports Centre, Hoddesdon on 22 February. The tournament was won by Broxbourne Rangers (under 15s) and teams travelled from

as far away as South London to participate. All attendees demonstrated excellent behaviour throughout the event. For more information on events for young people, residents can visit the ‘leisure and culture’ section of the Council’s website,


RUGBY CLUB ‘Pay and Play’ offered at local leisure centres

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Residents can enjoy exercise classes without being a member with ‘pay and play’. There are over 140 classes per week to choose from at The John Warner Sports Centre and Grundy Park Leisure Centre ranging from classes for beginners through to those for the more advanced. Users can try Cardio kick, which is a dynamic, motivating and intense workout that combines

simple aerobic choreography with martial arts and boxing based moves. Other sessions on offer include Xbike and spinning, Legs, Bums and Tums, Pilates, aqua aerobics, Zumba and many more. There is something suitable for all ages and cover various aspects of fitness including inner core, strength, balance and stability, low impact fun and energetic workouts. For more details on these visit

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SPORT • LEISURE • LIFESTYLE & FITNESS £6.3 million investment project launched at the Olympic venue in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire

Lee Valley White Water Centre launches new rafting season Lee Valley White Water Centre launched its new rafting season in March with the London 2012 venue expecting the busiest period ever as a result of the Games’ legacy. The venue opened for rafting as a £6.3 million investment project gets into full swing, which will see a new pavilion, additional changing rooms, more car parking as well as state of the art support facilities for elite athletes. This further investment is in response to a highly successful first season in 2011/12 and the enhanced facilities will enable the venue to cater for the great demand there is for white water activities. The arena where Team GB won gold and silver medals in the Canoe Slalom event has already proved a success since originally opening to the public in 2011 and the number of people taking to the water continues to increase.

Since initially opening in 2011 over 45,000 people have tackled the rafting at the centre and over 16,000 participants have tried canoeing or kayaking. The venue has also attracted a total of 185,000 visitors who come to watch the white water activities or have a bite to eat at the licensed terrace café. Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Chief Executive Shaun Dawson said: “We’re very proud that we were the first brand new London 2012 venue to re-open to the public after the Games and we’re delighted to see the positive effect which the Games has had. “As well as proving commercially successful Lee Valley White Water Centre is also providing many opportunities for people to try canoeing, kayaking and rafting and will continue to do so throughout the development work which is currently taking place.

“The venue hosted this country’s first ever Junior Rafting Series last weekend and has already held two hugely successful Schools Festivals, where 2,000 pupils from every London borough as well as Essex and Hertfordshire had the opportunity to go rafting for free. “With paddlers of every level of ability from beginners to Olympic standard battling the rapids this truly is a fantastic example of a successful Olympic legacy in action.” Whether you’re looking for the

next adrenalin rush, an unforgettable day with a group of friends or a unique corporate day out, Lee Valley White Water Centre will make the day one you remember. For full information and to book visit: or call 08456 770 606.

Open Evening Thursday 9th May 5.30 - 8.00pm Broxbourne and Ware Campuses Meet our tutors and get advice on the best course for you. HRC offers high quality Further Education, Apprenticeships, Full & Part-time Courses and Foundation Degrees.


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SPORT • LEISURE • LIFESTYLE & FITNESS Lee Valley Athletics Track present Star Track

England Talent Team’s Claire Harris talks to eaW

England Talent Selection Star Track keeps you active during the holidays for Aquavision Swimmers athletes the chance to receive expert tuition in a range of skills for all the different types of athletic disciplines from hurdles to high jump, and sprints to javelin.

