Welcome to our 2013 Newsletter ! We have had another busy 12 months and as you know we like to keep our members up to date with what is happening in and around the Sports Association.l It is also in this newsletter where you will find out what our different clubs have been up to and I do hope you enjoy reading their news as well ! So firstly Wetherby Sports Association :
June 2012 – The Queens Diamond Jubilee
The whole of the country took part in celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June last year and we at the Association were proud to play a part in the town’s celebrations. The Jubilee weekend spanned over 3 days and on the Saturday we organised our very own Battle of the Bands competition where our bands came back and battled it out after getting through to the Jubilee weekend. Although the weather wasn’t too kind we did achieve a generous turnout of people and I know the bands appreciated an audience as well. We then played host again on the Monday by holding a Country Fair and Sports Day. The weather was glorious on this day and we certainly pulled in the crowds. The Jubilee committee organised a Decorated Bicycles Competition and we had a large array of bicycles from different age groups appearing on the Ings. Once this had been judged our Fair was officially declared open and our very own Wetherby Runners held their Traditional Sports Day with events such as the Egg and Spoon race, Sack Race and 3 legged race to name a few which were all great fun ! We had plenty of stalls / attractions as well and had a fun filled afternoon. The finale of the Jubilee weekend was the magnificent Last Night of the Proms which took place on the Ings. We had an attendance of 3,500 people and the sight of families sat on their deckchairs, drinking champagne listening to the music was fantastic ! The evening ended with a firework display and it was a truly fitting end to a highly success weekend ! Wetherby Sports Association were honoured to have played such a key part in the celebrations of the town and I feel it put us “well and truly on the map”.
November 2012 – Unfortunately in 2012 we suffered horrendous weather and I think it must (or indeed felt) have rained constantly throughout the Summer – it was recorded as the wettest for a long time ! Hence we had our problem with flooding on the Ings. After an emergency meeting was called by the Town Council Bonfire Committee it was reluctantly agreed to cancel the Community Bonfire so for the first time in 10 years so Wetherby had no community bonfire in November ! However, as I write this now work has already commenced on the Ings where Leeds City Council are laying a 6m wide tarmac roadway with pipes underneath to help the drainage problem and have assured us that the Bonfire will be able to take place again this year !
December 2012 saw WSA being involved in the Wetherby Lions Dickensian Christmas Market which was held in the Market Place in the town. Warren Coates, Andy Hunter, Amanda Picker and myself donned Victorian costume and provided a very successful cake stall and games stall at the Christmas market. Although very chilly, it was great to support the Wetherby Lions and be involved with the Wetherby community again.
2013 – Moving into 2013, April saw us hosting a Take That Tribute band which was very popular with the Ladies ! A good evening was had by all !
May 2013 – In May our Football, Rugby, and Running Clubs organised a Race Night between themselves and the clubhouse was packed. We will definitely be repeating this event again.
We also played host in May to the ever expanding Triathlon run by Paul Drinkwater. This events gets bigger every year and they were very lucky to go ahead with it. The river temperature on the morning was 13C and this is the minimum requirement for people to swim in the River Wharfe – brrrhhh!!!
June 2013 – In June this year we were proud to hold the Annual Country Fair (which has now replaced the Wetherby Lions Pram race) where we had 17 community groups running their own market stalls, a Fairground Organ, Dog Show, Military Vehicles, Funfair Rides, Police Dogs, Birds of Prey, Football and Rugby Games and live music played on a stage in the car park. This was a great day as all different parts of the community took part and this event has now been marked on the calendar as an Annual Event at Wetherby Sports Association.
WSA 300 Club
We are about to launch our 300 Club at Wetherby Sports Assocation. Up to 300 people buy one or more shares per year. 2/3 of the total sum raised go to WSA and the remaining 1/3 is distributed on a monthly basis to 5 winning shareholders whose share numbers have been drawn. The cost of each share is £2 per month. Shareholders may hold more than 1 share. The 1st draw will take place at the end of October 2013. Each share will be numbered and that number will belong to the member to whom it is allocated for as long as he or she is a paid up member of the 300 club. All share numbers are included in each monthly draw. The draw will be made monthly by at least 2 WSA Executive Committee members. Prize money will depend on the number of paid up shareholders that month. 1st prize – £75, 2nd prize – £50, 3rd/4th/5th prizes £25.
