Oli reaches his goal

4ac698f3-71ef-4d5f-9f8c-38b787b274bf Whilst many of us were putting our feet up in the glorious sunshine this half term, Oli made good on his promise to raise money for the Trust Values project by enduring a gruelling cycle to Bude.  Together with his family, the two day excursion tested their resilience but despite some sore limbs, Oli passed the test and raised a lot of money for charity in the process.  Well done Oli, fantastic effort.

 

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School in Germany join the campaign

Claudia Wallbaum, a primary school teacher in Germany, has engaged her class to support the campaign to raise funds for a children’s centre in Kokrobite in Ghana.

Just like our own young fundraisers from BANES and Wiltshire, the kids in Germany have been using innovation and hard work to give up their time to raise money for a good cause.  We are very grateful and very impressed with their efforts.  In a time when the world needs to come together more than ever, this is a great example of the good people can do, no matter where they live.  Great effort all round.

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Fred Lewis reports

In front of one of the biggest crowds of the season, BWB fought back from a three goal deficit to claim to a famous victory.
Maybe it was because it was our first 11 aside game, but BWB were caught off-guard to begin with. Having let in another early goal it’s clear BWB need to work on defending corners.
We knew the opposition would be tough since they had just beaten Bristol City. With three quick forwards and a tendency to play the long ball, our defence was kept busy early on and they soon went into a 2-0 lead.
But in Woody Cole, BWB is blessed with its own speedy forward. And a wonderfully well worked goal played through the back from Tommy, Oscar, Fred, Grajcan and Djibi found its way to Woody who was able to  pick out Dan Andrews unmarked at the back post for a composed finish.
Having got back in sight, two soft goals in quick succession proved that we need to be tougher in the tackle and quicker to  respond when teams break. Going into the half time  team talk at 4-1 down, we felt like we could have done more.
A switch from to a 442 formation in the second half proved decisive as the BWB attacks immediately became more convincing. Midfielders began finding their passes, and at the end of most of them was the ever willing Woody who would go on  to score a hatrick.
With time running  out, and the crowd  on the edge of their feet, BWB were confident there would be more chances. Both the crossbar and the keeper’s heroics  kept the score even.
But with minutes to go, Tommy Nairn was determined to have the last say. Reacting quickest, we was able to direct his header into the net  to set up a tense  finale.
BWB held on for a victory that will live long in the memories of all who graced Landsdown  the evening.

Action v Charlton Athletic and Newport

 

It was another busy weekend for the Trust supported football programme.

The under 13s travelled to Charlton where they faced a tough but enjoyable game against good opposition.  The Journey may have played a factor, but the Bath boys made a terrible start by conceding 3 quick and sloppy goals.  However, they acclimatised to the quicker and more physical aspect of this standard of opposition and gave a good account of themselves.  Leo and Owen both scored two with Sam grabbing the other one, the team eventually going down 7-5, but having given a good account of themselves.

Mean while the Under 10s, 11s and 12s hosted Newport County at Lasndown.

U12 report By D Andrews:

On a blustery morning in Landsdown, the under 12 BWB team took on their Welsh counterparts. We started quite well but conceded first, so after the first quarter we were all a bit disappointed to be 1-0 down. Going into the second quarter, we knew we had to work hard and put in a few more challenges. Our hard work paid off as we scored a goal from our pressing of the keeper. After this quarter, we were happy with our progress in the match. Going into the 3rdquarter, we felt more confident, but that hope was destroyed by a goal from Newport. But then, our hope regained from a great team goal. For our last quarter, we felt satisfied with our work rate but then a ‘lucky’ goal with a lot of help from the wind put Newport 3-2 up. After a few last ditch attempts, unfortunately we were unable to score and Newport held onto the win.

Goal Scorers: Jibril and Woody

Main Points from the Match:

  • Try not to stop working until the end-never give up
  • Try to be physical (especially with the harder teams)
  • We don’t have as much time on the ball, so look for passes before you get the ball instead of dribbling through players.

