Spurs Star Gets Tenants Active

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Match of the Day came to Waltham Abbey on Monday 27 October 2008. Spurs and England defender Jonathan Woodgate was the star attraction at the launch of a new project designed to get older residents fit and active. Mr Woodgate launched the HOPE (Helping Older People Exercise) project at Jubilee Court, Epping Forest District Council`s sheltered housing scheme in Waltham Abbey, 24 hours after the announcement of Harry Redknapp`s appointment as the new Spurs manager and the team`s first Premier League win of the season.

Spurs and England defender Jonathan Woodgate with Jubilee Court residents

Match of the Day presenter Mark Bright who scored over 200 goals during a glittering football career with teams including Charlton, Leicester, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace put the questions to Jonathan Woodgate. HOPE is being delivered by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in partnership with Epping Forest District Council via funding from the Football Foundation and Comic Relief. Football stars and Jubilee Court tenants were invited to take part in seated exercises led by the District Council`s Active Health Development Officer, David Hogg, as well as golf, bowling and baseball on the Nintendo Wii.

Match of the Day presenter Mark Bright playing the Nintendo Wii (image © Guardian Newspapers)

After the workout with tenants Jonathan Woodgate and Mark Bright also tried out a special back massage therapy.

Chairman John Knapman at the launch of the HOPE project (image © Guardian Newspapers)Councillor John Knapman, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council demonstrated his golfing skills on the Wii and took part in the seated exercise. He thanked Spurs and congratulated the club on the expansion of its work within the local community.

He said: I am very proud of the close links forged in recent years between Spurs and Epping Forest District Council. We already have a very strong track record working with young people on housing estates such as Limes Farm in Chigwell. This latest initiative with our older people is very welcome. Spurs is much more than `big business`. It is showing it takes its community role seriously too.

HOPE is a 30 week programme being delivered at Jubilee Court by Spurs in partnership with Epping Forest District Council and other organisations. Tenants will also get the chance to try out yoga and visit the home of Tottenham at White Hart Lane. If the scheme proves successful, it is hoped to expand it into the London Boroughs of Haringey and Enfield.

Go Sport Volunteer Evening

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Epping Forest District Council, in conjunction with Sport Essex and Davenant Foundation School are hosting an event to link local sports organisations with potential volunteers. The Go Sport Volunteer Evening is being held between 7pm and 9pm on 19 November 2008 at Davenant Foundation School in Loughton.

Anyone aged 14 or over who is interested in sport and would like to offer their time to help others is welcome to attend this free event. This is an excellent opportunity for meeting people and possibly signing up to volunteer for a local sports club where new skills can be learned.

Following on from a club development convention earlier this year, the event will include stalls and demonstrations throughout the evening by local sports clubs and organisations trying to recruit local volunteers.

All sports across Essex rely on support and time given by volunteers. Through the Go Sports Volunteer Project, the Council and its partners have dedicated resources to increase the numbers of people volunteering in sport.

Future Sports Stars Join Council for Olympic Handover

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The Olympic flag flies in Epping

Three of Epping Forest District`s brightest 2012 prospects joined Youth Councillors and Councillors on Sunday 24 August 2008 for the raising of an Olympic Flag. The ceremony was to mark the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London. Runner Katherine Sparke (20) from Waltham Abbey, swimmer James Hollis (16) from Theydon Bois and cyclist Jim Lewis (15) from Buckhurst Hill raised the London 2012 Flag with District Council Chairman John Knapman at the Civic Offices in Epping. Similar flags were raised across the country and at British embassies around the world.

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Epping Forest sporting and the Chairman with the London 2012 Olympic flag

Councillor Knapman was delighted to be involved in the nationwide event. In his previous capacity as Leader of Epping Forest District Council he energetically supported the London Olympic Bid. He said: It was a great honour for me. I strongly believe in the values of the Olympic Games. The fantastic success of Team GB over the last two weeks has boosted the whole country. I also think there are much wider benefits of encouraging people to get fit and participate in sport. Epping Forest District is well placed for the Games, close not only to the main 2012 events in Stratford but even closer to the canoeing at Broxbourne.

Council Chairman raises the Olympic flag

He added: Katherine, James or Jim could be among the 2012 competitors and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see one of them receive an Olympic medal. Each of them has already demonstrated skill, ability and great determination in their chosen fields and I am very proud of their association with the Council.

Guests at the Olympic flag raising ceremony in Epping

The flag will fly at the Civic Offices until 30 September, after which it will be held at Epping Forest District Museum as a lasting memento of the historic occasion.


Women`s Sports For Fun

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If you have ever wanted to try a sport but never had the confidence to join a Club, then the Women`s Sport for Fun course could be for you. A ten-week taster course, including different sports activities, will begin on 10 September at Waltham Abbey Sports Centre in the evenings.

    The programme is as follows:

  • Dance
    10 September 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
    17 September 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
  • Football
    24 September 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
    1 October 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
  • Self Defence
    8 October 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
    15 October 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
  • Netball
    22 October 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
    29 October 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
  • Tag Rugby
    5 November 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
    12 November 2008 at 8pm to 9pm

These sports sessions give women the opportunity to learn new skills in a fun and non-competitive environment and receive tuition from expert coaches. You can book on to individual sessions for £3 or the whole course for £24. For more information or a booking form, please contact Fabrizio Ferrari Assistant Sports Development Officer on 01992 564220.

District Bursary Scheme for Sports and the Arts

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Leisure Bursary Scheme for Sports and the Arts

Help is at hand for talented young sportsmen and women and artists who come from the Epping Forest area.

Epping Forest District Council`s Leisure Bursary scheme provides a cash award of up to £1,500 in arts and sport categories. It must be used for specialist equipment or clothing, competition expenses, additional tuition or coaching, travel and accommodation or for arts research or developmental projects. Applicants should be aged between 13 and 25 years and living (or return to live during University or College holidays) in the Epping Forest District.

Sports applicants must be competing at National level, or at Regional Level with clear potential to attain National standards or be part of a National team. Artists can be from any artistic background and must be able to demonstrate a very high level of ability and / or achievement in their chosen art form.

The closing date for this year`s application is 25 January 2008. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 7 February 2008 by a panel of judges and awards will be presented by Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Caroline Pond at the Civic Reception in March.

    More information and an application form can be obtained from:

  • James Carstairs
    Sports Development Officer for Sports Bursaries on 01992 564567.
  • Lynne Hague
    Arts Administration Assistant for Arts Bursaries on 01992 564551.

Heartful Dodgers Sponsored Walk

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On 1 October 2006, 70 walkers made up of members of the Epping Forest District Council Lifewalks Group and the Heartful Dodgers (who attend weekly rehabilitation circuit training) took part in the third annual sponsored walk organised by Roger Nuttall. The walk around a 10k route took in parts of the Lee Valley Country Park including 70 Acres Lake and Hooks Marsh Lake as well as stretches of the River Lee Navigation and past Holyfield Weir.

Funds raised by the walkers, their families, friends and accompanying pets this year amounted to £3,020.50 made up of £872.50 from the Heartful Dodgers, £1,725.00 from the LifeWalkers and £423.00 from supporters.

For more information about the Heartful Dodgers contact Colleen Thorlby on 07931 883 146, BACR Stage 4 Instructor, and for LifeWalks contact David Hogg LifeWalks Co-ordinator on 01992 564222.


Runners Race to Restore Copped Hall

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Image of Copped Hall 5-Mile Run junior race start

Epping Forest District Council together with the Rotary Club of Epping staged a very successful 5-mile multi terrain run at Copped Hall on Sunday 17 September 2006.

The run was the second annual event and provided over 200 runners with the opportunity to experience the amazing surroundings of the Copped Hall Estate. The day started with a Junior 1 mile race and concluded with a large field of both amateur and serious runners.

Proceeds from the event are being used to support talented young sports people and the restoration of the Copped Hall Estate (www.coppedhalltrust.org.uk).

Image of Copped Hall 5-Mile Run adult race start

Image of Copped Hall grounds after the run

The event was organized by Epping Forest District Council who provided the event management and production services to enhance the overall race experience, together with Higgins Plc and the Epping Forest Guardian who generously sponsored the race.

Bursary Scheme For Sports And The Arts

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Help is at hand for talented young sportsmen and women and artists who come from the Epping Forest area.

Epping Forest District Council`s Leisure Bursary scheme provides a cash award of up to £1,500 in arts and sport categories. It must be used for specialist equipment or clothing, competition expenses, additional tuition or coaching, travel and accommodation or for arts research or developmental projects.

If you are talented in the arts or sport, aged between 13-25 years and living – or return to live during university / college holidays – in the Epping Forest District you are eligible to apply.

Applicants must:

    • Be a sportsperson competing in national level competitions with clear potential for selection for the national team;
    • Have Grade 8 (or be able to demonstrate the ability to perform at this level) for a classical or jazz instrument, or singing;
    • Be pursuing a course of study at higher education level within an art form (visual or performing arts) or receiving public/professional recognition of their work.

 

Closing date for this year`s awards is Friday 3 February. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 15 February by a panel of judges and awards will be presented by Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Brian Sandler at the Civic Reception in March.

For more information please contact Arts on 01992 564551 or Sports on 01992 564567.

 

 

SLM Take Over the Management of Four Council Leisure Facilities

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Sports and Leisure Management Ltd (SLM) took over the management of four Council leisure facilities on Wednesday, 4 January 2006. The four facilities are: Epping Sports Centre, Loughton Leisure Centre, Ongar Leisure Centre and Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool.

To mark the occasion Cllr Chris Whitbread, Portfolio holder for Leisure, symbolically handed over the keys to SLM`s Managing Director, Stephen Hulme.

Cllr Chris Whitbread said, We`d like to welcome SLM to Epping Forest District Council and look forward to a strong working relationship. Councillors and Officers have worked hard to make this transfer possible.

He continued, The provision of Leisure services to the community will not be affected by this transfer, and we hope that the addition of SLM`s services can create opportunities for future development.

Stephen Hulme, Managing Director of SLM, said, This is a great opportunity for us and Epping Forest District Council. We`d like to thank the council for inviting us to manage these four facilities and echo Cllr Whitbread`s sentiments. Here`s to a successful future.

Existing contact telephone numbers remain unchanged.

 

Leisure Centres Awarded Charter Mark

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Over three years ago Epping Forest District Council`s five Leisure Centres – Epping Sports Centre, Loughton Leisure Centre, Ongar Leisure Centre, Waltham Abbey Pool and Waltham Abbey Sports Centre – pioneered the way in being awarded Charter Mark and have now been successful in re-applying for this prestigious award. The award, which is presented by the Cabinet Office, is given for striving to achieve excellence in customer service and is awarded to organisations providing services direct to the public.

The awarding of Charter Mark shows that the centres consistently provide a high-quality customer-focused service. To meet the standard, organisations must demonstrate that they listen to their customers, learn what aspects of their service are most important to them, deliver a service that is tailored to customers` needs and continuously improve.

Obtaining Charter Mark involves a rigorous assessment by an external assessor over a number of months, against a number of criteria and finishes with a two-day site visit to the centres where interviews were held with customers, club users, Councillors and staff. Projects that help earn the award include: GP Referrals; Cardiac Rehabilitation programme; Work with the Primary Care Trust; and Wo rk with the Waltham Abbey Young Persons Information Centre (WAYPIC).

 

 

The assessor, David White of Charter Mark Assessment Services, said the Leisure Centres deserved to retain the award and commented how well the items were presented and praised the reception that he received from everyone. He was particularly impressed with how the facilities are run, the interaction with other users and partners and the excellent working relationship between the centres. The assessor also made glowing remarks about how hard Deputy Manager Kath Halle had worked in putting the application together on behalf of the centres.

 

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Epping Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure said:”Obtaining a Charter Mark is not easy.It takes a lot of hard work and preparation by the whole team who strive, on a daily basis, to deliver a first-class, consistent service to their users.”

In his letter to successful organisations the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, states that this award is not easily achieved and is a tribute to the organisation. The achievement clearly demonstrates that customers` needs and aspirations genuinely form the basis for the design and delivery of the service provided.

This award now completes a trio of prestigious service awards alongside ISO 9001:2000 and Investor in People.

It is hoped that new provider for the Management of the leisure facilities will be able to retain the existing award as an indication of maintaining excellent standards.