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WV Active will be offering six weeks of free sporting activities for Wolverhampton residents to enjoy this summer.

The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Summer of Sport starts on Monday 23 July and continues until Friday 31 August across all three leisure centres, WV Active Aldersley, WV Active Central and WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams.

Free activities on offer include badminton, tennis, squash, table tennis, family swimming lessons and fitness classes, and can be enjoyed by adults and children of all ages.

Those who want to take advantage of the offer must be residents of Wolverhampton and will need to register for temporary Summer of Sport membership for free via the WV Active website.

Councillor Steve Evans, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Environment, said: “We are delighted to be offering a wide range of free activities for local residents of all ages during the school holidays, and I’d encourage people to sign up for their Summer of Sport today.”

The Summer of Sport programme is being supported with funding from the council’s Public Health service.

Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Hazel Malcolm, said: “It is important that as many people as possible have the opportunity to enjoy sport and exercise, and by offering a wide range of free sessions at our leisure centres from 23 July to 31 August we hope that even more residents will be able to enjoy a fit and active summer.

“This ties in well with our Vision for Public Health, whereby we create the right sort of environment in which people are better able to look after their own health and wellbeing.”

World No.1 long jumper Lorraine Ugen has been handed the honour of captaining the British team at the Athletics World Cup in London from 14-15 July.

Ugen, who secured her place at the Athletics World Cup with an impressive victory at the Müller British Athletics Championships earlier this month, was chosen to captain the British team by performance director Neil Black.

The 26-year-old is currently enjoying a fine summer having retained her British long jump title with a world lead, Championship record, best British performance of the day and personal best leap of 7.05m in Birmingham and won the Stockholm leg of the IAAF Diamond League in June.

In partnership with the Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, which commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote for the very first time, the Athletics World Cup will see all eight competing nations led by female captains.

Lorraine Ugen said: “It feels great to be named team captain. We have a great set of athletes coming out for the first World Cup and I am looking forward to being the captain for these athletes and hope that we can put on a show for the home crowd. I am most looking forward to the team spirit that comes with competing in a team event rather than just focusing on individual events only. We will all be cheering each other so we can fight to score the most points. It’s nice to see female leads on all teams. It will be an inspiration to young girls and athletes out there that they can be leaders in sport and hopefully inspire them to want to do the same. I have been training well so I hope to go out there and score well for my team.”

Neil Black, Performance Director at British Athletics, said: “It is a pleasure to announce Lorraine as captain of the British team for the Athletics World Cup in her home town of London. Lorraine is not just a world-class long jumper but a pleasure to have on any team and a fantastic role model within the sport, which is a vital characteristic of any captain. I’ve no doubt Lorraine will lead by example with her performance on the track and also with her enthusiasm and love of the sport off the track as well.”

With chants of ‘it’s coming home’ and the nations expectations on their shoulders, the England team face down against a Croatia team that many thought would be an easy match to reach the final.

Despite a wonderful start through a 20 yard free kick by Kieran Trippier after only 5 minutes, England were unable to take advantage of any of the multitude of chances they created for themselves.

It was this inability to get a second that seemed to give Croatia a new lease of life in the second half, and lo and behold in the 68th minute Croatia equalised through Perisic.

Neither team was able to break the deadlock, which was surprising considering the level of play and talent on show on the pitch.

Extra time and penalties loomed, but England started to look tired and unfortunately in the 109th minute Mandzukic shattered the hopes and dreams of the millions of England fans watching worldwide.

Just like that, ‘it’ was no longer ‘coming home’.

As bitterly disappointed as the team will be that they didn’t make it all the way to the final, there are so many positives to take away from this World Cup, not least the team itself which overachieved and showed a level of passion, pride, hunger and teamwork that has been sorely lacking from previous national squads.

Gareth Southgate should be celebrating his decision to give our young players a chance to show that we can get past the starting line. Playing exciting football and always looking positive, this is a team to now work on for the Euros and beyond.

As a nation we should be extremely proud of what the team has achieved, and be very excited to look to the future with this team.

Organisers of the Athletics World Cup, in conjunction with the World Platinum Investment Council, today revealed the highly coveted Platinum Trophy. Made from solid platinum, which is 30 times rarer than gold, the unique trophy will be presented to the captain of the winning nation of the inaugural event at the London Stadium in less than ten days’ time (14-15 July).

