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 rugby players, both men and women.  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. 

2020, another Olympic year, will see over 8000 people of all ages celebrating a year of sport in our town.  Having met with more than half of the town’s 60-odd sports clubs, several schools and uniformed youth groups and sports based organisations, we are delighted with the enthusiasm shown by all for joining in the Centenary celebrations.  

Ideas range from simple ‘come and try it’ opportunities to inter-club competitions and even taking on other towns in one-off matches to show who is best.  Many Clubs are also contemplating having similar competitions in future years.

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

From the clubs’ point of view, they will showcase what they have to offer in order to attract new members, players and supporters and they might even win a trophy or two.  For the players and spectators, they will take away memories that will last a lifetime, and it is hoped all participants will receive specially designed commemorative medals or t-shirts or other types of memorabilia.

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Our Week of Sport

Saturday 27th June to Sunday 5th July

Events for all sports will take place throughout the year, with a focus on a Week of Sport including some big events such as:

  • The WGC Petit Tour - Sunday 28 June
  • GLL/Better Open Day / Come and Try It – Saturday 4 July
  • Dragonboat racing at Stanborough Lakes – Sunday 5 July
  • Sports weeks at each of the schools

Club planned events and activities include

Badminton (Welwyn Hatfield Community Badminton Network, DK Way Academy, GSP Badminton and Knebworth Inclusive Badminton Club) – an Adult and Junior Tournament and other events

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) – possibly a centenary match against Letchworth and a competition between all the Clubs

Cycling (Welwyn Hatfield Cycling and Welwyn Wheelers) – the Petit Tour racing event in the Town Centre, a “Come and Try It” session and, possibly a social cycling tour

Golf (Welwyn Garden City, Mill Green, Panshanger and Brocket Hall Clubs) – An inter-Club tournament, Open Days and youth competitions

Hockey (Welwyn Garden City Hockey Club) – a tournament

Lacrosse (Welwyn Warriors Lacrosse Club) – a junior tournament and a Centenary match

Martial Arts (Bushin Martial Arts, Welwyn Garden City Judo and Kamaete School of Karate Clubs) – various competitions and Open Days

Netball (SAS Netball Club and Welwyn Hatfield Netball League) – Senior and Junior tournaments linked to a Festival of Netball

Orienteering (Herts Orienteering Club) – a ‘Come and Try it’ event and several competitions

Rugby (Welwyn Rugby Club) – a Touch Rugby competition and a Family Fun Day

Running and Triathlon (Garden City Runners) – several events ranging from a Half Marathon, through 10k and 5k runs and a Family 2K run as well as races around the track at Gosling

Sailing – (Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club) – a Regatta 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, Orchard and Digswell Table Tennis Clubs) – a tournament

Tennis (Dellcott, Orchard, Digswell and Gosling Tennis Clubs) – inter-club tournament, an exhibition match and Open Days

Volleyball (Welwyn Hatfield Volleyball Club) – a tournament

Yoga – public demonstration and a come-and-try it session

Youth Football (Panshanger Football Club) – several events including the Summer Football Tournament at Panshanger Football Club with a Centenary Fair Play award.

Who knows, the next generation of sporting superstars may be on view at a sporting occasion near you, but in any event, Welwyn Garden City is sure to live up to its original billing as “A Town Designed for Healthy Living”.

So, if your Sport or Club is not involved yet, you are interested in sponsoring any of the events, or you would simply like to know more, please get in touch with us by using the links on the first page.

Our Group has experience across a number of sports and we are always willing to have a chat with and bring on board anyone who wants to join in and help. If you would like to do so, or if you are not sure whether your sport or Club is involved, contact John Beech and Eric Walsby by e-mailing us at:

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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


The Foundation can accept no responsibility for the organisation or regulation of any satellite events arranged to mark the centenary of Welwyn Garden City. This includes but is not limited to public liability insurance, health and safety issues (including risk assessments, Performance Licenses and safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults), transport, hiring of facilities, and any costs associated. The use of the Foundation name and logo does not infer any specific oversight or involvement of the Foundation unless stated.”