Home to energetic and regular holiday courses, club training sessions and popular competitions, the award winning Lee Valley Athletics Centre, based in Edmonton, north London is the largest indoor and outdoor athletics centre in London and the South of England. This Easter’s ‘Star Track’ is run over a series of days during the half term school holiday, and the fun courses offer budding

We keep the kids active and energised, and the centre offers the opportunity for them to train alongside the likes of Team GB and elite athletes in a world class venue, where Team GB trained in the run up to and during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Join us and join in with the fun! Find us at: Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Meridian Way, Edmonton, London N9 OAR Visit our website at: lee-valley-athletics-centre Tel: 08456 770 600 Twitter: @LeeValleyPark Facebook: LeeValleyRegionalPark

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eaW magazine features Claire Harris, a swimmer from Aquavision Synchronised Swimming Club who has been selected to swim in her first competition for the England Talent Team in Croatia this year. We asked Claire a few simple questions.

Why did you choose Synchronised Swimming? I enjoy the variety of activities in the sport and really enjoy being in the water. It’s a challenging sport but great fun. I used to watch my sister when I was little and started to learn the sport when I was 8. I then did a couple of hours a week and spent a few more hours learning the swimming strokes. What does the training involve? It’s fun but also very hard work. I do flexibility and core stability training 5 days a week. Swimming stamina 4 hours a week and the remainder is Synchronised Swimming specific skills, SSC-A5flyer2013.pdf like figures and routines, 8 12/3/13 14:20:58

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What do you enjoy the most about the sport? Swimming in a routine or duet as I enjoy the team spirit of Synchronised Swimming. I also like to be challenged and feel there is always room for improvement. What is it like to be in the England Talent Squad? It’s very hard work but good to swim with girls that have a similar skills and who challenge me. I spend a lot of time in training camps and therefore miss swimming at Aquavision. However, I do still swim at the club and like to bring back ideas from my training camps. I am also keen to see the Aquavision Swimmers developing their skills and progressing to their goals. I am really looking forward to swimming for England and travelling abroad to do this. Good Luck Claire from all at eaW.

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ADMISSION: ADULTS: £2 + CHILDREN UNDER 16: 50P Active Broxbourne in conjunction with Broxbourne Council are delighted to present ‘The Summer Sports Festival’ at Broxbourne Sports Club on 27th May 2013. This event gives local sport & leisure organisations a chance to showcase many activities to

encourage local residents to play an active part in the community in a physical and healthy way. The event is open to the public and will include dance, demonstrations, competitive games, adrenaline activities, food, drink and much much more.


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For information or enquiries please contact Mark Neville (Active Broxbourne Chairman) and Managing Director of eaW Limited (Event organiser) on 01992 444 209 or

SPECIAL eaW FEATURE ON SQUASH. Geoff Taylor takes eaW’s Mark Neville through his paces.

A real sporting workout with After taking up an offer of a squash lesson from resident club professional Geoff Taylor at Broxbourne Sports Club during December, my perception of squash has changed forever.As a keen footballer and golfer, my interest in squash has never gone further than the odd peak over the balcony at the Broxbourne Sports Club on the way to play pool in the bar. That is until now. Geoff’s personable attitude immediately put my mind at rest as I entered Court no. 1 at the club and picked up a squash racket for the first time. The squash club and it’s members have grown over the years to include many beginners and expert players that play in both leagues and for leisure in the best kept courts around. My experience was to be a 45-minute session with Geoff (England Level 3 coach) on the fundamentals of starting squash. Immediately, Geoff spotted my tennis grip on the squash racket, which he quickly changed and explained that using a slightly open grip is the correct

approach. I got into a bad habit of trying to play tennis shots at every opportunity but Geoff was calm enough to stop me and explain that with squash you have to have slightly faster reaction times than in tennis as the squash ball bounces faster and in much shorter distances compared to tennis, hence the ability to whip the ball back with your open grip. This was good advice, as never before had I lunged or stretched so much for a ball in any of the games I have ever played. Ironically this was quite exciting and enjoyable. Standing in an enclosed area with 4 walls to play the ball off, with a tactical view to out-manoeuvre your opponent,

was proving extremely rewarding both competitively and physically. I was actually benefitting from the experience in more ways than one. I had found a sport that gave an immediate competitive edge but in a friendly and physical workout environment. After explaining the rules and scoring process, Geoff quickly got me onto the forehand and backhand shots and chuckled slightly as I continued to try and use a double handed back hand as in tennis.

