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Non-League Soccer

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Football

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Hockey

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Roller Hockey

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Motorsport

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Cycling

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Athletics

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Rising Star / School Sports

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Basketball

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Kent Rugby

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Women’s World Cup Rugby

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Golf

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Cricket

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Dover Sea Sports Centre

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Water Polo / Water Skiing

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Beach Volleyball

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Editorial

Issue 1 / September 2010

Welcome to the first edition of “Sporting Kent”, the only magazine dedicated purely to sport in this fine county of ours. Our goal, if you will forgive the pun, is to provide bright and informative coverage, through news stories and feature articles, of the massive range of sports that take place in Kent throughout the year. And we are certainly spoilt for choice in that respect, both where team sports or individual activitities are concerned, as the contents of our “debut” issue demonstrates. Our front-cover choice had to be footballer Chris Smalling, who less than two years ago was playing non-league football for Maidstone United and can now look forward to playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world following his £10 million transfer from Fulham to Manchester United. Smalling is the latest in a distinguised line of Kent non-league players down the years who have gone on to bigger things and Mark Winter, one of the most knowledgable and colourful of this county’s football writers, takes a look at how former Dover Athletic favourite Junior Lewis also made the top grade - helped in no small measure by former England Under-21 manager Peter Taylor.  But enough of football, I hear some of you crying, and quite rightly because we really do want to avoid making “Sporting Kent” another football mag in disguise, so let’s move on to three other major county sports: hockey, motorsport and rugby.  On the hockey front the new season will see Canterbury men’s team back in the top flight of the National League after their play-off triumph in May, and Holcombe determined to join them there as quickly as possible - have underlined their ambitions by bringing in top coach Julian Halls, who we feature on pages 16-17. Motorsport is massively supported, no one can deny that, and we will be trying our best to reflect that situation with news about the county’s leading drivers, teams and circuits. This issue we look back at Liam Doran’s rallycross triumph in Finland and Mike Conway’s rehabilitation following his spectacular crash in the Indy 500. Their stories are accompanied by big colour photos which will be a feature of “Sporting Kent” because decent-sized photos are something which local newspapers by and large just haven’t got the space to carry nowadays. On the rugby front, our coverage is dominated by the Women’s World Cup where three players from Kent - Catherine Spencer, Rachael Burford and Amy Garnett - are in the England squad trying to win the world title for the second time. We have interviews with all three ladies on pages 30-33, plus pictures and informations about this prestigious event which England is hosting for the first time. As a keen, if not very good golfer myself, there is plenty of golf news in this first issue along with features on two other less-publicised sports: beach volleyball, with Margate again hosting another very successful tournament a couple of months ago, and water polo which is pleasingly enjoying something of a renaissance in Kent, especially as it is an Olympic sport. Ah yes, the Olympics which, with London 2012 now less than two years away, will feature prominently in future issues of “Sporting Kent” as we look at some of the wide range people from Kent, competitors, officials, businesses and organisations, who are are going to be involved the greatest show on earth right on our doorstep. One of the county organisations who are already heavily involved is  Kent County Council’s “Kent Sport, Leisure and 2012 Games” department and we are delighted that they have agreed to come on board as one of our launch partners, and we feature their latest news on pages 47-50. It’s an exciting and timely moment to be launching a new magazine devoted purely to Kent sport, especially one which - with 50p of the £1 cover price going to the selling club - will help to boost the coffers of the many clubs who could always do with a little extra cash, either perhaps to buy some new equipment or give a little recompense to their volunteer barman. So we hope that Kent sports lovers will feel “Sporting Kent” is a publication worthy of supporting. We want to help you to get as much enjoyment out of your  sport as possible, whether as a competitor or spectator, and we will welcome as much feedback as possible as we try to achieve that ambition in forthcoming issues. Yours in Sport,

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Football

Non-League

Issue 1 / September 2010

NEW NON-LEAGUE SEASON CAN BANISH THOSE ‘ENGLAND BLUES’ It may still only be a few weeks since England’s 4-1 humiliation at the hands of Germany in the World Cup, but for Kent's non-league football fans the new season probably can't start soon enough. That's the thing about being a nonleague follower: it doesn't really matter that England's highly-paid stars fail to deliver on the biggest international stage every four years, because come August you can still make that well-worn trip to your local ground without having to book a ticket by credit card, or spend ages trying to find somewhere to park, and once inside you can probably stand in the same spot that you have occupied for the past 10 years or more. And the Kent non-league soccer scene remains as fascinating ever. Let's start with the Blue Square South, which this season offers a mouthwatering series of derby clashes between Bromley, Dartford, Dover Athletic, Ebbsfleet United and Welling United. Bromley’s ambitious boss Mark Goldberg will be determined to make his side Kent’s top non-league outfit following Ebbsfleet’s fall from the Conference Premier; the Darts will be looking to build on their barnstorming progress to the Ryman Premier title last season; Dover Athletic's new manager Martin Hayes, their

BLUE SQUARE SOUTH Opening fixtures August 14 Bromley Ground: Hayes Lane Manager: Mark Goldberg Last season: 12th Opening game: home to Dorchester. In: Craig Holloway (Braintree), Paul Vines (Tooting), Nic McDonnell, Tony Finn (Chelmsford). Out: Rob Gillman (Bromley), Rob Kember (Folkestone), Ryan Hall (Southend), Ashley Carew. Odds to win league: 16-1. Website: wwwbromleyfc.tv Dartford Ground: Prince Park Manager: Tony Burman Last season: Won Ryman Premier - promoted Opening game: home to Havant & Waterlooville In: Paul Goodacre (Braintree), Tom Champion (Braintree), Ollie Berquez (Chelmsford), Joe Bruce (Braintree), Charlie Sheringham

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third of an eventful close season, will be looking to stabilise the situation at Crabble following the departures in quick succession of Andy Hessenthaler and Ian Hendon to Gillingham;  Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish has been rebuilding his squad during the summer following the disappointment of relegation last season; and Welling's young boss Jamie Day has the opportunity to build on a highly promising first season in management.  And of course the non-league game wouldn't be the same without the usual stories of clubs being in financial trouble and looking set to fold - it's all part of the challenge of supporting your club through thick and thin. Take Ashford Town, who have endured a traumatic past few months after a fall-out between their two owners led to the Nuts and Bolts resigning from the Ryman League and going into adminstration. Ashford's plight has also added to the uncertainty for groundsharers Maidstone, still desperate to return home to a long-awaited new ground in the county town.  Margate, for their part, have the opportunity to make the most of their massive good fortune in TWICE being reprieved from relegation from the Ryman Premier

(Bishops Stortford). Out: Adam Flanagan (Ashford), Jamie Coyle (Welling), Allan Tait (Margate), Jay May, Ryan Johnson, Danny Dafter, Rob Haworth. Odds to win league: 9-1. Website: www.dartfordfc.co.uk Dover Athletic Ground: Crabble Manager: Martin Hayes Last season: 2nd in Blue Square South (lost in play-off semi-finals) Opening game: away to Woking In: Rob Gillman (Bromley), Ben Hunt (Bristol Rovers), Sam Cutler (Welling Utd) Out: Nicky Southall (Gillingham), Frannie Collin (Tonbridge), Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon). Odds to win league: 6-1. Website:http//doverathletic.com Ebbsfleet United Ground: Stonebridge Road Manager: Liam Daish Last season: relegated from Blue Square

because of the misfortunes of other clubs, while Folkestone boss Neil Cugley having worked a minor miracle in winning promotion last season - now faces the tough task of keeping cash-strapped Invicta at the higher level. Then there is the sad demise of Ashford Town, who withdrew from the Ryman League ahead of going into administration, although the move has spelt good news for Chatham Town who have been reinstated in Ryman 1 South after initially being switched, against their wishes, to Ryman 1 North. And in the Kent League the scene is set for an enthralling title race with the likes of Herne Bay, second last season, Hythe Town, who have recruited some experienced performers during the summer, and the two Erith clubs all throwing the gauntlet down to the other clubs in the league. So, with the comforting thought that the next period of England international torment is at least two years away, let's look forward to another season of real football in Kent non-league - Reachfields on a midweek night in the middle of winter? Bring it on!

Conference: Opening game: home to Maidenhead In: Ram Marwa (Hayes & Yeading), Calum Willock (Cambridge Utd), Derek Duncan (AFC Wimbledon), Preston Edwards (Greys 4th) Out: Lance Cronin (Gillingham) Odds to win league: 8-1 Website: www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk Welling Utd Ground: Park View Road Manager: Jamie Day Last season: 9th Opening game: home to Hampton & Richmond. In: Jamie Coyle (Dartford), Loick Pires (Leyton Orient). Out: Sam Cutler (Dover Ath). Odds to win league: 18-1. Website: www.wellingunited.com Leading odds: Dover Athletic 6-1, Havant & Waterlooville 13-2, Woking 7-1, Chelmsford 8-1, Ebbfleet 8-1, Farnborough 9-1, Dartford 9-1, Staines 14-1, Eastleigh 14-1, Thurrock 16-1, Bromley 16-1, Welling Utd 18-1.


Football RYMAN DIVISION 1 SOUTH Opening fixtures August 21 Chatham Town Ground: Maidstone Road Manager: Paul Foley Last season: 17th Opening game: home to Corinthian Casuals In: Kane Rice, Gary Cook, Anthony Hogg, Jason Dolby, Callum O’Shea, Aaron Firth (all VCD). Out: Richard Avery (Faversham). Website: www.chathamtownfc.net

Issue 1 / September 2010 Folkestone Invicta Ground: Buzzlines Stadium Manager: Neil Cugley Last season: 2nd in Ryman 1 South (won promotion in play-offs) Opening game: home to Croydon Athletic In: Rob Kember (Bromley), Paul Jones (Ashford), Roland Edge (Maidstone Utd). Out: Peter Williams (Ashford), Brendon Cass (Hythe) Odds to win league: 25-1 Website: www.folkestoneinvicta.co.uk

Faversham Town Ground: Salters Lane. Manager: Justin Luchford Last season: Won Kent League – promoted to Ryman 1 South Opening game: away to Whitehawk In: Matt Bourne (Sittingbourne), Dave Bathgate (Deal), Richard Avery (Chatham), Danny Hunt (Greenwich Borough). Out: Lee Shearer (Hythe), Dave Soutan (Whitstable), Damian Abel (Hythe). Website: www.favershamtownfc.co.uk Ramsgate Ground: Southwood Manager: Jim Ward Last season: 14th Opening game: away to Walton & Hersham Out: Simon Petit (Maidstone), Sam Mott (Thamesmead), Gary Mickelborough (Hythe), Jason Dolby (Chatham). Website: www.ramsgate-fc.co.uk Sittingbourne Ground: Bourne Park Manager: Gary Abbott Last season: 9th Opening fixture: home to Dulwich Hamlet Out: Colin Richmond (Maidstone), Matt Bourne (Faversham). Website: www.sittingbournefc.co.uk Whitstable Town Ground: The Belmont Manager: Mark Lane Last season: 18th Opening game: home to Godalming: In: Dave Soutan (Whitstable). Website: www.whitstabletownfc.co.uk

RYMAN PREMIER LEAGUE Opening fixtures August 21 Cray Wanderers Ground: Hayes Lane (currently groundsharing with Bromley FC) Manager: Ian Jenkins Last season: 15th Opening game: away to Hornchurch In: Danny Phillips (Sutton Utd) Odds to win league: 33-1 Website: www.craywands.co.uk

KENT LEAGUE Beckenham Ground: Eden Park Avenue Manager: Jason Huntley Last season: 4th Website: www.beckenhamtownfc.co.uk Corinthian Ground: Gay Dawn Farm Manager: Tony Sitford Last season: 14th Website: www.corinthiansportclub.co.uk Deal Town Ground: Charles Ground Manager: Derek Hares Last season: 9th In: Roy Guiver (Lordswood). Out: Dave Bathgate (Faversham) Website: www.dealtownfc.co.uk

Maidstone Utd Ground: Homelands (currently groundsharing with Ashford Town) Manager: Peter Nott: Last season: 18th Opening game: away to Harrow Borough In: Harry Lee (Charlton Ath), Simon Pettitt (Ramsgate), Colin Richmond (Sittingbourne), Simon Glover (Chelmsford). Out: Peter Hawkins (Tonbridge), Roland Edge (Folkestone). Odds to win league: 33-1 Website: www.maidstoneunited.co.uk Margate Ground: Hartsdown Park Manager: Ian O’Connell (right) Last season: 19th Opening game: home to Canvey Island In: Craig Cloke (Dover Ath), Allan Tait (Dartford), Laurence Ball, Jean Michel Sigere, Darren Marsden (Herne Bay) Out: Leroy Huggins (Erith Town), Nick Barnes (Croydon Ath), Dan Young (Fisher) Odds to win league: 33-1 Website: www.margate-fc.co.uk Tonbridge Angels Ground: Longmead Stadium Manager: Tommy Warrilow Last season: 8th Opening game: away to Billercay In: Peter Hawkins (Maidstone), Frannie Collin (Dover Ath), Danny Walder (Dover Ath), Lee Browning (Dover Ath). Out: Lee Minshull (AFC Wimbledon), Tom Bryant (Ashford), Fraser Logan (Hastings), Anthony Storey (Hastings), Jamie Cade (Hastings), John Beales (Hastings). Odds to win league: 8-1 Website: www.tonbridgeangels.co.uk

Erith & Belvedere Ground: Park View Road (currently groundsharing with Welling) Manager: Micky Collins Last season: 12th Opening game: Herne Bay (a) In: John Wilfort, Richard Stroud (Chatham), James Lyons (Chatham), Danny Powell, Aiden Pursglove (Hythe). Website: www.erithandbelvederefc.co.uk Erith Town Ground: Erith Stadium Manager: Steve O’Boyle Last season: 8th In: Billy Shinners (Sevenoaks Town), Leroy Huggins (Margate), Rikki Cable (Thamesmead), David Hall (Chatham). Website: www.erithtownfc.co.uk Herne Bay Ground: Winch’s Field Manager: Simon Halsey Last season: 2nd In: Rhys Lawson (Ramsgate), John Ralph (Hythe) Out: Darren Marsden (Margate) Website: http://hernebayfc.net Holmesdale Ground: Oakley road Manager: Gary Davies Last season: 10th Website: www.holmesdalefc.co.uk Hythe Town Ground: Reachfields Manager: Scott Porter Last season: 3rd In: Brendon Cass (Folkestone), Lee Shearer (Faversham), Gary Mickelbrough (Ramsgate), Damian Abel (Faversham). Out: Aiden Pursglove (Erith & Belvedere), John Ralph (Herne Bay) Website: www.hythetownfc.co.uk Lordswood Ground: Martyn Grove Manager: Jason Lillis Last season: 16th Website: www.lordswoodfc.co.uk

