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Sports Update by Chris Lines

Athletics, Squash, Rugby, Football and more

In the sport this month...

Sport in Sedgefield
Sports Updates by Chris Lines
The horrible weather that we’ve been enduring lately isn’t deterring the sportspeople of Sedgefield, although it has caused the postponement or cancellation of one or two outdoor events. Meanwhile, preparations for a glorious summer(!) are already underway and it won’t be long before sports like cricket and outdoor bowls start their seasons.

Talking of bowls, this month’s update includes a profile of Fishburn Bowls Club, which is keen to engage with potential new members of all ages.
Email club reports to Chris Lines: chrisjlines@aol.com
Youth teams - please call Tony Magee on 07837 114 271 if you would like him to report on your club or matches.
Athletics
No report this month.
Find out more at www.sedgefieldharriers.co.uk.
Squash
As we move into March, we are reaching the business end of the squash season, and this year there really might be a lot to celebrate at Sedgefield Squash Club.

After winning all 11 of their opening fixtures Sedgefield Ladies have put themselves in with a tremendous chance of winning the Durham & Cleveland League Championship for the very first time. The final match is scheduled for 3rd March so watch this space for news of the final outcome.

Internally, the annual Club Championships are getting underway, including all of the junior age categories and the veteran age groups for those whose odds of winning the main event have somewhat lengthened. Finals week isn’t until late April, but with so many matches needed to determine the winners the competition gets started in plenty of time!
For all coaching contacts, membership and general information, visit the club’s website at www.sedgefieldsquashclub.co.uk.
Sedgefield Youth FC
The Sedgefield Youth FC U10 Saturday team is celebrating after claiming yet another title. For the third year running, they have finished top of their division in the Russel Foster Winter League. This means that Sedgefield have moved up eight divisions in the 27 months since the team started competing.

The Sunday team is proving just as successful, currently sitting on top of their division in the Teesside Junior Football Alliance with an astonishing 15 wins out of 15. The management, parents and players would like to thank Bradley Saunders and his company SLS road maintenance for vital sponsorship that has supported the club. Keep watching this space!
Cricket
There are fewer bigger names in the world of cricket than Sir Ian Botham, so it is no wonder that there’s much anticipation ahead of his appearance for a special event at Sedgefield Cricket Club.

On Thursday 26th March, ‘Beefy’ will host an evening at the club, when he will be entertaining the audience with tales from his remarkable career as a world class all rounder, charity fundraiser and broadcaster, as well as sharing insights from his current role at Durham CCC.

Tickets, at £25 including a bottle from Sir Ian’s wine range, have been selling extremely well, but there are a few left at the time of writing, To book a ticket, visit the clubhouse - the best times for this probably being Wednesday to Friday evenings or Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile indoor winter training is well underway, with cricketers of all ages from Sedgefield preparing for the summer season ahead.

While the weather is wild outside, players and coaches have been making good use of indoor facilities in locations such as Coxhoe and Durham University’s Sports and Wellbeing Park at Maiden Castle.
CLUB PROFILE: An introduction to Fishburn Bowls Club
Bowls is a sport that is enjoyed by players of all ages. A minimum level of fitness is required, together with an enjoyment of gentle exercise, fresh air and friendly company. Fishburn Bowls Club welcomes anyone, male or female, and of any age (young children have to be accompanied by a responsible adult) and membership is not restricted to Fishburn residents.

Annual membership for 2020 is £17 per person and provides access to the bowling green and clubhouse. The green is generally available for play between the end of April and the beginning of September, subject to the agreement of the green keeper. Between those dates, members can use the green as frequently as they choose without further charge.

There is no dress code beyond the wearing of shoes with flat soles, though if a member wishes to play in the leagues in which the club competes then those leagues’ dress codes must be adhered to. This is generally grey trousers/skirt and white shirt/blouse.

The clubhouse consists of three structures, a kitchen with water and electricity, a changing room, and toilets. There are a number of sets of bowls at the club which can be used by potential members to help them decide if the sport is to their liking before they incur any expense.

Currently the club plays in 4 leagues:
- The Durham and District Bowling league on Saturday afternoons
- The South West Durham Bowling league on Monday evenings
- The South West Durham Veterans Bowling league on Wednesday afternoons
- The Cleveland & Teesside Bowling league on Thursday evenings.
Members who wish to represent the club in any of these leagues inform the Selection Committee of the dates they are available.
The club meets times each month in May, June, July and August for its own internal competition/practice/coaching. The dates for these popular occasions are announced at the Spring Meeting (details below) and guests are welcome to go along and watch or join.

For league games played away from Fishburn, the club currently hires a 12-seater taxi to transport the members. A charge of £3 per player per game is collected on the taxi for this service. For league games played at home a charge of £1 per player per game is collected before the start of the games. Fishburn Bowls Club will hold its Spring Meeting at Fishburn Working Men’s Club on Thursday 9th April, starting at 6.30pm.

Potential new members are invited to attend to see how the club operates and to meet the 20+ current members who keep it going over 60 years after its formation.
For further details please contact the secretary, Mrs Carol Mason on 07446 032450 or 01740 238443 or the treasurer, Terry Graham on 01740 621627. Location. You will find Fishburn Bowls Club between the football pitches and the Fishburn Youth & Community Centre, off Butterwick Road in Fishburn.
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