Gloucestershire Sporting Stars 2017
We are looking forward to presentation of the Honourable Company’s Annual Sports Awards at the Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association AGM at Newlands Park on Tuesday 10 October. The Warden, Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller, will be giving out the awards and we will post the pictures and details soon afterwards.
Wheelchairs used for First Powerchair Summer Course
The Goals beyond Grass/Cheltenham Powerchair Group launched their first summer course in August 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 next year.
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 immenselyimpressed 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 at a training session where the chair provided by the Honourable Company was put to good use.
Details of the Honourable Company’s annual sports awards, administered through the Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association (GPFA), for 2016 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 new 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 £1200 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 has been selected for the Great Britain squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Amongst the support provided for the Motor Show was the golf net funded by the Honourable Company to help introduce youngsters to the game.
The Sports Group aims to use contacts within the Honourable Company and with charities, schools, colleges and universities in order to: