Bedford Sports Awards 2017

A message sent on behalf of the Sports Development Team:

Dear All,

We need your help to ensure that we try and get as many nominees from the local community as possible for the Bedford Sports Awards.

These awards really are for everyone and we want to get a wide range of groups, schools, clubs, coaches, volunteers recognised. Plesae can you help by passing on this information to your many networks and contacts and of course, making nominations yourself. We can provide any hard copy posters / forms you need on request if that helps.

Bedford Sports Awards 2017 – Who is your local sporting hero?

It is time to start making your nominations for the 2017 awards….and it only takes 10 minutes to complete an online form! We want nominations from a wide range of individuals, schools, teams, groups and coaches who have made a contribution to local sport during the last year and deserve to be recognised. Awards are made for dedication, hard work and helping others as well as individual achievement and inspiration.

Full details about the awards and all 11 categories along with the online nomination form are available HERE or by visiting www.bedford.gov.uk/sportsawards.

The event will take place on the evening of Monday 11 December at the Bedford Corn Exchange and the deadline for nominations is Wednesday 22 November.

Please make sure your coach, club, school or sport is on the list of those being recognised by completing the quick and easy nomination form. Everyone nominated is invited to the high profile ceremony and we want to make sure that as many people as possible are nominated to help celebrate all the hard work and dedication within local sport. Please help promote the awards by circulating this information/email as widely as possible.

Thank you for your support and please contact us if you need any further information or require anything else to help you promote these awards. We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Thanks

Sports Development Team

New Biddenham Country Park Sports Centre

Kempston Town will be playing at their new ground Kings Field

After months of negotiation, we can now reveal that Kings Field will be the permanent home of AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College. Along with our partners at Bedford Tigers RLFC, with whom we will share the facility, we have negotiated a very long term lease with Linden Homes & Bovis Homes, that will allow both clubs to flourish.

The development sits just on the edge of Biddenham, off the new bypass and alongside a lovely country park. The £2.8million complex boasts 6 changing rooms, 4 officials rooms, 2 locker rooms, kitchen, meeting room and a very spacious hall. Outside the building it boasts a large well lit car park with 148 spaces, a large cycle shelter plus 3 adult pitches and 2 junior pitches.

The facility will be run by a committee made up of members of both clubs, plus other members of the local community and the developers. This will allow the club to be run with transparency and integrity, and to help engage the local community and for them to feel a part of this great complex.

This will be the first time that Kempston Town has had its own home, and the club are relishing the opportunity to drive forward and achieve it’s goals. The players have been excited and eager, and it was fantastic to be able to play our first two games last weekend. We have lots of ambitions and targets for the coming years, and this will give us the opportunity to achieve those, and not be in the hands of other people.

We are currently in negotiations with several breweries who are very keen to be involved, and the proposal is that we will have a licensed bar in as soon as possible. We believe that this will be a fantastic venue for parties etc, and can’t wait to welcome you all into our new home.

We do have several sponsorship opportunities available, so if you are a local company, and would like to get involved, please drop me a line on the details below.

Regards

Gary Ingerson

Email: garyingerson627@virginmedia.com
Tel: 07800 864040

Last training day for Biddenham Youth Cricket 2017

The last training day for Biddenham Youth Cricket took place on the evening of Monday 17th July 2017 with various age category’s represented. There were many of this year’s junior membership of 90 along with their families present.  This number was up from 55 last year. The cricket field was full of various training activities taking place with busy coaches directing  Its not often you see such a busy playing field in Deep Spinney!

The weather was fantastic, hot and sunny, perfect cricket weather. It has been the same throughout most of the 2017 season.

At the finish all children were given a traditional pizza to celebrate the end  of season. Chris Spurgeon gave a presentation about the success of Biddenham youth cricket. He stated that this year’s success can be measured by the number of children participating and given the opportunity to play fixtures. All volunteers and supporting staff were thanked as cricket would not be possible without them. The Village of Biddenham can be justifiably proud of their cricket teams and club.

A number of fixtures still remain to be completed with the next one in Pavenham on 23 July 2017.

Some pictures of the celebration can be seen below:-

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Biddenham Cricket Club

Spotlight on Biddenham Junior cricket Club at Harrold

On a rather cool but sunny Sunday 25th June 2017, Biddenham junior (under 9) cricket club played an away cricket match in the beautiful village of Harrold. Despite the tremendous efforts by the team and going against their normal good form the match was unfortunately lost to Harrold juniors.  Many parents were present and all  enjoyed the lively and competitive match.  The team are looking forward to their next match at home to Elstow on 2nd July 2017.

A team picture is available at biddenham juniors

Biddenham Cricket Club

If there are any other Biddenham clubs or societies that would like to be in the spot light please forward details to info@biddenham.org.uk.

The Biddenham Cricket Club season is about to start!

The 2017 season at Biddenham CC sees the club expanding its youth section to run an extra team. Teams this year will be run at U9, U11, U13 and U15

Junior training commences at the Pavilion on Monday 17th April and continues each Monday from 6pm until mid July

If you would like to join the youth section please come to the pavilion at 6pm on a Monday evening to register or contact our youth co-ordinator Chris Spurgeon at chris_spurgeon@hotmail.com Senior teams will again operate on Saturdays, Sundays and on Midweek evenings.  The Saturday team will play in Division 1 of the Four Counties League. The Sunday league team are promoted to Division 3 of The Bedfordshire County League.  The Sunday friendly side will operate regularly from mid June until the end of August.   Our Midweek team will play in the Bedford Midweek league and also the Hospital Cup.

If you would like to play for one, or all, of the senior teams please contact our cricket secretary Richard Fone at richard.fone@tesco.net

More details, including subscription rates, can be found on the club website at http://biddenham.play-cricket.com/

Richard Fone

Bedford Junior Parkrun

For all families with children in Biddenham, Bedford now has a Junior Park Run from 2017. it is located at Jubilee Park every Sunday morning at 9am.  It is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14. Parents can run with their children but they will not be timed through the finishing gateway.

The Parkrun is free, safe and easy to take part in. If you are not a junior and wish to participate as an adult then please come along to the weekly Saturday parkrun events instead.

Registered park-runners do not need to register separately for the junior events. However, if you are not already registered with parkrun you can do so here.

We look forward to seeing you at the next junior parkrun!