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Issue 1 / September 2010 Norton Sports Ground: Winch’s Field (currently groundsharing with Herne Bay) Manager: Ben Taylor Last season: 11th Website: www.webteams.co.uk/ nortonsportsfc Sevenoaks Town Manager: Keith Levett Last season: 6th Out: Billy Shinners (Erith Town) Website: www.sevenoakstownfc.org Tunbridge Wells Ground: Culverden Stadium Manager: Martin Larkin Last season: 7th Website: www.tunbridgewellsfc.co.uk VCD Athletic: Ground: VCD Athletic Stadium Manager: Ricky Bennett Last season: Demoted from Ryman 1 North for failing to meet ground improvement requirements In: Lewis Wood (Erith Town), Jamie Wood (Cray Wanderers), Adam Heaslewood (Beckenham), Paul Gross, Karl Dent (Dartford). Out: Kane Rice, Gary Cook, Anthony Hogg, Jason Dolby, Callum O’Shea, Aaron Firth (all VCD). Website: www.clubwebsite.co.uk/ vcdathleticfc0102

KENT LEAGUE CUP DRAWS Premier Division Cup holders Herne Bay have been drawn against Sporting Bengal in the first round of this season's Premier Division Cup competition. Other ties include a derby between Sevenoaks Town and Tunbridge Wells, Lordswood paired with Hythe Town and VCD Athletic facing Greenwich Borough. In the Division 1 and 2 Cup, five first round ties include Folkestone hosting Herne Bay and Maidstone at home to Erith & Belvedere. Among the second round ties, Thamsmead Town entertain the newly-renamed Erith & Dartford Town (formerly Erith Town), Chatham host VCD Athletic and Deal Town are at home to Hythe Town. Premier Division Cup First Round Corinthian v Deal Town Herne Bay v Sporting Bengal Erith & Belvedere v Holmesdale Erith & Dartford Town v Norton Sports Beckenham Town v Fisher Lordswood v Hythe Town

Greenwich Borough v VCD Athletic Sevenoaks Town v Tunbridge Wells Division 1 and 2 Cup First Round Cray Wanderers v Greenwich Borough Maidstone United v Erith & Belvedere Beckenham Town v Sevenoaks Town Holmesdale v Margate Folkestone Invicta v Herne Bay  Second Round Whitstable Town v Holmesdale or Margate Thamesmead Town v Erith & Dartford Town Deal Town v Hythe Town Maidstone United or Erith & Belvedere v Faversham Town Chatham Town v VCD Athletic Ashford Town v Lordswood Cray Wanderers or Greenwich Borough v Beckenham Town or Sevenoaks Town Folkestone Invicta or Herne Bay v Ramsgate

STONES KIDS WIN FA AWARD Maidstone United FC has been named Charter Standard Community Club in an FA competition. The FA Community Awards recognise grassroots clubs and volunteers across the country and form part of Kent FA’s continued commitment to improving standards in football in the county. Maidstone United FC boasts over 500 players covering 31 teams including boys, girls, adult men and ladies and a strong PAN Disability section. The club also offers football for the deaf. The club supplies coaches to work in six After School Clubs and has developed Football Partnerships with three local Clubs. It also has working partnerships with two Soccer Schools. In addition the club is very proud of the strong links with Fulham FC and Charlton Athletic FC in order to offer clear exit routes for playing and volunteer workforce.

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Kent FA’s Lee Suter, who is organising this year’s awards, said “"Maidstone United are the clear definition of a Community Club with playing members from Under 7's through to the First and Veteran teams, while

catering for disability players and women and girls. The club has shown commitment to its amazing 120 plus volunteer workforce by offering a clear coaching pathway and opportunities to develop."


Football

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The new football season is a special one for Cray Wanderers FC because the club will be celebrating their 150th anniversary. The Wands, who were formed in 1960. hold the distinction of being the second oldest football club in the world. Sheffield FC, formed in 1857, are the oldest club and Notts County, founded five years later, are the oldest Football League club. Cray were formed in the same year as another Sheffield club, Hallam FC, and

Wands coincides with the team playing at the highest-ever level in the club's history. Cray were promoted into the Ryman Premier League in 2008/09. Last season, their first ever in the Ryman Premier, the Wands finished 15th in the table to ensure they would be in the Ryman Premier for their landmark 150th season. The team will play in a special "1860 Retro" Victorian-look kit during 2010-11, recreating the original club colours of chocolate. Cray switched to amber & black in 1895.

Cray Wanderers lifted the inaugural Heritage Tournament winning 7-6 on penalties after tying with Sheffield FC on goal difference in a three team tournament which also included Hallam FC.

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Wanderers celebraTE 150th year In style

The tournament was held to celebrate the 150th years of both Hallam and Cray Wanderers who join hosts Sheffield as only the second and third clubs in the world to achieve the feat. A Sheffield side littered with triallists entertained Hallam in the first of the round robin games with Hallam edging the tie 1-0 with an early second half header from Ryan Tate. Hallam then took on Cray Wanderers in a good tempo game that saw Hallam bridge the two division difference well giving a good account of themselves before falling to a last minute back post header from Ola Smith. This left Sheffield needing to beat Cray to level the series but it was Wanderers who took the lead as Richard White headed in at the back post. Sheffield should have levelled but Cusworth blazed over and efforts from Turner and Burbeary also went begging.

Cray Wanderers have introduced a special kit for their 150th anniversary season, and here it is modelled by (from left) captain Mark Willy, Sarah Hodson and Danny Phillips. Picture: Trevor Mulligan

Wanderers marked the start of their anniversary year by taking part in a preseason-tournament with Sheffield and Hallam in Yorkshire at the end of July. Fittingly, the 150th anniversary of the Cray chairman Gary Hillman receiving the Heritage Tournament trophy from Sheffield FC chairman Richard Tims. Picture: Simon Roe

The first origins of Cray Wanderers are linked to the construction of the London , Chatham & Dover railway line during 1858 to 1860. During their leisure time, workers kicked a ball around, and that is how the club originated in the St Mary Cray village. A new club chairman, Gary Hillman, arrived in 1994/95 and the club has prospered ever since, although they had to overcome a serious crisis in 1998/99 when the Kent League enforced their new rule that all Premier Division member clubs must have floodlights. , The Wands couldn't comply, and so they to fix up a ground share with Bromley FC at Hayes Lane. Their push for promotion into the Ryman Premier was renewed in 2007/08, but despite creating a club record of 26 games

Sheffield got a deserved equaliser from youngster Seri Okoubi who smashed home from a long ball. With the last kick of the game Ash Burbeary drilled in a free kick to send the tie into penalties which Cray won to lift the trophy. unbeaten in the League, the Wands could only finish third in the table and were pipped by Tooting & Mitcham who won the play-off final 1-0. Season 2008/09 saw the Wands' determination finally rewarded when they secured promotion via the play-offs. Season 2009/10 marked the ten-year anniversary of Ian Jenkins as manager, and he steered his team to a respectable 15th place in a tightly-contested Ryman Premier campaign. The ambitious Wands have announced a project to build a new ground at Sandy Lane in St Paul 's Cray, taking them back to their homeland in the Crays where they started in 1860. The target date for playing at the new stadium is 2014. Article used courtesy of www.craywands.co.uk

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Cover Story

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Football WHEN Manchester United opened their Premiership campaign at home to Newcastle United, Chris Smalling could have been forgiven for pinching himself as he made his way to Old Trafford for the game. For it was only two years ago that the 6ft 4in central defender was playing playing Ryman League football for Maidstone United, but now he is mixing with stars of the world game following his £10 million transfer from Fulham which represents a meteoric rise from obscurity for the former Medway schoolboy. Although Smalling was born in Greenwich, his family moved to Chatham when he five and a year later Smalling joined Walderslade junior football team. His fledgling talent was spotted by Millwall, who signed him when he was 12 but the travelling to London proved too much for Smalling, whose single mum Theresa didn’t have a car, and so he left the Lions and returned to playing schoolboy football. But at 16 Smalling joined Maidstone United and he quickly progressed through the ranks from under-18 side to the reserves and then to the Stones’ first team in the Ryman League. But, although he impressed for the Stones, it was his appearances for the England Schoolboys team which really put him in the "shop window". Middlesbrough were one of the first big clubs to show a strong interest, but instead Smalling decided join Fulham after being promised a three-year contract by the London club.

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the cup tie, and got to meet some of the players afterwards. I went to the training ground, did the medical, and everyone was very welcoming." But now he faces the massive challenge of trying to break his way into the United first team, where the two central defensive positions are currently occupied by world class performers in the shape of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Maidstone meanwhile are left rueing the fact that there was no "sell on" clause when they allowed Smalling to join Fulham. For a club desperate for funds to help them build a new ground back in Maidstone, a slice of the £10million that the Cottagers are receiving for Smalling would have been very useful indeed, but chairman Paul Bowden-Brown insists there are no hard feelings, saying: "I'm proud of Chris, we al knew he had something about him as a footballer and he has proved that with this move. I'm sure one day he will play for England, and I wish him and his family all the best." Former Stones' joint manager Alan Walker also believes that Smalling could complete his rise from England Schoolboys to wearing the full Three Lions' shirt, saying: "There is no reason why he shouldn't play for England one day. His attitude has always been first class and I know he will go a long way because he is so willing to learn."

And Stones' 67-year-old general manager Bill Williams, who played for QPR, Portsmouth and West Bromwich Albion, added: "When you have been in football for a long time, sometimes you see a little gem. The first one I ever had was Bruce Grobbelaar when he was 17 or 18. You know that they are special players. And Chris was one of them."

Career details April 2008 Played for England Schoolboys against Scotland at Wembley August 2008 Makes debut for Maidstone United in the Ryman League June 2008 Signs for Fulham May 2009 Makes Premier League debut as a substitute against Everton December 2009 Starts first Premier League game, scoring an own goal in 2-1 to Chelsea January 2010 Signs for Manchester United for a fee of £10M August 2010: Helps United beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Community Shield at Wembley

He said: "After playing in a reserve game Roy Hodgson (the Fulham manager) took me into his office and complimented me on my game. We had a general chat, he was telling me about when he used to play for Maidstone, and so it all felt very nice to be at the club. Fulham gave me a chance, they saw some raw ability, and I really enjoyed my two years at Craven Cottage. Roy Hodgson helped me immensely, as did all the coaches at the club. I wouldn't be in the position I am today without their help." Smalling had made only two Premier League appearances for Fulham when he was made aware of United's interest after Fulham had played Tottenham at the end of January. Ferguson had come down to London to watch the game, even though United were playing Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-finals the following day, and afterwards he asked Fulham if could talk to the England Under-21 international. Smalling himself was stunned by Ferguson's interest, saying: "For him to come down before a big game was a huge compliment. I went up the next day to watch

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Junior Lewis

Issue 1 / September 2010

How Junior Lewis rose from obscurity to the Premiership - with more than a little help from Peter Taylor As Chris Smalling begins his career at Old Trafford, Mark Winter looks back at the eventful career of another Kent non-league footballer who went on to play in the Premiership – helped in no small measure by one of the League’s most respected managers For regular followers of Maidstone United, Chris Smalling’s arrival in the Premiership, first with Fulham and now with Manchester United, may not have come as any great surprise. As a lad who made his Ryman League debut as a 16-year-old and is said to have looked a natural from the first whistle, Smalling was an England schoolboy international - one of four that have recently been attached to the Stones’ much-admired youth development set up. Given that moving to English football’s top flight doesn’t happen every day, when it does it’s a surprise in itself. When Junior Lewis made his Premiership debut for Leicester City at Southampton nobody, least

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of all fans of Dover Athletic and Gillingham, had seen it coming. Lewis, now retired and a member of Peter Taylor’s coaching staff at Bradford City, enjoyable a career of many unpredictable twists and turns. He first pitched up in Kent when, after being released by Fulham after making a handful of first team appearances, manager Chris Kinnear brought him to Dover in a bid to strengthen a Whites side about to start life in the GM Vauxhall Conference in 1993. Dover, with class acts like David Leworthy and Corey Browne in the side, started the season superbly before a late season loss of form saw them finish in a still highly satisfactory eighth place.  When Whites played well, Lewis seldom received any credit.  When they played poorly, you could usually guarantee he’d get most of the blame from those on the River End terraces. As a lad with a ‘Crouchesque’ physique, maybe Lewis just didn’t look like a footballer!?  As his friend and team-mate of that era, Tim Dixon, memorably observed

at the time “When we first saw Junior, we thought he’d turned up on a skateboard!” Equally memorably, Lewis had a spell out with an injury caused when a fork lift truck ran over his foot at work.  Those who felt that could have Junior Lewis happened to anyone became a little more nonplussed when they heard that Junior was allegedly driving the thing at the time!  Lewis’s Crabble career concluded at the end of the 1996 season, but his best performance at Crabble was still to come.  Playing in central midfield role just in front of a flat back four, Lewis played superbly as his new club, Hendon, knocked Dover out of the FA Cup.  During a four-year career at Claremont Road, just down the road from his Wembley home, Lewis came to national prominence in another FA Cup tie, scoring the only goal of the game in a replay against Leyton Orient.


Football The remainder of the Junior Lewis story is very much one two professionals liking the cut of one another’s jibs. Around the time that Lewis moved to Hendon, Peter Taylor’s managerial career looked to be heading in a very different direction. Having spent just 10 months as Dover manager, Taylor undertook football’s equivalent of stepping from the shop floor to the boardroom by accepting Glenn Hoddle’s invitation to take charge of the England U21 team.  Sadly, Taylor’s very successful three-year reign ended in dismissal in 1999; presumably because he had the temerity to do spectacularly well in the U21 set up! He wasn’t out of work for long, however, and when Gillingham came calling prior to the start of the 99-00 season, one of Taylor’s first tasks was to invite Lewis to Priestfield for a trial. Taylor’s one and only season at Gillingham will be remembered for all the right reasons.  Having lost in the play-offs to Manchester City in heartbreaking fashion the previous term, the Gills made it to Wembley again, going head-tohead with Wigan Athletic for a place in the First Division (now Championship). After another nervy yet hugely entertaining encounter that again went to extra time, the Gills won 3-2 to make into English football’s second tier for the first time in their history.  Though Wigan’s

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Andy Liddell was voted man-of-the-match, Lewis had a great game in central midfield, seemingly never more than 10 yards from the ball throughout the two hours. “Leave on a high” is a guideline that Peter Taylor’s career has usually followed and when the opportunity came to try and emulate Martin O’Neill hugely successful spell at Leicester City, the chance to coach in the Premiership proved an offer he couldn’t refuse.  Taylor’s career at Filbert Street started unbelievably well as City topped the table for a couple of weeks in October.  However, when City hit a rough patch after Christmas it was Lewis - who’d stayed on at Gillingham under Andy Hessenthaler - who Taylor called upon to help stop the rot. Lewis, who initially joined on loan, made his Premiership debut at Southampton.  And I hope you’ll excuse my first person narrative for a moment, given that I was at the game.  I figured it would be worth taking a day off work simply to see Junior playing in the same City midfield as former Italian international Roberto Mancini; surely one of the most truly gifted players of his generation. In truth, the game, one of the last to be played at the Saints’ ramshackle old ground

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at The Dell, wasn’t one to raise the pulses. With both sides on a poor run of form, a dour encounter, which went Southampton’s way courtesy of a single goal from Romanian Dan Petrescu, was of limited quality.  For his part, Lewis did only what he knew he could do well; sitting deep, reading the game and using those long legs to slide in and win oodles of possession that his allegedly more talented team mates subsequently squandered. Belatedly, at least one Dover fan saw what Peter Taylor spotted 10 years ago. The Peter Taylor-Junior Lewis would fill a book rather than a feature, of course. They’ve now worked together at eight different clubs, enjoying more than their fair share of success along the way

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Faversham Town

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Faversham’s rise from the ashes looks set to continue in the right direction

Sporting Kent soccer writer Mark Winter looks at the renaissance of Faversham Town Football Club, and the admittedly small part that he played in the club’s rebirth Once upon another lifetime, I worked in public relations for a transport company. And it was whilst going about my daily business that I received a telephone call from a chap representing Faversham Town Football Club.