Under 10 Interview:

Next shipment for Kokrobite Children’s Centre ready

Over 100 sacks of clothes were collected at the weekend and sorted by a team of the Bath & Wilts representatives.

Needing more than 5 hours to organise, sort and then package all of the clothing, energies were kept high by a small barbecue and intermittent games of table tennis and Teqball.

The boxes will be collected on Wednesday and will arrive in Ghana in approximately 4 weeks time.  They will then be distributed to members of the fishing village through our partners KCC.

Thank you to everyone who participated, not was a fun and worthwhile afternoon.

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Next round for U13s

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The Trust sponsored Bath & Wilts Schools District team ventured to Taunton on Friday night and showed great character to come from behind to progress to the next round.

The joy of missing the last lesson of the day was forgotten as the boys in blue found themselves 31 down within 10 minutes of leading 1-0 through Leo.  A combination of errors at the back and a bit of naivety in possession in the first 2 thirds allowed Taunton to take control of the game.

However, a shift of focus at half time seemed to ignite more determination and gave the Bath team a plan to turn the game.  Leo scored another three goals in succession to give Bath the lead and then Tom E finished off a lovely team move to ensure that Bath went through to the next round.  A few injuries dampened the mood slightly, but the second half performance meant the bus journey home was ‘spirited’.

 

 

Lewis overwhelmed by donations

Lewis got his fundraising for his values project and for the Kokrobite Children’s Centre under way last weekend.

Appealing to his local neighbourhood for unwanted clothing, DVDs, CDs and toys, Lewis ended up with over 250 sacks!  With help from his family he has managed to sort the donations and has been busy turning the merchandise into cash!  Great initiative from the Year 7!  I am sure, his family would like their living room back again soon though! And Lewis could probably do with a rest.  Great stuff.

Helping the environment & local causes

Toby and Harvey have come up with a fantastic idea as part of their Values project!  Not only have they thought of an idea that raises money for two charities, but they have found a way to help the local environment.  Congratulations boys, super effort! Here is an excerpt from their report:

We are making birdboxes and then selling them to raise money for our BWB football team. To take part in the free football coaching programme run by the BWB Trust and to represent the area of BANES and Wiltshire, we both need to fundraise £120 without too much help from family or friends. BWB is a football team that is not just about the ball, but we also do various other things that sometimes are nothing to do with football. | Participate Perform Grow (schoolsportstrust.co.uk)

The money will go towards maintaining the pitches and provide equipment. We are aiming to raise more than £120 so any extra money will go to Dorothy House.  Winsley Hospice – Dorothy House Hospice Care

The Bird nesting season starts in February and goes to August, so this is great time to set up a bird box in your garden! Birds need to nest somewhere every night. Natural nesting sites are declining and it is believed that this may be contributing to the decrease in numbers of many species of birds.

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The first steps to Ghana at Lansdown

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The 23 applicants chosen for the enrichment experience to Ghana in October gathered at Lansdown today to participate in short workshop about teamwork.

There were some interesting constructions in the spaghetti challenge, but more important were the observations made regarding the dynamics within their teams and their self assessment regarding the efficacy of their team work.

Amngst the characteristics highlighted as crucial to team work were:

good communication – feeling confident to give ideas – to listen – strong work ethic – being fair – being helpful

Catch a glimpse of the action here:

 

Down south

A group of 11 year olds jumped on the Trust mini bus to visit Plymouth on Saturday.

A round of golf was won by Toby Ellis before they kids battled against Plymouth, narrowly losing after 80 minutes.  Fun was had by all and the coaches were rewarded with beverages and cake at the end of it.

Older people are nicer than younger generations?

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A key component of the programme supported by the Trust is to support young people to become ambassadors for their community.   The willingness to think of others before themselves, to serve someone in some way without a thought of what they may get in return: the value of compassion has been never before so often questioned perhaps.