If you are interested in the scheme then forms are available on the WSA notice board.
Wetherby Athletic Football Club (Seniors)
Wetherby Athletic FC Senior football have enjoyed their best period ever over the last 4 years or so with various promotions, finals reached and cups won under the chairmanship of Mike Robinson. Martin Powell’s Sunday 1st team have themselves won 2 cups, reached a final and also achieved promotion to their Premier division. Matt Barnfather’s 3rd team have won successive promotions and have now been promoted to the Harrogate Premier Division . A fantastic achievement. Des English’s Saturday reserve team won the prestigious County Challenge Trophy. The Saturday 1st team won promotion back to the West Yorkshire Premier Division. The Ladies Football team now play in the North East Women’s Southern division (a standard equivalent to Harrogate Town). Now the club has been handed over the to the new Chairman Gus Taylor to hopefully take the football club even further forward !
Wetherby Athletic Football Club (Juniors)
The Junior football section continues to grow, with many age groups now operating with two squads. All age groups performed well, maintaining their status within their respective leagues. The U12′s Athletic squad reached two cup finals, finishing Runners Up in both and the U12′s Wetherby squad finished as champions in the second division, in their first year as a team. The U14′s secured promotion back into the top division, following a very successful season against some strong opposition.
The Girls section continues to be successful, fun and enjoyable and this has enabled the club to develop a new squad at U12′s, complementing the U16′s and U14′s. The Junior section continues to to be committed to Girls football and hopes to recruit enough girls to run an U10′s squad in the near future.
Wetherby Bulldogs (Seniors)
This was the first year for new coach Gareth Hinchcliffe, who has done a tremendous job. He took the lead from Andrew Hunter, and Simon Etherington who trained 50% of the team since the age of 7 years old, and retired after 11 years. Gareth who was a junior coach within the Bulldogs family moved to the openage section. He was a player coach, who led from within the pitch until an unfortunate injury, and therefore changed his position never to play ever again. The Openage play in the Pennine League in division six, and finished fourth. They entered the Selby Cup and played the final at Featherstone Rovers ground, and Leeds and District Cup in which they made it to the final, played at Bus Vale. There was no silverware this year however. This year they have registered 9 new players to play within the team, and more to come. They have been promoted to division 5 and the season starts September 7th 2013. Still all welcome, training is held on a Tuesday and Thursday
Wetherby Bulldogs (Juniors)
The Wetherby Bulldogs Junior 2013 season has been much more successful than the inaugural Summer season last year due to the fantastic summer we’ve had.
Though a few of our squads remain desperately short of players, there is a fantastic level of commitment from the under-strength squads who have still turned up week in and week out and played with passion and courage against much stronger teams. In fact, to look at the results of our Under 15’s you would never guess that they have played the majority of matches with 10 or 11 players at most! This is no mean feat against clubs with 18 men on the team sheet at such a physical game. They have picked up several new players over the Summer and so will hopefully will start 2014 season as Under 16’s with a full team.
Bulldogs major success story of this season lies with our Under 10’s squad. Due to a new, overzealous League fixture secretary, they inadvertently started the season in Group 1 which caused a few wobbles as some of the boys are playing a year above their age group. After some hefty defeats, the League dropped them down to Group 3, where, after the experience gained in Group 1, they swiftly won every match they played! The Summer League break saw them win two tournaments against the likes of East Leeds and bring some much needed silverware into the cabinet at the WSA. They will play the remainder of this season up in Group 1. Well done to the Under 10’s.
July saw Bulldogs play host to international squads from Australia as the Rugby League Festival of World Cups took place. Teams representing Australia’s Women, Students and Police used the facilities at the Association as their base for training sessions during the Festival. Feedback from all three squads was extremely positive with one coach commenting that the pitches they trained on with us were in better condition than some of the ones they played their tournament matches on! A great acknowledgement of the hard work that Stuart puts in I think you’ll agree.
