WGC 100 Sport for All - Celebrating a Century of Sport

Walk, cycle, run, explore & have fun outdoors in WGC!

Two new activity maps were launched yesterday as part of the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation’s Sport for All project.

The new WGC Orienteering Photo Trail explores the town centre while the new activity maps covers cycle paths, bridleways, the Centenary Walk covering open spaces in and around the town.

Sport for All leaders John Beech and Eric Walsby said: “We had planned with local sports clubs for nearly 100 sports events to take place across the town throughout the Centenary year. Sadly, we managed to deliver only two before Covid put a stop to the rest.  

“As a result of financial support from our brilliant local sponsors, we were delighted to help the WelHat Cycling and Herts Orienteering Clubs to produce two superb maps showing activities and routes that can be enjoyed by all in and around our wonderful town for many years to come.  The maps are a visual delight and can be enjoyed both as a source of local information and as encouragement to get out and enjoy local sports and leisure opportunities – an on-going legacy in the time-honoured tradition of Ebenezer Howard’s ‘Town Designed for Healthy Living’.”

The activity map is a significant update of the original map produced in 2005. It now shows all main paths around the Borough where cycling is permitted and many key footpaths. It was produced as a result of a collaboration between WelHat Cycling, Herts County Council and the original designer, Stephen Wragg. The map is part of a series of similar maps covering main cycle routes and conurbations across Hertfordshire. Its update was led by Roger Moulding and Adam Edwards of WelHat Cycling and generously sponsored by Austin’s Family Funeral Directors, Waitrose and WHBC.

The Orienteering Photo Trail was created by the Hertfordshire Orienteering Club and offers a great introduction to people who have never tried the sport before, as well as a Running Time Challenge for more experienced participants.  You can start anywhere marked on the map, run or walk it, do it solo or as a group or family and exercise both mind and body!

Both maps can be picked up in various outlets across the town including the Library, Waterstones and Oxfam Book Shop.

A photo of the Mew Activities Map Launch
Claire Austin – MD of Austin’s Funeral Services | John Beech – WGCCF Sport for All | OJ Daya – Branch Manager – Waitrose | Helena Heslin – Manager of the Two Willows | Dave Bartlett – WGCCF Sport for All | Eric Walsby – WGCCF Sport for All |Hedley Calderbank – Herts Orienteering | Adam Edwards – Chairman of WelHat Cycling

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Meet the Sport for All Organising Team

David Bartlett, Welwyn Hatfield Sport and Physical Activity Alliance

David Bartlett

John Beech

John Beech

Photo of Graeme Bell, Board Member

Graeme Bell

Matt Rayner

Eric Walsby

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