Coinciding with the launch of the British team, Commonwealth silver medallist Morgan Lake, British 200m champion Beth Dobbin, European under-23 gold medallist Ojie Edoburun and Athletics World Cup Chief Executive Niels de Vos were all on hand to unveil The Platinum Trophy at Dartmouth House in London today.

Eight nations – China, France, Germany, GB & NI, Jamaica, Poland, South Africa and USA – will battle it out over two floodlit evenings at the London Stadium in a bid to get their hands on The Platinum Trophy, which is believed to be the most valuable sporting trophy ever made, surpassing those of the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon as well as the NHL’s Stanley Cup.

The reveal of The Platinum Trophy follows on from the unveiling of the Athletics World Cup medals last month with a first of its kind Platinum Winners’ Medal on offer in addition to the traditional gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the top three athletes in each of the 34 events.

The Platinum Trophy was shaped and formed in separate pieces, before being assembled, with the entire process completed by hand using traditional techniques. The Trophy took more than 650 man hours to create, stands at 512mm tall and weighs a total of over 6kg. The base was made using bog oak, believed to be 5000 years old, from the Fens in Cambridgeshire.

Commonwealth silver medallist Morgan Lake said: “It is always an honour to be selected to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland, especially for a home event. I have such fond memories of competing in the high jump at the World Championships last year in London, the atmosphere was amazing and I cannot wait to get back into the stadium.

“After jumping a personal best at the British Championships I’m really excited to see what comes next for me, and I’m looking forward to the Athletics World Cup.”

British 200m champion and Scottish record holder Beth Dobbin said: “It has been a crazy season so far for me but it feels great to be handed my senior British debut at the Athletics World Cup. If you had asked me at the start of the season if I would be in this position I would have probably said no but I knew if I started running well I could start to achieve what I have done. It is a dream come true and I can’t wait to run for Britain at the London Stadium.”

European under-23 100m champion Ojie Edoburun said: “I am excited to pull on the British vest and run in my home town at the Athletics World Cup next weekend. I have had some great moments competing for Britain, becoming the European junior champion in 2015 and the European under-23 champion last year, and I am relishing the opportunity to test myself against seven other top sprinters in front of a passionate home crowd at the London Stadium.”

Chief Executive of the Athletics World Cup, Niels de Vos, said: “With less than ten days to go until the Athletics World Cup, we are pleased to reveal the unique Platinum Trophy that all eight nations will be competing for across two exciting days of sporting.

“Along with the Platinum Winners’ Medals we are offering the successful nation at the Athletics World Cup a prize like no other in world sport. The Trophy is befitting of the hard work and dedication made by all athletes in their bid to be the best they can be.

“We look forward to welcoming all of the athletes and staff from each of the eight competing nations back to London next week and then watching the action unfold at the best athletics venue in the world at the London Stadium.”

Chief Executive of the World Platinum Investment Council, Paul Wilson said: “Athletics constantly endeavour to push beyond the boundaries of what we all think is possible. We see the making and gifting of The Platinum Trophy and winners medals as a fitting tribute to this. As the world’s most prestigious precious metal, platinum’s rarity and aesthetic beauty stand as a symbol of outstanding achievement, elite performance and prestige.”

The 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT British Championships springs into action at Arena Birmingham, on 22-23rd September 2018.

2018 has been a brilliant year so far for our gymnasts, with 13 major medals gained in the recent European Championships, so this is a fantastic opportunity to be wowed by first class performances from both our senior squad and our up-and-coming stars.

Lucky spectators could witness the return of history-making trampoline Olympic Silver Medallist Bryony Page on home soil, as she takes on stiff competition from world team bronze medallists Laura Gallagher and Kat Driscoll. Nathan Bailey and Luke Strong will go head to head for the men’s senior trampoline crown. Our disability trampoline gymnasts will also perform exhilarating routines in a bid for the prestigious medals.

The senior tumbling teams lead by 2018 European champion Lucie Colebeck, and her teammates Yasmin Taite, Kristof Willerton, Greg Townley and Elliott Browne will show off their immense power and skill down the tumbling track, guaranteeing to leave the crowds stunned.

DMT gymnasts will bring their explosive power and high-flying stunts in a bid for the British titles. The newly crowned Junior European team champions and individual senior gold medallist Kirsty Way will be looking for perfectly executed routines to edge out the competition.

Get the most out of the event with unreserved seating, and watch all three disciplines up close and personal. One thing’s for sure, you will be treated to truly spectacular and inspiring gymnastics performances from Britain’s best trampoline, tumbling and DMT gymnasts.