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Hockey As one of the largest hockey clubs in the region, Broxbourne HC run 7 mens and 5 ladies sides on a Saturday. Training takes place on a Tuesday for ladies and Wednesday’s for men. Newcomers are welcome of any standard and equipment can be supplied. Summer hockey is available with leagues for men, women and mixed teams running from May - August. Juniors take over the club on Sundays with coaching sessions, leagues and tournaments running on our Astroturf pitch. We pride ourselves on a family friendly club with a great social scene.

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Geoff Taylor can be contacted on 07966 964 815 or by email at Geoff has his own website too at

Watching a good squash player play is probably the most technical and exciting thing I have watched in sport for a long while. With sweat dripping off me I headed to the showers to assess whether the game of squash was for me.


That reminds me, I must book a lesson with Geoff next week!

In truth and after explaining the ‘boast’ shot (hitting the ball on the side wall before the front wall), Geoff gave me a quick game to test whether I had been listening to his expert coaching. To say he had me running all over the place was an understatement!



love with this game over a 45 minute teaser session. Funny it may seem but I have now joined the squash club, played six 45-minute games and am enjoying every minute.

A long established club boasting 5 county standard courts, one with seated viewing gallery. We have a thriving junior section coming through the ranks to join our many county and national standard players. Club nights on a Tuesday and Sunday continue to grow, and are a good place for beginners to learn the game. New players of all ages and abilities are sought and encouraged.

Running The Club boasts a strong running section for over 16 year olds of all abilities. As always, new members are very welcome!

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SPORT • LEISURE • LIFESTYLE & FITNESS Learn about sports massage with Sophie Minter, a professionally trained sports massage therapist

An introduction to professional sports massage Whether you’re a recent convert to the gym or a seasoned runner training for a Spring marathon, we all need to look after our bodies as they adapt. Muscle tissue is stressed not only by hard physical exertion but also by chronic postural demands such as those we encounter at work. Long hours spent sitting at a desk, hard days of manual work or even repeatedly lifting and carrying young children regularly lead to fatigue and subsequent aches and pains. As such it becomes clear that almost everyone can benefit from Sports and Remedial Massage to help them minimize these regular ‘niggles’. It is not just treatment for elite performers.

Understanding about Pilates with Penny Brian

Mind Your Body with Pilates Body & Mind and a good training background, should be able to assess the soft tissues of the body, spot postural discrepancies and work accordingly to help you improve your condition. When researching a therapist, look for the letters ‘MSMA’ or ‘MISRM’ which denote reputable governing bodies. By having regular treatment and following professional advice given you should soon reap the benefits.

A good Sports and Remedial Massage therapist should be Article by Sophie Minter. able to adapt their work to your individual needs. They are not Find out more about Sophie’s qualified to make a medical practise by visiting over 50s ad:Layout 1 21/02/2013 11:39 Page 1 diagnosis but, with experience

eaW magazine met up with Penny Brian from Nazeing who talked frankly about Pilates in general and what it can do for you as a form of workout. What is Pilates? Pilates is a workout for the whole body that safely increases flexibility, correcting posture and alignment problems that can cause aches, pains or worse. Specific exercises are performed, usually on a mat, to strengthen and tone muscles. Why should someone come to one of your classes? Unlike most Leisure Centres and Gyms, my classes are limited to 12 people. This means each person is carefully helped to ensure they are exercising correctly and safely.

I trained with Body Control Pilates, Europe’s leading pilates organisation. I am certified to teach pregnancy, post natal and pilates for MS among others, so I’m well qualified. I also use lots of small equipment to make you get the most from your workout. Who are the classes for? My classes are suitable for everyone. Men and women, young and old – `it’s brilliant for athletes who get tight, overworked muscles and it’s great if your work gives you stiffness or aches. Pilates is especially good for mums who are lifting and carrying and who want long, slim toned muscles. Give Penny a call today on the number in the advert below.

