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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org