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  1. Martin Etchells

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    It is with great sadness that Sportshall Associates shares the news of the death of Martin Etchells who sadly passed away on 6th September 2020 after a long and courageous battle.

    Martin has shown his love for athletics throughout his life. He worked for many years as Sports Development Officer in Tower Hamlets introducing children across the Borough to Sportshall Athletics and traditional Track and Field activities.

    He became well known as a commentator at national athletic events but always remained willing to help out at children’s events such as Sportshall and the AAA Tom Pink Relays, travelling the length and breadth of the country to do so.

    After moving to Sussex, he became deeply involved helping at county events and served as County Treasurer for many years.

    In 2010 he became Treasurer of the AAA and continued in this post until ill health forced him to retire at in March this year.

    Martin has been a loyal, reliable servant to athletics and he will be sorely missed by all.

    He will forever be part of the Sportshall Associates team and we would like to send our thoughts and best wishes to Diane and family.

  2. 2020 UK Championships kick off in Essex!

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    Young Athletes from across the East of England gathered at the University of Essex Sports Arena in Colchester today to represent their county in the 2020 Sportshall UK Championships East Regional Final.

    The new venue proved popular for athletes, spectators and officials and we witnessed some outstanding performances and sportsmanship throughout the afternoon.

    Full Results are now available here:

    Under 11’s

    http://www.sportshall.org/resultsfixtures/results/results-primary-results/results-fun-in-athletics-results-2019-2

    Under 13’s & Under 15’s

    http://www.sportshall.org/resultsfixtures/results/results-secondary-results/results-sportshall-regional-final-results-2020

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    Sportshall Development officer for the East Mike Frost commented after the event:

    “I am absolutely delighted with the success of the East Regional Final today. It is always a strong competition in the East and the excitement of this amazing new venue has inspired the young athletes to some great performances today. I’d like to thank the University for accommodating us and each of the Eastern counties for their continued support of the programme. The volunteers and officials are integral to ensure we can fit so much into a tight programme and the officials and parent volunteers did a brilliant job today to really make the event an incredible experience for almost 400 young athletes. It was particularly pleasing to see Hertfordshire qualify for the UK Final first the first time in many years and I look forward to welcoming their Under 13 boys to the UK Final in Sheffield in April.”

    Winning Teams:

    • Under 11 Girls – Norfolk
    • Under 11 Boys – Essex
    • Under 13 Girls – Norfolk
    • Under 15 Girls – Norfolk
    • Under 15 Boys – Norfolk
    • Under 15 Girls All Rounder Champion – Joyce Nzekwe, Essex
    • Under 15 Boys All Rounder Champion – Conrad Winter, Norfolk

    The UK Final for the winning Under 13’s and Under 15’s teams alongside the Under 15’s All Rounder champions will progress to the UK Final on Saturday 18th April.

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  3. Reigning Champions Become Latest Sportshall Ambassadors

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    Some fantastic performances were witnessed back in April at the Sportshall UK Final in Manchester. In the Under 15 girls competition Halle Ferguson (Greater Manchester, Trafford AC) after finishing fifth in the North West Regional Final, Halle took the All Rounder title in her first year of the age group.

    The boys contest was won by Mason Owusu-Dellimore (Surrey, South London) after a close competition with Gabriel Ball of (Warwickshire, Leamington Athletics Academy). Mason showed his strength on the track after smashing the 4 Lap race in a time of 40.1 seconds.

    Mason has been out competing this summer focussing on the 100 metres and 200 metres. Mason won the Surrey county championships in May with a time of 11.86 and then went on and set a new personal best of 11.8 in the 100m at the Ebbisham Boys’ League in July.

    Halle has also been competing this summer and in the recent England Athletics Age Group Championships it was fantastic to witness Halle win the Under 15’s High Jump. Not only did Halle claim the 2019 High Jump crown, she also won the National title in the Triple jump after an outstanding performance of 11.91 metres which puts Halle number one All – Time on the Power of 10 rankings. 

     

    Sportshall Associates are delighted to confirm that for the forthcoming season both Halle & Mason will act as Ambassadors for the Sportshall UK Championships. They will join athletes including Amber Anning (2016 All Round Girls Champion) and Theo Adesina (2017 All Rounder Boys Champions) on the Sportshall Ambassadors Roll of Honour who have both gone on to experience success internationally in recent years. 

