Browsing: East Devon sport

Colyton Football Club’s goal of having ‘one of the best playing surfaces in East Devon’ has been handed a £5,000 boost. Cash from the Pitch Preparation Fund means the Devon and Exeter league outfit can have its Peace Memorial Field home match-fit when the grass-roots game returns. The Football Foundation grants scheme – led by the Premier League, FA and the Government  – is aimed at helping clubs whose revenue has been hit during the Covid-19 crisis. Funding can be used to help pay for the cost of materials, work such as verti-draining, chain harrowing, rolling, over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing, and…

A firefighter brought the landmarks of London to Sidmouth when he tackled a marathon with a difference during lockdown. The London Eye, Shard, The Gherkin, Tower Bridge and Cutty Sark appeared at the Manstone Recreation Ground when Allan Kay, 46, ran his alternative London Marathon in Sidmouth, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity. Married Allan lapped past painted pictures of London busses and black cabs, a jar of Lidl gherkins, the Cutty Sark made from a full-size surf board, and a bicycle wheel London Eye for his 26.2 challenge of laps around the pitch. His alternative 26.2 lap ‘marathon’…

An Exmouth-based football club which gives disabled players a shot at sporting glory has netted £2,000 to help it survive the coronavirus pandemic. Sport England has awarded the sum to the Exmouth Tigers in National Lottery cash from its Community Emergency Fund. The cash will allow the club to keep going, continue to lease its multi-adaptable minibus, and ensure its members extra support and guidance through the virus crisis.  Chairman Paul Baldwin said: “This very generous grant of £2,000 from Sport England will ensure that Exmouth Tigers will be able to carry on providing support and football for our disabled…

A group of East Devon footballers footballers who take to the pitch every week in Ottery St Mary are most certainly on the ‘planning to never grow old’ list. It’s highly likely that players of a particular age across East Devon and Exeter will have heard of the ‘Golden Boys’ and someone who is involved with them. They are a set of former footballers who have been coming together each week for more than three decades. Prior to the lockdown, they had continued to meet up each Thursday evening. You will not find any of them playing in a league, indeed,…

Young footballers in Exmouth have boosted struggling families by scoring a huge haul of food to donate to the town’s community larder. Brixington Blues set itself a new goal when its season came to an abrupt end because of the coronavirus pandemic. The youth football club decided to look for ways it could continue to engage with the local community in difficult times. Each team coach across its age groups led a collection for the food bank. We may be missing out on our community football, but it is reassuring to know that we still have a strong sense of…

Tour of Britain organisers are still hopeful the 2020 race – with a stage finish in Exeter – can go ahead in September. The cycle spectacular is due to come to Devon on Monday, September 7, with its second stage beginning in Sherford, in the South Hams, and culminating in the city. We will follow all public health and government guidance and err on the side of caution – Hugh Roberts, CEO of Tour of Britain promoter SweetSpotCompetitors will have crossed the border from Cornwall, which is set to host the event for the first time on September 6. Cycling’s global…

Honiton bowlers have had a good indoor season, writes Joan Mackintosh, in her latest match report for the town’s club. Chris Barradell has won the County Two Wood Singles, which was held at Mid Devon on Sunday, March 8. Chris will be awarded her county badge at the beginning of next season. Kevin Vernon, Steve Coles and Ian Veitch have reached the semi-finals of the Men’s County Triples Competition, having won their match against Isca (20-16). Honiton Ladies were runners-up in the County Lane League with North Devon Bowling Club taking the Number 1 slot. Bowlers from Taunton Dean visited…

Joan Mackintosh writes with the latest match report from Honiton Bowling Club. This week Honiton Bowling Club welcomed bowlers from West Berks who are on tour in Devon. A mixed friendly match was played with Honiton winning  (79-47). Top rink: M Tyne, R Sennitt, V Kille and A Hillyear (30- 9). Honiton Ladies visited Axminster for a friendly match with Axminster winning (40-35). The top rink for Honiton were: B Maynard, E Fielding, M Bright, G Hawke (27-12). Honiton to host regional Disability Bowls England competition

This week Honiton Bowling Club Ladies had a mixed bag of results when they took on teams at national and county levels. Last week Honiton was on ‘top form’, winning all five of its matches. Joan Mackintosh gives you the match reports from the last fortnight of competitions and friendly games. February 9-February 15, 2020. This week Honiton Ladies played two County matches and a National match. In the County Ladies Lane match Honiton played Isca this week Honiton won (76-63) so gaining 6 points with Isca 4 points.   Top rink J Richardson, V Kille, C Armitage (32-12) The County…

‘Over the moon’ young Brixington Blues footballers have scored a brand-new kit thanks to the Exmouth’s branch of McDonald’s.   The fast food eatery’s franchisee David Shawyer forked out on the strips. Under-14s from the club visited the Liverton Business Park restaurant to be presented with the new gear. The players are over the moon with their new kits and they have already been put to good use in their recent matches – Brixington Blues coach Jason DeanMr Shawyer, who has supported the club for the past three years, said: “It was great to see the team again and present them…

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