Eloquent Praise and Empowerment Dance Company, an award-winning community interest company located in the heart of Birmingham currently works with around 80+ young people aged 4-18 years on a weekly basis providing dance and drama tuition as well as voluntary mentoring empowerment services.

"Our mission is to inspire the next generation through the creative arts whilst training them to become the best possible versions of themselves. "

50 Eloquent dancers aged between 7-17 qualified and were selected to represent England at the prestigious Dance World Cup which took place in Barcelona, Spain from 22 June - 1st July 2018.

Dance World Cup is the world’s largest dance competition whereby over 5000 dancers from across the world compete to battle for world titles.  The event was Live Streamed, watched by over 10,000 people across the world. Eloquent Praise Dancers were fortunate enough to qualify in over 5 sections that competed at DWC, beating off some tough competition from across the UK.

After months of long rehearsals , costume preparation and fundraising events; 50 Eloquent praise  dancers aged 7-17years set off on Sunday 24th June to Barcelona, Spain with a dream to conquer, succeed and achieve.

On Wednesday 27th June , 2018 Eloquent Praise dancers were crowned Bronze Medallists, ranking top 3 in the world! Eloquent represented England well by going head to head with Spain, Macau, India, Bulgaria, Portugal, Hong Kong and plenty of other countries.

"There were a whopping 17 countries in total and Eloquent were absolutely ecstatic to be walking away with BRONZE MEDALS… All hard work had paid off!"

"Our dancers felt very privileged to be competing against some of the best in the world considering it was their first experience competing outside the UK. Dancers trained for a total of 15 hours a week some weeks whilst balancing rehearsals around their school commitments , GCSEs and college work."

British junior record holders Molly Caudery and Jake Norris head the 40-strong British junior team for the World Junior Championships in Tampere from 10-15 July.

Caudery twice broke the British record in Mannheim at the weekend, vaulting 4.45m and 4.53m on her way to victory, moving her to outright second place on the world junior rankings.

Norris, who is ranked second in the world at Under-20 level, backed up his record breaking 80.45m throw in Bedford at the England U20/U23 Championships with another 80m plus throw in Mannheim, recording 80.28m to take victory.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in the women’s heptathlon Niamh Emerson (David Feeney, Amber Valley & Erewash), who is currently ranked fourth in the world at junior level, will look to add another medal to her tally on the world stage.

Fellow Commonwealth Games star Alastair Chalmers (Dale Garland, Guernsey) set another 400m hurdles personal best at the weekend of 50.52 in his native Guernsey, while fellow 400m hurdler Alex Knibbs (Nick Dakin, Amber Valley & Erewash) set a huge personal best of his own, clocking 50.57 in Mannheim – the pair sit fourth and fifth respectively on the all-time British junior list for the 400m hurdles.

Jona Efoloko (John Smith, Sale Harriers Manchester) will look to build on his European Under 18 and Under 20 200m medals in 2016 and 2017 respectively with a first world championship medal, while Kristal Awuah (Matthew Thomas, Herne Hill Harriers) will compete outside of the United Kingdom for only the second time.

European Under-18 gold medallists Holly Mills (long jump, James Coney, Andover) and Isabelle Boffey (800m, Douglas Stone, Enfield & Haringey) earn another British vest, as does double European Under-18 & Under-20 1500m champion, Jake Heyward (James Thie, Cardiff).

Current under-20 women’s 3000m European leader and fourth placer at the European Junior Championships in Tbilisi last year Amelia Quirk (Mick Woods, Bracknell) is selected and is joined by fellow endurance runner Tom Mortimer (Christopher Brown, Stroud), who is ranked second in Europe in the 5000m and recorded a 20-second personal best at the weekend of 13:57.95.

Team Leader for the British juniors, Trevor Painter, said: “We’ve selected a strong team for the World Junior Championships that we believe has an excellent chance of challenging for medals.

“We saw some excellent performances at Mannheim International over the weekend which produced great levels of competition from all our athletes, with personal bests broken all over the track and field, a trend which we hope continues in Tampere.

“The team contains a strong array of medal prospects and athletes that we believe can reach the finals of their respective event and thrive on the World Junior Championship stage.”

The British Athletics junior team for the World Junior Championships on 10-15 July 2018:

Protecting the existing supply of sports playing pitches, enhancing them and providing extra new sites wherever possible are the key themes underpinning a new strategy to promote sport at all levels.