     

    Both Halle & Mason claimed their titles in the first year of the Under 15 age group. We look forward to watching both athletes compete in Sportshall throughout the 2020 season when they will be fighting to retain their UK titles.

     

    For more information on the Sportshall UK Championships please click here 

  4. Outstanding Service Recognised at the UK Final

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    The Services to Sportshall Award (previously known as the John Young Award) was reintroduced this year for coaches, volunteers, officials or indeed anybody who has contributed to the development of Sportshall Athletics.

    Some strong nominations were received, and a panel chaired by George Bunner the creator of Sportshall decided three winners who were presented with their awards at the 2019 Sportshall UK Final over the weekend of April 13th and 14th.

    George was in attendance to present the awards to our first two recipients on Saturday 13th April. Dave Turner who acts as Sportshall Athletics County Coordinator in Avon was the first to receive his award on the Saturday and was a worthy winner.

    Dave (pictured receiving his award from George Bunner) has been involved with Sportshall athletics since 1984 when Dave Travis first introduced the sport through Sun Life Sportschool. He has overseen County Sportshall events ever since, supporting the 4 district authority competitions for schools, providing equipment as well as running many events including the County Championships each year.

    Dave spends hours analysing results and selects the best available youngsters from the County which has resulted in the Counties Under 13 Boys teams winning the UK title 9 times. Dave has been the Team manager for all of these successful teams and continues to bring great teams through the system.

    After receiving his award at the start of the day Dave, alongside his wife Sue led the Under 13 boys to second place at this years UK Final; again another great result for Avon only a few points behind the winning team from Surrey.

      

     

    Heddyd Davies (Pictured with George Bunner) has been instrumental in the development of Sportshall Athletcs in Wales and especially within the County of Dyfed was next up to collect his award from George.

    Following a demonstration event in 1992 from George Bunner in Carmarthen, Heddyd has organised an annual series of three indoor Sportshall Athletics events at Carmarthen Leisure Centre (two at secondary school level for years 7 & 8 and years 9 & 10 and one at primary school). In addition, he has selected and organised Dyfed secondary schools to compete in the Welsh National Final.

    Over the years, many Dyfed teams have won at the Welsh final and progressed to represent Wales at the UK Final. Only in 2016, Dyfed athlete Radix Mularwarman was crowned the individual UK All Rounder UK Champion; a great result for Radix and Heddyd.

     

     

    The final award was presented on Sunday 14th April and we were delighted to welcome Brian Holyfield to Manchester to receive his award for his services to Sportshall.

     

     

    Brian champions Sportshall Across Birmingham and the West Midlands and over many years has been involved as a coach, team manager, official and as a committee member in the very successful Birmingham league.

    The hard work and dedication of Brian who commits hours of his time to support the activities and administration has been shown over the years with many successful teams and individuals coming from Birmingham at the West Midland Regional Finals and the UK Final too. This was also shown this year on the day with Rhiana Burrell of Birmingham winning the UK Final in the Under 15 girls shot.

    Kim Pickering, the President of the Sportshall Athletics association proudly presented Brian with his award during Sunday’s opening ceremony.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  5. UK Final 2019

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    Under 13’s 2019 Sportshall UK Final Reports – Saturday 13th April

     

    Norfolk and Surrey take girls and boys titles.

     

    The Under 13 athletes arrived at the Regional Athletics Arena in Manchester from across the UK having qualified as winners of their respective regional finals. Cheshire (boys) and Leicestershire (girls) also qualified as the closest runners up.

     After the traditional parade of athletes and welcome from George Bunner, the creator of Sportshall Athletics, the young athletes were treated to a Q&A with local athlete Abi Pawlett (Stockport) the new Under 17’s British Record Holder in the Indoor Combined Events Pentathlon. Amber Anning (Brighton & Hove) the Sportshall Under 15 Girls All Rounder Champion (2016) who recently medalled in the Indoor European championships also kindly sent up a video message for those young athletes present.

    After the inspirational opening ceremony the action was underway. As has become a staple part to Sportshall UK Championship competitions the first races of the day were the Obstacle relays which were as exciting as ever seeing Norfolk earn maximum points after the girls time trials with Surrey running the fastest time in the boys competition.  More competitive races followed on the track where the athletes fought hard to score points for their teams.

     In the girls competition Annabel Ammadin of Greater Manchester (Sale Harriers) used her home advantage to improve the 10.95 throw recorded at the North West Regional events to 11.64m winning the competition in the final round ahead of Lucy Oakley of Norfolk.