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The telephone conversation that followed might reasonably be construed as an everyday tale of Kent football folk. Faversham were no longer a going concern. Yet whilst you can kill a club with the stroke of a pen, killing its spirit will never prove to be quite so easy. I’m guessing I took the call sometime in 2005. What I do distinctly remember is being told that, whilst Faversham didn’t have a team at that time, they did have a membership

of over 300. They also had a ground and whilst it had fallen into a state of disrepair, a dedicated band of supporters were working every spare hour they had with a view to restoring it to its former glory. Naturally, this was a story that struck a chord with a fellow follower of the non-league game whose own club, Dover Athletic, had undergone similar traumas of their own. In truth, I suspect the conversation went on a lot


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longer than my employers would have wished. When we finally stopped swapping memories and cut to the chase, I was asked if there was anything I could do for FTFC in the way of sponsorship. I couldn’t. We simply didn’t have any money, even for the worthiest of causes. I sent a few quid’s worth of travel vouchers, however, and I hope they were auctioned or raffled to raise a tidy sum. Five years on, I’m not sure how many members the club have signed up. But they do have a team now and a rather good one at that. For after winning last season’s Kent League Premier Division title, the Lilywhites will be playing league football outside of the county for the first time in almost 40 years this term, as they make their debut as a Ryman League club. We need not dwell for too long on Faversham’s demise in 2003. Most fans of the non-league game in the county will have seen their own club seemingly going through its death throes at some stage or another and will know the pain of that experience. Suffice to say, the Lilywhites’ fall from grace reached its grisly nadir when they folded with eight games of the 20022003 still to be played. At a stroke, the curtain came down on 120 years of senior football in the town. Or so we thought! As is so often the case in such circumstances, it was a small, dedicated band that succeeded in persuading others that their cause was worthwhile. With the always aesthetically pleasing Salters Lane restored to its former glory, a perceived slow death proved to be a coma from which Faversham awoke at the start of the 2005-2006, with the newly constituted club plying their trade in the Kent County League. It proved a sensible decision not to make Faversham start again right at the bottom of the non-league pyramid. Indeed, they secured promotion back to the Kent League at the very first attempt. Four years on, so much hard work and dedication received its just deserts when winning the Kent League Premier Division title brought a second promotion in four years. So it was that for the pre-season visit of old friends Dover Athletic, there is a tangible buzz about the place as the club prepares for life in Ryman One South. Clearly, success hasn’t come at the detriment of good, old-fashioned hospitality. You appreciate you’re at a family club when you know so many of the wives! With coach Clive Walker away on his annual busman’s holiday coaching in the USA, wife Wendy greets old friends with a smile and the

Faversham coach Clive Walker (left), manager Justin Luchford and assistant-manager Ray Turner show off their silverware from last season. Picture: Tony Gray

offer of a raffle ticket. In the bar, it’s a surprise to meet a lady I went to school with; Karen, the step-mum of manager Justin Luchford. (Looking at her and I stood together, you’d have thought she went to a primary school where I was her Headmaster!)

of the best supported clubs in the division if recent trends continue. During last season’s championship campaign, Town recorded an average home league gate of 183. Only four Ryman One South clubs had better gates over the same period.

In the pre-match warm up, a couple of close-season signings catch the eye. Matt Bourne, still a relative kid but with a Ryman South title winners’ medal in his cabinet, has arrived from Sittingbourne to fill the void in central defence created by Lee Shearer’s move to Hythe Town. Having moved from Deal Town earlier in the week, the vastly experienced Dave Bathgate can bring steel, vision and versatility into whichever role he’s selected to play.

And, on a glorious summer afternoon, another good crowd turned out against well-supported Dover to watch the visitors dominate in the main. Against a side that have been there/ done that at Ryman League level, winning successive championships en route to Blue Square South, a 4-1 defeat, made tight at one stage with a debut goal from young Andrew Miller, was certainly no disgrace.

Having served both of today’s competitors with distinction, coach Bill Friend summed up the views Town’s management team rather well when he said: “There’ll be a little bit more travelling than we’re used to, but everyone’s buzzing at the prospect of playing in the Ryman South. “It’s a division in which the Kent clubs have traditionally done well, so hopefully we’ll be able to continue that trend. There are some smashing local derbies to look forward to as well with Sittingbourne, Whitstable and Ramsgate playing at this level, so we can’t wait to get going.” However they fare on the field in their debut season, Faversham look likely to be one

For Dover fans, many of whom appeared to have paid homage to the local Shepherd Neame brewery en route to the game, they probably recognised more Faversham than Dover players, given that recently appointed manager Martin Hayes gave a run out to no less than 10 trialists. But what of Faversham’s prospects for the coming season? Still one of the youngest anagers in the county, Justin Luchford doesn’t go in for predictions in a big way. Experience has taught us that, if his team hasn’t done the talking for him, he’ll keep his observations for after rather than before any given event. For our part, we can’t see why they won’t do just fine, particularly if they can hang on to highly-rated teenage keeper Rob French. Top half – no problem!

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Julian Halls

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Halls hoping to lead Holcombe into hockey’s top f light

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Hockey New Holcombe Hockey Club coach Julian Halls enjoyed a long and distinguished international playing career, making 125 appearances for England and 59 for Great Britain including playing in two Olympic Games. But where coaching is concerned Halls insists he has no desire to return to the international arena, saying: “I have got no aspirations to coach or Great Britain, all I want to be is a successful club coach and I have a dream to lead a team into the Premier Division and then into Europe.” Exactly the same goal is shared by Holcombe coach David South, who succeeded in persuading Halls to move from Essex club Old Loughtonians, where he had been 1st team coach for the past six years, and take up a new challenge at Holcombe. Last season, the Rochester club finished fourth in Men’s


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Seymour helps England to break new ground in Champions Trophy Canterbury Hockey Club player Natalie Seymour is hoping to win a place in the England team for the Women’s World Cup, which begins in Argentina on August 29. And 23-year-old Seymour boosted her chances considerably by featuring in every game as England won the bronze medal in the Champions Trophy tournament at Nottingham.

Conference East, just missing out on earning a place in the promotion play-offs to Canterbury who went to on to win their place back in the Premier Division. South and Halls are determined that Holcombe, who have recently invested £100,000 in a new watering system for their pitch, should join their major county rivals in the top flight sooner rather than later, and the Holcombe chairman is convinced that Halls is the man to lead them there, saying: “Julian is a hugely experienced player and is one of the leading coaches in the country. “For the past few years we have had a collection of very good individuals who have not played together as a team as well as they should have, so I am hoping that Julian - who has a very strong personality - will be able to put that right. “He shares my vision of wanting to get the club into the Premier Division and then ultimately into Europe, but also I think it’s vital that we start to produce our own players who will be able to keep the club at that level in the future, and so developing our young players will be another of Julian’s key tasks. We have signed him on a fouryear contract, but we recognise that it’s going to take at least two years for him to start producing results in that area.” Halls, for his part, can’t wait to get started after becoming frustrated with what he saw to be a lack of similar ambition at Old Loughtonians. “I’m so excited about coming here,” he said, “because it will be nice to be at a club where everyone seems to be pulling in the same direction, which wasn’t always the case at my previous club.” Although he lives and works in Ipswich, where

43-year-old Halls is director of games at an independent school, he is unconcerned about the longer journey over the Dartford crossing that he now faces at Holcombe, having always been prepared to travel far and wide to enhance his hockey career. After taking up the game as a 14-year-old in Southend, Halls went on to play for Old Loughtonians, Cannock, North Queensland team Barra in Australia, HDM in the Netherlands, St Albans, and then finally Old Loughtonians again where he returned home initially to take up player-coach role. He has never officially ‘retired’ from playing, but says: “If I do turn out for Holcombe occasionally, it will only be for the 5th team!” If Halls does make the odd appearance in Holcs’ colours it will be a far cry from the twin highlights of his playing career, being a member of the Great Britain defensive line at both the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and at the 2000 Sydney Games.

It was the first time that England had ever won a medal in the tournament, and they did it by beating Germany 2-1 in the third/ fourth place play-off game. Seymour, who comes from Maidstone,has a busy rest of the year in store with the Commonwealth Games in India in October also on her agenda. And she is already looking ahead to the possibility of playing for Great Britain in the London Olympics, saying: “I am so excited about the possibility of playing at an Olympic Games in my home country.

“I would love to represent Great Britain in London 2012.”

But he is now focussed on making his Holcombe coaching stint equally memorable as he builds on the work of last season’s coach Ryan Ravenscroft. The South African international asked to step down because of work and family commitments but he has signed a new three-year playing contract with Holcs and Halls said: “Ryan is someone whom I have got great respect for as a person, as a player and a coach and I’m sure that the two of us working together will only mean good things for the club.” Holcombe’s pre-season campaign will include a weekend tour to Holland where they will take on Halls’ former club HDM, and they will open their Men’s Conference East programme at St Albans on September 19.

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Roller Hockey

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Herne Bay United

United’s Neil Austin on the burst in the National Cup final

Herne Bay United suffer surprise cup final defeat Rollerskating may be something of a dying art where today’s youngsters are concerned, but if you want to see some tip-top rollerskating skills then Herne Bay Pier Pavilion is definitely the place to go, as I found out when I watched some of the action in this year’s National Cup Finals Day, writes Kevin Redsull. The hosts, Herne Bay United, were formed in 1928 and have a proud history in the sport, including winning the National League Cup for the past four seasons. And United also retained the Premier League title this year, narrowly edging out Middlesbrough who came to Herne Bay for the National Cup Final intent on exacting revenge, and the result was a thrilling game with a surprise result. United were without captain Simon Hosking

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and first team regular Dendy Hudson due to other commitments so they drafted in two top performers from their 2nd string Steve Clarke and Nick Barton.

Again United were given hope when Figueiredo was successful from the penalty spot, and then they were awarded another penalty but the usually reliable Barker was unable to convert.

United started well and opened the scoring through Joel De Figueiredo after a defence – splitting pass by their captain Brendan Barker.

Perhaps showing his frustration,. the United captain was sin binned with six minutes left and, when he returned, almost immediately teammate Steve Clarke was shown a blue card.

However Middlesbrough gradually began to gain control and United goal keeper David Garlick had to make some fine saves. But he was beaten twice and, with Neil Austin and barker both missing penalties, it meant Middlesborough took a 2-1 lead into the half-time interval. United came out for the second half with a change in defensive tactics but it was Middlesborough who broke through again to lead 3-1. Bay refused to give up and Austin made it 3-2, only for the NorthEast visitors to take a stranglehold on the final with two more goals.

That proved the final nail in the coffin for United, with United adding a sixth goal to run our deserving winners, as Barker acknowledged afterwards. He said: “We would like to win every match we play but (today) we were not in it and, let’s not take anything away from our opposition, as they were the best team on the day. “Now we will take a step back and take a few weeks’ well earned break. We must take the positives, we’re happy to have retained National Premier League title which is our ultimate goal, and will be again next season.”


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Herne Bay United were also involved in two other finals on Cup Finals day.

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Under-13s power to cup glory

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Herne Bay United captain Brendan Barker is challenged by a Middlesbrough player during the National Cup final

The first was against Peterborough in the Under-15 final, where Peterborough started as clear favourites because virtually all their team were in their final year as U15s whereas United’s young team still have another two or three years left in that age group. So United did well to restrict Peterborough to a 5-0 victory, and afterwards United coach Phil McVey said: “The Peterborough players are all twice the size of ours, and a good couple of years older as well, so to push them as hard as we did was a phenomenal effort. The future’s bright for our team, we will be looking at winning it next year. We don’t lose any players, whereas Peterborough lose all but one of theirs. I’m very pleased with our performance and they should all be proud of themselves.” Herne Bay U15s: Guy Osborne (gk) Katie McVey, Josh Emslie, Keir Maeers, Ashley Barton, George Kohler, Alice Osborne, Lewis Greenwood, Alex Mount In the Under-13s final United took on a Bury side who had beaten them 7-3 in the Club Championship only a couple of weeks earlier. But this time it was United who were the dominant side and they ran out convincing 6-3 winners. Herne Bay U13s: Jarod Dyball (gk), Nathan Emslie, Keir Maeers, Luke Latham, Michael Gregory, Max Osborne, George Kohler, Lewis Greenwood, Alex Mount

Barker: born to skate Brendan Barker's exciting dexterity on roller skates can partly be explained by the fact that the Herne Bay United captain first took up rollerskating before he even started primary school.  "My mum and dad were always involved in roller skating from when I was very young," Barker recalled, "and so it was the natural thing for me to do it as well and I first started roller skating when I was four years old." A lot of water has passed under the proverbial bridge since then, with Barker going on to captain England and also win 10 National League titles with United. One of the best finishers in the domestic game, the 32-year-old has finished top of the League goal scoring charts for the past four years and in September will be one of five United players who will be competing for England in the European Championships in Germany.

Herne Bay United celebrate their victory in the National Under-13 Cup final against Bury

England are currently ranked 6th in Europe, with world champions Spain leading the way ahead of Portugal and Italy, but it hasn't

always been that way, as Barker explained: "Before the Second World War England were the best team in the world for a long time, but after the war the sponsorship money dried up and so many of our best players started playing for foreign teams." Barker too has experienced playing overseas. He played for a team based in Lisbon for two years and helped them to win the Junior Portuguses National Championship in 1997, an achievement he ranks among the highest in his career along with his 60-odd England caps and 10 National Championship medals. United have dominated the domestic game in recent years, but Barker admits a slight concern over where their future talent will come following their move away from Herne Bay Pier in autumn 2011 to a new purpose-built roller-hockey hall at Herne Bay High School. He said: "We always get plenty of people coming to the Pier to have a go at roller skating, and my only concern about the move is that we might lose that influx of new members. but the facilities at Herne Bay High will be state of the art and should be superb." 

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Rallycross

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Kent’s Liam Doran (right) became the first British driver to win an event in the European Rallycross Championship for almost two decades when he claimed his first victory of the series in Finland. The Sittingbourne 23-year-old took his win in a dramatic A final to the Finnish event which took place at Kouvola, 100 miles north east of Helsinki. Fighting back from engine problems in the first day of the event, and being pushed off the track by another competitor in his second qualifying heat, Doran qualified fourth for the A final and ran third in the first lap, behind his team mate Kenneth Hansen who led the race and current champion Sverre Isachsen. A clash between Isachsen and Hansen led to the latter’s Citroën C4 suffering a puncture that forced Hansen to reduce his pace. Isachsen then took the lead with Doran chasing and catching with each lap. In the last lap of the race Isachsen’s Ford Focus faltered after landing heavily on a small jump at the end of the lap and Doran snatched his opportunity, passing the race leader to take his first win. “I knew I couldn’t give up so I just kept going as fast as I could without letting the car slide around too much. I could see that I was catching Isachsen each lap and I was just close enough at the end to get the win,” said Doran, “The team has worked really hard to get more speed from the car over the last few events and now we are in a position to win events and I want to win some more!”