Researchers in a study at Birmingham University have found that older adults – by which they mean 55 and above – are more willing to help others than younger people, aged 18 to 36.  Previous studies had already determined that older people are more generous with their time and money – but that might be because in many cases they have more of each to spare.The study focused on their willingness to use up valuable energy to help others as the years go on. And it turns out they are more generous in this department as well.

“Our results showed very clearly that participants in our older age group were more likely to work harder for others, even though they would gain no significant financial reward for themselves,” said Matthew Apps, of Birmingham University.

“A lot of research has focused on the negative changes that happen as people get older. We show that there are positive benefits to getting older too. This kind of behaviour is really important for social cohesion,” added Patricia Lockwood, also of Birmingham University.

Participants were presented with a number of scenarios in which they could earn money – either for themselves or others – by squeezing the device. The amount of money on offer – and the strength of grip required to earn it – varied from one test to the next.

The results showed that when the task was easy, younger and older adults were equally willing to exert their grip to earn money for other people. But when it was harder older adults were more willing to exert themselves to help others.  In contrast, younger adults were more selfish and were much more likely to put in higher levels of effort to benefit themselves.

If this is truly the case on a broader scale, we hope that the Values project endorsed by the Trust will guide younger people to recognise the importance and value of doing something for others.

What you contribute should not be measured in terms of personal gain.  Acts of compassion, the giving of oneself is when life finds meaning.

 

Former Representatives return

Tuesday night saw the return of three Bath and Wiltshire Schools representatives to watch the current crop of 14 year olds  against BIC.

Sam volunteered to put his Carpentry skills to the test by building a cover for the generator acquired for the Pop-up cafe and Fin Sheep Blackman came to polish his face on the banner! Both boys have participated in numerous enrichment projects locally and abroad, including in Ghana and Italy and have promised to help the next generation on their journey using the 4 values.

It was a good night for the 14s as they put in a great performance.  Interviews follow:

U14 Post match Interview

 

Inspiration in abundance

More examples of creativity have been actioned this weekend as members of the Ghana expedition team have continued to push for the 20,000 target.

Niall and Luis had a successful morning at a car boot sale, whilst Victoria is buys growing plants to sell in her neighbourhood.  With school beginning again after the Easter, the holidays saw a fantastic effort from everyone to inspire other young people to be innovative and strive to put themselves out to help someone else.

The group has already amassed a fantastic total of 8088,00.  Well done everyone

April Weekend action

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Teams from the Bath & Wiltshire Schools representatives were in action at sunny Lansdown on Saturday.  The surprisingly mild weather delighted the parents who were able to enjoy a football feast throughout the day. Post match interviews follow:

U9s go close:

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3 New Awards

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The Trust is pleased to announce three recent applications for sports bursaries in the community.

Quinn, a year 6 pupil from Westfield has been awarded a bursary for Taekwondo, whereas brothers Samuel and Freddie from Bath (year 4 and year 6) have been awarded bursaries for their training with Somerset cricket.

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If you would like to apply for a sports bursary to help you with your sporting aspirations then please visit our sports bursary page to be found in the drop down menu above.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Boys and girls can apply and must meet the following criteria:

  • You must fulfil the normal academic requirements set by your school (target grades).
  • You would normally participate in a sport that is recognised by Sport England and currently be performing at County, National or International level, or be able to demonstrate strong evidence that you have the potential to achieve this standard
  • Explain how you demonstrate the Trust’s 4 values (Resilience-Responsibility- Compassion-Curiosity)
  • You must be prepared to fulfil an ambassadorial role for the Bath & Wiltshire School Sport TrustWhat does the applicant receive?For sports people meeting the criteria there is up to £300.00 pa available.

Enrichment Experience fundraising well under way

The chosen applicants for the enrichment experience planned for October 2021 to Kokrobite in Ghana have made a fantastic start to their fund-raising campaign.