Members of the council’s Cabinet are being asked to approve the latest version of the city’s Playing Pitch Strategy at their next meeting on June 26.

The document, covering the period up to 2031, has been produced in collaboration with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, a number of sporting national governing bodies and under the guidance of Sport England.

It covers pitches used for football, cricket, both codes of rugby, hockey, and lacrosse as well as other 3G and grass sports pitches (such as those used for American football and kabaddi and tennis courts).

The study shows there is already a shortfall of sites for a number of sports or overplay on pitches, with the situation likely to deteriorate in the absence of a clearly defined strategy for the future. It has been produced in partnership with neighbouring Solihull to ensure there is no overlap or duplication of effort by the adjoining local authorities.

Under the new strategy, which is set to form a key part of the council’s Birmingham 2022 legacy planning, these challenges will be tackled in a number of ways including: the protection of pitches through planning policies; secure tenure and access to sites for development-minded clubs; working with partner organisations and stakeholders to secure fresh sources of funding; and to identify opportunities to add to existing stock, possibly through better use of existing sites.

The strategy also outlines an aim to maximise community use of education facilities, improving quality and securing developer contributions for projects.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This strategy outlines the council’s clear commitment to an accessible, high-quality and sustainable network of sports facilities that promote opportunities for participation by all citizens at all levels of play from grassroots to elite.

“With the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham in 2022, it is vitally important that we have a clear plan how the city will deliver sport before and after the 11 days of first-class action dazzle crowds in our arenas and viewers watching on television around the world.

“Through this plan we are taking a joined-up approach, ensuring the needs of sport are linked to the wider Birmingham Development Plan that will deliver sustainable growth for the city and the improved opportunities for better lives that this offers to all.

“Birmingham loves sport and this plan shows the love the city has for its sports facilities. It is a document that will form a key part of our legacy planning from the Commonwealth Games.”

And to ensure the strategy remains relevant, it will be treated as a “living” document with regular reviews and will be kept up to date to reflect changes in the population and sporting landscape.

Sutton Coldfield based Karate Superstar Chloe Barnes of Fairfax School is officially the worlds best! Having this year won back to back National Open, Welsh Open, Malta Open and Mediteranean titles Chloe took on the best the karate world has to offer at the Karate World Championships in Dundee.

It was one of the toughest world championships in history with over 2300 competitors from 41 countries, after a long competition and several tough rounds Chloe had to compete in a deciding contest for the gold medal. Chloe held her nerve and kicked and punched her way to become world champion in spectacular style in front of a vocal and packed arena.

Chloe also went on to become a double world medalist by winning a silver with her two Great Britain AKA teammates in the team kata competition.
Chloe puts her rise to the top down to fantastic coaching received at Streetly Shukokai Karate Club in Sutton Coldfield Birmingham, she is extremely grateful to Fairfax School for allowing her the time off and would also like to thank her family and sponsors Lookers Vauxhall for having the confidence in her to support her dreams.

Well over half of Brits are shunning the pub to watch the World Cup at home with friends and family this year (57%), according to a new study.

The survey of 2,000 people, commissioned by The Ice Co found nearly half of Brits (45%) think the pub is too “laddy”, with a similar number (43%) saying they'd rather watch it in a more civilised environment.

When it comes to the ideal drinks to serve at a World Cup viewing party, beer comes out on top. The top 10 drinks are:

  1. Ice cold beer (47%)
  2. Soft drinks with ice (35%)
  3. Cider in chilled bottles (25%)
  4. Prosecco (24%)
  5. Cocktails (23%)
  6. Extra chilled wine (22%)
  7. Gin and tonic (16%)
  8. Red wine (11%)
  9. Baileys on ice (9%)
  10. Whisky on the rocks (6%)
Interestingly, for almost two-fifths of Brits (39%), the thing they associate most with Russia is drinking vodka on ice.

So, what makes the perfect World Cup viewing party at home? The study shows having plenty of snacks in the house (52%), having lots of cold drinks in an ice box or bucket (43%), making sure everyone has a seat (37%) and stocking up on ice for drinks (33%) are the most important factors.

The Ice Co's findings have been included in a new report by food and drink futurologist Lyndon Gee, called World Cup 2018: We'll be playing at home, not away! In the report, Lyndon has also created World Cup drinking personalities, including the Penalty Taker who loves drinking games and the Referee, who tried to organise everyone and make sure all glasses are filled equally.

