Marlow Sports Club is a fantastic community facility right in the heart of town. It has over 2,000 members of which 1,400 are young people and 800 females. The club is situated on Pound Lane and offers 8 sports; Cricket, Football, Hockey, Tennis, Running, Cycling, Softball and Netball. The Club has a range of sports and recreation opportunities for community use which include; • 20 acres of land of which 6 is grassed for multiple sports • Brand new all-weather astro-turf for hockey or netball • An excellent cricket pitch and practice nets • Four recently re-surfaced flood-lit tennis courts • Five junior football pitches • A clubhouse and bar with changing rooms Find out more about each Club Section.
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An exciting summer of cycling will come to a head in Marlow next month in the biggest community sporting event of its kind.
Following the excitement of June’s Aviva Women’s tour, cycling club Marlow Riders are making preparations for the biggest and toughest bike ride of the summer.
Organisers of the annual bike event, Marlow Red Kite Ride, hope to see 700 cyclists take to the streets on September 6 after increasing the registration capacity by 100 following last year’s success.The ride offers three picturesque routes over the Chilterns and Thames Valley, with a 50, 80, 100 mile event plus the longest route of 126 miles the event has ever seen.
Former Olympic bronze medallist, Willi Moore who designed the new course said: “Some riders last year said the event wasn’t challenging enough, so this is a much more beefy route.
“I’m not aware of another Sportive offering four different routes. We’re catering for all abilities here and this allows our loyal riders to continue the development of their cycling capabilities.”
The finish area at Marlow Sports club is expected to be a hit with all ages as families will be able to gather to eat and drink and relax after the day’s excitement.
For the second year running proceeds will go to Cyclists Fighting Cancer, a charity which gives bikes, adapted bicycles and equipment to children and young people across the UK whose lives have been affected by cancer.
Event organiser, Steve Tomlie said: “Sadly we have lost three of our members over the past year to cancer, so our continuing relationship with Cyclists Fighting Cancer will serve as a fitting tribute to their memory.”
Last year’s sell out event was a huge success and raised £5000 for the good cause.
This has been big summer for cycling in Marlow as thousands of people took to the streets in June to see of the final stage of the women’s tour.
Entry for September’s ride is £25. For more information go to http://marlowredkiteride.co.uk
Marlow’s sporting community gather for annual bash on bumper sporting weekend
L to R: Paul Sambrook, Club Chairman, Jocelyn Towns Deputy Mayor, Bob Johnson, Mayor, and Roger Dye, Trustee.
Sport was the watchword in Marlow over the “Longest Day” weekend, as the sporting community gathered for their annual ball in the eve of a top cycling race through the town.
Marlow Sports Club held its third annual Summer Ball in a marquee on its Pound Lane grounds, which were saved from the clutches of developers in 2011.
Saturday’s Spanish-themed event saw members raise over £10,000 towards taking on more land at the riverside site, where over 2000 people regularly play a number of different sports.
And long-term club committee Graham Sweet, who was at the ball, had the honour of waving the flag to start the Aviva Women’s Tour, which set off from Marlow on Sunday.
Marlow Town Mayor Bob Johnson and deputy Mayor Jocelyn Towns were two of the dignitaries at the glitzy ball on the eve of the race.
Cllr Johnson, who has chosen the Sports Club as one of his nominated charities for the coming year, said: “The growth of the Sports Club is a phenomenal story over the last few years and I am delighted to name them as one of my chosen charities during my term as Mayor.”
Four years ago, Marlow Sports Club secured its land for the future when it was under threat of being sold for development.
The committee and members have since raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to help repay the purchase loan and to take on more land, with the club now boasting more than 20 acres in the heart of the town.
Membership is now well over 2,000 across all age groups, including 800 females and 1,400 youngsters.
Sports represented include cricket, tennis, hockey, running , cycling, junior football and softball, and the club also has a strong association with Sir
William Borlase’s Grammar School.
Paul Sambrook, Chairman of Marlow Sports Club added “Tonight was a celebration of the successful journey the Club has enjoyed over the last 4
years…..from back in early 2011 when it was very uncertain the Club would be able to stay on their current Site of just over 5 acres, to
today where we now own 20 acres. Tonight, we were recognising a Proud Past and an exciting Future!”
As the Club looks to move to the next phase in it’s Development plans, we continue to build our commercial capabilities through attracting local people, with appropriate skills and experience. In the last few weeks, several have joined for a short period of induction, before being formally co-opted to the Trustee Board at the AGM in September. They are………………
Mike first moved to the Marlow area in the mid 1970’s and played rugby, cricket , squash and tennis in the town.
Mike’s career in the IT and technology market was mainly based in Europe at the beginning but latterly led to CEO and other senior roles based in North America Asia and Australia
Mike returned to the UK some eight years ago and has since specialised in private investment and non –executive work and has settled back in to living in Marlow with his wife Joy.
Martin Fessey, with a career spanning 35 years in strategic sales, key account management, underwriting and risk engineering with Global 1000 size companies throughout the world. Has completed long-term assignments to the US and Asia. Most recently based in the UK as Vice President, EMEA Market & Business Development for FM Global, the world’s largest industrial and commercial property insurance company Has led and contributed to several projects to enhance the effectiveness and performance of international sales and service teams. Is regularly invited to speak and run workshops at a wide range of business events, and most recently shared views and experience on creating client value with Cranfield University Business School’s Key Account and Customer Management Forums. Has lived in the area for many years, and has coached local youth cricket and football teams.
…………………………and Neil Robertson
Neil and his family have lived in Marlow for 30 years. Now retired from full time working, he is currently a non executive member of the Strategic Board at Amicus Horizon (a large social housing provider with focus in London and the South East providing some 27500 housing units), For four years until 2012 he was the Director responsible for HR, Security and Estates/Facilities at the Department for International Development. Before then, Neil’s career was with British Airways where from October 2002 to January 2007 he was Director for People and a member of the executive management team. A chartered fellow of CIPD and a member of the Institute of Directors, Neil is a social member of Marlow Sports Club. His wife, Carol, is a member of the Tennis Section.
“As we go into 2015, with exciting plans for the Club, we will need the right level of skills and experience to help us achieve our community goals. Neil, Martin and now Mike will definitely add value to our team!” Paul Sambrook, Chairman, Marlow Sports Club
We are supporting the Bisham Barnowl Group and yesterday saw us putting up a tawny owl box.
As tawny owls are regularly heard calling in this area, hopefully a pair will use this box for nesting next year.
Bisham Barn Owl Group is a group of volunteers who run a nest box project primarily for Barn Owls, but also for Tawny Owls and Kestrels, in the local area around Bisham in Berks and South Bucks.
For more on the Bisham Barn Owl Group blog: http://bishambarnowlgroup.blogspot.co.uk/
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