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Sole Sisters Bradley Stoke 10k 2019 report

Posted on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 9:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of finishers at the 2019 Bradley Stoke 10k Run.

By Karen & Jo, marshal coordinators, Sole Sisters RC.

For the 13th consecutive year, Sole Sisters organised the Bradley Stoke 10k, which has now become an integral part of the festival weekend.

From 6am on Sunday, members of Sole Sisters were either getting the Jubilee Centre set up as Race HQ or were out on the course delivering water, putting up warning signs and generally getting ready for 8am when the runners started arriving to pick up their race numbers.

Six lead marshals gathered their own group of mile marshals, all equipped with goodie bags, and set off to their marshal stations covering the entire 10km (6-mile) route. Each year, we need between 80 and 100 marshals for the event, and that includes two water stations.

The Bradley Stoke 10k has become a key race in the running community calendar and 545 entrants turned up for the race in near perfect conditions (although it was still quite warm if you were running!) and we had a mixture of club and non-club runners.

Sole Sisters would like to say a huge thank you to all the marshals who gave up their Sunday morning to support both us as a club and the runners. They were fantastic as always and as always we received amazing feedback. We would also like to thank the Bradley Stoke community for their patience and support whilst the race was on.

More: Category winners and photo links »

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Spectacular skate park skills and ‘have-a-go’ art sessions return to festival

Posted on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 8:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of participants in the junior scooter category of the skate park competition.

By Graham Baker, town council youth development worker.

In recent years, the Bradley Stoke Community Festival has seen our town council youth work team and local young people work together to organise an extremely successful two-day package of activities.

Saturday saw the return of our popular street art workshops and the King Ramps skate half-pipe, with ‘have-a-go sessions’ and pro rider demos throughout the day. Strong winds presented an initial challenge setting up, especially building our 8ft x 16ft art wall, however, once up, the wall offered a useful windbreak for our art workshop activities.

The art workshops involved children and young people painting a 4ft x 2ft board with the support of professional artists, youth workers and volunteers, and the queues soon started to build. Due to demand we continued until 6pm and, sadly, still had to turn people away. However, about 70 participants happily returned home clutching their original works of art.

Meanwhile, spectators gathered for regular pro rider demos on the half-pipe with popular ‘have a go’ ride sessions for local young people. In addition, we promoted our usual youth work activities, but the gusty winds prevented our usual displays.

On Sunday, we relocated to the skate park with the skate half-pipe being set up alongside the park to provide important extra capacity. Soon, about 60 competitors, many accompanied by their family and friends, started to arrive and sign up for the competitions. There were more pro rider demos with the park open for use in between the competition runs. A circus skills workshop entertained and engaged not only the younger children, but older teenagers as well. Competitions were organised for all age categories and skate park disciplines (BMX, scooter and skateboard).

We kicked off with the extremely busy junior scooter competition and managed to complete two rounds of runs before the rain descended. At first, we were hopeful that the rain would clear, and we could squeegee the park dry; unfortunately, though, the rain set in and eventually we had to call off the competition. There was disappointment all round, but we are looking to organise another skate competition soon.

More: Find out about future youth activities in the town »

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Bradley Stoke Youth FC Festival of Football 2019

Posted on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 7:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSCS Primary Phase football team with town mayor Cllr Tom Aditya.

On Saturday 8th June, Bradley Stoke Youth FC continued the success of their Schools’ Football Festival at the Jubilee Centre, which attracted 130 Year 1 children representing 13 different local primary schools. The Festival is the finale of the club’s School Link Program where BSYFC’s FA Qualified coaches go into the 13 schools and provide football coaching to all Year 1 children over a three-week period. The program starts in February and finishes in May ready for the festival in June.

The Football Festival has been running since 2006 and over the years has developed into a major part of the town’s annual Community Festival, with over 1,900 children having now taken part. The School Link Programme started in 2007 and has grown over the years to become a major community activity with over 8,000 children having received football skills coaching in their school.

Each school receives a cup, which can be kept for a year, and is awarded on a points-scoring system based on things such as; attitude and approach of players and teachers, preparation and organisation, adhering to the guidelines and ensuring both boys and girls of all abilities are selected. The whole day is about participation and enjoyment to allow each child the opportunity to play football in a friendly environment.

Every child receives a medal and a gift bag full of football-related essentials like shin pads, football socks, water bottle, baseball cap, activity play pack and sweets. As well as the cup, each school receives a bag of size 3 footballs to continue the football coaching at their school. The winning school also receives a new kit for their team.

The Teacher Awards this year went to Baileys Court and St Peter’s.

More: Festival award winners and team photos »

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Skate park skills and creative arts return to community festival

Posted on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 5:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Street art zone at the 2018 Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

During this year’s festival weekend, Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) youth workers and local young people are repeating and enhancing the successful formula of recent years. The mix of skate park skills and creative arts will include competitions, demonstrations and have-a-go sessions at both the main Community Festival site (on Saturday 8th June) and at the skate park (on Sunday 9th June).

Saturday 8th June

The Jubilee Green side of Saturday’s festival will host, side by side, King Ramps skate park half-pipe and street art sessions, along with information on other BSTC youth work projects.

By popular demand, the street art demos and have-a-go painting sessions return, with artists (The Paintsmiths) working alongside youth workers and young volunteers. In recent years these sessions have proved extremely popular with children and young people, and last year children created about 50 individual pieces of artwork to proudly take home for display. The sessions have also led to community art projects like the large pieces displayed at Bradley Stoke skate park.

The King Ramps half-pipe returns and offers the chance to see some exceptional skate park demonstrations by top BMX, scooter and skateboard pro riders and skaters, as well as regular have-a-go sessions (with some equipment provided), music and an MC.

At the youth work tent, there will be the chance to find out about and discuss other Bradley Stoke youth work projects and developments, as well as signing up for Sunday’s skate park competition.

More: Competition and entertainment at skate park on Sunday »

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