Inaugural Woodthorpe Open celebrates success of golf in the parks

first_imgInaugural Woodthorpe Open celebrates success of golf in the parksA fun golf competition for all will be held this month to celebrate the success of the summer’s free Get into golf opportunities in Nottingham parks.The inaugural Woodthorpe Open will take place at the Woodthorpe Grange Park pitch and putt course on Sunday 22 October. It’s open to all and costs just £7.50 per person, including golf, breakfast and coffee and prizes for all.Arrival time is 10.30am, with everyone teeing off in fours at the same time, 11.30am, on different holes. To enter and for more information download an entry form at www.facebook.com/GigNotts or go to the ‘Latest Information’ section on www.nottinghamshiregolf.com.The fun event marks the end of the summer’s Get into golf drop-in sessions which offered all-comers the chance to try the sport with the help of activator Nyle Challinor.They were held in three Nottingham parks – Woodthorpe Grange, Bulwell Hall and Highfields Park – and aimed to show people that golf is a game for all which is fun, sociable and a great way of keeping fit.New players who enjoyed their golfing experience will now receive information about further opportunities to play and to connect with local golf clubs.This is the second year England Golf and Nottingham City Council have teamed up to take golf into an informal setting as partof the ParkLives programme.It is part of England Golf’s Get into golf campaign, which offers great value coaching opportunities, and its wider strategy to get more people playing golf more often. Visit www.getintogolf.org for more information.Golf has many health and wellbeing benefits, including helping people to live longer and preventing major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. A nine-hole round can be fitted in to two hours and players will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories.Local golf clubs which are keen to get involved with the project and to encourage new beginners should contact Emily Cheshire, England Golf’s Club Support Officer for Nottinghamshire: e.cheshire@englandgolf.orgFor more information on the Woodthorpe Open contact Emily Cheshire or golf activator Nyle Challinor: nyle@nylegolf.co.uk A fun golf competition for all will be held this month to celebrate the success of the summer’s free Get into golf opportunities in Nottingham parks.The inaugural Woodthorpe Open will take place at the Woodthorpe Grange Park pitch and putt course on Sunday 22 October. It’s open to all and costs just £7.50 per person, including golf, breakfast and coffee and prizes for all.Arrival time is 10.30am, with everyone teeing off in fours at the same time, 11.30am, on different holes. Go to www.facebook.com/GigNotts for further detailsThe fun event marks the end of the summer’s Get into golf drop-in sessions which offered all-comers the chance to try the sport with the help of activator Nyle Challinor.They were held in three Nottingham parks – Woodthorpe Grange, Bulwell Hall and Highfields Park – and aimed to show people that golf is a game for all which is fun, sociable and a great way of keeping fit.New players who enjoyed their golfing experience will now receive information about further opportunities to play and to connect with local golf clubs.This is the second year England Golf and Nottingham City Council have teamed up to take golf into an informal setting as part of the ParkLives programme.It is part of England Golf’s Get into golf campaign, which offers great value coaching opportunities, and its wider strategy to get more people playing golf more often. Visit Get Into Golf for more information.Golf has many health and wellbeing benefits, including helping people to live longer and preventing major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. A nine-hole round can be fitted in to two hours and players will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories.Captions: New golfers at the park sessions in Nottingham with golf activator Nyle Challinor. 5 Oct 2017 Inaugural Woodthorpe Open celebrates success of golf in the parks center_img Tags: Get into golf, Nottinghamshirelast_img read more

Fearsome Final Foursome headed to North Texas

first_imgKentucky’s Aaron Harrison and his teammates hold up their trophy after an NCAA Midwest Regional final college basketball tournament game against Michigan Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. Kentucky won 75-72 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Florida had not been to the Final Four since all those future first-round draft picks were in Gainesville. Wisconsin and coach Bo Ryan had never been.Connecticut wasn’t allowed to play in the NCAA tournament a year ago, and Kentucky supposedly had no shot at getting to North Texas after a midseason swoon.Unlike the past few years, there will be no upstarts or Cinderella in the Final Four.These are the big boys all right, but each one has a big chip on their shoulders.“In down times, what you do is you bond together as brothers,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “And you hold that fist up.”Billy Donovan won a pair of national titles at Florida with Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer and Al Horford, all top-10 NBA picks in the 2007 NBA draft. After that second title, he accepted the head coaching job with the NBA’s Orlando Magic, then changed his mind after the introductory news conference.Donovan continued to produce winning teams in Gainesville, but the biggest wins eluded the Gators. They lost in the regional final each of the past three seasons.That changed when the ferocious Gators (36-2) rode their chomping defense through a 30-game winning streak capped by Saturday’s 62-52 win over bracket darling Dayton.“We didn’t start off the exact way that we should have, but coach Donovan continued to remind us and humble us and help us see that, in order to get where we want to get to, the end goal, we have to continue to chase greatness every single day and stay in the moment,” Florida forward Patric Young said.To win another title, the Gators will have to go through the last two teams to beat them this season (UConn and Wisconsin) or their biggest SEC rival (Kentucky).The Huskies won the 2011 national title with coach Jim Calhoun and one-man show Kemba Walker.Things went sour in Storrs after that. Calhoun retired in 2012 and UConn was barred from the NCAA tournament last season for failing to meet the NCAA’s academic progress measure.UConn’s upperclassmen decided to stick it out instead of transferring and put together another magical bracket run behind another do-it-all-player, former Walker understudy Shabazz Napier. With their 60-54 win over Michigan State on Sunday, the Huskies (30-8) became the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.UConn beat Florida 65-64 way back on Dec. 2, the Gators’ last loss this season.“We play a great Florida team and we’re going to be well prepared, because I know about these guys’ heart, and that’s what got us through,” Ollie said.Then there’s Bo.Wisconsin’s tell-it-like-it-is coach had been a regular at the Final Four, taking his father, Butch, to every one since 1976 as a birthday gift.Bo had a hard time getting there with his team, though, winning over 700 games, playing in the NCAA tournament 13 straight years and reaching the Sweet 16 six times — and not one trip to the Final Four.Bo and the Badgers (30-7) get their chance now after pulling out an emotional 64-63 win over top-seeded Arizona in the West Regional final on Saturday, which would have been Butch Ryan’s 90th birthday.“I can remember some of the great teams that he had of kids and their first championships and how they acted and just the joy,” Ryan said. “These guys have had some others, but that’s all I wanted to see.”Rounding out this foursome could be the most fearsome bunch of the bracket.Kentucky won the 2012 national championship behind coach John Calipari’s get-the-best-players-no-matter-how-long-they-stay philosophy. Cal brought in another heralded group of one-and-doners and they were touted as the team to beat, ranked No. 1 in the preseason.After a string of losses, including three in five games, the kid Cats were out of the polls and supposedly out of contention.Well, look at them now.Showcasing their talent and depth, the Wildcats (28-10) are playing with a cohesiveness and confidence that wasn’t there earlier in the season, racing into the Final Four after pulling out a last-second victory over Michigan.“I can’t believe it; we went through so much,” said Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison, who hit a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in the 75-72 win over the Wolverines. “We went through a lot of ups and downs, and we’re blessed to be going to the Final Four.”They are not alone.last_img read more