Lyndon Gee, commented: “There's lots of research out there, which I've cited in my report, to show that staying in is the new going out. The rise of trends such as hygge and lagom have helped fuel all of this, with many of us preferring the comfort and cosiness of our own homes than being in a busy bar or pub. This year's World Cup is no exception, with the survey from The Ice Co clearly showing a large proportion of Brits are shunning the pub, with many people saying the environment is too “laddy” and that they would rather celebrate in a more civilised way with friends and family.

“Ice cold beer is still the most popular alcoholic drink but low and no-alcohol varieties are gaining a lot of traction. Soft drinks are no longer an afterthought for summer parties, and this is evident with the growing trend for adult soft drinks. Cocktails and mocktails are also bang on trend this summer, so we'll see many people serving these at their World Cup viewing parties.”

When it comes to the ideal number of people Brits want to invite round to their World Cup party, the study shows five or six close friends and family members is the “sweet spot”.

Ginny Durdy, marketing manager at The Ice Co, which commissioned the research, said: “Our study showed two-fifths of people (22%) hate queueing for drinks at the pub. So, one of wonderful things about hosting a World Cup party at home, is you don't have to do this! There's nothing quite like getting your friends and family round to your house for a World Cup viewing party and serving them cold soft drinks, wine and beer all day long straight from a box or bucket filled with Party Ice. It's also worth stocking up on Super Cubes or slow melting Premium Ice cubes, which are a brilliant way to keep drinks like gin and tonic, cocktails and mocktails cold while you're watching the game.”

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM just one week away, Qatar Airways, the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, is preparing to unite football fans from around the world as it begins the official countdown to the World Cup.

With the first World Cup match set to kick off on 14 June in Moscow, the award-winning airline will bring fans from across the world to Russia to celebrate their love for football by taking part in one of the most highly-anticipated events on the global sports calendar.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “With just seven days until the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM begins, we could not be more pleased to be taking part in this event as the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA. This year’s tournament is especially exciting, as it is the first to take place in Russia, an extremely important market to us. In the past year, we have extended our reach in Russia by launching new daily services to St. Petersburg, Russia’s glittering cultural capital, complementing our triple-daily services to Moscow.

“As the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA, we are delighted to see the excitement building, as fans from around the world prepare to gather in Russia to cheer for their teams and celebrate their love for the game. As an airline, we believe in the power of sports to bring people together, and there is no greater event than the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM to celebrate a love for football.”

Last week, Qatar Airways launched a new 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM campaign, featuring a re-recording of the classic song ‘Dancing in the Street’ sung by renowned singer and TV star Nicole Scherzinger. The upbeat TV commercial has seen tremendous global success, with more than 20 million views  across the airline’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

To celebrate the upcoming World Cup with fans and passengers, the airline launched a social media campaign last month titled ‘FIFA Fan Match’. Participants were asked to describe themselves using five emojis for a chance to win tickets to watch the semi-finals in St. Petersburg. The highly engaging campaign was a great success, with five lucky winners from around the world looking forward to attending the World Cup semi-final match in Russia.

In April, Qatar Airways signed an MoU with Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport, Russia’s third-largest airport, committing to a potential acquisition of up to 25 per cent of the airport’s total shares, complementing the strong ties established with the country, and in support of the airline’s existing investment strategy.

To celebrate the Year of Culture between the State of Qatar and Russia, the airline also earlier this year announced a five-year partnership with Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, a prestigious event that unites the contemporary Russian art market and helps its contributors establish contacts with the international art community.

In December 2017, Qatar Airways launched a new daily service to the cultural capital of Russia, St. Petersburg, doubling the number of Russian routes operated by the carrier. The addition of St. Petersburg to Qatar Airways’ route map demonstrates the importance of the Russian market to the carrier, which has been flying to Moscow since 2004. The award-winning airline currently operates three daily flights between Moscow and Doha, in addition to a daily flight between St. Petersburg and Doha.

In May 2017, Qatar Airways announced a groundbreaking sponsorship deal with FIFA, which saw the award-winning airline become the Official Partner and Official Airline of FIFA until 2022. The partnership, one of the biggest sporting sponsorships in the world, gives Qatar Airways extensive marketing and branding rights at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the 2022 World Cup Qatar™, with an expected audience reach of more than two billion people per tournament.

The agreement sees Qatar Airways become the Official Airline Partner of the FIFA Club World Cup™, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, the FIFA Under-20 and Under 17 World Cups™, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup™, and the FIFA Interactive World Cup™.

