A town designed for healthy living

Welwyn Garden City, blessed with wonderful clubs, schools and facilities, has produced many sporting heroes including Sir Nick Faldo, David James, Tom Lewis, Jodie Williams and several international players, both men and women, in a variety of sports.

It has also been the nursery and testing ground where others have come to learn and hone their skills, not least Olympic gold-medallist Laura Trott-Kenny with the Welwyn Wheelers on Gosling’s cycle track.

WGC Sport for All - Cycling

Sport has played an important role in Welwyn Garden City for 100 years. The origins of some of our Clubs go back to the very early years of Welwyn Garden City.

Today it has an excellent range of over 60 sports clubs who offer sporting opportunities for everyone whatever their age or ability. All these clubs along with uniformed youth groups and sports based organisations, expressed huge enthusiasm  for joining in the Centenary celebrations during 2020. 

While all events are currently on hold, we are committed to delivering as many of the planned events as possible, as soon as we are able, running into 2021.  All participants will receive specially designed commemorative trophies or medals or other types of memorabilia.

Invaluable assistance is being given by GLL/Better, which manages all of the town’s major public sports venues and facilities, and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council are similarly enthusiastic in their support.

Events held in 2020 - Orienteering for all

We were delighted to launch our WGC100 sports programme with two orienteering events run by the Hertfordshire Orienteering Club. Over 170 people of all ages and fitness attended the events at Sherrardspark Wood and one at Mardley Heath.  

Club planned events and activities include:

Archery (Howard Bowmen) – a display and competition

Athletics (Phoenix Athletics Club) – a road race

Badminton (Welwyn Hatfield Community Badminton Network, DK Way Academy, GSP Badminton and Letchworth Community Badminton Network) – Adult and Junior Tournaments and other events and a match against a Club from Denmark

Bowls (Welwyn Garden City, Parkside, Welwyn, Shire Park, Hatfield and De Havilland Clubs) – Open Days and an inter-club tournament

Bridge (Welwyn Garden City Bridge Club) – a Safari event

Cricket (Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield Hyde and Hatfield & Crusaders Clubs) – a match against Letchworth, a Junior Festival and a T20 competition between all the Clubs

Cycling (Welwyn Wheelers and Welwyn Hatfield Cycling) – the Petit Tour racing event in the Town Centre, Cyclo Cross events, Omnium events and, possibly, a social cycling tour

Golf (Welwyn Garden City, Mill Green, Panshanger and Brocket Hall Clubs) – An inter-Club tournament, Junior Par 3 tournaments, a schools tournament, a Ladies match, foot golf and other activities

Gymnastics (Valdez Gymnastics Club and Gosling Gymnastics Club) – various tournaments

Hockey (Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club) – various tournaments

Lacrosse (Welwyn Warriors Lacrosse Club) – a schools tournament and a seniors match

Martial Arts (Bushin Martial Arts) – various competitions

Netball (SAS Netball Club) – Senior and Junior tournaments as part of a Festival of Netball

Orienteering (Garden City Orienteers) – many and varied events based in the town and nearby locations with an emphasis on ‘Come and Try it’

Rugby (Welwyn Rugby Club) – a Touch Rugby competition, a match against Letchworth and a Family Fun Day

Running and Triathlon (Active Training World and Garden City Runners) – several events ranging from a 2020 race (20.20k), a Half Marathon, a 10k race plus triathlon events at Stanborough Lakes

Sailing – (Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club) – a Regatta and a Punch Bowl event at Stanborough Lakes

Squash (Gosling Squash Club) – a Senior and Junior tournament

Swimming (Welwyn Garden Swimming Club) – a Gala and some events based around Lifesaving

Table Tennis (Spins, and Digswell Table Tennis Clubs) – a tournament

Tennis (Dellcott, Orchard, Digswell and Gosling Tennis Clubs) – inter-club tournament, and a mini tennis event

Volleyball (Welwyn Hatfield Volleyball Club) – a tournament

Youth Football (Welwyn Garden City Football Club, Panshanger Football Club, Welwyn Pegasus Football Club) – several Junior Football Tournaments at the different Clubs

Senior Football (Welwyn Garden City and Lemsford) Welwyn Garden City Football Club will play Letchworth and Lemsford plan a one day tournament

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Meet the Sport for All Organising Team

David Bartlett, Welwyn Hatfield Sport and Physical Activity Alliance

David Bartlett

John Beech

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