Future looks bright for Nelson Minor Hockey after positive changes

first_img Vice President – Danny Jewitt Novice and House $300.00 Equipment/Uniform Manager – Vince Vulcano Past President – Doug Harrison Ice Scheduler – Cynthia St. Thomas Maida said players already registered would receive a rebate for the difference in paid fees after July 31.To help with registration, Maida said the Nelson Leafs are pitching in to support NMH.“All paid NMHA members for the 2015/16 season will receive a free season’s pass to the Nelson Leafs,” Maida explained.It was believed Nelson Minor Hockey might fold this season due to lack of people wanting to sit on the executive.However, most of a full board has been filled for the upcoming season.The new board includes: President – Tony Maida In an effort to get players back onto the ice, Nelson Minor Hockey is going to lower fees for the upcoming season.Under the direction of former NMH president Tony Maida, the local association is doing its best to increase registration for the 2015-16 campaign.“We have already been working on some exciting things for the new season, Maida said in a prepared statement. “Our board had decided to lower fees for the 2016-16 season.”The new fees are: First time player $100.00 Midget Director – Geoff Watts Peewee Director – Todd Hutt Atom Director – Cam Paterson West Kootenay Representative – Greg Andrusak Bantam Director – pending Registrar – Deb Matthews Treasurer – Brad Ouchi Female Director – Cam Paterson Skills Director – Kim Osika Referee in Chief – pending“I’d like to welcome the NMHA Board of Directors for the 2015/16 season and say thank you to all the past board members who put in endless time and energy to help our association,” said Maida.NOTES: NMH IS accepting coaching applications for the 2015/16 season.  Application deadline for Rep is July 31, 2015 and House, August 31, 2015 Coaching application – http://nelsonmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015-16-coaching-application.pdf Novice Director – Sandy Boyd Tournament Director – Deedee Bendis Secretary/Public Relations – Lisa Upper Rep $390.00 (300.00 + $90.00 Rep Try Out fee. $200.00 Rep fee applicable to players once selected to rep teams)last_img read more

Hart says England are well prepared for Euro 2016: ‘Now it’s down to us’

first_imgGoalkeeper Joe Hart insists England’s young squad are going to “give it all we’ve got” as preparations continue for their opening match of Euro 2016 against Russia on Saturday.Roy Hodgson has named the youngest England squad for 58 years, with the likes of Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, 18, and 20-year-old Dele Alli of Tottenham included.Hopes are high, as they always are, that England can impress in France, and this time Hart is confident that will be the case.He told a press conference: “I’m looking forward to it.“We’ve got a bright squad, people coming off the back of very good seasons or people who have been involved in England football for quite a while, so we’re ready for it and we’re looking forward to Saturday.“It’s hard because I’ve gone into every tournament confident and felt like we’ve been ready. So for me to say it’s different this time would be wrong.“But they’ve gone, they are the past, this is a new one, a new set of players – the majority – and we’re fresh and ready and we’re going to give it all we’ve got.“We’ve certainly got all the backing we need. Everything that needs to be put in place has been put in place, it’s now down to us to perform on the pitch.“It’s exciting, fresh, there are a lot of youngsters so they are going to be more comfortable than maybe other teams. There’s a good bond right the way through.“I think it’s well known that Wayne (Rooney) is our oldest player, 30 years old, and he’s such a key part of the squad. He’s accessible to all the players, right the way through.“There’s definitely a connection, age doesn’t really factor into this team. We are one and we’re all pushing in the right direction.”Hart, 29, has featured in four major tournaments for England and believes the bond in the squad is as strong as ever.He added: “You’ve got to enjoy it. I’m a kid who loves football – well I’m not a kid any more, I’m a grown man, but I love football.“I’d be watching it as a huge England fan if I wasn’t involved. But I’ve got one of those lucky spots where I might even be potentially representing my country on Saturday in a European tournament, so I’m going to enjoy it.“I’m 29, hopefully got a lot of football ahead of me.“I love playing football, I love being around guys that want to play football, that’s a really good thing about this squad and we’re enjoying each other as a unit. The only way we’re ultimately going to enjoy this tournament is success so, like I say, that starts Saturday.” Joe Hart is set to start for England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia 1last_img read more