    In the boys competition, having equalled the Standing Long Jump UK record in the South East Regional event, Dante Clark of Surrey (Herne Hill) jumped a credible 2.77m to take the UK title as well. His Surrey team mate – Frank Bostock Westland (Herne Hill) took second place. 

    After great team efforts and outstanding performances across the day the team winners in the girl’s competition were Norfolk ahead of Berkshire by only 7 points. The girls showed great strength as a team throughout the day by winning no less than 5 medals in individual events in addition to podium places in almost all the relays.   

    Having missed out on the title in 2018 by a small margin Surrey’s boys team came back with a renewed determination and were crowned Under 13 boys UK Champions for 2019. It was a really competitive day for the boys during which the Surrey team collected no less than 6 individual medals. As a team, and except for the 8 lap paarlauf the boys from Surrey also picked up medals in all the relays.

     

    Under 15’s 2019 Sportshall UK Final Reports – Sunday 14th April

     

    Berkshire Boys and Surrey Girls Come Out On Top in the U15 Championships

     

    Sunday 14th April saw the Under 15’s arrive in Manchester ready to put their practice into action on the track and in the field at the Manchester Regional Arena. The qualifying teams, as with the Under 13’s on Saturday were paraded in front of the Manchester crowd as part of the opening ceremony before the action got underway.

     

     In the girls competition Greater Manchester athlete Halle Ferguson (Trafford AC) stepped up her game to win the All Rounder title having only finished fifth in the North West Regional Finals back in March. Halle won the standing long jump with a jump of 2.53 in the final round, threw a huge personal best in the shot to finish 8th with 9.19m in the second round and recorded a time of 20.7 to take the silver medal in the 2 lap race behind Lili Fern of Devon (City of Plymouth).

     

     Niyah Costley spearheaded the Surrey girls team charge to win the individual silver medal in the All Rounder competition ahead of third placed Rhiana Burrell of Birmingham. Rhiana became the UK champion in the Shot with a throw of 11.83 having qualified as an individual from Birmingham following the Regional Finals.

     Surrey’s Under 15 girls team of Niyah Costley (Herne Hill), Nicole Williams (Sutton & District), Ellie Taylor (Epsom & Ewell), Lucy Atkins (Kingston & Poly), Elanor Trigg (Dorking & Mole Valley), Sophie Cox (Epsom & Ewell) and Chloe Gibney (Guildford & Godalming) were crowned champions for the 11th time in the 30 year history of the UK Finals ahead of Norfolk in second and the Ulster champions Donegal in third.

     The girls from Surrey collected 5 medals between them with an additional 7 top 10 results.  Niyah collected a gold medal to become the UK Champion in the Vertical Jump with a strong performance of 67 to beat Lateefah Agberemi of Buckinghamshire (Marshall Milton Keynes); reversing the result from the South East Regional finals. Nicole was equal second picking up a silver medal in the Standing Long Jump alongside Elanor who also collected the bronze in Speed Bounce. Sophie also took an equal bronze having performed 86 in the speed bounce too, a well-deserved win for Surrey who showed grit and determination and a fantastic team ethic throughout the day.  

     

     

     

     In the Boys competition the all-rounder champion in only his first year in the age group was Mason Owusu-Dellimore (Surrey, South London) collecting gold in the 4 lap race with 40.1, silver in the Standing Long Jump with 2,84 only 2cm behind Jerel Livingston (Greater Manchester, Trafford AC). Mason also threw 11.59 in the shot to finish 8th in a strong competition won by Gabriel Ball (Warwickshire, Leamington Athletics Academy) with 14.70m.

     

    The strength of the South East was really shown once again this year with Surrey earning the runners up spot and the title going to Berkshire’s Under 15 boys team of Ben Britton (Bracknell AC), Trey Bennett (Slough Juniors), Jonty Curtis (Bracknell AC), Gregory Menkiti (Slough Juniors), Harry Booker (Team Kennet) and Oliver Gregory (Team Kennet). What an incredible result for Berkshire who only qualified as closest runners up after being beaten into second place by Surrey at the South East regional finals.

     

     

  6. Equipment Offer of the Month – November

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    Offer of the Month

    FREE Stopwatch and Sportshall Handbook when purchasing a Speed Bounce (worth Over 15% of the Purchase Price)

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    The Sportshall team have partnered with Eveque to secure a new equipment offer every month.

