Sports Update by Chris Lines

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Sports Update

This is a bumper month for sport, with loads of great success to report, a lot of it driven by the talented youngsters of Sedgefield (supported by adult coaches and parents/taxi drivers of course!). And this is just a snapshot.

I’ll be reporting the latest from football, rugby union and more in future months. It’s really exciting to hear about so much endeavour and achievement in our local grass roots sports community.

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.

Squash

Now that the summer is well and truly behind us, squash is once again back to full throttle. The past few weeks have seen Sedgefield Squash Club host many events to celebrate Women in Sport and World Squash Day. England Squash, the national governing body, has been impressed with the club’s ideas and sessions to get more people involved in the sport, so much so that they will be mentioned in an article to be distributed nationally among clubs.

Over 40 women and girls tried squash for the first time, with many saying it certainly won’t be the last. The club has also won the Dunlop Women’s Squash social media photo competition, with the prize being about £500 worth of adult and junior equipment.

Team squash has returned across Durham and Cleveland, with Sedgefield entering five senior teams and one ladies team (current league champions). This is a fantastic effort by the club and its players, moving from being one of the smaller clubs to one of the largest. Currently, all the teams have only played a couple of games, but it has been a promising start to the season. Anyone interested in joining or trying out squash can contact info@sedgefieldsquashclub.co.uk.

For all coaching contacts, membership and general information, visit the club’s website at www.sedgefieldsquashclub.co.uk.

Athletics

Seniors
On a September Sunday, over 100 runners from across the North East took part in Sedgefield Harriers’ annual Sedgefield Serpentine race. The undulating 10k course saw athletes take in the sights and sounds of the footpaths around Sedgefield and Bishop Middleham. With livestock safely out of the way, first across the line was Sedgefield Harrier James Oldfield, with first female home being 15-year-old Emily Patterson.

Prizes were awarded for veteran categories too and this year saw the introduction of team prizes which made for interesting competition as they included craft beer courtesy of new local business Lost Robot. With the event being a victim of the pandemic in 2020, it was great to see the race take place and be so well supported by local athletics clubs from around the region.

Juniors
Junior coaching is back in full swing at Sedgefield Harriers, with the main focus being the popular Wednesday evening sessions at Sedgefield Community College, from 6pm to 7pm. The sessions are broken down into Minors (school years 3, 4 and 5) and Juniors (school years 6 and above), and take a multi-discipline approach to the sport, giving young people the opportunity to develop in running, jumping and throwing. This allows all girls and boys to participate in the activities that they like best and also helps identify and nurture specific interests and talent. There are also separate sessions for dedicated Sprints and Endurance groups.

As with any grass roots club, Sedgefield Harriers needs volunteers to support its activities, so if any parent would like to offer their services as a parent helper, they will be welcomed. The club will support those who are keen to become a coach or assistant, by providing funding for completing the relevant accredited courses.

Older junior athletes are also encouraged to get involved in some of the senior sessions, including strength and conditioning with coach Ean Parsons at the college on Monday evenings, from 6pm to 7pm. These sessions are restricted to athletes from school year 9+ who also attend Ean’s Thursday evening sessions at NETPark (or who are in the process of being invited to those). Ean is supporting a cohort of young athletes who are keen to progress in the sport, providing guidance and coaching and making the best use of the venues available locally in the continued absence of proper athletics facilities in Sedgefield.

To find out more about the junior sessions available and opportunities to be an adult volunteer, contact Sheree Lyons on shereelyons77@googlemail.com. For details of junior membership at Sedgefield Harriers, contact the membership secretary Andy Featherstone on a.p.featherstone@hotmail.co.uk.

Find out more at www.sedgefieldharriers.co.uk

Cricket

September saw the conclusion of the 2021 cricket season, and what a season it was for Sedgefield Cricket Club. The three senior sides all had very good league campaigns, with the 1st XI finishing fifth in a very strong Division 1, and both the 2nd and 3rd XIs narrowly missing out on promotion in third place in their divisions.

But the undoubted stars of the show were the Under 17 juniors who won an incredible four trophies. Having earlier in the season won the Junior Cup North and League North Division, the team entered their last two matches with a chance to make history.

They did not disappoint. First up was the overall Junior Cup, with the final played at home against Whitby. Batting second, the team were never in serious trouble chasing their victory target and won with something to spare. Then the team travelled to Saltburn to compete in the final of the Pallister Cup, a play-off format between the winners of the four area league divisions.

This was the season-ending prestige match and once again the team delivered victory to mark the end of a quite superb campaign. It isn’t stretching a point to suggest the team is the most successful ever produced at any level by Sedgefield CC and everyone at the club is very proud. Congratulations to all of the players and to everyone who has helped them to achieve so much so quickly.

Congratulations must also go to the girls Under 11 side who won the regional softball league, and all of the club’s junior sides performed extremely well throughout the season.

Thoughts now turn to closeseason training and indoor junior coaching, with plans already in place - the summer successes have only come about because of the year round planning which takes place. You can follow the club on social media to find out more.

If you have any queries or would like to join, then please get in touch sedgefieldcc@outlook.com.

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