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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Hamper’s ready!

Following two weeks of giving from the families of the Bath & Wiltshire SFA players, Jo Goulding was able to hand over 15 hampers.

Jo and her two sons Marc and Matthew met up with Lucy Dow from the charity HVDV (Helping Victims of Domestic Violence).  She was thrilled to receive the donations and mentioned that every item will be welcomed with open arms.

We would like to thank all the boys and their families for being so kind and organising everything at short notice during these difficult times.  Special thanks to Jo Goulding who organised the appeal.

For more information about the charity, you can visit the website on https://www.hvdv.org.uk

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

U12 Harry
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

 

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Bursary Award Scheme renewed

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Applications are now being welcomed from young people in BANES and Wiltshire, who may need support in their sporting aspirations.  If you believe you have a laent in a particular sport, then we would love to hear from you.

Bursary Offer

 The Bath & Wiltshire School Sports Trust is committed to raising the standard of sport and a bursary scheme has been established to support athletes in their pursuit of excellence. The bursary system intends to work with talented sport performers who will enhance the success of sport in the local area of BANES and Wiltshire.

 The Sports Bursary scheme aims to realise the individual’s potential both as an academic and as an elite sports performer.

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 Trust

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What does the applicant receive?

For sports people meeting the criteria there is up to £300.00 pa available.

Application process

Prospective candidates

Applications should be emailed to Tim Kirk at: admin@schoolsportstrust.co.uk

01 February – decision by the 10th February

01 June – decision by the 10th June

01 October – decision by the 10th October

Please download this form and send to Tim Kirk at admin@schoolsportstrust.co.uk when complete

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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