“I knew I couldn’t give up so I just kept going as fast as I could without letting the car slide around too much.”

Rallycross returns to Lydden Circuit on Bank Holiday Monday, August 30 withQuaife MSA British Rallycross Championship. Liam Doran is also likely to be in action on his “home” circuit in the Suzuki Swift Challenge. Admission is £15, with children under 12 free. For more details, visit: www.lyddenhill.co.uk

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CONWAY BATTLING BACK TO FITNESS AFTER INDY 500 CRASH

Following his spectacular 200mph crash at the Indianapolis 500 at the end of May, Sevenoaks Indy Car driver Mike Conway is on his way to making a full recovery and returning to the driver’s seat. Conway’s accident happened on the final lap of the Indy 500, which Conway had led for 15 laps. Conway’s car collided with that of Ryan HunterReay after the American driver had slowed to conserve fuel in order to try to finish the race. But the differential in car speeds between them was too great and resulted in Conway’s car launching into the fancing and then disintergrating as it rolled along the track. After sustaining multiple fractures to his lower left leg and a compression fracture to his T3 vertebrae, Conway underwent surgery in the States to repair the damage to his leg and was fitted with a neck brace to heal the compression fracture to his vertebrae. Conway, in his second season in the Indy Racing

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League, returned to the UK in mid-June to recuperate and, thanks in part to his high levels of personal fitness prior to the accident, is now several weeks into an extensive and carefully designed rehabilitation programme. The first stage of the rehabilitation process began when the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Team driver was able to remove his neck brace at the end of last month. Pro Performance (The Science Behind Sport), a sports science consultancy that Conway has worked with for the past three years, put together an initial rehabilitation programme designed to gradually increase his return to full fitness. The programme focuses on key muscle groups through a range of cardiovascular and functional exercises, including swimming and resistance bands, whilst also undertaking regular sports massages as part of the programme.

He is also attending regular sessions in a Kriotherapy rehabilitation chamber. The chamber involves Conway having to endure temperatures as low as -130 degrees for up to four minutes at a time. The treatment helps to speed up the healing process of the bones in his left leg by creating a flushing effect (vasodilatation and constriction of the blood vessels) which helps to remove the waste products at the site of the injury, whilst also supplying the vital nutrients for the healing process.

“Mike’s in good sprits and working very hard towards making a full recovery and getting back on the track”

“We are very pleased with Mike’s progress. As he continues to work through the rehabilitation programme he’s in good sprits and working very hard towards making a full recovery and getting back on the track;” commented Dan Williams Pro Performance Director. And, in mid-July, Conway made another significant step towards recovery when he


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returned to the cockpit in a single seater racing simulator at the PureTech Racing Centre. The PureTech Racing Centre uses the most advanced simulator technology and includes ten full motion racing simulators which allow head to head racing action at over 1.5G and features its own purpose made racing circuit incorporating many of the best corners from the world’s leading tracks.  At this stage in his rehabilitation Mike is using a simulator which has been specially adapted to cater for drivers with restricted movements. “It is great to be back in the cockpit after the accident,” he said. “This was the first day my left foot is out of plaster and the first time I put weight on it so I was surprised how well I could hit the brakes. I am pleased to say that it is all there and I have feeling in my foot and it felt good. “The simulator is very realistic and you can really feel the rear tyres working, which is hard to incorporate into a simulator. It gives realistic feel and good feedback, both when shifting up through the gears, and the motion cues are excellent under braking and through high speed corners. It is a good circuit and not easy to get right, you have to work the car and push hard to get a competitive lap time;” continued Mike. During his first session in the simulator, Conway set a lap time which places him sixth overall in the fastest ever times recorded.  He will be returning to the simulator as part of his rehabilitation process and, as he continues to work with Pro Performance on strengthening his left leg, he will be looking to shave more time off his current lap time.

PAFFETT LOOKING FORWARD TO ITALY RETURN The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series has extended its existing calendar by one round this year, with a return to the Adria International Raceway in Italy on October 31.

Paffett, who won the DTM title in 2005 is only one of five current DTM drivers to have raced at the Adria International Raceway and is pleased to be making a return to the Italian circuit.

Kent-born DTM driver Gary Paffett (pictured above), who is a member of the Salzgitter Mercedes-Benz AMG team, last raced at the circuit in the 2004 DTM series where he finished in 4th position and is looking forward to returning for round 10 of the 2010 Championship.

“It is a long time since we have been there so it will be interesting to see what all of the drivers make of the track as there will only be a few of us that have been there before;” commented Paffett, who is also the test and reserve driver for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One team - a role he has filled since 2006.

“It is a fun little circuit of which the first half consists of only straights and three hairpin corners which can provide some good overtaking opportunities during the race;” commented Paffett. “It is a fairly short and narrow circuit and I expect the racing to be very close. I also expect the lap times in qualifying to be very close together;” continued Paffett.

“It is great that the DTM is returning to race in Italy again and I hope that when we go there that I will be in a position to be fighting for the Championship;” continued Paffett.

BARBER TRIUMPHS Richard Barber raced his famous Formula 1 car to third in class at the Silverstone Classic meeting. The Sandwich garage proprietor has owned the 1978 Fittipaldi F5A for the past three years.

Barber, 54, has considerable racing experience including winning the International 250cc Kart Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1983. More recently he has achieved several podium places across Europe with the F1 car.

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Mountain Bikes

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FINCH FLIES TO SURPRISE WIN IN NATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP Jack Finch of VC Deal Cycling Club pulled off a surprise victory in the National Youth Mountain Bike Cross-Country Championships in Sussex. Here VC Deal coach Richard Wood describes how it happened. Jack Finch wrote a new chapter in the VC Deal success story of producing youth and junior riders who excel at national level, turning the formbook upside down to convincingly win the National Youth MTB XC Championships at Pippingford, near East Grinstead. Now Jack’s been a good rider for a while, enjoying a high level of success at local and

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regional level, but he’s never really troubled the front end of a national race, well at least not until this occassion. Although never one to saddle riders I coach with unrealistic expectations, in Jack’s case I have clearly seriously underestimated his abilities. The first of our champions not to have been entirely “home grown”, I would like to think that I and VC Deal have created for Jack the environment and structure that has allowed him to blossom. Ever since he joined us from VC Londres some eighteen months ago, Jack has always impressed me with his commitment and work ethic. He had a good cross season last winter, winning the London League for the second year in succession, but his best result in a National

Trophy race was sixth, and in the other Trophy Rounds he fared far less well. He trained well after the end of the cross season and started well in early season local road and mountain bike races, but a niggling chest infection knocked him back for several weeks, in fact he’s only recently fully recovered. He’s been going much better lately, but even then he was only 5th last week in the Southern XC Round at Borden, Hampshire last Sunday, there was certainly no hint of what was to come today. Going in to the National Championships then, I don’t think that Jack’s name would have been in many people’s minds when it came to predicting likely podium riders,


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let alone as a potential winner. However, Jack’s weeks and months of commitment and hard work paid off in spades. He got a good start amongst the 38 riders contesting the Youth category of this years national championships and with the first of three laps gone, a leading pair had emerged consisting of big pre-race favourite Alex Baker of the Orange Monkey team and Alex Welburn of Maxgear RT, a few seconds back it was Jack, followed by Hargroves Cycles Harry Franklin. The end of each lap featured a long climb back up to the arena from the lower sections of the course. As they came to the foot of the climb the race positions were much as they were a lap earlier, Jack just off the back of the leading duo. By now Jack had realised he was on a great day and feeling good. He attacked on the climb and turned a few seconds deficit in to a twelve second lead at the top of the climb. It wasn’t much, but the championship was won with the move. The other riders simply had no answer to Jack’s powerful attack, and from there he simply rode away to win alone by a tickle over a minute. Certainly as he crested the climb at the end of the race, there was no-one else in sight, and he had plenty of time to savour his victory. All the sweeter for being unexpected and against the form book, this was Jack’s achievement. He’s modest and unassuming, there are no histrionics when things don’t go well, and he doesn’t let ill health and bad luck knock him back, but he’s not afraid to mix it with reputations greater than his own either. His temperament and willingness to

take on a challenge is why he was able to take advantage of the kind of day all bike riders’ dream of, but few experience, those rare days when you are so strong you feel that you could take on the world. He wasn’t lucky, his rivals didn’t experience misfortune, on this day, and I hope on many others to come, Jack was simply the best youth MTB cross country racer in the country. This was Jack’s day, one to savour, and one that has shown him and everyone else what he is capable of. I don’t want anything to detract from that, but it would be unfair not to mention that Jack Spicer also had a

great ride, finishing one place outside the top ten in eleventh place. Jack’s getting better and better, knocking on the door of a top ten in a national championships makes you a good rider in my book. My preevent best bet for a VC Deal podium place, Tom Butler only got two minutes in to the Juvenile Mens race before an inch gash in his tyre ended his race prematurely. Tom’s day I think will come, but for now let’s all celebrate Jack Finch’s well deserved win. Article used courtesy of www.activcycles. co.uk/vcdeal For more details about cycling with VC Deal, see the club website.

London to Canterbury Cycle Ride 2010 Sign up to the London to Canterbury Cycling Challenge and cycle through some of Southern England’s most beautiful countryside! The annual event will be taking place on Sunday, September 12 2010, in aid of The Children’s Trust.

up now, or for more details about the event - please contact Hannah on 01737 364329 or email: cycling@thechildrenstrust. org.uk, or visit the website: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/ londontocanterbury

The route will take you from Greenwich, following the picturesque Pilgrim’s Way through the Kent Countryside, finishing in the historical city of Canterbury at St Augustine’s Abbey. Riders can take part individually or as a team and choose to cycle either a 65 or 80 mile route, depending on how energetic you feel!

All money raised will benefit The Children’s Trust, a national charity, which provides care, education and therapy to children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs, and rehabilitation services to children with an acquired brain injury.

Entry is £25 per cyclist or, persuade your friends, family or colleagues to join you and benefit from our group rates of £110 for a team of five and £215 for a team of ten. To join

The Children’s Trust will be providing a coach service from Canterbury to the start in Greenwich. There will also be a return coach service from St Augustine’s Abbey. To book your place see their website.

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Athletics

Schools Championships

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Birmingham's Alexander Stadium hosted this year’s Aviva English Schools Championships. The forty four counties of England were each represented by some of the UK's most talented 13 - 18 year old athletes. The competition sizzled, under the hottest weather of the year. Dartford Harriers’ 14-year old Gemma Brown had a weekend to remember, winning the gold medal in the Junior Girls discus with a throw of 35.05m. The Alan Champion coached athlete won bronze last year. A nail - biting event with 18 competitors, including the current UK No.1, saw Gemma in danger of not going through to the final pool of 8 throwers. However her third effort of 35.05, a National Standard mark, ensured her place in the final and the gold medal. The icing on the cake was that another Kent athlete, Nicola Gregory from Bexley A.C. took the silver medal with 33.98m. Alex Bell (16), making his debut in the English Schools, was delighted also to come away with a medal as part of the silver medal- winning Kent Inter Boys 4 x 100m team. Their time of 42.57s achieved the National Standard. Though Bell was disappointed to finish the 200m heats in 5th place with 23.06, he is looking forward to next year.

Double Gold for Blandford at Kent Schools Championships Samantha Brown, Gemma's 16-yearold sister, who has been struggling with injury, did well to reach the finals of the Intermediate Girls’ 300m hurdles, where she was 7th in 45.96. Natalie Hickmott (16), competing in her fourth English Schools, maintained her record of reaching the finals of her event. She was 6th in the 300m. sprint in a National Standard and season's

best time of 39.99. Hickmott also ran in the Kent 4 x 100m relay team which was unfortunately disqualified for a faulty change. Another Dartford athlete struggling with injury was Tim Billings, who had to settle for 8th place in the Senior Shot with 13.28m. He was 4th in the event last year, as an Under 17.

Harriers on song at English Schools Championships Kayleigh Miller-Leslie had a starring role among Ashford AC’s athletes with two golds in the Kent Schools Championships at the Julie Rose Stadium.

javelin gold for Shepway throwing 28.85m.

The rising star set English Schools standards in winning the junior girls 75m hurdles in 11.95 and long jump with 4.83m.

The Ashford team claimed three other field golds with James Potter winning the junior boys high jump with 1.62m, Miller Piper taking the junior girls title with 1.56m and Deborah Martin winning the intermediate girls high jump with 1.51m.

She was pressed in the hurdles by teammate Lauren Bamford who was second, taking a second off her personal best with 12.14, and then in the long jump by clubmate Sophie Hamlyn who was was fourth with 4.50. Nathan Fatola won the gold in the junior boys long jump with a personal best 5.87m and Ashford’s Kirsten Hooton won the junior girls

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Oliver Williams secured gold in his first year in junior boys winning the triple jump with 11.98m and was fifth in the 200m final behind Temi Banwo.

It was also a terrific championship for former Ashford field athlete Matt Blandford, who took two golds, winning the junior boys javelin with 50.01m and the shot with 13.06m while Ashford School’s Euan Nicholls took silver in the Yr7 1500m with 4:55.78.


Kent Schools

Kent’s Tom Bosworth took the senior men’s title at the UKA/RWA National 20km Race Walking Championships at Victoria Park in London. The 20-year-old Tonbridge AC member, who was last year’s silver medalist in the Under 20yrs 10km, won on his debut at the distance in his first senior national championship. He took the lead from the 2009 UK number 1 Luke Finch in the final 4km. Finch also lost out on 2nd place as Daniel King passed him in the final 400m in an exciting race. The race had seen a group of nine contest the early kilometres before Finch broke away. The field was then strung out for the middle 10km before closing back up in the chase for the minor medals. The race doubled as an England Commonwealth Games selection event and Bosworth is now seeking a high quality race to chase down the qualifying time.

Kent school wins national award A Kent school is celebrating after winning a national award. Valence School from Westerham won the Sainsbury Active Kids award presented at the Youth Sport Trust’s Innovation Awards ceremony which celebrated and rewarded best practice and achievement by schools with a specialism in sport. The award recognised the amazing work and dedication shown by teachers, pupils, friends and family from Valence School in collecting the Active Kids Vouchers and putting them to the use of young people. The Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme delivers in the form of equipment and coaching, that go beyond the traditional curriculum-based sports and PE lessons, for all types of schools, nurseries, Scout and Guide groups and Clubmark accredited clubs, and for all ages and abilities. Jo Eames, Director of Sport at Valence School said: “Huge thank you to everyone who supports us. It makes a big difference to benefit from new equipment. Thank you to

people in the community who donated to us.” Steve Grainger, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “This award is fantastic recognition for the innovative way in which Valence are harnessing the power of the sports specialism and the potential of National School Sport Week to inspire young people. 2009 was another fantastic year for Specialist Sports Colleges, with sport once again being recognised as the fastest improving specialism.”