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Pilates Fridays, 11.30am - 12.30pm Wodson Park, Ware Class starting in Hoddesdon April 2013 - call for details Keep fit and circuits Thursdays, 10am - 11.30am Roselands Scout Hut, Hoddesdon Thursdays, 1pm - 2.30pm St Andrews Church, Cuffley


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SPORT • LEISURE • LIFESTYLE & FITNESS Special schools battle out to win Fanshawe Cup

SLD Gala 2013 Five Special schools in Herts took part in the annual ‘SLD Gala’, for pupils with severe learning disabilities, at Fanshawe Pool, in Ware during March. The gala was hosted by Amwell View School & Specialist Sports College with the five schools taking part being Amwell View (Stanstead Abbotts), Lakeside (Welwyn Garden City), Woodfield (Hemel Hempstead), Greenside (Stevenage) and Breakspeare (Watford). All swimmers were battling it out

to become the winners of the coveted ‘Fanshawe Cup’. After a great gala, swimming Coach Amanda White said “Amwell View School was very proud to win the trophy this year with 56 points beating Lakeside by just six points.” Head of PE, Penny Warner said “The gala has a variety of races to cater for the different swimming abilities of students and pupils. This creates a competitive, but fun and pleasant atmosphere. A good time was had by all.”



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At Hoddesdon Swimming Club you will find SO MUCH MORE than just swimming up and down a 25m pool. Hoddesdon Swimming Club (HSC) is proud to have been one of the first swimming clubs to register with the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) in 1895 (one year before the first modern Olympic Games). The current committee is keen to ensure the club has strong foundations to ensure HSC is still here in 2095. The Club provides opportunities for personal development for both young and mature people working with both disabled and nondisabled members. Members can train and compete in Open Water and Triathlon events. There are opportunities for volunteers which include Duke of Edinburgh Awards, training as a coach or an official, or participating in running the club either on the committee or as a more casual helper. HSC is also proud to be the Hub-Club for Hertfordshire for Disability Swimming and our coaches can encourage you to follow the pathways that are available to you. In partnership with Special Olympics East Herts, HSC also offers training and competition for people with an intellectual disability. HSC can help you reach your full potential whether that is in Competitive Swimming, Disability Swimming, Special Olympics, Triathlon, Open Water, Volunteering or Coaching.



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5th Active Broxbourne Sport Awards returns to the Hertford Regional College this May.


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After meeting the guys responsible for the Endeavour Health and Fitness Club in Ware I was totally taken aback by the welcome and open minded attitude towards modern day health and fitness establishments. The owner, Edward Fordham, has created a gym that optimises the true reason why such clubs have become popular over the past 15 years. With busy work schedules and lives the British public are subjected to the longest working day than most of our European neighbours, hence, our health and fitness workouts are condensed into shorter, more energetic sessions. Another reason why Endeavour works for the community so effectively. Reminiscent of the sort of carefully crafted gym you would find tucked away in the basement of a major hotel chain, Endeavour, on Hoe Lane, is positioned on one floor with a reception to the north and workout studio and tanning room to the south. The incredible layout and array of equipment fills the main gym area with strategic success and aplomb with everything from weights to running machines in abundance.

slogan, ‘A Gym For Everyone’ that the message is clear. The initial welcome and introduction to the club is personal and not too sales led, giving the user a comfort in the knowledge that they joining a club that is interested in the progress of ones health and wellbeing. Edward, his brother Henry, Nick Evans and Freddie Doe are dedicated in the quest to improve fitness levels and the classes offered are diverse yet appealing. The club stocks nutritional supplements and even prepares the drinks personally. Edward told eaW, ‘We want to get to know every member personally and understand each new members needs. If we can understand our members we can help assist in the programme they need to follow to achieve a better life physically and on a health basis’.

