SPORTS SCENE – July 2021

The Chalke Valley Sports Centre – Facilities for all of the Chalke Valley

We have had a busy June with lots of news and things going on….

It was disappointing that we could not open the Sports Centre fully on 21 June, but it has been an exciting few weeks at the Sports Centre with lots of new things happening.

Chalke Valley Sports Centre Facebook Page- Hit Like to follow us on our new Chalke Valley Sports Centre Facebook page where you can keep up to date with all our latest events, news & sports.

Friday Night Petanque Socials – We are still operating in a covid safe way, but Friday night Petanque has been an opportunity to get out, meet friends and try a new activity over a drink from the Sports Bar. A regular group of around 25 attended through June, meeting at 6.30pm-8.00pm (ish). We meet unless it is raining. Come and try it at no cost, all equipment is provided. If you enjoy the evening then all we ask is you spread the word and bring along the family and a friend on your next visit. A £2/session cost will apply if you become a regular. Under 16’s FOC. If you want to play competitively, we have a team that compete in the local Keystone Brewery League.

Summer BBQ’s are also being planned to extend the evening along with other ‘Garden Games’. We are looking for anyone that could donate a Garden Gas bottle as a reserve supply for the BBQ.

New Picnic Benches: We have invested in some specially branded Chalke Valley Sports Centre picnic benches to provide spectator and social areas for all the Centre’s activities.

Make Someone Welcome Campaign: In partnership with the Go Out Get Active Project we have pledged to make everyone welcome at the Sports Centre. If you have ever considered coming and seeing what activities are available but then thought ‘they are all going to be too good for me, I’ll just feel out of place’, then don’t worry, all our Clubs and activities have pledged to make you welcome.

You can either turn up on a Club evening; email the sports centre general email; or email one of the Committee or Club reps and we will be in touch and make sure you don’t feel out of place. All the information on activities and Club times are on our Facebook Page and Website. Come and join us, you will be made very welcome.

Getting Our Community Active Again Project: In recognition of the constraints we have been under as a consequence of Covid-19 and to encourage more people to get outdoors and take up a new sport or activity, we have developed a project to deliver a number of new activities for everyone. In June we had great news of a number of successful grant applications to help us deliver these:

Wiltshire Community Foundation: £2021 for basketball facilities.

Go Out Get Active: £1000 for equipment and additional support facilities.

Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership: £2000 towards Pickleball courts.

Broad Chalke Community Fund: £200 towards the bench seating.

We would like to thank all the organisations for their support and for the funding provided. This will help to bring more opportunities for all sections of our community to take part.

We have plans for more facilities and are working on further grant applications! Keep in touch by following our FACEBOOK page.

Pickleball: Following receipt of the grants, we have now developed three outdoor Pickleball courts. This is a great sport for all ages and abilities, as well as it being played competitively. It’s an ideal introduction to tennis and is played on a small court (about the size of a badminton court) with a bat called a ‘paddle’ (like a large table tennis bat) with an air ball the size of a tennis ball.

The Moonrakers Pickleball Club have become affiliated to the Sports Centre and had their first Wednesday evening Club session in June. New members are welcome, and if you are not sure what it is all about why not come along with family and friends to the Come and Try It Open Evening: on Wednesday July 7th between 6.00pm- 8.00pm. All equipment provided.

The Sports Centre’s regular Programme of Club Activities includes tennis, cricket, table tennis, short mat bowls, football, pilates and yoga. Full details on our website and Facebook page.

Children’s Parties: In June we had our first covid secure children’s party hire. If you are looking for a great venue with lots of outdoor space get in touch through our general email.

The Laughing Aztecs: As we put this newsletter together we are in discussions to bring this outdoor Mobile Mexican food take-away service to the Sport Centre on Sunday evenings. More info to follow through our Facebook page.

 Chalke Valley Sports Centre Contacts:

Chris Rothwell: Secretary:  Tel 07552159369

Michaela Johns: Treasurer:       Tel: 01722 780915

Edward Fry: Deputy Chairman:

Sports Centre general email:

Our website is