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RISING STAR

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During the awards ceremony, one of the highlights of the Youth Sport Trust’s Sports Colleges Conference 2010, members of staff from Valence School met with Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle and Shadow Sports Minister Hugh Robertson who presented them with their award and 10,000 additional Active Kids Vouchers. Hugh Robertson said, “I congratulate Valence School on winning this award and for everything they are doing for school sport. It is a culmination of a lot of hard work and everybody in the school and the community should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Superb season for Canterbury High School basketball team Canterbury High School boys basketball teams have just completed a season of unprecedented success, locally, regionally and nationally.

Tom Bosworth Factfile: Date of birth: 17th January 1990 Current Ranking: GB No. 2 (20km U23) Club: Tonbridge AC Career highlights to date: 2010: National Race Walking Championships – Achieved a gold medal in the 20km (senior men) 2009: Irish Indoors U23 5K achieved 5th place 2009: Lugano England selection 10K achieved 8th place 2009: Participated in European Cup GB selection Junior 10K

The school was one of only three schools to reach the national final fours in two separate age groups. In the England Schools competition the Under 14 Boys (Year 9) were Kent, South East and South Champions.  The Under 14s eventually lost a hard fought game to national champions Barking Abbey in the national semi-finals, finishing 4th. The Under 19 Boys (6th Form) also advanced to the national finals as Kent, South East and South Champions, where they also lost to the eventual champions (Hackney) before winning the bronze medal.  Earlier in the season the Under 19s had also advanced to the national semi-finals in the British Colleges Elite Cup and League. Locally this year the school dominated county-wide.  They were undefeated in Kent and Kent champions at Under 14, 15, 16, 17 and 19.  The 5 Kent Cups were a school record.  They also won the Under 14 Kent

tournament to qualify for nationals and the Under 15 Kent School Games. A number of individual players also experienced success. Kalil Irving, Disraeli Lufadeju, Andy Chiguri and Rob Vassie all played for the South East Under 17 team that finished as national runners-up last summer.  Ibrahim Omer and Josh Gill followed in their footsteps being selected for this year’s Under 17 team. In September, Liam Carpenter, Tyler Russell, Dave Couchman and James Lloyd all played for the South East Under 13 team, finishing 3rd nationally.  Liam Carpenter then went on to be selected for the Under 15 team in June.  James Lloyd, Chris Care and Joel Goldsack-Marsh are now in the South East Under 13 squad in preparation for next September’s tournament. Additionally, Irving and Carpenter were both selected for national team training camps with the under 18 and 15 teams respectively.

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Basketball

Ryan Richards

Issue 1 / September 2010

RICHARDS READY TO REALISE HIS NBA DREAM Former Kent basketball player Ryan Richards has taken a big step towards his dream of playing in North America's NBA.

offer of a scholarship with Spanish side Gran Canaria in 2006. He helped their under-18 to the league title and also gained experience by playing on loan in Belgium and Switzerland. 

The Sittingbourne-born 19-year-year-old, who began his career with the Medway Park Crusaders, took part in this year's NBA draft where the 30 teams in the league can select players who want to play in the NBA. 

Then, in April, he decided to make himself available for the NBA draft and now has the chance to make his name in the highestprofile league in the world.

And the San Antonio Spurs used one of their 'picks' to select Richards after he had impressed coaches and pundits at the NBA Draft Combine camp in Chicago. Richards, who was 49th of the 60 'picks' available, has played for England at under-16 and under-18 level after being encouraged to take up basketball by his brother. But the 6ft 11in forward decided that, in order to further his basketball ambitions, he needed to move abroad and so he accepted the

Crusaders chairman Jesse Sazant said: "San Antonio Spurs have a proven track record of spotting talent in Europe, developing players and providing quality coaching, so it's a good place for Ryan to be if he wants to keep improving." But Richards knows that still has plenty of work to do in order to break into the Spurs' NBA side. He is likely to be placed in their minor D-League squad, with Spurs general manager RC Buford saying: "Ryan is tall and athletic but he's young and played very little, so this is a developmental project."

And Richards won’t be able to start playing for the Spurs until early next year after recently undergoing surgery in San Antonio on a shoulder injury. He said: “The problem flared up again near the end of last season and, although I could have played on, the Spurs decided that it would be best to get it sorted out now. I hope to be playing in the D-League by the end of January.” And, if Richards does make his mark with the Spurs, he can look forward to a lucrative and exciting career which will surely include a call-up for the Great Britain squad for the London 2012 Olympics. 

Q&A with Ryan Richards (courtesy of the NBA website HoopsHype.com)

SK: How did you first start playing basketball? RR: My brother came over from Jamaica when I was about 10 years old and I had played football until then, but I then switched little by little to basketball because of him. SK: For the last few years you have been playing in Spain, Belgium and Switzerland. Were you on your own there? RR: Yes, I've lived on my own for four years now. It was tough at first but it helps you mature and I'm enjoying it now. SK: Is it true that you had a pro offer to play for Real Madrid? RR: Yes, I had an option to sign for them in 2008 but decided it wasn't the best move for me at the time. SK: How ready do you think you are for the NBA? RR: I definitely think I am ready. I've been playing in Europe for four years now, honing my game and working out twice a day every day. I know I need to improve my strength and playing experience, but they are two things that are going to improve with time and getting in the gym. SK: Has anybody said that perhaps you should have waited longer before trying to make it in the NBA?

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RR: Yes, I know some people are saying that I should have waited a little longer and played for a high-level team in Europe, and then go the NBA. But if you look at NBA stars like Tony Parker and Thabo Sefolosha they didn't play in great leagues, they worked hard and had the talent and the potential. If you get a great coach on a good team, you can come to play in the NBA. SK: You have said that you would play in the NBA Development League next season rather than in Europe. Why is that? RR: Just because my goal in life and my dream is to play in the NBA. To be on a roster with a team. If a coach thinks I'm not ready and wants to send me to the D-League, I wouldn't have an issue with it. Once I prove myself there, I'm going to get into the NBA. SK: Do you think many people in Kent are aware that you have been drafted by the Spurs? RR: I don't think so because basketball isn't a huge sport in England, but the people who are close to me are aware of what's happening.   SK: Would you like to play for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics? RR: I am going to focus on playing for the Spurs for the next year or so, but if the chance does arise and all the politics can be sorted out then yes, I would love to play for Britain at London 2012.


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HATHAWAY RELISHING NEW ROLE AS GRAVESEND COACH Gravesend Rugby Club, who will be playing in the National Leagues for the first time this season, have appointed Paul Hathaway as their head coach.

Gravesend

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Gravesend will begin their Kent Cup defence with a trip to Deal & Betteshanger. Full draw 1st rnd draw (ties to be played on or before August 29): Bromley v Beckenham, Deal & Betteshanger v Gravesend, Old Dunstonians v Medway, Sidcup v Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury v Old Colfeians. 2nd rnd (to be played on or before December 5): Aylesford v Tonbridge Juddians,

Gravesend won London 1 South and the Kent Cup last season, and also had six players in the Kent side who won the County Championship Plate final. So Hathaway, who has joined the Gs from Tunbridge Wells, is joining a club on an upward curve. He is a Level 3 coach currently working at the Judd School and has coached teams to a series of national finals at 15-a-side and 7's.

Westcombe Park v Sidcup or Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks v Bromley or Beckenham, Maidstone v Dartfordians, Old Elthamians v Blackheath, Canterbury or Old Colfeians v Charlton Park, Old Dunstonians or Medway v Folkestone, Thanet Wanderers v Deal & Betteshanger or Gravesend.

“Gravesend clearly wish to move forward and I am pleased that they feel that I am the coach to help them achieve this.”

The Gravesend committee said in a statement: “ We welcome Paul to the club and we believe that he can match our aspirations for success. He joins the existing team of Clive Heather and Malcolm Moaby.”

Hathaway said: “I am looking forward to coaching at Gravesend Rugby Club, working with motivated players and coaches. It is a club that has a history of playing rugby at the highest level. “Gravesend clearly wish to move forward and I am pleased that they feel that I am the coach to help them achieve this. There is a very strong player base at

The six Gravesend players who helped Kent win the Plate final in the County Championship, from left: Adam Bishop, Jamie Forsyth, Ashley Moorey, Ziggy Stevens, Sox Stevens and Rob Hussey. Photo: Michael Cubitt.

the club and new players are coming on board in the pre-season period. “As a club we will be working hard on pre-season training, preparing ourselves for the rigour of National level rugby. The team were

CANTERBURY SIGN THREE FORWARDS Canterbury have boosted their squad by making three forward signings: James Green. from Westcombe Park, former Thanet Wanderers lock or back row player Ben Massey, and another back row man, George Micans from Bedford Blues. Green, who comes from Westgate, is a Kent County cap and played alongside Massey at Thanet before moving into National League rugby at ‘Combe. Micans, a highly promising 18-year-old, will complete pre-season training with Bedford before moving to Canterbury in September to study at the University of Kent.

very successful last year and I am keen to build on that success. “Rugby at this level is physical, played at pace and of a good standard - there will be no easy games, but we are not there just to make up numbers. “Our aim is to finish in the top half of the league and I am confident that the club has the infra-structure to support this ambition and that the players are hungry and motivated to succeed. This is an exciting opportunity for Gravesend Rugby Club and one the whole organisation is looking to meet head on” Gravesend will open their National 3 campaign with ana way fixture against Norfolk side North Walsham on September 4th.

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England captain Catherine Spencer

Women’s Rugby World Cup

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Rugby England, the host nation, will start as one of the favourites when the Women's World Rugby Cup kicks off on August 20. And Kent players are set to make a key contribution to England’s attempt to win the trophy for the second time, with three players in the squad hailing from the county: Team captain Catherine Spencer was born in Ashford and played junior rugby for Folkestone; Rachael Burford comes from a passionate rugby-playing family in Medway; and Canterbury-born Amy Garnett is the most capped player in the squad. Twelve teams are taking part in this year's World Cup and England, who earlier this year claimed a record fifth successive Women's Six Nations title, have been drawn in Pool B along with the USA, Ireland and Kazakhstan. England's first match is against Ireland at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford  on August 20. England, beaten in the last two finals by New Zealand, enjoyed their only success back in 1994 but hopes are high that - with home advantage and a settled, confident squad - they will be able to end New Zealand's domination, especially after beating the Kiwis 10-3 in a friendly at Twickenham last November.   Spencer played in the 2006 final and would love the opportuntity to meet the Kiwis again in this year's final, albeit with a different result, but cautions: "We must concentrate on getting through our group first. Because of what we have won in recent years, we are one of the teams that everyone wants to beat."

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The highly-experienced No8 lives in Bristol nowadays but still makes regular trips back to Hythe to see her parents, and is also a frequent visitor to Folkestone Rugby Club where she first played the game as a five-year-old. "I am a life vice-president of the club, so it's nice to keep in touch with what's going on down there when I'm back home," she said. Evidence of Spencer's determination to give everything for England’s cause in the World Cup comes from the fact that she gave up her job as a sports centre  office manager two months ago so that she could concentrate on preparing for the competition. She will be looking to develop a career after the World Cup and says: "If anybody wants to employ me in September then I am open to offers!" By then, Spencer could be captain of the world champions and the 34-year-old admits that the thought of taking to trophy down to the Folkestone clubhouse would be a dream to come true.

PREVIOUS WOMEN’S RUGBY WORLD CUP FINALS 1991 (Cardiff): USA 19  England  6  1994 (Edinburgh): England 38 USA 23 1998 (Amsterdam): New Zealand 44 USA 12 2002 (Barcelona): New Zealand 19 England 9  2006 (Edmonton): New Zealand 25 England 17 

especially with it being held in this country. It's fantastic for women's rugby and it should give the game's profile a big boost, and I think we deserve it after the success we’ve had."  For Rachael Burford, who will celebrate her 24th birthday the day before England's first game, to say that playing rugby runs in the family is something of an understatement. Her father Michael, mother Regina, who is Polish, brother Reuben and older sister Louise all played for Medway RFC, and Rachael was just six years old when her parents first took

"Winning the Six Nations this year was really hard. All the teams, including ourselves, have improved, and I expect that to be the same in the World Cup.”

She added: "Our preparations have gone really well, we've had some good training camps. Our results over the last couple of years could hardly have been much better, especially the win over New Zealand which showed we are capable of beating them. "This will be my first World Cup as England captain and it's a massive honour,

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Rachael Burford drives through a tackle.

Claire Allan (Richmond), Maggie Alphonsi (Saracens), Charlotte Barras (Saracens), Sarah Beale (Lichfield), Rachael Burford (Richmond), Rochelle Clark (Team Northumbria), Rosemarie Crowley (Lichfield), Rebecca Essex (Richmond), Heather Fisher (Worcester), Amy Garnett (Saracens), Sophie Hemming (Bristol), Sarah Hunter (Lichfield), Emma Layland (Richmond), La Toya Mason (Wasps), Joanna McGilchrist (Wasps), Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Katherine Merchant (Worcester), Amber Penrith (Worcester), Fiona Pocock (Richmond), Claire Purdy (Wasps), Alice Richardson (Richmond), Emily Scarratt (Lichfield), Catherine Spencer (captain, Bristol), Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Amy Turner (Richmond), Danielle Waterman (Worcester).

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Issue 1 / September 2010

Women’s World Cup Groups Pool A: New Zealand, Wales, Australia, South Africa. Pool B: England, USA, Ireland, Kazakhstan. Pool C: France, Canada, Scotland, Sweden. England’s group games (all at Surrey Sports Park): Aug 20 v Ireland, Aug 24 v Kazakhstan, Aug 28 v USA. The final will be played at Twickenham Stoop on Sunday, September 5. To obtain tickets for the Women’s Rugby World Cup visit: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ WomensRugbyWorldCup or telephone: 0844 844 2010. To follow England in the WRWC visit www.rfu.com. For a full fixture list visit www.rwcwomens.com.

her along to a 'mini rugby' coaching session at Medway's Priestfields ground in Rochester.  Since those early days Rachael, a powerful and strong-running centre, has gone on to represent England at Under-19, Academy, Sevens and Senior level, winning 24 caps for England 1st XV. She played in all of England's matches as they retained the Women's Six Nations Championship this year and has also captained the England Sevens team. She said: "Winning the Six Nations this year was really hard. All the teams, including ourselves, have improved, and I expect that to be the same in the World Cup.

will help to earn women's rugby the recognition that it deserves in this country. She said: "We are already getting a lot more media coverage than when we did when I first started playing for England, and hosting the World Cup can only add to that.

“Winning the Six Nations this year was really hard. All the teams, including ourselves, have improved, and I expect that to be the same in the World Cup.”

"We have worked really hard for the past two or three years preparing for the World Cup, and everything we have achieved in that time has really been just another stepping stone towards this tournament. "I know we are one of the favourites, but it's going to be a tough ride and we are not complacent in any way. Apart from New Zealand, Australia looked good in the World Sevens last year and women's rugby is improving fast in South Africa. I think it’s good for the game to have a lot more teams who are competitive at international level." And Burford believes that hosting the World Cup

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Rachael Burford prepares to kick.