With an ambitious target of 20,000 pounds, the group of 12 to 14 year olds has already amassed a total of over 7000,00.

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The have explored a variety of innovative ideas to raise the funds.  From walking marathons, holding sales and raffles, to walking all day marathons, the participants have certainly used their time over the Easter holidays well.  If they keep going like this, then they are sure to reach the magic target!  Well done all.

If you would like to donate to the cause, please use the following link:

https://gofund.me/c4019b9a

 

Holiday Sports Camp Round-up

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For the following two weeks, children from all over BANES and Wiltshire have made their way to Lansdown playing fields to participate in the School Sports Trust’s holiday camp.

With over 100 boys and girls a day taking part, the camp has been hailed as a success by the Trustees.  With limited time to get ready owing to the pandemic restrictions, the aim was to get as many children as possible active during the holidays.  Reduced fees for attendance made the camp accessible to all and it was particularly pleasing to see a real mix of ages with girls and boys showing up in good numbers.

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There was also a lot of talent on show.  Some of the current district schools squad were in attendance, but there were also a number of children who stood out, who will now have the chance to attend the representative trials next month.

Many thanks to all of those who braved the sometimes ver cold weather.  And a big thank you to bath Luxury Toilets who provided very classy amenities for the children.

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100 more kids at Lansdown on second day

Despite the chilly temperatures, 100 more children turned up at Lansdown today to take part in the Bath & Wilts Trust sports camp.  It was a pleasure to welcome back former District players Archie Harding, Tom Ellis Ricketts, Adam Forster, Oliver Coleman and Ben Griffiths who took some of the coaching sessions.  Also helping out ere members of the under 14 squad: great representation from the schools in the area today.

The final day of the week starts at 1000 tomorrow – let”s hope for some sunshine!

Off and running at the VOWH

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report by T Hubbard

On the 6th of March 2021 we travelled to a small village called Letcombe Regis, which is about half way between Oxford and Swindon. After we all arrived and got out to the pitch, we realised we were playing on a full size pitch and that the pitch was incredibly uneven which made it hard to control and pass the ball. 

The first half was a very scrappy affair with neither side keeping the ball for long periods of time. For the first part of the game, we were definitely dominant holding the ball in their half for long stretches of time and creating a few decent chances which were hard to capitalise on due to the unpredictable nature of the ground. Up until about half way through the first half the opposition only had a few half chances mainly owing to mistakes from us but as the half wore on, they did get back in to the game a bit more and had a few dangerous set pieces. Like us however, they struggled to get shots on target and score any goals. 

Both sides came in at half time and the game was almost waiting to be won as it had been an open cagey affair up to that point. The second half got under way and now we had gotten used to the tough conditions we certainly began to play better managing to string passes together and move the ball well. Our first goal came after a period of sustained pressure on the edge of their box before a lovely through ball was played into Jack who managed to slot the ball far post round the keeper to make It 1-0. Despite the goal going in they were still dangerous and they too managed to put their striker through on goal but due to a fabulous save from Massimo the score stayed 1-0 to us. Our second goal came again from a period of pressure in and around their box: the ball got moved out wide to Jacob who from an extremely tight angle managed to loop the ball over the top of everyone to the far side netting making the score 2-0 to us. After this, they came fighting but due to good organisation and defending we held on to the 2-0 win. 

Overall, I think it was a good performance for the first game back and a good, result considering they were a dangerous side and we had heartbreakingly lost in the final minutes of a previous game against them. Whether Jacob’s goal was a shot or not we’ll never know but I think it was a fair result and although a scrappy game some good football too. Definitely a nice feeling to win after so long without football.       

 

100 boys and girls on Lansdown

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The Trust’s Easter sports camp got off to a busy and chilly start on Tuesday.

100 boys and girls were received by the 8 eager coaches for a day of coaching and playing games.  Starting at 10:00 with technical activities, the day progressed to the afternoon where the age groups then played in a short tournament.

