Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-07-29

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34 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 Sport Club pooled resources to keep its swimmers active raising money for the Frimley Health Charities’ Covid-19 Fund. “Our swimmers ran, cycled or walked more than 2,600km and raised more than £1,000 for the charity, helping raise much needed funds for our local hospitals and keeping our swimmers fit and active in the process. “Hart Swimming Club is also committed to providing access to qualified and knowledgea­ble land training coaches to compliment our pool training during our normal training schedules, and as soon as government guidelines permitted the committee and coaching team worked as quickly as possible to open up our land training sessions once more. Coach Graham took on the challenge and has now been working with our performanc­e squads for the past few weeks in safe and socially distanced facilities.” The club is currently welcoming new members (children, seasoned swimmers and master swimmers). If you would like to join, contact to arrange a free trial. range of advice and resources such as links to free online yoga classes and swimming techniques.” “Meanwhile, a fun range of activities have also been laid on including lots of virtual competitio­ns – helping to keep kids busy and engaged around home schooling as well as organising virtual family social events such as quizzes over Zoom. “Our coaching team has also been hosting weekly squad Zoom calls, so all swimmers could see their friends and socially interact with their swimming team-mates. We’ve viewed these activities and social interactio­ns as vital in keeping our swimmers mentally active.” The club also challenged the local community in Fleet via social media to build their own swimming pools using Minecraft or Lego. Hart committee member Tony Clark said: “As a club we also took the opportunit­y to recognise the hard work and dedication of our NHS during these difficult times. “We challenged our swimmers to virtually cross the English Channel as many times as possible while SWIMMING pools have been allowed to re-open and the news could not come soon enough for Hart Swimming Club, although club members have been keeping themselves busy since March. Swimmers were dealt a heavy blow during lockdown, making it impossible to swim until open water swimming in lakes began in midMay. Yet open water swimming is not for everyone and pool swimmers have had to be patient. Hart Swimming Club members have not sat back though – the coaches and committee have been working tirelessly during lockdown to keep members physically and mentally fit. The Hart committee realised early on that during these unpreceden­ted times, they needed to ensure, as a club, that they remained engaged with their swimmers and families. Revealing what steps had been taken, a club statement said: “Head coach Darren Buchan and the committee have been working tirelessly on providing a range of activities, both fitness and social, to ensure our young athletes remain fit and mentally prepared to return to the pool once safe to do so. Hart Swimming Club members were challenged to recreate the pool in Minecraft field and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor. They were also joined by double world champion 10K open water swimmer Keri-anne Payne and most recently, Olympian and president of the Swimathon Charity, Duncan Goodhew.” “These talks have been a oncein-a-lifetime opportunit­y to get advice from some of Team GB’s greatest Olympians, helping to educate our swimmers and push them further in their swimming careers. “The club “Our virtual weekly fitness schedules have been really positively received and have kept our young swimmers and our master swimmers active during lockdown as well as the weekly coaches challenges, such as who can hold the plank the longest? “The committee also organised a series of educationa­l talks from current and former Olympians and sports TV broadcaste­rs, which have included Rob Walker, James Guy, Sharron Davies, Katy Sexton, Hannah Miley, Max and Joe Litch- also offered a Updated book chronicles 125-year history of Normandy Cricket Club NORMANDY Cricket Club’s plans for its 125th anniversar­y have been put on ice due to the Covid-19 crisis and although the cricket season has at last got under way, many of the planned celebratio­ns at Hunts Hill have had to be postponed. However, the absence of cricket in the first half of the summer has at least allowed the club’s cricket manager, Peter Scott, the luxury of time to complete work on the 125th anniversar­y history of the club. The Normandy life member had previously compiled a history of the club for publicatio­n in its centenary year, in 1995, and he has now been able to not only bring that earlier work up to date but considerab­ly expand the original text. Aided by contributi­ons from club members the result is a celebrator­y book of more than 150 pages, illustrate­d throughout with photos from the club archives as well as pictures donated by members from their personal collection­s. Pre-war reminiscen­ces from the late Cyril White, who founded the club’s youth section in 1949, form the basis of the early chapters, which have been enhanced by more recent research made possible by the proliferat­ion of informatio­n now available on the internet. Fellow club member Tim Page leant his expertise to ensure the work is eye-catching and engaging throughout, not only chroniclin­g the club’s progress from village cricket club to Surrey Championsh­ip Premier Champions in 2017 but also boasting sections on cup wins, the creation of the second ground and the remarkable story of the feature film starring Tommy Steele which was made on location at the ground in 1959. For Scott it has not only been a labour of love but also an opportunit­y to celebrate those who have contribute­d to the success of the club over the years. The limited edition A4 paperback is available to order via the club’s online shop. Normandy Cricket Club’s 1961 Flora Doris cup winning team and, above, the opening of the Hunts Hill ground in March 1947 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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