    November’s offer is a free Eveque Stopwatch and Sportshall Handbook with every purchase that includes a Speed Bounce made during November 2018.

    Available in four colours; red, blue, yellow and green, Speed Bounce is an excellent test of Agility, Balance & Coordination and a good indicator of fitness. Made in the UK it is safe and durable with an anti-slip base and a detachable wedge for easy storage

    To take advantage of this offer just email: team@sportshall.org with your contact details and a list of the items you would like to purchase. These offers are only available through contacting the Sportshall Team directly.

    Keep your eyes peeled for the first week of each month for our next Special Offer.

  7. Welcome our New Sportshall Ambassadors!

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    We are delighted to announce that both of the Sportshall UK Final 2018 All Rounder Champions, Yasmin Grosvenor and Cole Williams have agreed to act as Sportshall Ambassadors for the upcoming year.

    As well as supporting presentations at their respective Regional events in 2019 we hope as Sportshall Ambassadors Yasmin and Cole will continue to use their well earned title and talent to inspire the younger athletes within their club, area and Region.

    Following their win we set them yet another challenge! Kindly both Cole and Yasmin agreed to write some notes of their experience in Sportshall and Athletics in general. We are grateful for their notes below, look forward to seeing Cole and Yasmin in 2019 and formally wish them all the best for the future!

    Yasmin

    I started Sportshall when I was the first year U13, so I’ve done Sportshall for 4 years. I can’t really remember how I did in first couple years but I do know that it wasn’t important to me where I placed – it was more about the team. All I wanted to do was to enjoy it with my teammates – Sportshall gave me the opportunity to try different things and carry on competing through the winter.

    I was actually lucky enough to represent Berkshire at the Sportshall UK Final two times as an individual. I didn’t have my team there, apart from the Berkshire boys team but they supported me through this great experience along with my Berkshire team manager.

    My first year up in Manchester wasn’t the best – I think I threw nearly 1 metre less than my PB which I wasn’t very happy about, and sadly this meant I was out of a chance of getting a medal, nevertheless this only pushed me to work harder so I could come back for my last year.

    Sportshall came back round the following year quicker than I thought and I was ready to go and earn my place back in Manchester, do the best I could do and prove to myself I can win it. The morning of Sportshall I was a bit nervous, however I had to put all the negative thoughts behind me and focus on the outcome I wanted.

    Everyone has their favourite and least favourite events in Sportshall – my least favourite just happened to be the 4 laps. I had my mind set on doing the 2 laps, yet I knew that more people can run good 2 laps and I would have a better chance on the 4, so I challenged myself to run 4 laps. Through the day I stayed focused with my goal in mind and I came 1st in shot with a PB of 12.56m, came 2nd in the 4 laps and 3rd in the vertical jump.

    The first year I went up to Manchester – yeah I wasn’t happy with how I did, but I still enjoyed it. That’s why I came back the following year and didn’t give up just because it knocked my confidence a bit. I came back stronger and I’m glad I got to experience 4 years of Sportshall and finish it on a high.
    Sportshall is something for you to enjoy and if you have fun that’s all that matters.

    Cole

    I have been competing in athletics since the under 11s, joining Stratford upon Avon athletics club at the age of 9.

    I have taken part in Sportshall Athletics for Warwickshire at u11s, u13s and u15s and was part of the Warwickshire team that made it to the UK Final for 2 years in a row – last year being the year that Warwickshire won.

    I was delighted to medal in all 3 events at the final last year – winning the All Rounder Champion title of which I am very proud.

    Outside of sportshall, I compete in Track and Field – specialising in Sprint hurdles.

    In my final year of u15s I made it to The English Schools finals and hope to make the Warwickshire Team again this season.

  8. Welcome our New Sportshall Ambassadors!

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    We are delighted to announce that both of the Sportshall UK Final 2018 All Rounder Champions, Yasmin Grosvenor and Cole Williams have agreed to act as Sportshall Ambassadors for the upcoming year.

     

    As well as supporting presentations at their respective Regional events in 2019 we hope Yasmin and Cole will continue to use their well earned title and talent to inspire the younger athletes within their club, area and Region.

     

    Following their win we set them yet another challenge! Kindly both Cole and Yasmin agreed to write some notes of their experience in Sportshall and Athletics in general. We are grateful for their notes below, look forward to seeing Cole and Yasmin in 2019 and formally wish them all the best for the future!