The kids aged 8 and upwards did fantastically well, especially considering the occasional snow blizzard and the icy wind breaking through the spells of sunshine at Lansdown – usual Bath hilltop adventure!

The camp is running on Wednesday and Thursday this week and then again Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

If you would like to sign up then please contact admin@schoolsportstrust.co.uk

Super Saturdays are back!

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For the first time in many a month, the Bath & Wilts family was able to once again come together.  The Pop-up cafe had its unofficial opening manned by some very dedicated parents (thanks ladies, great job!), and we even managed to get the bus up and running again thanks to some muscles from some fo the boys and the expertise of Bud (he came to our rescue again!).

Looking forward to more Saturdays to come

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Sport strikes back

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It may have seemed like the day would never come, but finally the surfs were able to reunite this evening.  And what a glorious evening at Lansdown it was to celebrate the occasion.

The under 11s, 12s and 13s enjoyed their first session together whilst lapping up the sunshine.  The grass was cut and the lines repainted, and for the first time the cafe was able to open during which over £300.00 for the Ghana project was raised.

Tomorrow it is the turn of the under 9s, 10s, 14s, and 15s to get their boots dirty.  Can’t wait!

See a birds view of Lansdown here:

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Easter camps start next week

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With the school holidays now upon us and the lockdown restrictions gradually easing away, we can look forward to the Bath & Wilts Trust football camps over the next two weeks.

With near 100 children registered for most days there are few places left, but if you would still like to join us at Lansdown then please get in touch.

Email to use is: admin@schoolsportstrust.co.uk

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Shipment arrives in Ghana

Almost 4 weeks to the day, the collection made the members of the Bath and Wiltshire School Sports Trust arrived in Kokrobite, Ghana.

Martial and Jane spent a good day unpacking the 15 boxes containing all sorts of items including toys, clothing, toiletries, books, stationery and shoes.

Many thanks to all of those who gave generously for the shipment.

The Trust collects 15 boxes of donations

Despite the difficulties of the recent year, the Bath & Wiltshire Schools boys and their families have been giving generously for the collection to go to Kokrobite in Ghana.  With the shipment due to be picked up on Wednesday, items have been arriving and 15 boxes have been filled of toys, clothing, stationery and sanitary items.

Many thanks to all those who have donated, the centre is in for a nice treat when it all arrives.

Kit donation

Many thanks To Mr Rhodes of John of Gaunt School in Trowbridge who has donated on behalf of the school a number of football kits.  The kits will be sent to Ghana as part of the enrichment project 2021.

We are sure the players in Kokrobite will be delighted.

15 med/large tops and 1 GK top

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13 med/large tops and 2 GK tops

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Volunteering at Lansdown

We have had over 20 families volunteer their services to help clear up and do works at Lansdown.  From litter picking to pitch repairs, the young boys and their siblings or parents have volunteered their time to improve the environment at Lansdown, Bath.  Many thanks to all of those who braved the weather to participate.

Groundworks done!

After three weeks of sporadic toil, the groundwork for the cafe is finally complete!

We have the Morgans largely to thank.  Braving the Lansdown wind and drizzle, Keegan and his father spent the whole day putting down an extra membrane and wheelbarrowing bark from the road onto the large area in front of and around the shed.

It was a real physical work out with just the two of them, made even harder be the relentless poor weather.   Our thanks go to both Paul and Keegan.  True Smurf heroes!  It is hoped we can get the roof done at the weekend before Christmas.

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Appeal from the kokrobite chiltern centre in Kokrobite
At this time of year we’re usually in the midst of a wrapping frenzy as we work towards the children’s Christmas Party and this year would have been our 17th. Sadly, as with many other things Covid-19 has forced us to have a rethink. We’re determined that the children should still have a special time that’s all about them so instead of the party we’re holding the Great Christmas Takeaway on 23 December. We’ll abide by all the protocols, as we do already, and the children will still be able to collect their food, drink and a wrapped present. We’re aiming to cater for 1200 children and with a bit of help we’ll be able to do this. A little really does go a long way here so please support us if you can and please share the link with family and friends.

