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News June 2023

Leek Archery Club

Resurrected a Staffordshire Handicap Competition last week and attracted competitors from across the county to the shoot at Leek Hockey Club. The competition is designed so that new archers are able to gain experience in shooting competitively. There were over thirty archers taking place with a good mix of male female and Junior’s. Leek were the eventual winners and Lichfield Archery Club will host the event next year.

Lads & Dads

A team from Leek along with a team from Blythe Bridge will be representing Staffordshire in a junior friendly tournament in Germany in July. This will be a great experience for these youngsters.

Leek Hockey Club

Three members of the Club have recently played for England in the senior Four Nations Competition in Ireland. Dan O’Neill played for the Over 35’s and despite winning all their games were pipped by Ireland for the gold medal on goal difference.

Paul Nixon captained the over 40’s team who won all three games and were champions.

Ant. Mellor played in the over 50’s team which again was triumphant winning their tournament.

Leek Rugby Club

Both the First and Second teams have achieved promotion and will be facing new teams next season. They will need to travel much further to away games and in the case of the first team as far as Cumbria. It is interesting to note that the first and second teams consist almost entirely of Leek developed players vindicating the Junior Development policy of the Club.

The Club is 100 years old this year and has a full programme of events to celebrate this milestone.

Leek Tennis Club

There has been a significant influx of children wanting to learn resulting in the need to recruit volunteer parents to help supervise the young people and some have already sought to obtain the DBR certificate. The Club have had to buy additional junior rackets.

Rudyard Sailing Club

At the end of the Pandemic this Club had 250 members but in the last two years the number of members has doubled. This has put a strain on the number of Coaches and safety operators resulting in volunteers to train as coaches etc are being sought.

Leek Bowling Club

The Club has managed to replace the members lost during the Pandemic and are now fielding the number of teams they did prior to 2020.

Leek Shooting Centre

They are continuing to upgrade the ranges to meet the latest standards and have an active membership.

Leek Cricket Club

The first team are having a difficult time in the league but the interest at junior level is growing and the number of youngsters wishing to take up cricket is currently high and stretching the coaching staff resulting in the need to get patents involved in supporting the coaching team.

Leek Swimming Club

This Club was badly affected by the Pandemic restriction and lost many junior members. However, the membership is growing again and the club did very well in a local inter club competition early this month indicating that the young swimmers are relishing the return to competition.

Westwood Golf Club

This Club is also 100 years old this year and has events planned to celebrate this milestone.

Stoke Boat Club (Endon)

The Club along with the wider Canal Boating Community are concerned that the Government funding of the Canal & River Trust will not be increased or even maintained at its current level resulting in a major shortfall of funding for this historic heritage leading to an irreversible decline.

The Club will be taking part in a national Campaign Cruise to Birmingham on 12/13th August 2023 with the boats arriving on the Saturday to gather at the Mailbox on the Sunday.


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