     

     

    Yasmin

     

    I started Sportshall when I was the first year U13, so I’ve done Sportshall for 4 years. I can’t really remember how I did in first couple years but I do know that it wasn’t important to me where I placed – it was more about the team. All I wanted to do was to enjoy it with my teammates – Sportshall gave me the opportunity to try different things and carry on competing through the winter.

    I was actually lucky enough to represent Berkshire at the Sportshall UK Final two times as an individual. I didn’t have my team there, apart from the Berkshire boys team but they supported me through this great experience along with my Berkshire team manager.

    My first year up in Manchester wasn’t the best – I think I threw nearly 1 metre less than my PB which I wasn’t very happy about, and sadly this meant I was out of a chance of getting a medal, nevertheless this only pushed me to work harder so I could come back for my last year.

    Sportshall came back round the following year quicker than I thought and I was ready to go and earn my place back in Manchester, do the best I could do and prove to myself I can win it. The morning of Sportshall I was a bit nervous, however I had to put all the negative thoughts behind me and focus on the outcome I wanted.

    Everyone has their favourite and least favourite events in Sportshall – my least favourite just happened to be the 4 laps. I had my mind set on doing the 2 laps, yet I knew that more people can run good 2 laps and I would have a better chance on the 4, so I challenged myself to run 4 laps. Through the day I stayed focused with my goal in mind and I came 1st in shot with a PB of 12.56m, came 2nd in the 4 laps and 3rd in the vertical jump.

    The first year I went up to Manchester – yeah I wasn’t happy with how I did, but I still enjoyed it. That’s why I came back the following year and didn’t give up just because it knocked my confidence a bit. I came back stronger and I’m glad I got to experience 4 years of Sportshall and finish it on a high.

    Sportshall is something for you to enjoy and if you have fun that’s all that matters.

     

     

    Cole

     

    I have been competing in athletics since the under 11s, joining Stratford upon Avon athletics club at the age of 9.

    I have taken part in Sportshall Athletics for Warwickshire at u11s, u13s and u15s and was part of the Warwickshire team that made it to the UK Final for 2 years in a row – last year being the year that Warwickshire won.

    I was delighted to medal in all 3 events at the final last year – winning the All Rounder Champion title of which I am very proud.

    Outside of sportshall, I compete in Track and Field – specialising in Sprint hurdles.

    In my final year of u15s I made it to The English Schools finals and hope to make the Warwickshire Team again this season.

  9. World Marathon Challenge : Register, Race & the Record your times

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    Register, Race & Record your Results … It is not too late! 

    The Eveque World Marathon Challenge 2017/18 has been running as a virtual competition since October 2017 and so far, from many teams that have raced there are 5 times that have beaten the world record time for the Marathon with many others coming close.

    In the under 13 age group the fastest team in the World so far is St George’s School, Sheerness who have posted the amazing time of 1 hour 49 minutes and 8 seconds just beating the time set by Pardubice in the Czech Republic.

    In the Open age category Graham’s Gazelles from Nottingham are ahead posting 1 hour 49 minutes and 21 seconds.

     

    Can your team run faster?

    There is still time to test see if you too can beat Dennis Kimetto’s world record. Teams of between 26 and 36 members each run 200m sections in a continuous relay until the full marathon distance has been covered, so each team member runs up to 9 sections.

    If you have already taken part in your race you can use the finals week as an opportunity to try and beat your previous time, hopefully in the UK we will have some good weather to make the events even more enjoyable and rewarding.

     

    Register your team at: www.competitioncentre.net where you can also see results and records. 

    In addition to the marathon challenge there is the alternative for Primary school age groups who can race to be the fastest in the world over 5000m.

    The competition is free to enter and all the resources to run an event are available for free on the Sporthall website.

     

     

  10. World Marathon Challenge Launch Week – starts 2nd October 2017

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    The competition to be the fastest team in the world for 2017 starts on the 2nd October.

    PalestineBetween October 2017 and June 2018, schools and clubs from Canada to Finland and from

    France to Romania will once again compete against each other and look to beat the world

    marathon record.

    Teams of 26 to 36 athletes run a continuous relay in 200m sections over the entire marathon distance in a virtual competition aiming to beat the rest.

    Register your team at: www.competitioncentre.net

    Primary school age groups can race to be the fastest over 5000m in the World 5000m Challenge.

    All the resources to run an event are available for free on the Sporthall website.