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Leicestershire & Rutland Sport Oldest Athlete Award

Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:00

In 2010 Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport celebrated the lifelong participation of over 50 local active older people at the inaugural Oldest Athlete Celebration. In this Olympic year the search is on for 2012's inspirational oldest athletes. Read More »

Tags: Awards. Leicestershire, Sport

Scholarships for would-be coaches

Posted: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:23

SCHOLARSHIPS are being made available to help more sports coaches and volunteers in Hinckley & Bosworth achieve their Level 1 and 2 qualifications.

The scholarships are being made available by the Hinckley & Bosworth Local Sport & Health Alliance, which has recognised that more coaches will be needed to meet the anticipated demand created by the Olympic Games.

The scholarships are worth up to 50% of qualification costs, to a maximum of £150 per applicant. Those interested in applying for the grant will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must live within, or be involved with a club in, the Hinckley & Bosworth Borough
  • Applicants must be actively supporting sports programmes which benefit the Hinckley and Bosworth area or supporting the development of sport specific player pathways for example: within a sports club or sports development programme
  • Applicant must be nominated by a national, regional or local sports governing body, county sports association, local authority, school sport and physical activity network or sports club
  • Applicants must be over 16 years of age (18 years or over if registering on a Level 2 course)
  • Applicants should register with the LRS coaching database

The deadline for applications is Monday 3 September 2012. For further information, and to be sent an application form, please contact Courtney Sweetman-Kirk on (01455) 255805 or email:

Tags: Funding, Hinckley, Sport

Leading canoeist visits Hinckley

Posted: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:22

ONE of the country's leading young canoeists visited Hinckley to help inspire those taking part in the Paddle for Life Sportivate programme being held at Hinckley Water Activities Training Centre.

Slalom canoeist Natalie Wilson, who has won two silver team medals at the Junior European Championships and gold in the team event at the Junior World Championships, was able to tell the young people what it is like to be an elite athlete competing at international standard in the sport.

The eight week programme also gave young people aged from 14 to 25 years the opportunity to try out a variety of paddle sports. Not only did they learn how to paddle canoes and kayaks for fun, but were also introduced to Olympic 2012 disciplines such as marathon and slalom.

They also achieved the British Canoe Union 1 Star Award on completion of the course.

The two hour sessions were funded by Sport England's Olympic Legacy programme Sportivate, which targets 14 to 25 year olds who aren't currently taking part in sport and gives them the opportunity to join a sports club and continue in the sport at the end of the eight week programme.

The programme was very successful and activity leader of the Paddle for Life programme Steve Burrows said:

"The Sportivate programme was a wonderful opportunity to work with a group of positive and motivated young people."

Councillor David Cope, Executive Member responsible for Culture and Leisure, said:

"Sportivate's funding of this programme and the overall profile created by the Olympics have created a very positive and exciting scenario where young people, who might not ordinarily involve themselves in water sports, a real chance to experience these activities. Everyone's a winner in this programme, enjoying the sport and then the opportunity to join organised clubs, quite an achievement".

Due to the success of the programme the next Sportivate Paddle for Life eight week course will begin on Tuesday 4 September, from 6pm to 8pm. The cost per person for the eight week course is £25.

To book a place or to find out more about the programme, contact Steve Burrows on 07710 120564, email or visit the website:

Tags: Hinckley, Sport, Sportivate

Work begins on football pitch improvements

Posted: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:20

WORK to improve the football pitches on Hinckley's Richmond Park is due to start next week (Monday 23 July), after Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council secured grant funding from the FA Football Foundation.

The work will include the installation of a network of land drains across the football pitches, connecting to a soakaway area on the northern part of the site. The pitches will then be levelled and re-seeded.

The work will ensure that the site can provide high quality football pitches for teams in the future, and to improve facilities for grass roots football working closely with the Hinckley Club For Young People.

The work is scheduled to start on 23 July (weather permitting) and should last for approximately 12 weeks. Unfortunately the pitches will not be ready for use during the coming football season, but should provide quality pitches from the 2013 season onwards.

Although the area incorporating the football pitches will be fenced off for the duration of the works, access to the play area and multi-use-games-area will be retained as will the footpath around the perimeter of the site.

Councillor Bill Crooks, the council's Executive Member for Open Spaces, said:

"We are pleased that with the support of the Football Foundation we can now carry out drainage works to provide high quality football pitches at Richmond Park. This will complement the new state-of-the-art Hinckley Club for Young People on the site and will provide excellent facilities for both senior and junior football in the future."

Tags: Football, Football Foundation, Hinckley, Sport

Get Back to Netball with Hinckley Ladies Netball Club

Posted: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:30

Hinckley Ladies Netball Club invites female players over the age of 16 to join them for their 'back to netball' sessions on;

Wednesday 18th July & Wednesday 25th July

7.00pm-8.30pm at Greentowers, Richmond Road, Hinckley. Read More »

Tags: Hinckley, Sport, netball

Sporting success for Hinckley & Bosworth schools

Posted: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:47

SCHOOLS in Hinckley & Bosworth were celebrating at the end of term after winning the Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games Champions trophy. Read More »

Tags: Hinckley, LRSport, SchoolGames, Sport

Sporting success for Hinckley & Bosworth schools

Posted: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:45

SCHOOLS in Hinckley & Bosworth were celebrating at the end of term after winning the Leicester-Shire & Rutland School Games Champions trophy. Read More »

Tags: Hinckley, LRSport, SchoolGames, Sport

Boost for grassroots sport

Boost for grassroots sport

Posted: Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:17

Loughborough University graduate Courtney Sweetman-Kirk has had the best possible start to her career after landing the job of Graduate Trainee Sport and Physical Activity Development Assistant at the Borough Council. Read More »

Tags: Hinckley, LRSport, Sport

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