The airline’s partnership with FIFA builds on its existing sponsorship strategy with premier sporting clubs around the world. In March, Qatar Airways signed a five-year partnership agreement with leading German football team FC Bayern München AG, making the award-winning airline an FC Bayern München platinum partner until June 2023.

Qatar Airways also recently revealed multi-year sponsorship agreements with Italian football club AS Roma, for which it will become the Official Jersey Sponsor through the 2020-21 season; and with Argentinian football club Boca Juniors, for which it will become the Official Jersey Sponsor through the 2021-22 season.

As part of a newly-enhanced three-season deal with Formula E, announced in Doha in January this year, the airline will also be the title sponsor of the upcoming Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix, taking place on 14-15 July.

The award-winning airline has received a record number of accolades recently, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.

Qatar Airways recently revealed a host of upcoming new global destinations, including the announcement that it will be the first Gulf carrier to begin direct service to Luxembourg. Other exciting new destinations to be launched by the airline include Tallinn, Estonia; Valletta, Malta; Cebu and Davao, Philippines; Langkawi, Malaysia; Da Nang, Vietnam; Bodrum and Antalya, Turkey and Málaga, Spain.

Gina Akpe Moses has spent the last 12 months preparing to race in the 2018 World Under 20 Championships, taking place in Finland next month.

Now, the 100m sprinter is further motivated to pick up a second gold medal after receiving the top trophy at BMet’s Sports Awards.

The 19-year-old received the Elite Sportsperson of the Year Award after qualifying for the championships and being on target to achieve top marks in her applied science course at Matthew Boulton College.  She has also completed an Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE).

“I’m honoured to get this award, especially as the college has so many athletes doing brilliantly in their teams and individually.” said Gina.  “I opened my season with a personal best and have been doing everything I can to keep performing at a high level.

“Awards like this and support from other students and my coaches makes me appreciate how far I’ve come.  All of it encourages me to keep looking ahead and be a better athlete.”

She continued: “The World Championships are another opportunity for me to compete against the best of the best.  Getting gold again like last year would just be amazing.  I believe I can still improve on my race time and the 2020 Olympics are an achievable goal.”

Commending Gina on her award, BMet Principal Andrew Cleaves said: “She is a rising star that keeps on rising.  The award is our way of congratulating her on her ability to make it work both on and off the field.

“This is the first time we have presented an elite sportsperson award to a student and she is a most deserving recipient.  Here’s to Gina having another excellent summer of success.”

Following the championships, Gina hopes she’ll be selected for the Senior European Athletics Championships which will be in Berlin in August.  She will then take up a place at university to study psychology.

“My college course has given me a massive insight into the different fields of science I can go into,” she added.  “I’m now an expert at juggling my training schedule with classes and coursework deadlines and of course taking time just to hang out with friends and family.  If you believe enough in what you want to achieve, somehow you make it all happen.”

BMet’s Sports Awards were held at Aston Villa Football Club with presenters including midfielder, Jordan Lyden and women’s team captain, Katy Walsh.

Over 100 students received awards in recognition of their success in individual and team competitions at both regional and national level.  Individuals were also commended for academic achievement as well as for going above and beyond in their roles as coaches, volunteers and ambassadors for sport.

We’re going to make this event a great celebration of cricket and the cultural diversity of our sport, says David Richardson. The greatest cricket celebration is just one year away. To celebrate this milestone, the LOC has released the ICC Cricket World Cup Declaration by London Poet Caleb Femi. ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson: “The ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales is truly unique. No other country in world cricket offers every competing nation a ‘home crowd’ atmosphere”.

CWC Managing Director, Steve Elworthy: “England and Wales have a rich history of staging great cricket and global sporting events with phenomenal public support. We know the ICC Cricket World Cup will be no different and fans will turn out in record numbers to support the event’. With the Cricket Family ballot closing at 8pm (BST) on 1 June – there are just two days left to register – and the response has been outstanding”.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock: “Cricket is a common language that unites nations across the world and it is fantastic that the ICC Cricket World Cup is returning to England and Wales next year”. Today marks a year to go until the greatest celebration of cricket, the ICC Cricket World Cup, gets underway when hosts England take on South Africa at The Oval in London.

The format for the 2019 edition, the same used in Australia and New Zealand in 1992, sees the 10 best teams in the world go head to head in a round-robin format, resulting in a true world champion. Building on the overwhelming success of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and 2017 as well as last year’s ICC Women’s World Cup, it is anticipated that every one of the 48 matches will attract diverse crowds creating a unique atmosphere where every team has home support.