Calling for volunteers

The Trust plans to do the final ground works for the pop up cafe at Lansdown playing fields next weekend.

As well as clearing an area of brambles, we need to dig up rock and roots to prepare the ground for the bark we wish to lay down to the front and sides of the hut.  We also need to put the felt on the roof.

If you would like to join us, then please let Shane Kiely know on schoolsport2001@yahoo.co.uk

When: Saturday 12th December 13:30 – 16:00

Where: Lansdown playing fields

Bring: warm clothing, gloves, (spade, rake or fork)

Values project gets underway

The Trust is based on the four values Resilience – Compassion – Responsibility – Curiosity.

In order to take part in the free football coaching programme run by the Trust and in order to represent the areas of BANES and Wiltshire, the young participants commit to fundraising £150.00 over the course of the season.  Whilst many go over the target, it is the process that counts.  It is important that they use the four values to fundraise the money.  Over the course of the year it is fantastic to witness how the youngsters develop a better understanding of the values, and hence a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Here is an insight into some of the youngsters’ journeys.

Charlie & Barney

He and Barney raised money through sponsorship for doing the Battle of Lansdown 5k challenge. They both did really well, had loads of fun and got very muddy!

U11 Jacob

Jacob completed a sponsored run doing 10 laps of Corston Field and Brook. The attached sponsorship form is what he put together to describe what and why he was doing.  He managed to run 10 laps in the end (9km), which was pretty good going. This is a video of the first few and last lap he did.

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He managed to raise a total of £160 in total, £120 will go to BWB and £40 will go to Julian House.

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Matthew & Owen

Sponsored cycle ride, home duties, help in the community

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This season has been fantastic.  I have been lucky to be given many opportunities, including playing in Sweden and Germany – I learnt a lot about being more independent and thinking for myself.
For my values project I have currently made £65.00. I made this by caring and carrying out chores for my Nan and great Nan who have both been very poorly this year.
I have also carried out training sessions at my grassroots team and old school. I won a competition of £25 which has helped top up the money I’ve raised. I will carry out the rest of my values project over Christmas and January.
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The Smurf Christmas Hamper Appeal

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The Bath Schools Trust is today launching its Christmas appeal!

We are calling on all players and associates past and present to donate items to support children and their families from the BANES and Wiltshire areas.  We have two weeks to collect as many items as possible that we can then wrap up in a hamper appropriate to a family identified by local schools.  We are asking for non-edible items appropriate for all members of the family young and old.  No second hand items please.

Information about the appeal can be found here:

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Or contact Jo Goulding on admin@schoolsportstrust.co.uk

Many thanks for your support, let’s give 2020 with all its challenges a cheery finish

 

Funding for grounds maintenance

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The Trust is delighted to announce that we are to be the beneficiary of a generous funding allocation from the FA for pitch maintenance.   £5000,00 will be used to   to develop further the sports fields at Lansdown during the Covid lockdown period.  Many thanks to Lee Pellicci for his endeavours in securing the grant.  Many thanks also to the Football Association for allocating the Trust the Award.

Cafe built at Lansdown facility

The Bath School Sports Trust has teamed up with Larkhall Athletic to build an outdoor cafe at Lansdown.  The basic facility will allow us offer players and their families a bit of respite from the Lansdown extremities.  The facility has been kindly built by Larkhall and volunteers are currently preparing the outside ready for the grand opening in 2 weeks time.

 

Curo Summer Camps a success

The Trust hosted a series of coaching days at Mulberry Park and Lansdown Playing fields over the School holidays.

In cooperation with Curo, the courses were open to children of all abilities through the summer, and up to 60 children a day enjoyed the benefits of Damian’s coaching team.

The next courses are due to take place in February 2021