News from Sports in Surrey and Its Rich Sporting Heritage…

News from Sports in Surrey and Its Rich Sporting Heritage…

SURREY has a rich heritage of sporting events each year.

A few weeks ago, this website promoted the University Snooker, the University Snooker Championships held in Woking. 

The annual Gradsport at the University of Surrey in Guildford, returns next month in its 10th Anniversary, as a string of sports will be hosted.

Gradsport returns to Surrey Sports Park on Saturday, May 11, 2024, for its 10th anniversary, promising a larger and more exciting event and they need your support to regain the trophy and secure a victory for ‘Team Alumni’ as Gradsport champions for 2024!

31 sports will be showcased this year as Gradsport returns to Surrey Sports Park on Saturday, May 11, 2024, for its 10th anniversary, promising a larger and more exciting event and they need your support to regain the trophy and secure a victory for ‘Team Alumni’ as Gradsport champions for 2024!

These types of events at Universities across the UK showcase the inclusion of sport for all and as the website suggests, Through match fees and through supporting the Forever Surrey fund, the University is able to support Team Surrey’s dream: that all students can take part in sports whilst studying at Surrey and that those who have talent can be supported to reach their true potential.”

On the Forever Surrey Fund site, it states that the £4,000 grant…”The Forever Surrey Fund provides crucial support across the University. The Fund supports students in unexpected hardship, students undertaking scholarships and helps our clubs and societies to grow. This has had a huge impact on the lives of countless students at Surrey.”

Surrey has a rich heritage of different sports…

Here are three examples from the Visit Surrey website which charts a few interesting facts on sporting heritage in the County.

Until 1772 cricket was played with just two stumps and one bale, but when Edward (Lumpy) Stevens of Send, (near Woking) famously  bowled the ball between the stumps without dislodging the bale in a match against Hambledon Cricket  Club, he forced a change in the rules.

Mass football, traditionally ‘played’ on Shrove Tuesday, was played in several Surrey towns.  In Dorking, the day began with fancy dress procession of the ball, accompanied by musicians.  The game started at 2pm, when the Eastenders and Westenders competed to retain the ball in their territory. By 5pm the crowd had swelled to several hundred players.  Whoever had the ball in their territory when the church clock struck six had won.

Cycling was hugely popular in the late 19th century and The Anchor at Ripley became a favourite destination for refreshment for those heading down the Portsmouth Road from London.  Horseracing has taken place on Epsom Downs since 1661 and in 1780 the name of a new race for three-year old colts was decided by the flip of a coin between Sir Charles Bunbury and Lord Derby.  The world-famous flat race continues to be a highlight of the English social and sporting calendar.

Head to Exploring Surrey’s Past website for more themes from Surrey’s past heritage.

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Next month, the Guildford Archery Club will host the 2024 Surrey Target Championships on the 19th May.

The events were relaunched in 2019 and according to Statista, 25,000 people took part in Archery in the UK in 2022 more than double the figure the previous year.

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A new Performance Archery Centre has officially opened at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, in Shropshire.

The £3.6 million facility, which was funded with support from UK Sport, will be used by Olympic and Paralympic archers as their daily professional training environment in the run-up to the Paris 2024 Games.

Community activity including grassroots sport will also take place at the centre, offering a new space for local people to be active as part of our long-term Uniting the Movement strategy.

And as the home of British performance archery, it will also serve as a base for Talent Pathway athletes aiming to get onto UK Sport’s World Class archery programme and the National Compound Squad.

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, our executive director of place, said: “This dedicated Performance Archery Centre will give elite archers the greatest opportunity to prepare and compete on the world stage.

“The centre provides talent development archers access to world-class training facilities, whilst also making archery accessible to community groups and organisations and helping more people to enjoy the benefits of living active lives.

“We’re looking forward to seeing people from all backgrounds and communities coming together in this facility to enjoy archery activities. In aiming to inspire and attract a future generation of archers, it’s been fantastic to see young children from local schools giving the sport a go this morning.”

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AND HERE’S A GUIDE ON HOW THE SPORT IS TRYING TO INCREASE PARTICIPATION FOR ALL! 

Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!