To celebrate the milestone and start the countdown, London-based artist Caleb Femi has written a Cricket World Cup declaration setting out the promise of the event to fans around the world and what it means to cricket fans in England and Wales.

A launch event on the iconic Brick Lane will bring together cricket ambassadors, such as England captain Eoin Morgan as well as ICC Cricket Hall of Famers Brian Lara and Waqar Younis, local street cricket projects, and community leaders.

ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson said: “The ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales is truly unique. It offers every competing nation a ‘home crowd’ atmosphere with passionate fans. That combined with the best teams in the world going head to head in outstanding venues is a fantastic combination for cricket fans globally.

“We’re going to make this event a great celebration of cricket and the cultural diversity of our sport, bringing people and communities together from Manchester to Mumbai and Southampton to Sydney.”

Interest in tickets has reached a new peak in the Cricket Family Ballot and Steve Elworthy, the ICC Cricket World Cup Managing Director, said: “England and Wales have a rich history of staging great cricket and global events with phenomenal public support. We know the ICC Cricket World Cup will be no different and fans will turn out in record numbers to support the event.

‘‘With the Cricket Family Ballot closing at 8pm on 1 June – there are just two days left to register – and the response so far has been outstanding. We thank all those, from around the world who support this great game on a regular basis and it is fitting they had priority access to tickets.

“But everyone will get a chance as the Public Ballot will open on 1 August 2018 and then in September the remaining tickets will go on open sale. Our initial campaign has been an enormous success and we can be proud of the progress so far.

“Our aim is to deliver an outstanding tournament for the players, the match officials and the fans. In hosting the CWC we have an opportunity that will leave a lasting impression that will inspire more people to play or get involved in cricket not only in England and Wales but across the world.”

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock said: “Cricket is a common language that unites nations across the world and it is fantastic that the ICC Cricket World Cup is returning to England and Wales next year. We have a brilliant track record in the UK for hosting major sports events, which help inspire future generations to take part. I’m extremely proud that we will host the biggest tournament in cricket and look forward to welcoming the world in the summer of 2019.”

The ICC Cricket World Cup will culminate with the fifth final at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on 14 July and Lord’s will be one of 11 venues joining Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, County Ground Taunton, Edgbaston, Hampshire Bowl, Headingley, Old Trafford, The Oval, The Riverside and Trent Bridge as host venues.

Next week the borough of Haringey welcomes a competition with a difference, the World Football Cup.

Coles Park Stadium in Tottenham – home to Haringey Borough FC – is hosting the CONIFA competition, made up of non-FIFA teams from all over the world. Five games will be played there from May 31 to June 3. And the man tasked with getting the stadium and 3G pitch ready is Borough men’s manager Tom Loizou.

"I’m the Borough manager but I’m also the groundsman. So I’ll be brushing the pitch, checking the floodlights, cleaning the stands – even making sure we’ve got the burgers in."

Tom has been Borough manager for nine years, and has helped them soar up the leagues. They’ve just been promoted again, and next season they’ll play in the Bostik Premier. But that doesn’t stop him pitching in.

"I brush the pitch twice a week, I do the weeding around the club grounds. After every game I sweep the terraces. I have to unblock the toilets, I put up the nets, I do all the maintenance and painting."

Tom, who has years of coaching and managing experience and did a stint as Leyton Orient’s caretaker-manager, works tirelessly on the stadium all year round. The dugouts were welded together by a local mechanic and one of the stands used to be a driving range.

He says:

"I had to hand-dig the fences around the edge of the ground. I started in April last year and finished in August. There were too many pipes and wires to use machinery. It had to be done for the start of last season and I managed to get it done the day before kick-off."

But he says the 110m x 70m artificial 3G pitch is a blessing.

"When it was grass I had to cut it, seed it, get new soil. Now the pitch is made of shredded lorry tyres – black rubber. So you get a nice bounce. It’s much better to manage, but I have put on two stone since I stopped having to cut the grass."

 

Tom is the only full-time member of staff at the club, but has a strong team of volunteers around him – including his son and daughter. Tom says:

"It’s like a big family here. We’re trying to create a nice atmosphere so that everyone feels welcome. The fans have been unbelievable – they push us on and you end up working for them. When we went up the chairman, Aki Achillea, was acting just like a fan. The players had huge smiles and brought their kids on the pitch, players were mingling with the fans – that’s what I want for the club."

