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Active Hastings, a partnership project between Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council launched a new 16 week programme of free activities in Alexandra Park.

ParkLives, run in partnership with StreetGames was launched on Saturday (13 May) in Alexandra Park, Hastings with RAW Family Games and Family Nature Hunts. The 16 week programme of activities aims to get families and young people active throughout the summer. Activities on offer include family games, tennis coaching, girls football, body weight boot camps, a football tournament and family nature hunts.

ParkLives will run from 13 May to 30 August in award winning Alexandra Park. It’s an easy way to get the best out of your local park and all the activities take place in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

Why not get out and get active – the full programme of activities can be can be found at www.activehastings.org.uk/parklives

 

A group of specialised sports clubs and coaches came together on Saturday 15 April in Hastings to support the Sport For All Festival; an inclusive sports festival delivered by Hastings Borough Council’s Active Hastings Team with support from Active Rother in partnership with local voluntary organisation PODS1066.

The festival showcased local inclusive coaching talent and gave a full day of free sporting and physical activities to children and adults with disability. The event was well attended and enabled people to find out more about  the inclusive sporting activities on offer in Hastings and Rother.

Supporting clubs and coaches who participated on the day were Westerleigh Judokwai, The 1066 Specials FC, Shaun Creasey of Cooden Beach Golf Club, Adam Field Tennis, Sussex Cricket, Whitehouse Sports Coaching and Funk Fusion, who all provide weekly inclusive activities throughout the year.

For more information about these activities and the Sports For All project or how to get involved with the project if you are a club or coach please contact the council’s inclusive sports and physical activity worker Martin on meglignton@hastings.gov.uk.

 

The inclusive sport programme Sports For All in partnership with PODS 1066 will be holding a half day sports festival on Saturday 15 April at Horntye Sorts Park, Hastings.

This half day festival will offer sports and activities for children and adults with disabilities including Zumba, football, golf, judo and much more.Table Tennis IMG_9922 SM

Activities start at 10am and will run through the day until 2pm. For more information contact the council’s Sports For All officer Martin Eglington 07772 854732 or email him meglington@hastings.gov.uk.

The award winning (Community Impact Award) Sport For All programme is delivered by Hastings Borough Council’s Active Hastings Team with support from Active Rother; a partnership set up by Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council to provide people with learning disabilities increased opportunities to take part in physical activity.

This inclusive sports programme is part of a wider county initiative hosted by the charity Grace Eyre which encourages people to take part in physical activity.

Organised by the council’s StreetGames team, the annual intercultural football tournament was held on Sunday (05 March) at Horntye Sports Park Hastings. 

Funded by Hastings Borough Council and the Community Safety Partnership this annual event is held in celebration of the rich and diverse communities in the area and in memory of student Mohammed al-Majed who tragically lost his life in Hastings in 2008.HIO tournament 2017 DC Congo & West Hill Pinks with mayor SM

Over 90 players from local communities including Bangladeshi, Afghan, Kurdish, Zimbabwe Uganda, French, Russian, Turkish and many more made up the 10 participating teams.

Cllr Peter Chowney the council’s leader opened the tournament, he said:

“Once again it was great to see so many teams participate in this annual football event where Hastings’ communities come together to promote community cohesion, unity and safety in the memory of Mohammed al-Majed.

“We are very proud of the diverse community we have; at the last count I believe there were between 45 and 50 different languages spoken here in Hastings and the number of different nationalities participating in this tournament is testament to this unity.

“Congratulations must go to DC Congo  who were the triumphant overall winners  with West Hill Pink finishing second in a thrilling finial and, very well done to all those who took part in this fantastic event.”

 

The inclusive sport programme Sports For All has been awarded the Community Impact Award at the Sussex Sports Awards on Friday 25th November.

The Sport For All programme is delivered by the Active Hastings Team with support from Active Rother; a partnership set up by Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council to provide people with learning disabilities increased opportunities to take part in physical activity.

This inclusive sports programme is part of a wider county initiative hosted by the charity Grace Eyre which encourages people to take part in physical activity.

“We are delighted that scheme has won the Community Impact Award. Congratulations must go to all, a very well deserved result.” said Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for leisure.

“The Sports For All programme works hard to provide a wide and varied range of activities including badminton, boccia, kickboxing, gymnastics and Zumba to enable people with learning disabilities to get active” added Cllr Poole.

The Sussex Sports Awards are held every year and organised by Active Sussex, one of 45 County Sports Partnerships across England.

The Community Impact Award recognises exemplary projects in the county that have made a significant positive impact through sport to targeting social, cultural or health inequalities.

 

Two schemes which promote sport and physical activity in Hastings and Rother are in the running for accolades in a Sussex-wide awards scheme.

Inclusive sport programme Sports For All and the Getting Rother Active project have made the final shortlist of three in the community impact award category in this year’s Sussex Sports Awards.

The Sport For All programme is delivered by the Active Hastings Team with support from Active Rother; a partnership set up by Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council to encourage people to take part in physical activity.

The scheme is part of a wider county initiative hosted by the charity Grace Eyre to encourage people to take part in physical activity.