It’s not just the equipment that Edward and his team of Personal Fitness Trainers place up there with the best but the way they have attracted local people from all backgrounds to join opposed to the stereotypical and pretentious posing clientele that many high street gyms attract. It is in the

THE CLUB Endeavour is a state of the art boutique fitness club where every effort has been made to make getting fitter and healthier a fun and pleasant experience. From the exciting new gym environment, to the studio, sunbed salon, plus nutritional advice and products, Endeavour is here to help you ‘achieve your aims’.

ALL AgEs As the years add up it becomes even more important to stay fit and healthy. Just a couple of sessions a week at Endeavour will help you continue to enjoy life.


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With the area of Ware appealing to many city workers the gym is ideally situated across the road from Ware station and it’s that clientele that Edward and the team are aiming at. ‘We want people to feel they can come here at 6.30am onwards for a good morning workout and still be in time to catch their train into work’.

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SPORT • LEISURE • LIFESTYLE & FITNESS Broxbourne Tennis Club prepares for the club’s Open Day on Saturday 27th April 2013

Ever thought of playing tennis locally? Broxbourne Tennis Club is holding its Spring Open Day on Saturday 27th April. The club which is part of Broxbourne Sports Club in Mill Lane Close, Broxbourne, has the best playing facilities on this side of the county. There are 8 floodlit hard courts, 3 grass courts and a mini tennis zone in one of the greatest settings for a tennis club anywhere. Whatever your age or current playing ability, if you are interested in taking up or getting back into the sport – the open day is a great time

to come and give it a try. In the morning from 10am to 12 noon children aged 4 upwards have the chance to have a free group lesson and participate in a range of fun tennis-related activities. Parents can find out about the coaching and development programme for juniors, and can also have a go themselves. In the afternoon from 2pm adults are invited to join members for the regular Saturday Club afternoon which involves

playing sociable doubles. There will also be coaching tasters, including cardio tennis – the latest way to have fun and keep fit no matter what your playing standard! If you bring your kids – they will be entertained while you play. And all are invited to afternoon tea from 4pm!

For further information visit www.broxbournetennisclub. com or email info@broxbournetennisclub. com

Olympic athlete visits Mandeville Primary School in Sawbridgeworth to inspire young talent

Olympic sprinter Abi Oyepitan takes time out to inspire young East Herts students going. And this feeds into life lessons.” “Also that being active and doing sport can give you so much; and that it’s the taking part that counts.” Kara Hales, Headteacher: “It was wonderful to be able to welcome Abi to Mandeville and for her to share so much about her experiences as an Olympian. Her passion for sport was infectious and children throughout the school found her visit highly inspirational. A great way to keep the Olympic legacy alive!” Olympic sprinter Abi Oyepitan spent the day at Mandeville school during mid March, talking to pupils and answering their questions as well as putting them through their paces with a series of circuit training sessions. Abi Oyepitan competed in the London 2012 100m and 200m Olympic events. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games she won a silver medal in in the 200m and gold in the 4 x 100m relay team event. Abi began the day with an assembly in which she told the children how she first became interested in athletics, how she was inspired (by watching Linford Christie on TV and


by having a great primary school teacher), and all about her journey to competing in the London 2012 Olympics including overcoming several injuries. She then organised and ran circuit sessions for each class from Nursery through to Year 6. The children loved the sessions, putting their all into the workouts and then asking a whole range of questions of Abi at the end of each session. Abi, commenting on the importance of visiting schools: “The children can see a physical person. They have seen an Olympian in real life.” “Hopefully they will take away the idea of perseverance, knowing that it has not been easy for me but that I kept

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Quotes from some of the pupils: “You have to train hard and be determined if you want to be in the Olympics,” Year 6 pupil. “She has to eat healthy food and cut out non-healthy food, like cakes and biscuits,” Year 4 pupil

“You should focus on the sport that you love,” – Year 6 pupil “You should never give up,” – Year 6 pupil School governors Wendy Penwill and Chris Needham organised the visit. Wendy says that Abi’s visit continues the Olympic legacy for Mandeville and is aimed at inspiring the children with a life-long love of sport. Wendy adds “There was a real message there of ‘never give up’. It is not easy to be an athlete. But it’s also about sport being fun as well; that you don’t have to be great at it and that there is always something in sport for you.” Abi’s visit builds on last year’s visit to the school by triple jumper Larry Achike and also school visits to the Paralympic athletics and swimming events by children from Years 5 and 6.