However, the Leeds Rhino 2013 season has probably been the proudest moment in Wetherby Bulldogs history as our very own home grown player, Alex Foster debuted for the Rhinos against Widnes on 30th June. Alex is our first player to make it into a SuperLeague team. Not only did he pick up the U18’s Player of the Year and the U18’s Players Player of the Year last year, the fans voted him first runner up for Try of the Year at the Rhinos 2013 Annual Awards Dinner. We will continue to watch him flourish and hope that he is proud that he serves as a role model to all our junior players.er
Wetherby Bulldogs will wave goodbye to Junior Club Secretary, Vicky Peel at the end of this season. Vicky has been Secretary with the Juniors since her eldest son, Sam, took up the sport at Under 8’s. As he will be playing Under 16’s next season, Vicky felt it was time for a fresh pair of eyes to take the reins and move the Club on through the next few years. Anyone who is interested in taking over this role, please get in touch with Vicky on 07736 147479 or Stuart on 07411 438370.
This time of the year is always a busy time of year for the club as it prepares for the annual Wetherby Run at the Racecourse. This year’s race is on the 8th September and we shall be hoping for another record turnout to beat last year’s total of nearly 800 runners in the main 10K race and over 100 for the Wetherby mini marathon.Over the last 12 months we have organised 2 other races; firstly the club hosted the first fixture of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League in October at Grange Park where over 700 competed in 9 races over the day, and in June this year around 300 runners took part in the Harrogate Road League race at Sicklinghall. The club is grateful for all the support of it’s membership in helping with these races as the work involved in staging races grows each year due to the increasing demands of the Council, Police etc.The membership however still has had time to devote to racing, scoring it’s best ever performance in the Harrogate Road League, a series of races organised by local Running Clubs. Over 60 Wetherby runners competed in the league and overall the Club were the Ladies Open, and Mens Veterans Champions and were the Main team and Ladies veterans runners up. Other team successes this year have included the men winning the Golden Acre Relay and in the premier division of the Peco Cross Country league the ladies team were runners up. As ever there are numerous individual achievements with many members getting personal best times in races however a few notable achievements worth highlighting include:
• Pauline Munro 1st Female in the Leeds & York 10K’s, North Lincolnshire half marathon, Meanwood Valley trail and Baildon Boundary off road half marathon.
• Lisa Mawer – 1st lady in the Leeds half marathon and Harewood 10m and ladies champion in the Peco Cross Country League.
• Caroline Lambert – 1st Lady in the Beamsley Beacon & Kilnsey fell races and Lightwater 10K and ladies champion in the Harrogate Road League series.
• Richard Bewell – over 50s champion in the Northern Runner winter series and silver medal at the England National Triathlon Championships.
• Jonny Dudley – Winner of the Leeds Sprint triathlon and Ilkley sprint triathlon.
The triathlon section of the club continues to grow both in numbers and performances with 5 athletes qualifying for the World Triathlon Championships in London in September.The club also had a great fundraising year with members raising over £4,500 for the Shaun Lee Johnstone charity last year. Meanwhile the total membership is also growing and currently has 180 members. New members are always welcome to join us at our main club night sessions on Wednesday evenings at the WSA.
2013 has been a quiet year for the Petanque section of the sports association.
The club sessions on Tuesday are always well attended and they continue throughout the year.
Anyone is welcome including total novices.
After winning the York League for 7 years in a row we’ve finally let another club have a go (we finished 3rd).
Unfortunately for the 1st time in 8 years we were not able to field a 2nd team this year.
2 Players from the club (Alan and Jenny) were part of the triple that won the Northern Triples Championship this year.
5 Players from the club will be representing Northern at the National Inter Regional Championships at Hayling Island in mid September.
For any information about the club or Petanque in general try http://www.northernpetanque.co.uk/ or ring Alan on 0113 2681124
And finally …………………
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and I hope you have found it informative and enjoyed reading about the different clubs at WSA.
I would also like to thank all our volunteers who work tirelessly and also our hard working committee. Without these people, WSA would simply cease to operate !
If you are interested in being involved at WSA and joining our committee – whether it is fundraising or organising entertainment / social events or simply helping with the day to day running of the club, then please speak to myself or any other member of the committee.
Enjoy the rest of 2013 !
Secretary – Wetherby Sports Association