"Although we don't get paid for playing, the way we prepare for matches is much more organised than it used to be and the England set-up nowadays is very professional." Rachael, who lives in Rochester, played her club rugby for Richmond last season, having previously played for Medway, Henley and Saracens, and she works as a part-time personal fitness trainer and part-time nanny. Her dual ambitions in rugby are to help England win the World Cup and to be a member of the Great Britain team when women's sevens rugby is held in

the Olympic Games for the first time in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Time would appear to be on her side, as her mum carried on playing until she was 45, and Rachael added: "It would be fantastic to play in the Olympics." If she does, it will be a long way from the time when Burford used to 'lock horns' with Spencer when they were playing junior rugby on opposite sides. "Catherine and I played against each other quite a lot when we were younger," she recalled. "Catherine was playing for Folkestone and I was playing for Medway and, as we were the best players, it meant there was a bit of rivalry - I am glad we are playing on the same side nowadays!" The England squad have a "buddy" system where two players link up to provide help and support for each other, and Burford's "buddy" is Amy Garnett, the most experienced player in the group.

"It would be fantastic to play in the Olympics."

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a bit naive, but in 2006 were we very unlucky not to win and I was devastated afterwards."

DID YOU KNOW? 1.

Traditional centres of rugby – New Zealand, England and France – have been the most successful women’s rugby nations to date, but they have been joined by a number of “non-traditional” nations who have been almost as successful, such as the USA, Kazakhstan and Germany.

2. In Scotland and Wales, there are more 500 more female rugby clubs than male, with 20,000 participants. 3. The World Cup was first held in 1991 and was won by the USA. England triumphed in 1994, and New Zealand won it in 1998, 2002 and 2006. 4. Sky Sports are the host broadcaster for this year’s tournament and will provide live coverage of many of the matches, including all of England’s games. 5. England’s 10-3 win over New Zealand at Twickenham last November was watched by a crowd of 12,500 – a record for an England women’s international.

comes from Littlebourne, near Canterbury, has been capped 86 times by England after making her debut against Spain in 2000. Amy was something of a "late starter" where playing rugby is concerned, as she explained: "I did athletics and netball at school but, because it was an all-girls school, rugby wasn't on the agenda. “But when I went to university, a friend persuaded me to go along with her to the

college rugby team’s training session and I was hooked instantly, and I still enjoy playing as much now as I did that first time all those years ago." Garnett admits however, that she was "devastated" when England were beaten by New Zealand in the 2006 final - her second World Cup disappointment having also played in the final fours year earlier. Amy recalled: "In 2002 I was a bit green and Amy Garnett, England’s most capped player

She dares not think about the possibility of "third time lucky" by beating New Zealand in the final this time, warning instead that England "have got a tough group to get out of first." But the Saracens hooker acknowledges that the current England squad "is a lot more professional in terms of all the support and back-up we receive." And she added with only a feint hint of wistfulness: "The younger  players in the team, who all started playing rugby a lot younger than I did, have benefitted immensely from that because they all have tremendous ball-handling skills." Garnett's vast experience, however, will also prove crucial if England make their expected progress to the later stages, especially if they end up playing New Zealand again in the final at Twickenham Stoop on September 5.

Women’s Rugyb World Cup

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Superb World Cup Ticket Opportunity Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) and the Rugby Football Union for Women (RFUW) are offering supporters wanting to enjoy the Rugby World Cup experience a fantastic opportunity. All those who buy tickets for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010 will be put on a priority list for tickets to the Men’s Rugby World Cup in 2015 which will be held in England in the autumn of that year. Rosie Williams, RFUW Managing Director, said: “This is an unprecedented opportunity for the rugby fan in England to double their Rugby World Cup experience. WRWC 2010 will be full of excitement and open rugby and you get the added benefit of the chance to see the world’s best men’s players when they come to England in 2015. For rugby fans or families looking for a summer experience, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of two global sporting events.” You can find details on the promotion and book tickets for the WRWC 2010 at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/packages/ womens_rugby_world_cup.html Rugby fans can also indicate their desire to go on to the RWC 2015 priority list. Tickets are priced from only £5 and are available now.

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Golf

Matt Haines

Issue 1 / September 2010

Rising

RISING STAR HAINES SIGNS UP WITH NIKE

Chatham golf star Matt Haines has signed a multi-year contract with Nike Golf, the same company who supply Tiger Woods with golf clubs and clothing. Haines, the 20-year-old former England international and Walker Cup player, enjoyed a superb amateur career, winning eight major events including 2008 Lytham Trophy and the Spanish Amateur Championship in March of this year. The latter success propelled him up to fourth in the world amateur rankings. The Rochester & Cobham GC member then took the decision to turn professional in May and has wasted no time in making his mark on the Challenge Tour, including finishing runnerup at the Saint-Omer Open in France. He is planning to play a full schedule of tournaments on the Challenge Tour this season in a bid to secure his full European Tour card for next year. The agreement with Nike Golf will see Haines exclusively use Nike Golf equipment He said: “I am excited about starting my professional career with a brand as big as Nike Golf. “I know that the team there will work with me to give me the very best equipment and support to help me make the transition from amateur to successful professional.”

HOLMES STUNNED BY LOGAN TROPHY TRIUMPH “Things like this don’t happen to people like me,” was the reaction of Danny Holmes after he proved a surprise, yet deserved winner of the English Mid Amateur Championship for the Logan Trophy at a blustery Sherwood Forest. Holmes, a 45-year-old London taxi driver from Bexleyheath, fired a closing 73 for a total of 219, nine over par, for a one shot winning margin over Mark Wharton and two clear of Brazilian-born Frenchman Rodrigo Lacerda Soares. On a brutal day with a tough wind and bouncy fairways, Holmes kept a cool head when many others were losing theirs in the conditions to join an illustrious list of the over-35 champions. “I just can’t believe this,” said Holmes. “It’s unbelievable for this to happen to me at 45.

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It’s my first time in the Logan Trophy and this is probably the best course I’ve ever played because you have to play every shot round here. But it was so tough today. It’s probably the worst windy conditions I’ve experienced but I drove the ball well and I never missed a putt inside five feet all week.” What made Holmes’ success all the more remarkable is that he arrived with a new set of clubs and he was playing with them for the first time in competition. Starting the day three shots off the lead, Holmes began with a bogey and was two over after four holes. But a run of four successive birdies from the fifth saw him out in 34 and he only dropped five shots over the demanding back nine to post nine under which no one managed to match.

Danny Holmes clutches the Logan Trophy Picture: Tom Ward/EGU


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COMEDIAN CORBETT REAFFIRMS STRONG LINKS WITH STONELEES Comedian Ronnie Corbett reaffirmed his strong links with Stonelees Golf Centre, near Ramsgate, when he officially opened the new clubhouse extension. The diminutive 79-year-old, himself a passionate golfer, has been friends with the Stonelees head professional, David Bonthron, for over 40 years and, because of that friendship, three times during the past 15 years Corbett has accepted invitations to perform official opening ceremonies at the club. Previously he had opened the original clubhouse in 1995 and two years later he was the guest of honour at the opening of Stonelees’ golf simulator. As ebullient as ever, Corbett explained to members and guests at the opening of the new clubhouse how his friendship with Bonthron had come about, saying: “I was doing a summer season at the Winter Gardens in Margate in 1969 and I rang up North Foreland Golf Club, where David was then the professional, to fix up a lesson. We hit it off

immediately, and he has been a dear friend ever since.

beginners to low handicappers, and there is also a driving range and putting green.

“The thing about David is that he is a great believer in the ethos of sportmanship in golf, and he sets a great example to people who are taking up the game.”

For more details, visit: www.stonelees.com

Bonthron said: “Ronnie loves his golf and plays off 15. He’s got a great short game - and that’s no joke!” The clubhouse extension has two floors. The first floor features a bar, with a balcony overlooking the course, and changing rooms while the ground floor is an American Golf discount store. Rob Chapman, owner of the Stonelees Centre, said: “The extension provides us with much needed extra bar space and changing facilities, and I believe the American Golf store will be a big asset to the golfing community in this area.” Stonelees has three nine-hole courses which suit golfers of all abilities from

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Cameron Cristall clutches the prestigious Channel Cup

YOUNG CAMERON SHOWS HIS ELDERS A TRICK OR TWO Talented youngster Cameron Cristall taught his elders a lesson in winning the 36-hole Channel Cup, the flagship event of Sene Valley Golf Club’s Open Week. The 14-year-old pupil of Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, caddied for his father, Grant, last year.

This time, off a 10 handicap, he beat dad and 54 other contestants with his two net scores of 66 in this qualifier for the Single Figure Golfer Challenge Tour (www.singlefiguregolfer.co.uk). Cameron’s success crowns a remarkable 18-month progress during which his handicap has plunged from 24 at the start of 2009 to 14 at the beginning of this year and now stands at eight. The lad, who represents his school at several sports and lives in Folkestone, is also a junior member at Etchinghill and Royal Cinque Ports Golf Clubs. His feat was the highlight of the week of special events at the Folkestone and Hythe course, supported by local firms and with Bang and Olufsen, Canterbury, as its main sponsor. It attracted over 1400 entrants, who helped raise £760 for Kent Air Ambulance. The number of visiting players was up on last year. One of them, Derek Hitchman, from Littlestone Golf Club used his knowledge of

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the Sene course, where he was formerly a member, to achieve a hole-in-one with a six iron on the 161-yard second, during the St Andrews Foursomes. For club details and forthcoming events see www.senevalleygolfclub.co.uk


Golf

SENE VALLEY GOLF CLUB OPEN WEEK RESULTS CHANNEL CUP (Men's 36-hole Medal) 1. Cameron Cristall 66+66=132; 2. Martin Farbrace 71+65=136; 3. Subar Rai 69+69=138. Best a.m. Jack Hamilton 70-5=65; best p.m. Suman Rai 77-12=65 MARSTON TROPHY (18-hole Stableford, men aged 55-64) 1. Chris Winstone 41pts; 2. Mike Winder 40pts; 3. Frank Jukes 39pts. Best visitor: David Eldridge 36pts. SENIORS CUP (18-hole Stableford, men over 64) 1. Dennis Churms 44pts; 2. Brian Catchpole 42pts; 3. Richard Botwright 41pts. Best visitor: Philip Downs (Chipstead) 38pts. WILLIAMS ROSE BOWL (18-hole Stableford, ladies over 54) 1. Mrs. Carol Saul 38pts; 2. Mrs Lyn Williams 36pts; 3. Mrs. Val Dodds 36pts. Best visitor: Mrs Beryl Sutherland (Ashford) 30pts. MENCARE CUP (18-hole fourball betterball Stableford, ladies) 1. Bernagh Alleyne/Nikki Brown 43pts; 2. Carol Flemings/Carol Goate 42pts; 3. Isobel Williams/Paula Jamieson 39pts. Best visitor: Jo Denham (Littlestone)/Sue Norman (Ashford) 37pts. PETER GAVIN TROPHY (14-hole fourball betterball Stableford) Men: 1. Robin Goode/Nick Hopkin 40pts;

2. Steve Durham/Lee Paul 39pts; 3. Jindi Dhillon/Brian McLaughlin 39pts. Best visitor: David Eldridge/Hans Pfeffer (Ashford) 36pts. TEXAS SCRAMBLE (Ambrose format, any combination) Men: 1. Simon Hooper, Geoff Arnold, Lee Radford, Steve Ramsey 55.2; 2. Ian Lamberton, Neil Stokes, Graeme Higgins, Steve Souter 55.2; 3. Bob Gee, Alistair Raphael (Canterbury), John Forsyth, Tony Wilson (Etchinghill) 55.8. Best visitors: 1. Malcolm Griffin, Lindsay Abraham, Neil Ryan,Nigel Woodley (Faversham) 56; 2. Graham Hutson, D. Cheesman, Clive Young, Tony Lougrase (Woodlands Manor) 58.2. Mixed: 1. Peter Richardson, Amanda Summers, Tony Marsh, Carol Flemmings 60.6; 2. Irene Ahern, Tina Paris, Mark Phillips, Andrew Paris 62.1. Best visitors: 1. Sue Boxall, Christine Collins, Paul Boxall, Mike Collins (Ashford) 63. Ladies: 1. Barbara Phillips, Mary Winters, Wendy Skiller, Anne Third (Woodlands Manor) 64.9 . ST ANDREWS FOURSOMES (Stableford, any combination) Men. 1. Trevor Smith and Howard Hoskins 50pts; 2. Peter Saunders and R. Simmonds 47pts; 3. Mick Nutt and Steve Crouch 46pts. Best visitor: Paul Preece and Greg Abbott (Tenterden) .Mixed:1. Bernagh and Steve Alleyne 46pts; 2. Val and Barry Dodds 46pts. Best visitor Lyn Williams and Phil White

(Etchinghill/Lamberhurst) 45pts. NORDIC PRINT SPECIAL PRIZE (18-hole Stableford, men handicap 0-15) 1. Peter Bailey 44pts; 2. Wayne White 43pts; 3. Bob Gee 41pts; 4. Mike Silk 40pts; 5. Steve Reeves 40pts. Best visitor: Mark Tomkinson (Tenterden) 37pts. NORDIC PRINT CUP (18-hole Stableford, men, Handicap 16-28) 1. Nigel Chesters 42pts; 2. Gordon Robinson 42pts; 3. Dave Wadmore 42pts; 4. Steve Jones 41pts; 5. Jindi Dhillon 41pts. Best visitor: Paul Wise (Tenterden) 39pts.

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REGATTA CUP (18-hole Medal, men) 1. Ken Simpson 79-14-65; 2. Jack Hamilton 72-5-67; 3 Geoff Arnold 75-8-67. Best visitor: F. Clark (Sidcup) 78-8-70. Scratch: Jack Hamilton 72. INVITATION: (Fourball betterball Stableford, member and guest) 1. Dave Price/Mike Freeman (West Malling) 46pts; 2. Gavin Shields/Andy Irvine (Deangate Ridge) 44pts; 3. Nigel Seeley/C. Walker 44pts Mixed: 1. Karen Andrewarthur/John Gammon (Ashford); 44pts; 2. Dave Andrewarthur/Becky Gammon (Ashford) 42pts.

Orrin Runner-Up In McGregor Trophy Max Orrin from North Foreland Golf Club finished runner-up in the English Boys Under 16 Stroke Play Championship for the McGregor Trophy at a wind-swept Prince’s Golf Club. Orrin finished five shots behind Toby Tree from Worthing, who fired two rounds of 73 on a difficult day on the Kent coast to finish on two-over-par 290. Five shots further adrift in third place was Matthias Schwab of Austria, the leader for the first two rounds. Orrin, Tree’s England Under-16 international team-mate, gave himself a mountain to climb after a morning 79 on the final day,

but he bounced back well with 73 which included a birdie-four at the long 12th followed by an eagle-two at the 13th. Two years ago Tree won the English Under 14 title at Coxmoor and he also won the Douglas Johns Trophy last year at Harewood Downs. So the McGregor completes a unique treble. “That was my target for the year to win the under 16 and complete the treble,” he said. “It was a tough day and I was annoyed after the morning round because I finished triple bogey-bogey-bogey. If I hadn’t done that I would have been seven shots ahead.”