Year 6 pupils - (from left to right) Ella, Ashley, Bethan and Charlie with Abi.

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SPORT • LEISURE • LIFESTYLE & FITNESS Local Tae Kwon-Do school reaching new heights

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The Cheshunt Tae Kwon-Do School based at Goffs School in Goffs Lane, Cheshunt, EN7 5QW, was taken over by 3rd Degree Black belt Instructor Richard Newcombe in September 2012. With 18 years teaching experience in Birmingham and then running the successful Enfield, Enfield Central and Barnet Schools since 2001, he saw the Cheshunt School as the perfect addition to his portfolio. Training takes place on Tuesdays in the Drama Room: • •

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The 7-8pm classes are well established with a regular 12 to 15 students catering for all grades from black belt to beginner. Friday especially being a serious session with 5th, 4th and 3rd degree black belts regularly in attendance. The children’s class is new and still in its infancy with about 8 beginners regularly training. Come along to any lesson for a free taster session. Previous students will be welcomed back at their previous grade. The Instructor Richard Newcombe’s schools have produced countless black belts, national champions and World and European medal winners. He can be contacted on 07967 128 420 or The website address is

Most people are aware of the benefits that training in Karate can provide. Words like confidence, focussed, fitness, self-esteem, self-discipline, good etiquette, awareness, friendly, social etc. are all synonymous with good Karate schools. Within KSTSK, these values are marbled throughout its entire curriculum. KSTSK is unique - as well as being based on solid core principles, has two key drivers at it forefront – Progression and Professionalism. Led by Rakesh Patel 5th Dan and Peter Khera 5th Dan, whose own training and vast experience enables them to not only ensure that high standards are maintained, but also to be incredibly innovative and diligent in providing the best tuition for their students. Their latest project came to fruition with the launch of their very own KSTSK Syllabus 4 disc DVD set. The DVD set was professionally produced to

broadcast standard as a training aid for practice in the home. Rakesh and Peter demonstrated all the filmed Karate sequences required for every grade from Beginner to Black Belt. KSTSK students now have access to the ultimate syllabus training guide that supplements their current club based training. Through its instructors professional and progressive approach, KSTSK is the leading set of Karate schools in the area. The progressive nature of the KSTSK Syllabus as shown in the DVD attracts interest from other Karate groups, setting standards within the wider Karate field. KSTSK are running new beginner classes, for more details please contact: 01462 734960 or 07866 374674 or Visit: The DVD Introduction can be viewed for free via the website

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Netball in Broxbourne continues to shine

Turnford Netball Club’s President Maureen Ball is rewarded at recent awards in Hertfordshire Sainsbury’s to continue School Games in 2013

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Director. “Last year’s events were a huge success - something everyone involved should feel proud of – and they’re set to be even better in 2013.” Delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, the Sainsbury’s School Games is fully inclusive and is increasing competitive sport in schools and offering young people more opportunities to take part. School pupils compete in a range of sports competitions across the year which culminates in county festivals involving thousands of young people, which this funding will support.