“It’s great news that these projects have been shortlisted for awards” said Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for leisure.

“Sports For All works hard to provide a wide and varied range of activities to enable people with learning disabilities to get active including badminton, boccia, kickboxing, gymnastics and zumba. We wish the schemes every success at the Sussex Sports Awards later this month. ” added Cllr Poole.

Getting Rother Active, run by Rother District Council, provides walking into running, combat fitness and older people’s table tennis classes in Bexhill, Sidley and Rye.

Cllr Jonathan Johnson, Rother District Council cabinet member for young people, sport and leisure, said: “These nominations are recognition of the fantastic work both these schemes do in the community.

“The benefits to health and wellbeing of regular physical exercise are well known and it’s important we do everything possible to create opportunities for all – including people who might not otherwise take part in sport.”

The Sussex Sports Awards are held every year and organised by Active Sussex, one of 45 County Sports Partnerships across England.

The Community Impact Award recognises exemplary projects in the county that have made a significant positive impact through sport to targeting social, cultural or health inequalities.

Award winners will be announced in a ceremony at The Grand Hotel, in Brighton, on Friday, November 25.

 

The annual May Day bikes came to Hastings and for enthusiasts it was a day to remember. The turnout was massive considering the weather wasn’t great but the crowds came out from all over to witness and celebrate motorcycle culture. Check out the pictures we took to see for yourself.

 

The brand new McPhersons table tennis team have held their own for the first few games of the season with a strong team including directors, associate directors, accounts seniors and tax trainees.

Peter Watters, the director who put the team together said: “The team of directors place great importance on activities outside of work and encourage staff to keep fit and healthy as well as have fun in and outside the office. Hopefully our team will enjoy this season and many more to come without humiliating ourselves!”

Indeed, two weekly deliveries of fresh fruit for the staff is a good start for keeping fit and healthy. The annual summer party, whether it’s a visit to the greyhound stadium or a game of mini golf always helps with team bonding.

Not to mention other activities that the team have been involved in such as Lashings Cricket and It’s a Knockout. It also helps that the firm operates a flexi-day, which enables staff to start later or finish earlier in order to make time for themselves.

Watch your backs, Division three, this go-getting team is determined to put their stamp on the league. Talking of backs, let’s hope the new kit doesn’t cause any distraction.

The Hastings Conquerors American Football Club, the UK’s first Co-operative Fan-Owned American Football Club are back, hot off the heels of the 2015 American Football Season.

A lot of work went into this year’s season and it worked with one win and a smattering of losses but for a team made up of rookies and a few guys who had played American Football at university, it’s a pretty good outing.

The Hastings Conquerors will host a series of rookie days starting at Battle Sports Centre November 1st 1100 – 1300 which is open to people who have never even taken a snap of a football to those who are veterans and diehard fans of the sport.

This Rookie Day will be a non-kitted session allowing rookies and new players to the team a chance to take part in all events.

Hastings Conquerors also has a Cadet team for boys and girls aged 8 – 14. The Cadets play flag football which is a non-contact version of the sport. This is a great activity for young people as it gives the feeling of being part of a team and has a great social aspect to it as well as helping to keep fit.

Training started up again Friday 18th September 1730 – 1900 and will run until mid-December. Any child who wishes to take part is welcome to come along and give it a go. They will need a parent / guardian to come and complete a brief contact form. The first session is free and then just £2 thereafter.

If you want to contact the team about any matters the relevant email addresses are below

recruitment@hastingsconquerors.co.uk

chrisc@hastingsconquerors.co.uk

The World Adventure Golf Masters (WAGM) swings into action at Hastings Adventure Golf in Sussex, June 6 – 7.

The international crazy golf competition has attracted teams from India, China, Sweden, Spain, the Czech Republic, Finland, Portugal, the UK and reigning champions, Germany. They will compete in the two-day, seven-round tournament on the Pirate course at the Hastings complex.

The event is the highlight of the World Minigolf Sport Federation’s international calendar with a prize fund of over €2,000 up for grabs.

It’s a golf masters, but not as you know it! Dodging cannon fire, explosions and splashes and a giant talking skull with a habit of eating golf balls, the British team has high hopes of being victorious this year.

Host nation, Team GB, is entering 16 players across four national teams. Great Britain captain, Sean Homer said: “The standard of the play in the UK keeps going from strength to strength and with the course having hosted the British Championships in May, our preparation has been excellent in our bid to finally take the team title at the World Adventure Golf Masters.

“As well as our most experienced international players, I’m delighted to see a number of our Great Britain players making their full International debut at this year’s WAGM. We are in good form and looking forward to taking on the best players from across the world when the competition tees off in June.”

The tournament was contested in Sweden last year. It returns to the UK this year and promises to be the biggest WAGM since its inception in 2011. The event was last played in Hastings in 2013 with Gerrit Below from Germany winning the overall individual Masters tournament in his first appearance at the event.

Hastings Adventure Golf, established in 1974, is the largest mini golf complex in the country and is fondly considered the home of mini golf in the UK. www.hastingsadventuregolf.co.uk