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Cricket

Kent CCC History

Issue 1 / September 2010

LOOKING BACK AT THE THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF KENT CRICKET Two highly-experienced cricket journalists, Mark Pennell and Clive Ellis, have collaborated on a new book about Kent County Cricket Club. Called “Trophies and Tribulations: Forty Years of Kent Cricket”, the book chronicles the past 40 years in the county’s history through the eyes of the captains, players, coaches and officials. It features interviews with players spanning the whole period and produces a vivid portrait of the glory years from 1967 to 1978 and the desperate struggle since then to recapture the winning formula. Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who becomes MCC’s new president later this year, describes it as “a thorough, meaty and lively book” while Jonathan Rice, reviewing Trophies and Tribulations in the July issue of Wisden Cricketer Magazine, said “If there are two people in Kent better qualified to pore over the entrails of Kent’s performances since 1967 than Messrs Ellis and Pennell, I would like to meet them.” Mr Pennell, who lives in Whitstable, said at the launch in Waterstone’s store in Canterbury: “Having laboured over the writing for five months, I would like to think Trophies and Tribulations will be welcomed as a fascinating and honest account of the era by players and an important document in terms of the club’s history.” Trophies and Tribulations has already been nominated for the 2011 Cricket Society Book of the Year and below are two extracts from the book, which is published by Greenwich Publishing (www.greenwichpublishing.co.uk).

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Mark Pennell recalls a mad aftermath to Kent’s Sunday League triumph in 2001 and explains how Matthew Fleming decided to stand down as captain

Fleming contacted the Copthorne Hotel in Birmingham to organise an impromptu celebratory dinner in their banqueting suite; I felt incredibly proud when he extended an invitation to me. No sooner had the soup bowls been cleared than 12th

man Martin McCague took to the tables to lead the sing-song. The silver Norwich Union Trophy, a stylised sculpture of a batsman playing a hook shot, also did the rounds but came home in two pieces after the boisterous Irishman fell on it. “I was so hammered I don’t remember,” he admits, “but rumour has it that I sat on the trophy or dropped it. Either way, it ended up broken, but it could have been anyone, we were all over the shop that night. To my mind, we won it as a team and broke it as a team.” Inverarity’s oft-repeated advice to players - “just effing do it” - inspired one of a wild evening’s more memorable moments. Fleming recalls: “Smudge [Ed Smith] got quite pissed and decided he would ring John Inverarity, who was fast asleep somewhere in Perth. All Ed said was, ‘Invers, we just effing did it,’ and with that he hung up.” Fleming also remembers that, with McCague out cold, “the lads shaved his nether regions for his troubles”. In the sober light of day Fleming decided the time was right to step down as captain. “Not only was there another phase of team transition to go through, I also realised there were only a handful of people that I really wanted to play cricket with for Kent. You can see that on the DVD, by the reaction of our players at the end. The people you hug are those you

Fleming also remembers that, with McCague out cold, “the lads shaved his nether regions for his troubles”.

Kent book authors Mark Pennell (left) and Clive Ellis


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It was a typical Fleming touch that he should want to mark the success in style. “I’d seen a pair of presentation cufflinks in the glass cabinets at St Lawrence that had been awarded to Frank Woolley and the Kent side by Lord Harris after they’d won the championship in 1906. So I decided I’d have a pair of cufflinks made for every member of the squad, with their initials and the Kent horse on one side, and ‘Norwich Union League winners 2001’ on the other. I was trying to recreate something, but clearly it was something they weren’t ready for. I don’t think I got a single thank-you letter; maybe they didn’t realise the cufflinks were from me. I don’t know.” The trophy was later repaired by a Canterbury silversmith, but the divisions within Kent’s dressing room were never truly repaired.

David Fulton, Kent’s captain in 2004, gambled that Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds could lead the side by example in the Twenty20 Cup. A dire performance against Essex forced the watching Fulton to accept that he had made a huge error of judgment

“I remember driving home afterwards with my wife Claudine and saying, ‘What have I done?’ We had played abysmally and our captain’s reaction was to neck a bottle of beer and say, ‘It’s only a game of Twenty20,’ when it was fast becoming the most important competition for us. It had meant so much to me that I’d left myself out hoping that we could win the bloody thing. I pulled up at some traffic lights on the Maidstone ring road and remember punching the sun visor in my car out of anger and frustration. I knocked it clean off. I then heard a horn hooting to one side. I looked across and it was [Essex players] Ronnie Irani and James Middlebrook sitting in the car next to me asking if I was all right. That was just the lowest moment.”

Greenway stars for England Women

England Women’s

really want to be with, and then there are the others. I knew I didn’t have the time to go through the process of getting rid of the people I didn’t want to be with, so it was time for a new man. It dawns on you eventually when you walk into the changing room that in 15 years’ time those seats will be filled by other players whom supporters will love or hate, applaud or boo, and in the bigger picture that’s what happens. We are just there for the then and now, so Kent, the club, should always come first and that’s why I stopped when I did.”

Player of the NatWest Women’s Series, Kent’s Lydia Greenway, praised England’s character for finishing what was at times a difficult summer on a high note. The previous World Twenty20 champions suffered the disappointment of not reaching the knockout stages of this year’s competition in May, before losing the NatWest Women's International T20 Series to New Zealand. However, Greenway and company recovered to win the subsequent one-day series 3-2. “It probably showed a bit of character,” said the Bromley-born 24-year-old. “We thought we should have won the Twenty20 series as well, but the Kiwis probably did outplay us. But it is nice to finish on a high by winning the one-day series.” Greenway missed the opening ODI against New Zealand, but returned to register scores of 40, 45 not out and 65 – the latter her best in limited-overs internationals. “It is a nice moment,” she said of being named player of the series. “It’s just nice to win the series really. We’ve had quite a few hard months of cricket where we haven’t played our best and I think to come back and win the one-day series against the Kiwis has been a really good result for us. New Zealand, whom England beat in last year’s World Cup and World Twenty20 finals, remain among the best sides in the women’s game. “Obviously we would have liked to have won it 4-1, but Laney the coach has always said that it was going be a tight series so we’re just really pleased to have come out on top and win the series,” she added. For more information about the England Women’s cricket team, visit: www.ecb.co.uk

Lydia Greenway Factfile Full name: Lydia Sophie Greenway Born: August 6, 1985, Bromley County: Kent Other Teams: England women, Diamonds Test Debut: Australia women v England women, Brisbane, February 15-17 2003 ODI Debut: England women v South Africa women, Chelmsford, August 13 2003 T20 Debut: England women v New Zealand women, Hove, August 5 2004 Batting: Left-hand bat Bowling: Off-spin

Biography Greenway made her England debut in February 2003 against Australia in the Ashes Series at The Gabba, Brisbane, having scored 88 on her senior debut against Australia A. In the first npower Test match between England and South Africa in the summer of 2003 she made 70 and broke the world record for a fourth-wicket stand with Claire Taylor (177) as they amassed 203 runs. She followed it up with 66 in the next Test and also made her ODI debut against the same opponents. One of the brightest batting prospects to emerge since Charlotte Edwards, Greenway was also part of the England Under-19 squad.

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Dover Sea Sports Centre

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Sea Sports

NEW DOVER SEA SPORTS CENTRE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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Sea Sports Kevin Fordham of Vista Leisure, who will manage Dover Sea Sports Centre. Pictures: Tim Stubbings

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East Kent’s water sports facilities have received a big boost with the official opening of Dover’s new £2 million Sea Sports Centre. The opening was performed by Admiral Lord Boyce, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, and afterwards Bob Goldfield, chief executive of Dover Harbour Board, who provided some of the funding, said: 'Dover Sea Sports Centre provides a focal point both for water sports in Dover Harbour and for wider regeneration aspirations for the Waterfront as a whole. “Dover Harbour Board is delighted to have been involved in providing a facility which develops water sports in the area, promotes education and skills and advocates the harbour as a thriving and valuable resource which we continue to improve for the community and visitors alike.' Sport England has invested £720,000 of National Lottery and Exchequer funding in the Sea Sports Centre. Hannah Bladen, Sport England's Regional Lead for the South East, said, 'The Dover Sea Sports Centre is now a beacon for water sports and a fantastic sporting destination for the local community. By bringing together state-of-the-art facilities and local sports clubs, the centre will be a welcoming place of users of all abilities and significantly contribute to the regeneration of Dover.' Kent Councty Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration Kevin Lynes said: 'With its rich heritage and history, people often forget that Dover is more than just the

busiest passenger port in the world. It is also a vibrant town, rich in heritage and full of unexplored gems, for people to enjoy. The new Sea Sports Centre adds new and exciting facilities for anyone who loves competing on the water, as well as a much-needed community hub which is clearly valued by local people.' 'This is part of our vision for Dover to make it an even more attractive place for residents and visitors. We are giving the seafront a new look and the sea sports centre is at the heart of it.' The Dover Sea Sports Centre will be managed by Vista Leisure whose chief executive Kevin Fordham, was one of the VIPSs at the official opening. The Centre will now be home to Dover Water Sports (a training facility for dingy sailing, power boating, windsurfing and paddle sports) and Dover Rowing Club, who, said Chris Price, Press Officer 'Are confident that the new building and facilities will boost junior members who could be Olympians of the future.' Dover Lifeguards Swimming Club will also use the Centre and Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: 'We are very pleased to see the official opening of the Dover Sea Sports Centre. This is a key first stage of the waterfront development and yet another innovative partnership project, which will benefit the local community and help continue to move the district forward for an exciting future.'

DOVER WATER SPORTS One of the clubs based at Dover Sea Sports Centre has boosted its range of activities. Dover Water Sports is now offering a full beach rental programme including windsurfing equipment, sit on top kayaks and stand up paddleboards. Stuart Bishop, head of Dover Water Sports, said: “As well as our learn to sail, learn to windsurf and powerboating courses, we are now offered pay-and-play sailing, windsurfing and kayaking where you can just turn up and hire the equipment. And we will also have a member of staff on hand to provide instruction if wanted. “I would like to thank Activ cycling shop in Folkestone, Tushingham Sails and Johnson Kayaks for their support, which has made this great offer possible,” For more details, ring Dover Water Sports on 01304 212880.

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Faversham Tournament

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WATER POLO:

enjoying a revival in Kent as Olympics approach

The Olympic sport of water polo has enjoyed something of a competitive rebirth in the east of the county over the past year, due in no small part to the efforts of James Perkins.

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The Faversham player took over the post of East Invicta Amateur Swimming Association’s water polo secretary when the discipline was in serious danger of being removed from under the association’s umbrella because of a lack of people prepared to organise events.

By Kevin Redsull

Thanks to Perkins’ enthusiasm and commitment, along with that of Folkestone coach Steve Bray, this year’s East Invicta Water Polo League and League Cup competitons went ahead as planned and the Association was also able to enter a team in the South East Region championships..


The end-of-season League Cup tournament took place at Faversham outdoor swimming pool in early July and featured teams from the host club (pictured above), Folkestone and Hythe plus two teams from Dover. Superb weather conditions contributed to the success of the evening, which ended with Folkestone beating Faversham in the final after both teams had finished level on points in the round robin section beforehand. Folkestone were led to victory by some pinpoint shooting from Dillon McVicar and Ron Ross, who was the league’s Player of the Year in 2009.

Afterwards Anne Pritchard, President of East Invicta ASA, who presented the trophies, said: “It’s wonderful to see water polo thriving again in East Kent, and I would like to thank James Perkins for all the hard work he has put in to help make it possible.” Mrs Pritchard also presented the Player of the Tournament award to Bradley Harvey (Hythe) and the League Player of the Year trophy to Tom Grunwald (Faversham).

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Water Polo: a short history Water Polo was developed in Europe and the United States as two differing sports. When Water Polo first began, fighting between players was common, if not the norm. In 1897, New Yorker Harold Reeder formulated the first American rules for discipline, which were aimed at curbing the sport’s more violent tendencies. Ultimately, the faster, less dangerous European style predominated, and today this is the form of the game practised universally. Naming the game In the early days, the players rode on floating barrels that resembled mock horses, and swung at the ball with mallet-like sticks. This made it similar to equestrian polo, hence its name. Water Polo at the Olympics Men’s water polo made its debut at the 1900 Paris Games. Since then, by far the greatest

exponents of the sport have been the Hungarians. Between 1928 and 1980, Hungary never failed to win a medal at Olympic Games, and took home six of 10 possible gold medals between 1932 and 1976. The newest Aquatics event in the Games is Women’s Water Polo, which was introduced in Sydney 2000 - 100 years after the first men’s competition took place in Paris 1900. How to play Water Polo is a water-based version of handball. Players use a ball weighing between 400g and 450g. They aim to score goals in a three metre wide, 90 centimetre high net that sits on top of the water. Each team only has 30 seconds to score before the ball is passed to the opposition. As well as ball skills, players need stamina: you are not allowed to touch the bottom or the side of the pool during a match, which lasts for four periods of seven minutes each.

Jargon buster Ball under: A foul called on a player for taking or holding the ball underwater when an opponent tackles the player. Dry pass: A pass in Water Polo that is designed to be caught before the ball hits the water. Eggbeater: A powerful way of treading water, used in Synchronised Swimming and Water Polo.  Swim-off: A race for the ball in the centre of the field of play to start each period For more information about water polo in Kent, visit the Kent County Amateur Swimming Association website at: www.kcasa.org.uk, or the East Invicta ASA website at: www.east.invicta.btinternet.co.uk

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Water Polo/Water Skiing

Calum Heath

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League champions. They won seven of their eight games to finish on 15 points, two in front of runners-up Folkestone. Faversham were third, Dover fourth and Faversham B fifth.

Folkestone Captain, Dillon McVicar, receives the tournament trophy.

The East Invicta team finished second in the South East Region championships, which were held over two tournaments at Basingstoke and Jersey. They competed against Worthing, Southampton, Jersey and Oxford, and scored a notable victory against the eventual winners Worthing in what was the most exciting match of the championships. East Invicta water polo is supported by Kent Sport' & Leisure’s Kent Reliance Building Society “Sportsaver” sponsorship scheme. For more details of the scheme contact Andrea Murphey at: Andrea.Murphy@kent.gov.uk

Calum Called Up by GB for European Championships Young Kent water-skier Calum Heath has been selected to represent Great Britain in the European Junior Championships in Austria. It follows a highly successful season for the Deal youngster, including winning the under-14 slalom and tricks titles in the British Youth Championships at Bedford. He won the slalom with a big improvement on his personal best. His mum Gill said: “Calum is not a British Water Ski-funded competitor and we have to finance all of his coaching and will also have pay for his trip to Austria, and so if there is anyone who could offer him some sponsorship it would fantastic.” To contact Gill Heath, e-mail: gillyb55@hotmail.com

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Volleyball

Margate Masters

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MARGATE MAKES MARK AGAIN AS BEACH VOLLEYBALL VENUE This year’s Margate Masters beach volleyball tournament was described as a “huge success”, with Volleyball England declaring that they want to come back to East Kent again in 2011. The free event, which is organised by Thanet District Council’s Sport Matters team, ran from July 9-11. Some of the world’s top beach volleyball players took to the courts on Margate Main Sands, with almost 5,000 spectators turning out to watch the action over the weekend.

The men’s event saw number one seeds Davide Grandolfo from Italy and Berislav Bobus from Croatia take the title. The runnersup were number three seeds Richard Payne from South Africa and Rob Flay from Great Britain. It was the second time Flay had been runner-up at the event in the last four years.

