Browsing: East Devon sport

East Devon will face ‘difficult decisions’ surrounding its leisure and sports facilities as it prepares to kick-off a review into what it can afford to keep running, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. It looks set to hire external consultants Strategic Leisure to explore what actions it might need to take to protect existing services. Liz Taylor, a consultant from the company, noted that the council had an “ageing stock of facilities” and that many were in schools, which “brings its own challenges.” She told East Devon’s leisure strategy delivery forum: “There’s also been recently an affordability issue with the…

A mega round-up of news from across East Devon – including community stories and photos from Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Exeter, Cranbrook, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, plus crime, business, farming, what’s on.  Honiton Affordable homes have been announced for Honiton after 90 were sold by a developer to Sovereign Network Group (SNG). SNG bought the homes in a deal with housing developer Baker Estates on the 291-home site at the Hayne Lane area of the town. The properties are a mixture of one and two-bedroom flats, plus two and three-bedroom houses. Of the new homes, SNG has made…

Exeter Chiefs has been accused by ‘horrified’ residents of ‘moving the goalposts’ in its bid to bring more big-name music events to its Sandy Park stadium. The Chiefs has been given permission to host up to six music concerts a year, with crowds of up to 15,000 for each one, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. Ronan Keating, Rick Astley and Will Young were among the artists playing to big crowds in the first Party on the Pitch concerts this year. And now Sandy Park could now emulate Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park stadium with regular bigger names. The Chiefs say…

A football pitch for youngsters in Exmouth is to get a makeover after district planners agreed its surface could be levelled. Young footballers in Exmouth will soon be able to play on a flat pitch after a successful bid to level their sloping ground, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. Exmouth Youth Football Club sought permission for work at Warren View Sports, Ground in Halsdon Avenue, to provide a flat playing surface, and to help reduce drainage issues on a section which frequently floods in winter. The works will involve raising the ground by one metre in a west to…

Work has started to build new football pitches and a sports pavilion in Exmouth, funded by a retirement homes developer investing more than £1.58million in the town. Exmouth Town Football Club said the investment will put the town ‘on the footballing map’. Developer Blue Cedar Homes aims to boost facilities for the youth teams, building a new club house and three football pitches for a range of players to train, compete, and ‘achieve their full potential’. The purpose-built sports pavilion and three new football pitches – expected to be ready early next year – have been designed by the developer, in consultation…

Going into their final match of the season, Honiton Under-14s knew that only a win away to local rivals Colyton would be enough to see them crowned Exeter Youth League Division Two champions, writes Stephen Birley. Honiton made a superb start, scoring twice inside the first 10 minutes and extended their lead on 25 minutes when they pounced on an error by the home side. Colyton got a goal back after the break, but Honiton were not to be denied and they added another three goals to finish 6-1 winners. The victory meant they were crowned Divisional Champions. What made…

Cash seized from criminals by police has been used to boost young West Hill Wasps footballers.  The community-based club successfully applied to Devon and Cornwall Police for £1,717 from the Proceeds Of Crime Act to pay for a new goal. It’s good that confiscated drug dealers’ money is now being put back into the community and that they won’t see the benefit of it… It puts on training, activities and matches for around 150 children aged between six and 18 every week. West Hill Wasps Junior Football Team coach Allen Morgan said: “We applied for the funds to help us get…

An annual 200-mile overnight motor challenge setting off from East Devon this weekend, renamed in honour of club members who have died, will raise funds for the Devon Air Ambulance. Exmouth Motor Club is gearing up for its 200-mile navigational challenge on Saturday, November 26, marking the event’s 20th birthday. The rally was renamed the Exmouth Memorial Rally in 2020, in memory of past club members, Barbara Carter and Peter Barnard. Daniel Pidgeon, Exmouth Motor Club spokesman, said: “The event started back in 2002, initially known as the Barbara Carter Memorial and started from Exeter with 24 entries, with Darren…

Work has begun to build a new £112,000 all-weather games area in East Devon for a host of sporting and outdoor activities. Construction work began on Monday (October 24) at the Newton Poppleford Playing Field, near Back Lane, and is expected to continue for the next eight weeks – if the weather allows. The district council hopes the new area will encourage new sporting teams to set up, for all-year-round activities, such as netball, walking football and other games. The project, being led by Newton Poppleford and Harpford Parish Council, has been funded by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Section…

Police investigating a clash between football fans at a match in Exeter have thanked the public for helping to identify men they believed could have information to help. Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating an incident of public order between Exeter City and Port Vale at St James Park, Exeter, on Saturday, May 7, where it was said fans stormed the pitch and threw smoke bombs, coins, bottles, and a metal spanner. Police said the successful appeal had identified three men who it was thought may be able to help with the investigation. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said:…

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