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Summer sporting sessions inspire youngsters


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portspeople from Hemel Hempstead came together to treat some children in the town to a fun-filled summer of sporting activity, Te idea came from a member of staff at the Adeyfield


Adventure Playground who contacted local sports teams to see if they would be willing to give the children some coaching.


A meeting between Tom Hamlyn-Williams,


community development manager of the Hemel Stags Rugby League franchise, and Adeyfield Adventure Playground staff led to a series of free training sessions, which have been taking place at the playground each week.


Matt Lambert, Stags’ Community Coach, said the training helped the club get more involved with the local community.


He added: “Tis is a great way for the Stags to get more


involved with the local community, and for children to try a sport that maybe they haven’t experienced before. At the same time, they are bound to benefit from some fresh air and exercise, and — of course — fun.”


Te sessions at Adeyfield have been so well-received that the Stags are now also visiting Dacorum Borough Council’s three other playgrounds: at Chaulden, Grove Hill and Bennetts End.


Matt Stedman, manager of the adventure playground, said staff were thrilled at the success of the scheme.


He revealed: “In the past couple of weeks, I have also spoken with representatives from the Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club as well as the cricket club and the Hemel Storm Basketball Team, all of whom are equally keen to get involved with us.


Coach Matt Lambert with Matt Stedman.


“During this Olympic year, we feel that we are truly doing our best to help ‘inspire a generation’.”


Sport England, via its ‘Sportivate’ programme, has also provided funding for basketball coaching for the older children at Adeyfield Youth Club.


by Tim Green


12 l October 2012 l www.mynewsmag.co.uk


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