Welcome to Havering Sports Council, our aim is to promote and encourage sporting activity throughout the borough by representing all our affiliated members. All sporting organisations and individuals are welcome to become members and attend our monthly meetings held at Romford Town Hall on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except for Aug & Dec).

Sports Council Officers Appointed to serve for 2018 at the AGM

President: Peter Bruce
Chairman: Derek Drew
Vice-Chairman: Barry Dent
Hon Treasurer: Barry Dent
Hon Secretary: Ann Drew
Hon Minutes Sec: Jayne Hickie
Hon Membership Sec:  Ann Drew
Hon Press Sec: Dave Ainsworth
Schools Liaison: Giorgio Bugnatelli
Web Master: Dave Keeley
Handbook Editor: Clive Pooley

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Sports Bursaries

The next round of sports bursaries will finish at the end of June 2018 download the forms from here.


         The Art of Boxing - First white collar boxing event held last Friday at East Ham Working Man’s Club. 1st free 12 weeks kid’s programme for 2018 completestomorrow. 12 youngsters completed course. Gary Hutton, from local charity, Product of a Postcode to present awards. 2nd free 12 week programme for 2018 is on April 17th and is full. Next charity white collar boxing event is in Fiction Nightclub, Romford on 8th Jul, in aid of Product of a Postcode. Currently recruiting to sign boxers up to free 10 week boxing programme with the intention to participate in the event. Head trainer, Robin Dupre is training for his 14th bout on 28th April at York Hall. In November he fought for the Commonwealth Title. Memberships continue to increase as do numbers in our variety of classes. Junior and children’s classes are completely full with waiting lists.

           Havering Athletics Club - Faye Fullerton has broken her club half marathon record twice in a month. She improved it first at the Big Half at Greenwich on 4th March which earned her GB selection for World Marathon Championships in Valencia on Sat 24th March where she again set new marks finishing 53rd for GB in field of over 120.The women's U 17 team won silver at National Cross County Championships. Kate O'Neill was 9th in that race, was also 8th in the English Schools Championships and 12th in the Inter Counties Championships, with Ben Davis 7th in the U20 race at the latter competition. The senior men's team won Essex Cross Country league and last weekend adding the Essex Road Relays. Rob Warner, the individual Essex league winner, won gold for running fastest individual relay leg. Highlights of the indoor season were a British Universities 1500m title for Lydia Hallam and England Athletics U20 triple jump bronze for Mayi Hughes.

           Upminster Hockey Club - The Men’s 1’s are 3rd in Division 1 SE, after 21/22 games. Two teams remain mid-table, but Men’s teams 4 and 5 will end up being relegated.  Ladies teams will finish mid-table. Overall the Club is in good shape with the minis/colts going from strength to strength. Last Saturday saw a well attended 80’s Disco. Bad weather leaves several teams with matches to play after Easter, to complete all the League Fixtures.  The annual Club 7’s will be played on Easter Saturday.

           Upminster Bowls Club - Monthly walks continue. Recently RAF Museum, Hendon, also a walk along the Thames.  Short mat bowls is weekly at Cranham Community Centre. Ladies meet monthly for social afternoons, recently Armchair Zumba and decorating Easter Trees. Bad weather has affected plans to improve the surface of the bowling green. The 2018 season will open on Sat 21st April with a Mixed Drive and a Pre-season Buffet and Social on the evening of the 20th April.  

             SYM Sailing Club - Sailing started on 4th March but our lack of ‘ice yachts’ limited us to 1 days racing on the 11th April and our AGM on 25th April. A safety boat refresher day will be held on 15th April.                                    

             Havering Tennis Club - Winter training is ending and now starting to prepare players for their summer league matches and tournaments. There will be a charity American Tournament in aid of Havering Disabled School Sports. A disabled multi sports session has been running at YMCA. Coaches needed to run it after Easter.

           LBH Sports development - Sapphire Ice and Leisure had over 60,000 visits in first month. Over 1,000 new members joined Central Park Leisure Centre since opening gym extension in Oct 2017.New Hornchurch Sports Centre – planning application submitted, due to be considered by Regulatory Services Committee on 5 April. If planning approval received, first works commence soon to create temporary car park at rear of the existing centre.Easter program has been promoted in schools, our website and social media. Bookings going well with some courses full to capacity. We have a new Walking for Health brochure which has weekly walks form April 2018 to March 2019. Mini Marathon trials had over 70 young people taking part at Harrow Lodge. Team has been selected for the event on Sunday 22nd April.

           Everyone Active -  Evening Walking Football sessions at Noak Hill on Mondays 7-8pm from 16th April, £2 per session, daytime social tennis sessions(women’s, men’s and mixed) in April – tbc .Finalizing the Service Level Agreement with HTC  (Pete) for Everyone Active Tennis at Noak Hill Sports Complex. Veggie Run app is being rolled out to schools after Easter, promotes healthy eating – Everyone Active providing rewards to claim. Hosting schools rowing competition on 4th May. Walking Netball sessions at Hornchurch and Central Park Leisure Centre. Mother and Baby exercise sessions at Noak Hill and Hornchurch Sports Centre.

             P Bruce noted problems with the advertising and booking system for tennis camps.

             Cllr A Curtin posed a question “How does the wider sporting community in the borough see sports, as well as Everyone Active”

           HDSA/Broxhill Archers - Winter leagues have ended. Haydon Sevens from TIME FM visited and had a good afternoon shooting with us. 9 juniors are going to the Havering Youth Archery Tournament on 21st April at Harrow Lodge Park.

           Hornchurch Cricket Club - The season starts on 21st April with the 1st eleven away to Bexley and 2nd eleven home to Bexley 2nd eleven. On 22nd April 1st eleven are home to Ilford 2nd eleven. On 29th April 1st eleven are home to Orsett in 1st round league cup with 2nd eleven away to Orsett 2nd eleven.3/4th eleven start with a friendly against Hornchurch Athletic 2nd eleven at Fielder Sports Ground if ground fit. U13 and U15 start on 29th April. Changing room enlargement delayed by bad weather. Batting areas in 3 outdoor nets were refurbished.

            Havering-atte-Bower Cricket Club – There is a friendly on 21st April and a quiz night. League starts in May.

             Jaybee Gymnastics - Jaybee competed at the East Region Acro Prelims on Sun 11th March. 9 partnerships competed. 3 managed to secure a place at the National Finals in May. Daniel King & Ashley Appiayei - Grade 5 MP. Samuel Bangs & Mia McManus Grade 3 MxP. Ethan Fairclough & Zana Robertson Grade 4 MxP. Also had 3 silver placed partnerships and 1 bronze - all will represent the region at Inter-Regional Acro Competition in May. Also Tilly-May Ewenson & Ivy Lord Grade 1 WP - SilverMaya Matzener & Olivia Nimki Grade 2 WP – Silver. Bo Hannah Marsh, Holly Cook & Jayla Huseyin Grade 3 WG – Silver. Grace Ewenson, Ellie Judge & Ropafadzo Zata Grade 5 WG – Bronze

           Thames Chase - Getting ready for a busy Easter which starts the beginning of a busy summer. Due to my present physical difficulties, it was decided that they would keep me updated on news whilst I get back to fitness safely at home D. Breading.

             Romford Cycle Club – Have had a change of committee and pleased to be back. 6 new members joined. More trying out this weekend. Rides start from the Cycle Surgery, Romford and the Optimist Pub, Upminster. TFL sponsoring a scheme for 4 hours free cycle training for all residents of Havering. It was discussed how difficult cycling is with the amount of potholes.

             Romford Rifle and Pistol Club -Tom from TIME FM came to the range on 25th January. He enjoyed trying air pistol. We did an interview for radio and got quite a number of membership enquiries.

             Havering Tri28 members scheduled to run Brentwood Half but it was cancelled. 24 members just returned from weeks training camp in Lanzarote.15 members racing at Ironman 70.3 Marbella. 6 members racing at Ironman European 70.3 Tri Club Championships in Barcelona. Bi annual charity bike ride to Ypres for the 100th anniversary of end of WW1. 20 members racing Ironman Italy. Taking part in Essex Super Series. Numerous other races including Ride London, London Marathon, Sprint through to Olympic distance. Membership at 111 with new enquiries every week. Training affected by closure of St. Edwards Senior School Pool. Shut due to lack of funds.

Havering Sports Council received a high standard of nominations for the Borough's long-established annual sports awards. Finalists were invited to a Sports Awards Presentation Buffet Evening (supported by McDonalds Restaurants of Romford), held at Upminster Golf Club, on Monday 19th February - This occasion, the highlight of our Borough's sporting year, saw winners & runners-up presented with their awards by dignitaries & sponsors' representatives. The occasion was held in the presence of Her Worshipful The Mayor of Havering, Counciller Linda Van den Hende.
Junior Sports Competitor-of-the-Year (sponsored by West & Coe Funeral Directors)
Winner - Max Law - International javelin thrower.
Runner-up - Liam Purton - International badminton player.
Sports Competitor-of-the-Year(sponsored by MDS Printers of Upminster)
Winner -  Geoff Webb - International rifle shooter.
Runner-up - Graham Newberry - International figure skater.
Disability Sports Competitor-of-the-Year(sponsored by the Beadle family)
Winner -  Bradley Donovan - County standard cricketer, and coach.
Runner-up -  Keiran O'Hara - County standard middle-distance runner.
Sports Volunteer-of-the-Year (sponsored by Cllr.John Mylod)
Winner - Sam Harrison - Athletics throwing events coach.
 Runner-up - Elise Donn - Tennis coach and umpire.
Senior School Team-of-the-Year (sponsored by Brentwood M & E Services)
Winner- Coopers Coburn Gymnastics team.
Runner-up -  Coopers Coburn Athletics team
Primary School Team-of-the-Year (sponsored by Cllr.Melvin Wallace)
Winner - St.Edward's Athletics Team
Runner-up - St.Edward's Water Polo Team.
Sports Club-of-the-Year (sponsored by DMS Fencing)
Winner - Havering Athletic Club.
Runner-up - Havering Triathlon Club.
The Doug Riden Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by McDonalds Restaurants of Romford)
This awarded to a Havering resident who's given 15 years or more committed & dedicated service to local sport. It's awarded in memory of former Havering Sports Council President Doug Riden, who himself gave decades of meritorious service to local sport before passing-on in 2002.  
Winner - Warren Roe
                                                      Issued by Havering Sports Council (01708-377382)