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Turnford Netball Club were delighted to announce they gained three awards at the recent Hertfordshire Sports awards held at The Hertfordshire University earlier this year. The Turnford club are absolutely delighted that their President Maureen Ball gained 1st place in the ‘Service to Sport” and the “Life Time Service to Sport” categories. Maureen is the founding member of the The Turnford Club. The club was formed in 1967 when a group of friends met at Maureen’s house over 40 years ago. At that time there were enough players to form an A and B team and with today’s membership now standing at over 350 players and volunteers it is only fitting that Maureen’s hard work and persistent dedication is rewarded. With such a healthy membership it allows the club to field 17 teams under 14 years of age and a further 8 adults teams. The standard of play has risen beyond all expectations and with it a reputation that brings in many players by recommendation. This is due to the coaches and umpires and the ethos that has been instilled within the club by Maureen. At first the club travelled to play in league matches, so the next step was to organise a local league. Along with the head of PE at the College in 1970, Maureen launched the East Herts Summer Netball League. The league started with just 8 teams and over time it has become the oldest local league in the area. It has grown now to accommodate 60 teams with a waiting list. In 1975 when Maureens’ own daughter started playing, it was suggested she organised coaching sessions for children. As a result the Junior section of the Club and the Junior Summer League were formed that year.

This league is now in its 32nd year and it too has expanded to over 70 teams. Five years ago Maureen championed the introduction of a High 5 League to the area, which has more than 20 entries. In 1980 The Borough of Broxbourne had the hindsight to provide floodlit netball courts for hire at nearby Wormley Playing Fields. So Maureen’s next step was to make use of the floodlights and start the Turnford Mid-week Netball League. This has become a very strong League as it is open to teams of all standards, Maureen organised it for the first 10 years. The three Turnford leagues were all played midweek so were not eligible for promotion to the Herts Premier League, so Maureen formed a 4th League. In 1980 the Broxbourne and District Netball League started, The league is now in its 28th year and going strong. In 1985 Maureen was honoured to be appointed the President to Turnford Netball Club. The Turnford Clubs successful coaching programme has produced 14 players who have been selected to play for England U16 - Senior Level. In addition the club holds 10 National Championship Titles in various ages groups, and 13 times Runners Up. History speaks for itself......... since 1967 Maureen has put netball on the map in the area and has been behind league formation, enhanced player development and making it a sport that is accessible for all.

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Hoddesdon Swimming Club swim to success

Breaking all records at County Championships THE first session of the Herts ASA County Championships took place in March with six swimmers travelling to the Inspire Luton Sports Village Long Course (50m) pool to swim the distance events. Swimming in the 800m freestyle event featured Charlotte Longden (15), Grace Harvey (14), Amber Cardwell (13) and Phoebe Spicer (13) with Max McCusker (13) and Ben Hunt (13) featuring in the 1500m freestyle event. All six swimmers achieved personal best times with Charlotte and Max winning their age groups and Charlotte becoming the Junior Champion with the fastest under 16 time and finishing 2nd place in the Open Championships. Twenty-seven swimmers then travelled to The Venue, Short Course (25m) Leisure Centre in Borehamwood in mid March for sessions 2-6. Nine records


were broken by Hoddesdon swimmers, twenty-four gold medals won, twenty-two silver and ten bronze. Swimmers made five championship finals they achieved thirty-four East Region qualifying times, a National qualifying time and eighty-eight personal best times. The records broken were by Georgie Pryor (14), Amy Godsave (13) and Chris Smith (16). Georgie broke the 100m butterfly age group county record (1.03.59) which was also the Junior Championship record and the Open Championship record, she also broke the age group county record for the 50m freestyle (28.07), 100m freestyle (59.98), 200 butterfly (2:24.92) and the 100m backstroke (1:06.06). Amy Godsave broke the 50m freestyle age group county record (27.65) and Chris Smith broke the 100m breaststroke age group county record (1:09.24).

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Power Plate Zones installed at Council leisure centres Visitors to Grundy Park Leisure Centre in Cheshunt and The John Warner Sports Centre in Hoddesdon can work out using power plates. Power plates offer an all over express body workout. They accelerate the body’s natural response to vibration, stimulating various muscle groups 40 times faster per second for a quicker, more efficient workout. The benefits include inch loss, strength and tone, cellulite reduction, flexibility, weight loss and

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