"My personal mission is for everyone to know Haringey Borough. Three years ago no one wanted to play on our pitch or come through the gates. Aki put his money where his mouth is and now we’re here. I’m a Gunner and he’s a Spurs fan, so we’re also proof that the two can live in harmony…"

The World Football Cup will be the first time the teams and players have come to Haringey Borough and this will put us on the map – I’ll also be keeping my eye out for some new players.

 

Football fans prefer their old school Premier League football heroes than today’s current crop of names according to a poll. When asked who would be their ideal goalkeepers, defenders, wingers and strikers in their five-a-side team, football fans put the likes of Beckham, Henry, Ronaldo, Gerrard, Schmeichel, Ferdinand and Terry over today’s footballing names including Salah, Kane, Aguero and Cech.

 

The research, carried out by Cadbury for its new “Ultimate 5-A-Side Tournament” promotion, which gives the public the chance to play with and against five football legends, also revealed we love playing five-a-side football.  The average five-a-side player spends 68 minutes a week playing – with women playing 1 hour 10 minutes and men playing 1 hour 7 – that’s almost 2.5 days a year. The findings also revealed that football fans think the goalkeeper is the most important position (21 per cent), over strikers, midfielders and centre backs.

 

Despite legendary players topping the dream five-a-side lists, when asked to pick one season of Premier League that has boasted the best calibre of players, the current season came out top, with almost one in ten (9 per cent) of football fans voting for it.

 

Thierry Henry, Cadbury ambassador and one of the football legends in the five-a-side promotion, reveals his top tips for a successful five-a-side team:

“Five-a-side is a great way to bring people together, it’s easy to organise and play. The five-a-side game is all about quick movement, taking fewer touches and good decision-making. It’s also a really good exercise in encouraging people to adopt good positions on the pitch, anyone chasing the ball around will be found out! This is a fantastic competition from Cadbury and I’m looking forward to meeting the winners later in the summer and playing a few games with them!”

Jamie Redknapp's ultimate 5-a-side:

  • David Seaman
  • Tony Adams
  • John Barnes
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Robbie Fowler
 

Alex Scott's ultimate 5-a-side:

  • David de Gea
  • Tony Adams
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Thierry Henry
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
The research also revealed:
  • Fans said playing football with their idols would inspire them to play more football (21 per cent) or up their game (23 per cent)
  • 18 per cent would just be concerned about making sure someone filmed it!
  • When asked how they would react if they met one of their football heroes, 29 per cent would take a selfie, followed by ask for an autograph (21 per cent) or post a picture to social media (20 per cent)
  • If they could only pick one person to play against a Premier League five-a-side team, nearly one fifth (19 per cent) would be most likely to pick their best friend, whilst one in 10 (10 per cent) would opt for their brother
  • Those who play five-a-side said they like the game because anyone can play (49 per cent) and it brings work colleagues together (43 per cent)
  • Skill (41 per cent) and stamina (36 per cent) are cited as the most important attributes for a five-a-side player.
 

Raphael Capitani, Brand manager, Cadbury says: “As part of our ongoing partnership with Premier League, which offers fans a host of money-can’t-buy opportunities; we’re very excited to be giving Cadbury fans the chance to win this once in a lifetime experience. Meeting your football heroes is one thing, but the chance to play in a five-a-side game with five football legends is another. We can’t wait to see the reactions on the day”.

 

The Cadbury promotion gives lucky winners the chance to play five-a-side football with legends Thierry Henry, Shay Given, Jamie Redknapp, Jimmy Bullard and Alex Scott. Football fans can win the chance for themselves and five mates to play either with or against these legends by heading to the Cadbury5Aside.com website throughout May and registering any Cadbury chocolate single bar barcode to get a chance to win a spot in this ultimate tournament. Terms and conditions apply.

Whether you fancy yourself as the next Kyle Edmund or you’ve never picked up a racquet, you can play tennis for free at your local David Lloyd Club on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May. All UK David Lloyd Clubs will open to the public for a tennis-filled weekend between 2pm and 5pm each day. All you have to do is register to play at www.davidlloyd.co.uk/GBTW. Take a look at what sessions we're running and the day's schedule here.

Not only can you enjoy our amazing tennis facilities but you can make the most of the whole club, meaning you can try a group exercise class or take a dip in our outdoor pool or enjoy a spot of lunch in the sun after your tennis session.