Other events taking place during the weekend included Kids’ Volleyzone, which gave them a chance to get some basic coaching in beach volleyball with the Sport Matters team. Cllr. Martin Wise, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “The

Sponsored by Hornby Hobbies Ltd., the Margate Masters also included a schools competition on the Friday and a local competition on the Sunday morning, with prizes provided for that part of the event by LD Lines. In the women’s competition, British number two seeds Denise Austen and Mel Coutts, took the title on their first visit to Margate. In the finals, they beat Gabriela Medricka from the Czech Republic and Eva Czinegeova from Slovakia, who had won the three previous Margate Masters titles.

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Volleyball/Ice Hockey

Margate Masters

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event was a great success with a wonderful atmosphere. The crowd got so involved with the matches taking place in front of them. We’ve had some excellent feedback from the players, who told us that, in Margate, we go the extra mile to really make the experience special for them. “Volleyball England were also full of praise for the Margate Masters, telling us that the event had been, in their words, another huge success. I think the crowd were delighted to hear them say that they want to return again in 2011.”

ROUND UP The Invicta Dynamos must stave off the challenge of ten other teams in the ENIHL South Division 1 next season if they want to retain their championship after the ENIHL format was agreed for 2010/11 at the annual general meeting over the weekend. The Romford Raiders, Swindon ENL Wildcats and Bristol Pitbulls have all entered the division with the Peterborough Islanders and Haringey Greyhounds making way. ENIHL South Division 1 11 teams make up the division and sides will meet each other four times during the course of the campaign in a two at home and two away format creating a 40 game regular season. Teams competing include: • Bracknell Hornets • Bristol Pitbulls • Cardiff ENL Devils • Chelmsford Chieftains • Invicta Dynamos • Milton Keynes Thunder • Oxford City Stars • Romford Raiders • Streatham Redskins • Swindon ENL Wildcats • Wightlink Raiders At the end of the regular season the ENIHL Southern Champions will face the ENIHL Northern Champions over two legs, home and away, to determine the ENIHL National Champions. Articles used courtesy of www.invictadynamos.co.uk

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DYNAMOS SIGN CANADIAN GOAL ACE Invicta Dynamos ice hockey club have signed Canadian forward Daniel Calitri (right) from the All American Hockey League (AAHL). Having agreed terms for a spell in the UK the Toronto born skater, who also holds an Italian passport, is now set to occupy one of two permitted non-EIHA trained starting roster spots when the Dynamos begin their new campaign in September. The 23-year-old Calitri first came to prominence in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (OPJHL) when icing for the Bancroft Hawks in 2004/05, amassing 18 points as a 19-year-old in his debut season at the club. In 2006/07 Calitri continued with the Blades and completed another strong season, taking 43 points from 45 games in the OPJHL. By 2008 the lively forward had moved to the Orillia Tundras of Major League Hockey (MLH) – the top tier of Canadian senior ice hockey in the province of Ontario. Calitri started 2009/10 in the MLH but then swiftly made the step to the AAHL with the West Michigan Blizzard, who secured his services for the remainder of the season and, from a total of 26 games, the forward put the puck away 17 times whilst chipping in with 24 assists. Now though the Canadian skater will be crossing the Atlantic to join up with the Invicta Dynamos for his debut spell in the UK. He said: “I am really looking forward to beginning my hockey career in the UK with the Invicta Dynamos and I can’t wait to

get over and start the season with my new teammates and fans. The team has been used to winning ways in the recent past and l look forward to trying to continue that in 2010/11.” Invicta head coach Kevin Parrish said: “It has been a tough time this summer trying to find the right guy to fit in at the Dynamos but I am very confident that Dan fits the bill. “He is a player that is still young, has plenty of enthusiasm for the game, has good hands, skates well, knows how to find the net and can provide an important lift when the team need it. Most importantly he is very eager to get started and he can’t wait to get to the UK and pull on the Dynamos’ jersey for the first time”.


Olympic Volunteers

Issue 1 / September 2010

Have you got what it takes to be a Games Maker? With less than two years to go until the London 2012 Games, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) have announced plans to recruit up to 70,000 volunteers for the London 2012 Games. In the biggest post-war volunteer recruitment campaign in the UK’s history, LOCOG will be looking for dedicated and inspirational people representative of the diversity of London and the UK to apply for a wide variety of volunteer roles. Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: “London 2012 needs brilliant volunteers to help us deliver a great Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our volunteers will be called Games Makers to reflect the important role they will play in staging the 2012 Games. The programme to find our Games Makers was launched on 27 July 2010 and I urge anyone that is interested to come to our website from the day onwards to find out everything they need to know about volunteering in 2012.”

There are two types of Games Maker roles, specialists in areas such as medical services, sport or press operations and generalists, with roles ranging from spectator assistants, uniform distributors and ticket checking. In addition to these volunteer roles being recruited by LOCOG, the Mayor of London will shortly announce plans for the recruitment of London Volunteers, stationed at key transport hubs, at visitor attractions, and on the streets of the capital to make sure all visitors to London get the best possible welcome during the Games. With recruitment starting exactly two years before the London 2012 Games, key dates for the application process are: 27 July 2010: applications open for preidentified applicants for specialist sport, press operations, anti-doping and medical roles and members of a wide range of disability specialist organisations. This is also an opportunity for those interested in the generalist roles to find out if they have

Seb Coe (right) and Alesha Dixon with Steve Easterbrook, chief executive of McDonald’s UK, at the volunteering press launch on the Olympic Park.

what it takes to be a Games Maker via a dedicated section on the London 2012 website. Recruitment also starts on this date for the Mayor’s London Volunteers scheme. 15 September 2010: applications open to the public for generalist roles and continue for specialist roles. LOCOG has confirmed that up to 1,500 of the Games Maker roles will be made available for those under the age of 18 through the ‘Young Games Maker’ programme that will be unveiled in July 2011. The role of volunteers has been integral throughout Olympic history. London pioneered the use of volunteers in the 1948 Games which saw the first official use of unpaid members of the public to help with the Games.

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Continued from P55 > Worldwide Olympic Partner McDonald’s has been appointed as the Presenting Partner for the Volunteer Programme. McDonald’s will use its expertise in customer service and training and nationwide presence to help attract, select and train the diverse team that will be needed to make the 2012 Games a success.

London 2012 has announced plans to recruit passionate and inspirational volunteers for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games • Up to 70,000 volunteers to be recruited for the London 2012 Games. • Volunteers will be known as Games Makers. • Pre-identified applicants for specialist roles to apply from 27 July 2010 onwards. • Applications for generalist roles to open on 15 September 2010. • Young Games Maker programme for up to 1,500 under-18 year olds opens in 2011. • McDonald’s announced as Presenting Partner. • Mayor of London’s London Volunteer scheme opens for registration on 27 July 2010

Steve Easterbrook, Chief Executive of McDonald’s UK, said: “We value our people above everything else in our business and it is our ambition to ensure that the 2012 Games volunteers are also highly valued, recognised and celebrated for their efforts and achievements. While nothing quite compares to the bustle and excitement of an action-packed Olympic and Paralympic Games, our employees know a fair bit about working in a fast-paced, busy environment - providing quick and consistent customer service to over two million people each day. We are proud to use this experience to help prepare the volunteers for the unique experience of London 2012 that leaves an enduring volunteering legacy for years to come.” Hugh Robertson, Sport and Olympics Minister, said: “As I have seen in Turin, Beijing, Vancouver and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, volunteers are the public face of every major sports event, playing a vital role in the spectator and athlete experience. If London is to be a friendly and successful Games, we will need volunteers of all ages to welcome the world to London and give London 2012 our own distinctive British imprint.” The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:”Volunteering for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, on home soil, is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is the great people of this country, with their warm welcome and ‘cando’ attitude, on whom the success of our Games will depend. So my message is simple: whether you have a specific skill to offer or simply bags of enthusiasm to get stuck in and lend a hand, be it

Wrenwa Judo Club achieves Clubmark

volunteering in one of the fantastic 2012 Games venues or helping us on the streets of our city your Games need you!” LOCOG continues to work closely with the LifeTime UK Alliance to ensure the Games Maker programme is supported by the voluntary sector and will help deliver a lasting legacy to volunteering in the UK. Justin Davis Smith, Chair of the Life-Time UK Alliance and Chief Executive of Volunteering England, said: “The London 2012 Games offer a unique opportunity to showcase all that is great about volunteering in the UK, and to leave a lasting legacy that will benefit the community for years to come. In association with our partners in the Life-Time UK Alliance, we are delighted to be helping LOCOG to maintain the excitement and energy of the Games long after the last medal has been awarded, through an increase in community participation and engagement in volunteering.” Brendan Barber General Secretary TUC, said: “Volunteers embody the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as much as the athletes. A Games-time volunteer experience will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. The TUC is delighted to work with London 2012 to make sure that these Games are great for volunteers, paid workers, competitors and spectators alike.” For information on volunteering roles and the application process, please visit www.london2012.com/volunteering

Wrenwa Judo Club has become the fourth Judo club in the Medway area to achieve Clubmark – the national mark of excellence for youth sports provision. Clubmark is Sport England’s accreditation for excellence in sports provision for young people. Successful clubs must demonstrate good management and a commitment to equality, diversity and safeguarding children, as well as delivering an excellent playing programme. Medway Council's Sports Development Officer, Sarah Dand, said: “We are delighted that Wrenwa has joined the list of Clubmark Judo clubs in Medway and congratulate everyone involved on their success.” To find out more about applying for Clubmark status in Medway area please call 01634 338766 or email sportsdevteam@medway.gov.uk. For more information about Wrenwa Judo Club, visit www.wrenwa-judo-club.co.uk.

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The Slovenian Gymnastic Federation has been signed up to train in Kent ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Pegasus Gymnastics Club in Maidstone will host the athletes and provide the world class facilities needed to prepare for the 2012 Games. Around 25 to 30 gymnasts from Slovenia are expected to visit to Kent in 2011 and 2012 to train and create links with local communities and residents, aiming to create an exciting sporting legacy for Kent! A selection of Gymnasts from Slovenia recently took part in the Pegasus Open Gymnastics Competition at Maidstone Leisure Centre on 25, 26 and 27 June. Klemen Bedenik representing the Slovenian Gymnastic Federation, signed an agreement with Kent County Council Chairman

Mr Bill Hayton at the Competition where Mr Hayton was also guest of honour.

get involved in the Games more closely and I congratulate all involved."

In March 2008, Kent was recognised for having the highest number of venues in the country approved as possible Pre Games Training Camps for Olympians and Paralympians. With just two years until the opening of the Olympic Games, residents and young people across Kent can expect more international teams from around the world to sign up to train in Kent!

KCC Cabinet Member for Communities Mike Hill said: "It is a real honour to have this team coming to Kent. This will give local people the chance to see elite athletes training and staying in their local area, something which is very exciting ahead of 2012. We are very keen to build tourism, cultural, educational and sporting links with Slovenia as a result".

Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: "This is great news for Kent. The excellent sporting facilities in Maidstone and Kent will help the Slovenian team train and prepare well for the London Games. It will also lead to a strong relationship between Kent and Slovenia and the development of sporting and cultural ties. This also gives Kent a chance to

Kent has already signed agreements with other Olympic nations, including Ukraine and Belarus which signed Judo agreements last year to train in Kent leading up to the 2012 Games. For more information on Pre-Games Training Camps in Kent please contact Chris Metherell at chris.metherell@kent.gov.uk.

Council’s leisure centres rated among best in country Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s leisure centres have been rated among the top 50 leisure facilities in the country and are now officially the top three centres in Kent! Larkfield Leisure Centre, Tonbridge Swimming Pool and the Angel Centre were all assessed as ‘Excellent’ by Quest, the UK quality rating scheme for sport and leisure. Quest is operated by the four national Sports Councils, including Sport England and is the best recognised quality award within the industry, open to sports centre

operated by local authorities, leisure trusts and private leisure management contractors Larkfield Leisure Centre scored an impressive 91 per cent making it the fourth best centre in the whole of the UK ahead of a number of national sports centres such as Lilleshall and Bisham Abbey. Tonbridge Swimming Pool and the Angel Centre were also among the very best of the 950 facilities assessed by Quest in Great Britain both scored 84 per cent.

The Quest award involves an intensive two-day assessment process. Ahead of the assessment an industry specialist visits the centre as a Mystery Shopper and the resultant report forms part of the overall assessment result. The high scores across Tonbridge & Malling are reflective of the Council’s desire to retain the management of the centres ‘in-house’ and continue to invest wisely in the maintenance and ongoing development of each of the centres.

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Issue 1 / September 2010

Handcycling

New Club Opens: Running for Fitness in Canterbury, Whitstable and Deal Jelly Legs Canterbury, Whitstable and Deal provides everyone with the opportunity to get active and begin running for fitness. They provide a welcoming, social, non-competitive environment in which adults of any fitness level, age, size or ability have the opportunity to run together to improve their health, fitness and confidence.

Top international handcyclists at Fowlmead Kent Sport, Leisure and Olympics Service has attracted the first P1 status Road Race event in the UK. Hosted at Fowlmead Country Park near Dover, Kent the event will run over the weekend of September 4th and 5th 2010. This event builds on past successes, Kent having hosted a number of national and international Para-cycling events in recent years. This is a high class event which will attract high level teams from around the world.

The Handcycle races are part of the European Handbike Circuit. As part of the event a National Disability Time Trial Championship will also take place. Kent Sport Leisure and Olympics will work in partnership with British Cycling, Handcycling UK and the South East Road Race League in order to to provide the very best event possible. The event will promote the County worldwide for tourism, economic links and as a venue for future major events beyond the London 2012 Games.

People who have joined the group have found it a life changing experience, either assisting them to lose weight, become more toned, fight depression, gain confidence or just feel good about themselves again. Courses: • Complete beginners - 10 week beginners' courses • Improvers and Intermediates • Walkers • Daytime and Evening Groups • Mums and Buggies For more information please contact Sarah Hinton on 07871 275269 or e-mail sarah@jelly-legs.co.uk

New Cycling Development Coach at Bedgebury Forest The Forestry Commission at Bedgebury Forest in Kent recently appointed Ollie Ireland as its first Cycle Development Coach.

coach. "I want to make the thrills and skills of mountain biking accessible to as wide a range of people as possible".

Ollie is developing off-road Cycling activities and providing coaching and leading to schools, youth and disabled groups. He is also running holiday off-road skills clubs for 5 to 15 year olds.

Apart from increasing access to the trails at Bedgebury, Ollie aims to work closely with Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club to improve the singletrack and freeride facilities at Bedgebury, with the possible addition of a pump track, 4 cross and black-graded singletrack.

This initiative is the result of a unique partnership between the Forestry Commission, Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club, Sport England, British Cycling, Frontier Support Services, Kent Sport, Sussex School Sports, Tunbridge Wells Learning Disability Partnership and Quench Cycles. Its aim is to build relationships with the community and maintain and develop cycle skills and facilities for all. "I'm passionate about mountain biking." Says Ollie, who is an inner city London teacher as well as a CTC qualified off-road Cycle

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Ollie has made a great start in his role, delivering excellent Cycling sessions for children during the Easter holidays. One parent expressed their appreciation and said “My children thought it was brilliant and have already asked if they can go again. From the little I saw I could tell that the children were in good hands. The Bedgebury website has details of Ollie's half term coaching sessions and Summer Holiday Clubs - www.forestry.gov.uk/ bedgebury or email oliver.ireland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


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