Gloucester Rugby Club Hosts Honourable Company
On the evening of Thursday 25 January members and their guests enjoyed a real treat when Sports Group Chair, Nick Broady, conducted a fascinating Q&A session with three prominent members of Gloucester Rugby Club in the Legends Lounge at Kingsholm. Pictured below with Nick are, left to right, England centre Billy Twelvetrees, Chief Executive Officer Stephen Vaughan and Mark Cornwell, Senior Rugby Head Coach at Hartpury College. The arrangements for this delightfully relaxed evening were made by the tireless Julie Kent.
Gloucestershire Powerchair Football - Cheque Presentation
Pictured on the right below is Nick Broady, Chair of the Sport Group, presenting a cheque for £1,005 to Brian Dix to help the Gloucestershire Powerchair Footballers with their travel costs (they need specially adapted vehicles for their equipment) and allow them to compete in both matches and tournaments. The funds themselves were provided by the Company's Charitable Trust. There's more on these footballers, and additional pictures, further below.
Gloucestershire Sporting Stars 2017
The Warden, Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller, presented the Honourable Company’s Annual Sports Awards at the Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association AGM at Newlands Park on Tuesday 10 October. There are more details, together with a picture taken at the presentation, in the Awards section, here. The exceptionally high quality of the contenders for the 2017 awards is clearly evident in the brief summaries below.
Grace Chappell, from Slimbridge, for archery. Grace is a member of Deer Park Archers and was a Junior Master Bowman in 2015 and 2016 and she has won individual able-bodied competitions at county and regional level. In 2017, she attended the Para European Championships in Italy with the Para GB team and is a member of the Paralympic Development Academy programme. She shot for Gloucestershire County Junior team and in September 2017 for the County Senior team.
Oliver Harper, from Cheltenham, for hockey. Oliver is a member of Cheltenham Hockey Club men’s 2nd team and Kings School 1st team. He is captain of Cheltenham Hockey Club U16s, who won the national Club Championship title in April 2017. He is a member of Cheltenham Hockey Club’s Elite squad, training in the National League Programme and he is in the England Hockey U16s squad.
Georgia Martin, from Stroud, for rowing. Georgia was selected for the GB talent development programme in 2016 and in 2017 she and her quad sculls team mates won 1st place in Henley Women’s Regatta (setting a new course record), 1st place in the Henley Royal Regatta Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup and 1st place at the British Junior Rowing Championships in Nottingham. She was also selected to row for England in the Home Internationals.
Oscar Powell, from Woodchester, for 4X & downhill mountain bike racing. In 2016 Oscar won the British Cycling 4X mountain bike youth national series. In 2017 he ranked 3rd nationally in British Cycling’s Junior MTB 4X racing series, winning three events. In 2017, he has also competed in downhill riding, facing very competitive fields and finishing with top five results in every race, including first place in July in the Forest of Dean event.
Regina Ristic-North, from Cheltenham, for tennis. Regina has represented Gloucestershire at U10, U14 and U18 level, as well as representing the county at senior level in 2017. In August 2016 she became Girls’ U14 county singles champion. She also competes in Tennis Europe events at U16 level and in her last event in Iceland was only one point off achieving a European ranking.
Joel Townley, from Gloucester, for athletics – triple jump. Joel is the South West Schools and Gloucestershire Schools age group champion at long jump and triple jump and the Gloucestershire County Triple Jump champion. He won the English Schools Intermediate boys’ Triple Jump title in Birmingham in July. Also in July he represented England Schools in the Schools International in Dublin and in August he became the 2017 England Athletics U17 Triple Jump champion.
Wheelchairs used for First Powerchair Summer Course
The Goals beyond Grass/Cheltenham Powerchair Group launched their first summer course in August 2017 attracting young disabled players from as far as Dorset. The chairs that we purchased were used on the course and Nick Broady, our Chairman, organised for the Pied Piper Minibus, housed at Milestones School, to be used for transporting the disabled players around for the social activities on offer.
These pictures show the end of course tournament which it's hoped will be repeated in 2018.
Visit to Gloucestershire Powerchair Football Club
The Club trains once a week at the Cheltenham Sports Centre. The players themselves travel from all over the county - one from as far as Weston Super Mare - to practice and also compete in a league based in the south of the country. Matches can sometimes involve overnight stays for both players and their carers so these events are something of a military operation. Those members of the Sports Group who watched a recent training session were immensely impressed by the enthusiasm of players and carers alike and hope to be able to provide further support in the future. The picture below shows the players practising, where the powerchair provided by the Honourable Company was put to good use.
Details of the Honourable Company’s annual sports awards for 2016, administered through the Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association (GPFA), are covered here in the Awards section.
The Honourable Company has provided an inflatable driving net and other indoor equipment allowing golf to be promoted in schools around the county. Courses are being run at Denmark Road High School and Innsworth Junior School; visits have also been made to the National Star College. This programme is also enabling pupils from Kings School, Chosen Hill and Churchdown School to visit Brickhampton Golf Club and try a sport that might have otherwise been unavailable to them. The Club is hoping to offer more coaching to those that show talent and promise, furthering the sport in Gloucestershire.
Jamie Casling, the Professional at Brickhampton, said ‘Without the inflatable driving net as a visual showpiece it would have been much more difficult to get the students involved. Please thank the Members of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire for making this possible'.
After sustaining serious damage to his right ankle in Afghanistan clearing improvised explosive devices Corporal ‘Mac’ Mcleer lost the lower part of his right leg. He subsequently retired from the RAF and joined the Gloucester Blazers Wheelchair Basketball Club, which aided his post-trauma recovery programme. However, he needed his own specially built wheelchair to compete properly and the Honourable Company was approached for the £1,200 required. The Armed Forces Interest Group Chair, who is also the National President of the RAF Association, persuaded the Gloucester and Cheltenham RAFA to fund the cost of the wheelchair between them. The Sports Interest Group Chair, Nick Broady, then followed up by purchasing another wheelchair for an ex- Army colleague of Mac’s – an excellent investment in that the young lady concerned was selected for the Great Britain squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Sports Group aims to use contacts within the Honourable Company and with charities, schools, colleges and universities in order to: