Play for Team Elmbridge

surreyyouthgameslogo2010finalTeam Elmbridge is looking for young sports enthusiasts to fly the colours of the borough at the Surrey Youth Games 2016 at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on
18 and 19 June.

If you are aged between 7 and 16 years old and want to try a new sport or compete against other boroughs in your favourite sport, then register online here
Team Elmbridge will be represented across 13 different sports this year so you have plenty to choose from.

To compete for Team Elmbridge you must:

  • Live or go to school in Elmbridge
  • Be the correct age and gender for the sport you wish to participate in
  • Be below county standard in the sport you wish to represent

Don’t miss your chance to have a go at something new or improve your skills in your favourite sport by receiving coaching from professional coaches from local sports clubs. This is your chance to learn new skills and tactics and it is completely free. Once the fun of the Games is over, you might want to continue playing your favourite sport.

Trials dates will take place throughout April and May and if you qualify for a place in Team Elmbridge, you will be attending free training sessions for up to eight weeks to get ready for the Surrey Youth Games. Over 2,000 youngsters from 11 different boroughs compete at the games every year. For some of them, it is their first experience of a county wide competition and an experience not to miss.

For more information on the P&G Surrey Youth Games please contact the Sports Development Team on 01372 474570, email or visit the website.

Play Tennis for Life with new Over 50s Tennis Course

TennisAn initiative organised by ‘Take Tennis Lessons’ and Elmbridge is offering a low-cost six-week course aimed at bringing more adults back into the game on a regular basis. This course is part of a drive to get local residents more active, in line with the borough’s new Active Elmbridge Physical Activity Strategy.

Don’t worry if you have not played before or are really out of practice – just book the course and turn up at Coronation Recreation Ground Tennis Courts, Molesey Road, Hersham  KT12 4QR on Friday, 18 March from 1pm to 2pm. The cost is £21 for six sessions with a view of extending them if participants are interested.

Grab the opportunity to improve your game with a professional coach and enhance your experience on the court. You will get to meet like-minded people and practise your racquet skills in an informal environment.

You can register onto the course now by calling the Sports Development Team on 01372 474570 or email

Xcel Free Family Open Day

Xcel Leisure ComplexSixteen local teams will compete for the Elmbridge Cup,  in support of Sparks, the Elmbridge Mayor’s charity.

The Barclays Premier League trophy will be on display at Xcel Leisure Centre on 18 July from 9am to 4pm.

Free fun activities will be available all day including trampolining, badminton, soft play, swimming and a big ‘Aerobathon’. There will also be a BBQ from 12pm – 3pm.

For more information visit the Elmbridge website.

Shout! For Some Summer Fun for Your Children

Shout! kids websiteWith the holidays only two weeks away, now is the time to book some summer fun for your young ones while they are off from school.

Shout! Holiday Activities have a limited number of places left on the week-long Ready! Set! Shout! sports course for 5 to 13 year olds from Monday, 28 July to Friday, 1 August and the Shakespeare in The Park drama course for 10 to 16 year olds from Monday 11 to Friday 15 August.

If your children are sporty, there are still some spaces on the following courses:

  • Cycle Skills workshops for 4 to 12 year olds on Monday 4 and 11 August
  • Totstennis sessions for 3 to 5 year olds and Tennis4fun (for 5to 8 year olds) starting on Monday 4 and 11 August

There is also availability on the following fun and exciting full-day workshops:

For children who like all types of music and dancing:

  • Make a Music Video in a day for 9 to 13 year olds – Thursday 31 July
  • Drumming Day for 5 to 8 year olds in the morning and 9 to 13 year olds in the afternoon –  Monday 4 August
  • Road to Brazil for 5 to 8 year olds who love football and dancing – Friday 8 August
  • Twinkle Toes for 5 to 7 year olds – Friday 15 August
  • Let’s learn to Bollywood Dance  for  8 to 13 year olds – Friday 22 August

 For adventurous kids looking for action and thrills:

  • Outdoor Adventure Team Challenge for 5 to 8 year olds on Thursday 7 August
  • Water Mania for 11 to 15 year olds – Thursday 21 August
  • Paintballing for 10 to 15 year olds Thursday 26 August
  • Pit Stop Scalextric for 5 to 12 year olds – Wednesday 27 August

 Budding chefs will be cooking a storm in the kitchen with Ready! Steady! Cook! (for 9 to 13 year olds) on Thursday 19 August.

Call 01372 474634 to book or click here for the brochure.  The holiday activities are running from Monday 28 July to Friday 29 August.

Weyfarers awarded Grant from CIL

Weyfarers websiteSubject to consultation, the Weybridge Local Spending Board for CIL has allocated £3,750 in matched funding to Weyfarers Rowing Club based at the confluence of the Wey and the Thames, hard by Thames Lock.

The award, subject to consultation, would be the first grant offer in Weybridge under CIL arrangements.

If you would like to join the club to make the most of the new facilities do so – places are already filling up fast.

If you or your group have suggestions for improving Weybridge infrastructure then go here for an application form or you can contact me.

Vandals Flooding

Weybridge VandalsWeybridge Vandal’s grounds were severely flooded and the borough hardship fund came to the rescue.

The borough continues support for flood victims.  Local businesses, community organisations and residents across Elmbridge have been receiving support from the borough to help with the damage caused by the flooding earlier this year. The borough is continuing to offer support through its hardship fund, and will welcome further applications from those still struggling to recover from the floods.

The hardship fund is able to compensate for uninsured loss as well as covering other costs caused by the severe flooding this year.

Weybridge Vandals is a community amateur sports club who suffered extraordinary damage to their grounds on Desborough Island. Their rugby and cricket pitches were submerged for most of January and February, and as the water began to recede the ground was left with debris and river silt and much of the grass had died off.  This meant that the pitches needed to be treated for contamination, vertically drained, top dressed and reseeded to get them back into playing order again.

John Sillwood, Secretary of Weybridge Vandals explained: “The storms and floods this winter were the worst in living memory. While we had insurance cover for the clubhouse, the grounds are not easy to insure. We were very grateful for the timely help from the Council’s Hardship Fund which gave us some cash to start the ball rolling.”

The Vandals also received emergency funding from Sport England and the English Cricket Board. As a result, the cricket season was able to start on schedule this May. The rugby season will also be returning as normal in September.

The borough encourages anyone that has suffered a loss like this to apply to the hardship fund.  You can find out more about the fund and how to apply here

Rollerskiing Is Coming To Elmbridge This Winter

In this part of the country, snow is a rare occurrence and never stays long enough for anybody to pursue skiing for any real length of time. For those who love skiing or are looking into starting a fun and exciting sport without having to travel to snow resorts, rollerskiing might be the ideal solution.

Rollerskiing is country skiing without the snow – using wheeled skis, and skiing boots and poles. It is suitable for all levels and abilities and comes packed with fun whether you are looking for a sport to relax or want to be a bit more competitive.

A new 6-week course will start at Brooklands Park in Weybridge on Monday, 6 January. It is aimed at 11 to 24 year olds but adult beginners are also welcome to join in the fun. There will be several sessions adapted to the various participants:
11-14 year olds – 4:30
14-17 year olds – 6:00
18-24 year olds – 7:30
Adult beginners – 7:30
The cost for the course starts at £30 for the 11 to 24 year olds. It is run by a professional coach.
Book or get further information, email or call the sports development team on 01372 474638.