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. All this has been done because the town not only has very good central sports facilities at Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough Park and elsewhere, but also an excellent range of sports clubs who offer sporting opportunities for everyone whatever their age or ability. The origins of some of our Clubs go back to the very early years of Welwyn Garden City.
2020, another Olympic year, will see over 8,000 people of all ages celebrating a year of sport in our town using all of these facilities. Having met with virtually all 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 (and another Country) in one-off matches to show who is best. Many Clubs are also contemplating having similar competitions in future years and are also taking the opportunity to work together to promote their sport but, importantly, to have a good time.
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. For the players and spectators, they will take away memories that will last a lifetime, and all participants will receive specially designed commemorative trophies or medals or other types of memorabilia.
We are especially delighted that so many local companies have offered to sponsor and support what we plan. Their assistance will ensure that a lack of funds is no barrier to what Clubs want to do and that the trophies and medals will be something that Clubs and individuals will compete for and be happy to gain.
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:
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
As well as a multitude of sports events during Schools’ Sports Week our Primary Schools will have their annual Primary School Games at Gosling Sports Park which will include many activities based on Centenary themes. We also hope to have a Secondary School Games.
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: