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Club Durham Training Update **New**

Welcome to the Club Durham Training update. The new CPD workshop calendar has now been released for 1 October – 31 March 2017, the full calendar can be downloaded using the button below. This list is non exhaustive, new courses will be added where a need is recognised. Keep a look out for new courses coming out and please let us know if you have any requests. 

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Nu Futures Programme **New**

We have a new programme launching in October called Nu Futures. Nu Futures is a Study Programme and will be delivered at Misty Blue Farm in Spennymoor, same venue as the Aspire Programme.

I have attached a copy of the course brochure FYI, and wondered if it would be possible to promote this programme along with the Aspire Programme please? If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Many thanks. Kind regards, Corey Lennox | Skills and Marketing Administrator Sport Works 
e: corey@sportworksltd.co.uk w: www.sportworksltd.co.uk t: 0191 5800 120 m: 07377531950 fb: facebook.com/sportworksaspire tw: @sportworks

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club Newsletter **New**

The 1st of October sees the 1st Bishop Auckland Bribar 2 star of the year we will once again need your help to run the event and maintain our reputation as the best 2 star in England We Need raffle prizes and help settign up the hall on the Saturday 30th from 2.00 Sunday we need help Running the cafe; selling drinks, snacks and raffle Supporting players Keeping wall charts up to date Social media updates Selling raffle tickets If you are able to support the event in any way we would really appreciate your help, please contact Matt or Carol Entry is free all day, so it's a great opportunity, particularly for our younger players to come down and watch some of the best young players in England.

October half term camp details have now been released 24th October 10.00am-4.00pm Members £10 Non-members £13 Coaches Karina LeFevre - England International Erin Thompson - Irish International Application here

What's on in County Durham **New**

Welcome to the new look Active at Work Newsletter. This months edition has lots of information about the different campaigns and events coming up in County Durham over the next couple of months. If you have any queries about anything in the newsletter or want some advice on getting your workplace more active contact: suziee.cassels@countydurhamsport.com.

Shotley & Benfieldside Tennis Diary dates **New**

Hi there We’re taking a break for a few weeks, but we do have quite a few events planned once the holiday period is over, so we thought you might want to put some of these dates in your diaries: 

· Monday, 28th August - working party to help remove old carpet from top court (from 10.00am) 
· Tuesday, 5th September - Table Tennis Club returns, but now on Tuesday nights, with the Junior coaching sessions interlinked with our usual tennis coaching programme 
· Saturday, 9th September - working party to help erect the Air Dome (from 9.00am) [with BBQ, drinks after, we hope!] 
· Saturday, 16th September - Music Night from 7.30pm starring Jess Lawson and Phil Simpson, supported by Peter Dilley (see below for full details). Let me know if you need tickets reserving – it will be popular with many people beyond the Club! 
· Saturday, 21st October - the return of our Club Meal, with a 3 course dinner incl. welcome drinks for just £18.00pp. See below for the menu 
· Saturday, 16th December - Christmas Meal – at the Club. Save the Date now!

JESS LAWSON Jessica Lawson sings and accompanies herself on autoharp and acoustic guitar. Her original songs reflect a background in folk music and a love of Americana as she sings stories about the sea, love, loss, war, and a few ‘fallen’ women. Jessica is fast building a reputation on the folk scene and has performed a number of high profile and exciting shows, supporting Eddi Reader and Dave Rotherary, as well as appearing on bills alongside Cara Dillon and Barbara Dickson. She will be accompanied by singer-songwriter, Phil Simpson.

Table Tennis player selected as part of the Special Olympic touch relay **New**

Great Britain’s Special Olympics National Summer Games take place this August in Sheffield. As part of the build up to the games, the Special Olympic torch will travel 200miles, through towns and cities; starting in North Shropshire – The historic birthplace of the modern Olympic Games - and ending at the opening ceremony in Sheffield on the 8th of August. 

As part of its journey, Bishop Auckland TTC’s Ben Robinson wll carry the touch through Ripon. Ben - who has Autism and Learning Difficulties - plays as part of the clubs Talent Squad and is part of the Para GB Table Tennis development squad, aims to compete in the Paralympic games in 2024. Ben has been selected to play at the National Games, where 2,600 other athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities will compete in their discipline across 20 sports. 

The club is open to people of all ages and abilities, running weekly coaching sessions and social sessions and is open to anyone. If you’d like to know more, or would be interested in becoming a club sponsor, please visit the website at www.bishopaucklandttc.co.uk, or contact Matt Porter on 07411018856.

Disney characters helping children get active **New**

Created for children aged 5-12 and just in time for the summer holidays, the activities can be done anywhere with small or large groups of friends. They can even Haka with Moana's Maui or join Belle and the Beast's snowball fight. 

Only 23% of boys and 20% of girls aged 5-12 are doing PHE's recommended amount of physical activity – 60 minutes a day. And one in five children will start primary school overweight or obese, rising to more than a third by the time they leave. That's why we're backing the programme, which will help families enjoy getting active together. New activities are added to the website every week, with a short video explaining how to play each game.

Club Durham July Newsletter **New**

Welcome to the third addition of the Club Durham Newsletter in this issue you will find; Upcoming training courses The funding profile of the month Club Matters Update And local opportunities including the Athlete support scheme and awards scheme nominations. 

We hope we find this addition useful, please share this newsletter with your fellow club members to maximise the opportunities on offer.

CDS July Newsletter **New**

Welcome to the July addition of the County Durham Sport Newsletter. We've had a busy few weeks and have a lot more to come with the Summer School Games just around the corner. We hope you enjoy, The County Durham Sport Team

BATT Junior British League Qualifying **New**

The clubs Boys team have qualified for the Junior British League, the Top junior team championships for the UK. The team of Lee Tinkler, Sam Hume and Harvey McDonald started the day with a draw with Nottingham Sycamore B, the draw meant that other results would have to go Bishop Auckland’s way to stand any chance of qualifying. The boys then rattled off 5-1 victories over Cardiff C and Surrey based Crusaders before a 6-0 win over Fusion from London. 

Thanks to results going Bishops way, going into the last match a draw was all that was needed vs top seeded Stroud which the boys got to secure their place alongside the Girls team in the Junior British League

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club - Young Carers accreditation **New**

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club received Young Carers accreditation from Family Action, The Bridge Young Carers, at their celebration event last month. In recognition of their commitment to supporting young carers through table tennis, and their volunteering pathway. New and current members with caring responsibilities will register with the Young Carer Lead and receive additional help and support, to work around their additional needs. Because young carers may have additional responsibilities, but they are young people first and deserve the same rights and opportunities as every other young table tennis player. This confidential service sees Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club at the forefront of tackling sporting inequalities, enhanced by our recent registration with Max Cards! An organisation which provides discounts for looked after children, and families with disabled children, meaning young carers and their families could have the opportunity to play table tennis, at a discounted rate.

For more information on Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club, check out the club website: Bishopaucklandttc.co.uk

BATT  Association of Boys and Girls Clubs National Finals **New**

After the county championships success at Hartlepool last month 13 players made their way down to Lincoln for the National Championships. The club took home 5 titles from 8 with Sliver in 3 and bronze in 2. The Girls events saw Anya Milne win the under 12’s, Amy Mold the under 14’s and Emma Smith Silver in the under 16’s. The Boys event saw Alex Robinson win the under 12’s, The under 14’s saw a Bishop 1,2,3 With Hayden Gilmour winning Gold, Adam Hanby Sliver and Matty Pearson Bronze. Kieron Bowes bought home Sliver in the under 16’s boys and Lee Tinkler won the under 19’s boys with Jamie Collins getting bronze. The club was also awarded club of the championships

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club 5 Year Party **New**

Next Saturday is the 5 year party of Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club, We are throwing a party to celebrate this milestone and another great year of achievements Saturday the 15th July 6pm-9pm Tindale Crescent Working Men's Club. 

We will have Table tennis tables Bar for the adults Quiz Disco We once again are asking for contributions of food towards the buffet if you can contact Carol on 07594638850 via call or Text or email her on Carol.rodway@gmail.com with what you will be bringing to ensure a good spread like last year. 

All Members and family are all welcome and is free to everyone we hope to get as many people to attend as possible to help celebrate. If you can RSVP to Matt or Carol so we can let the venue know numbers

Shotley & Benfieldside Tennis News **New**

Only a couple of weeks to go until the annual BBQ at the Club – Saturday, 22nd July from 5.00pm. Get your tickets now from either Sam Stokoe or me – just £5.00 (£3.00 for U10’s) including your food. Great value and always a lovely social occasion. 

And before that, a reminder that all new members are invited to come along this Saturday 8th July from 2.00 – 5.00pm for a relaxed afternoon and a chance to meet fellow new members and other members. We want you to get as much out of your membership as possible, and hope this will help you to get to know more people. And the following Sunday, 16th July we’ll be offering strawberries and cream and Pimms over the afternoon while the Mens Singles Final is being played at Wimbledon. Please come and join us for the big day in the tennis calendar. 

Finally, an update on the Air Dome project. The next stage, over the coming week, will be upgrading our power supply to 3 phase in readiness for installation of the Dome. This involves a trench being dug through the car park to house the new cabling. Work will start this weekend and should be complete by next Friday, 14th July. We’re hoping not to lose too much of the car park for that week, but can we ask you to take care on site during the works and, if we do lose parking spaces, to park with consideration for our neighbours if parking off-site. All contracts are now placed and the schedule is for the new artificial grass surface to be laid on the court w/c 4th September with the Dome being installed and commissioned immediately after. Exciting times!!

County Durham Active Workplaces **Current**

IT'S BACK! The County Durham Workplace Games is back for a summer spectacular! 

The Workplace Games is a multi-sport competition suitable for all ages, genders and abilities. Participants will get the opportunity to have a go at a variety of sports varying from ones they will know or remember well to challenges which might be new and exciting to have a go at. Each activity will be delivered by an experienced coach who will give participants a taster of their sport or activity before the competition begins. The multi-sport competition will be a great opportunity for staff team building, improving workplace morale, networking with like-minded businesses, as well as encouraging employees to try new things and get more active. What: An exciting array of summer sports as well as a team treasure hunt challenge, Traditional Sport's Day races and not forgetting a hog roast and an award ceremony to close the evening. 

Where: Fyndoune Community School, Sacriston, Durham When: Friday 14th July 6.00- 9.30pm Cost: The team fee is £200 per team of 10 and includes food, beverages, team t shirts and event merchandise. Who: Workplaces in County Durham are invited to enter teams of up to 10 people.

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Sensing the seasons walks in Witton Dene **Current**

Hi Folks Please find attached flier & poster for the next Sensing the Seasons walks in Witton Gilbert June -August As usual feel free to forward to friends, family, clients, colleagues & customers Why not join us in June to welcome the summer!

Shotley & Benfieldside Tennis Club news **Current**

A number of things to update you on, and some dates for your diaries which we hope will prove popular:


·         Members Day                   -              a new innovation, we are inviting all new members to come along to get to know each other, get to know Committee members and other players and Club members,  and join in some fun tennis for juniors, adults and families. It’s on Saturday, 8th July from 2.00 – 5.00pm, and we’ll be providing strawberries and cream, refreshments (even some PImms…) and the chance to also watch on TV how the professionals do it as this is the middle Saturday of Wimbledon. All welcome – we hope to see you there.

·         Wimbledon Mens Final                -              Sunday, 16th July sees the Men’s Final at Wimbledon, and we will be having even more strawberries and cream, Pimms and refreshments as we watch in awe as the top players battle for the trophy. Join us from 2.00pm for a great day of tennis – and of course the chance to prove you can do it yourself on court too. 

·         Annual Club BBQ             -              this year’s BBQ will be on Saturday, 22nd July from 5.00pm. This a regular and popular feature of our annual calendar and we hope all members will come along and support the Club. Full details are yet to be finalised, but the cost will be £5pp (£3 for U10’s – all Mini players) to include food and tickets will be on sale shortly. Please book early so we can make sure enough food is provided. For those of a strong constitution (or with hearing difficulties) we will have the Karaoke ready to go too!

·         Great British Tennis Weekend- the second and last GBTW is happening over the weekend of July 22 – 23. Please let any family and friends know who may be interested in having a go at tennis – it’s a free weekend of coaching, friendly and family play with some fantastic special membership offers available for new members. To register to play, just click here

·         Table Tennis                      -              our Table Tennis Club is taking a hard-earned summer break and will NOT run this week (15th June) or for the following 3 weeks. We will confirm arrangements for the start-up of the Club in the next couple of weeks.

·         Salsa Classes                      -              our salsa champions are back from holiday and the classes will start up again next week – Saturday, 24th June from 2.30pm. All welcome – it doesn’t matter whether you’ve attended before or not, or whether or not you’ve ever tried Salsa – the classes suit all-comers. No booking necessary – just join in!

·         Free Over 35’s coaching                -              unfortunately this has had to be postponed this week because of matches taking priority on the courts, but it returns next week at 7.00pm – and don’t forget the Cardio tennis class before it, at 6.00pm – great fun and great exercise!

·         Junior Nights                     -              they’re already very busy and a great hit, but in case you’ve not tried it yet – every Friday from 6.00 – 8.00pm is Junior Night – for all Yr 6 and above Junior members, the Club and Clubhouse is yours. Join in with your mates – much more than tennis to enjoy.

·         Walking Football             -              please note the time and day have been changed to Fridays from 4.00pm. Great exercise and company targeted at the Over 50’s.


Finally, confirmation that the preparatory work on the top court has been completed and the tidy up should take place this weekend. The foundations are now in place, and the next phase is to upgrade our power supply in readiness for the Air Dome. We’re hoping this will be done in July, but are awaiting confirmation. Thanks again for your patience and understanding while this work was being done.


Look forward to seeing you on court and/or at the Club in the next, busy few weeks,


Club Durham Newsletter **Current**

It's National Volunteer Week so as well as the usual training and funding updates, to celebrate we are focusing this months Club Durham Bulletin on volunteering. We hope we find this addition useful, please share this bulletin with your fellow club members to maximise the opportunities on offer. The Club Durham Team

Walking Netball **Current**

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level. From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their netball trainers many years ago, it really is for everyone. 

Spennymoor Leisure Centre Starting Monday 12th June 1:30-2:30pm £3.00 per session 

or more information contact joanne.heron@durham.gov.uk / 03000 266888

Back on Your Bike sessions **Current** 

Please see attached regarding a 'free back on your bike course' - please circulate to your networks. Great if you know someone who is a bit rusty when it comes to riding their bike, this course will give them the confidence they need.

Back To Table Tennis **Current**

Adult Sessions have been running at BATTC since 2013 and though various reasons some of you have stopped playing. to help you get back into or Try Table Tennis Monday 8th May we are opening the hall for FREE for the Adult session from losing weight, improving Fitness and making new friends Table Tennis has it all the sessions are run on a social basis with casual coaching if you want to get some hints and tips 

We hope to see you on Monday at Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Centre at Bishop Barrington

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club Newsletter **Current**

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club this week has shown its commitment to more than just producing good table tennis players having been re-awarded Clubmark status.

Clubmark is Sport England’s accreditation scheme for community sports clubs and shows that clubs meet higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management while providing the right environment which ensures the welfare of players. An accredited Club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as helping parents and carers know that they’re choosing the right club. The process has had an upgrade which now sees more evidence and detail needed to get the accreditation while also moving online. 

 “The club first got Clubmark back in 2013” said Chair Matt Porter “were delighted to have got re-accredited and it highlights the excellent work the volunteers do to make sure everyone is welcome and looked after” Bishop Auckland TTC became the first Table Tennis Club in the North East to achieve the New Clubmark status and one of only a handful of club in England

County Durham Coaching Newsletter - April 2017 **Current**

We need you! Did you know that in the UK only 30% of coaches are female? We want to change this by encouraging more females to get into coaching! #PassOnYourPassion is an initiative designed to celebrate the invaluable work of our current female coaches and leaders and get them passing on their passion to encourage more females to coach and lead. 13 County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) across the North will be passing the baton (and passion!) to each other, across 13 weeks #PassOnYourPassion is coming to County Durham from the 11th- 18th June. We need your help to nominate the coaches and future sport leaders!

Rock Solid performances from Bishop Auckland Table Tennis players.**Current**

6 players from Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club took part in the Blackpool 2 star on the 23rd of April. The youngest player of the Squad 10-year-old Jake Haygarth was the star of the day. He won the under 11s title beating a player 10 places above him in the under 11 ranking list. Jake’s run also continued in the under 13’s although going into the plate event he made the best of it and reached the final before going down. Adam Hanby also had a great day losing in his group to much higher ranked players he ended up in the plate event and made his way to the final but lost out in 5 ends. 

Anya Milne the only female player in the squad also had some great performances but didn’t get any silver wear beating some highly-ranked players before going down in the quarter finals of the under 13’s and the Cadet girls. The Junior boys event saw Jamie Collins end up in the plate event where he reached the quarter finals. Both Adam Hanby and Troy Maddison make it into the main draw before losing at the last 16 stage, Lee Tinkler who was seeded 6th surpassed his seeding and made it to the semi-final stage. 

The club is open to people of all ages and abilities, running weekly coaching sessions and social sessions and is open to anyone.

If you’d like to know more, or would be interested in becoming a club sponsor, please visit the website at www.bishopaucklandttc.co.uk, or contact Matt Porter on 07411018856.

New Football Sessions Starting **Current**

Activelife Coxhoe Mondays and Wednesdays 

County Durham Coaching Newsletter - April 2017 **Current*

With the recent launch of the New Coaching Plan for England – Coaching in an Active Nation, which aims to shake up the way we think about and deliver coaching; we have some exciting new initiatives coming up in the next couple of months. In particular we have #PassOnYourPassion for female coaches, Durham Institute of Sport Coach Support Scheme for Performance Coaches and our new Workshop calendar.

Club Durham Newsletter **Current**

Welcome to the second addition of the Club Durham Newsletter in this issue you will find;

Upcoming training courses
Club Durham Funding Support Offer
Club Matters Update
Club Satisfaction Survey

We hope we find this addition useful, please share this newsletter with your fellow club members to maximise the opportunities on offer. 

The Club Durham Team

Cadet League Medals for Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club. **Current**

Going into the last set of matches Bishop Auckland A were sat in 3rd place 11 points behind Ormesby A in second. The first match of the day saw the team of Troy Maddison, Hayden Gilmour, Adam Hanby and Kieron Bowes come up against champions elect Darlington A who came out on top 8-1, before re grouping to beat Ormesby B by the same score line. The last match saw the team meet second place Ormesby A who by this point were only 2 points above them meaning the team needed a 6-3 win at minimum to get second place. The team not happy with a minimum win claim a 9-0 win to secure second spot. The B team who had done superb to get in to the top division saw the promotion of some new players as a reward for hard work in training, Matthew Pearson and Jonnie Maddison showed they were not afraid and took on the challenge and helped in a a 6-3 win over Ormseby B. The last round however was a step to far with a 9-0 loss to champions Darlington.

The young C team of Ben and Amy Mold and Emma Smith had a narrow loss 5-4 to Ryedale before scoring a great 5-4 win over Ormesby C with Emma Smith getting a great win over a higher ranked opponent to finish the day.
The club is open to people of all ages and abilities, running weekly coaching sessions and social sessions and is open to anyone.  

If you’d like to know more, or would be interested in becoming a club sponsor, please visit the website at www.bishopaucklandttc.co.uk, or contact Matt Porter on 07411018856.

Launching our new Families Fund **Current**

We’re investing up to £40 million to help families with children do sport and physical activity together.

Our Families Fund will invest in projects that let the whole family get active – and make it fun for everyone.

Activity providers can often focus on the child and leave adults on the sidelines. We need to tackle this issue so that families can take part together.

We especially want the fund to make a difference to families with children aged five to 15. We’ll focus on low income families and families living in areas of high deprivation.

Active families, active nation

One of the key parts of our strategy, Towards an Active Nation, is to enable children and young people to enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity.

We want to help children from the age of five enjoy getting active – laying the foundations for a great relationship with sport and activity.

The Families Fund is part of up to £194 million of investment into children and young people we’ve committed to over the next four years.

Greenfield annual ‘Plank’ challenge **Current**

Greenfield Community College PE Department recently held their annual ‘Plank’ challenge for both pupils and staff to see who could hold the fitness related plank position for the longest amount of time.  The competition ran throughout January and up to the February half-term as part of a new year fitness related challenge. It also coincided with the PE department’s health related fitness units that pupils were involved in. Several staff members got involved and this only proved to spur pupils on to want to beat their teacher’s even more.

This year the competition was held across both campuses with the final  ‘Plank Off’ on the last day of term. It was a huge success with competitors being cheered on by a packed audience. With well over 200 watching, over 40 pupils and staff lined up to try and take the Greenfield ‘Plank off’ crown for 2017. Pupils, both male and female, from all year groups took part with teacher’s such as Mrs Browbank, Mrs Lumsdon, Mr Hindhaugh, Mr Davies, Mr Tarn, Mr Smith and Mr Allison in attendance.

With so many students and staff taking part, the competition had to be set over a number of rounds with the winners from each round showcasing their time.  The record from last year was well and truly beaten by two competitors from the Sunnydale campus with times of 23 minutes and 20 seconds (Lewis) and the overall winning time of a staggering 23 minutes and 42 seconds (Abbie)!!! Absolutely amazing effort by these two pupils, and we all will need to get some serious training in ready for next year if we are to challenge these times!! Well done to everyone who took part from all of Greenfield PE Department. 

Greenfield Students Respect Sporting Challenge **Current**


As part of Rights Respecting Day Year 9 students at Greenfield Community College had a practical themed day where they had the opportunity to learn about disability in relation to sport.  The day focused on the difficulties of being a disabled sports person and the challenges this may present.  The students were able to take part in a number of events including blind football and sit down volleyball. 

The activities gave them a real insight into the lives of Paralympic competitors and some of the difficulties they have to overcome but also how rewarding the sport can be.   The students commented about what a fantastic day it had been and how much more respect and understanding they now gained for people that have to cope with a disability everyday.    

Dementia friendly Swimming session times **Current**

We now have Dementia Friendly Swimming sessions running in 5 pools across county Durham
Please find attached a poster listing all of the pools and times.
We offer a programme of supported swimming sessions for people living with dementia and their carers. Our aim is to help people continue to enjoy swimming and all the benefits it gives for as long as they are able because a diagnosis of dementia shouldn’t mean someone has to stop doing an activity they enjoy.  We can offer help where needed at reception, in the changing room and in the pool. Help given can be as much or as little as the person needs.
When someone comes along for the first time, we spend time with them before they get into the water, discussing their swimming ability and any additional support needs they may have while in the building. Although it isn’t necessary to book an appointment, It’s best if new people can let us know when they plan to attend for the first time so that we are expecting them and can be waiting to great them at reception when they arrive.
The telephone number on this poster is my direct number but if anyone would prefer to call the leisure centre directly.
The numbers are:
Freeman’s Quay 03000 268488
Chester-Le-Street 03000 266444
Spennymoor 03000 261161
Teesdale Leisure Centre 03000 260862
Woodhouse Close 03000 261322
First sessions are free and following sessions cost £2.60 for the person with dementia and free entry for carers.
We also provide free tea and coffee afterwards at each session.

The Pride of Table Tennis Awards 2016 **Current**
I am delighted to inform you that our Club won the Table Tennis England ‘Pride of Table Tennis Club of the Year’ award for 2016 at the PG Mutual National Championships held on 4th and 5th March at The University of Nottingham. Full details can be found on the TTE website.
We have many people and organisations to thank for their support during the first four years of our club’s growth and development.
First of all, however, I have to say that this award would not have been possible if Chris Leishman, our Club’s Welfare Officer who is also Chairman of Brandon Community Association, had not taken the time and trouble to submit a nomination on our behalf. Secondly, it is the Club’s members themselves who have been responsible for the Club gaining a reputation from many unsolicited comments received about its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We have a terrific group of volunteers among our members, particularly but not exclusively serving on the Club’s Management Committee, in the role of Team Captains/Secretaries, as licensed coaches or our unofficial ‘meet and greeters’.
Special thanks must also go to the following organisations for generous grant funding received to date:-
£5,000 from County Durham Community Foundation
£4,000 from Durham Christian Fellowship (Seedbed)
 500 from Co-operative Membership Fund
£150 from Brandon Village Residents Association
£400 from Mid-Durham Area Action Partnership (x 4 times)
£5,338 from Coalfields Community Investment Programme
£2,974 from County Durham & Darlington NHS Improvement Fund (Check4Life)
£200 from NIB’s of County Councillors Paul Taylor and John Turnbull
(and to Club member John Spencer who successfully applied for some of this grant funding on our behalf)
Tony Taylor
Brandon & Byshottles Table Tennis Club

Fund launched to help cricketers of the future *Current**

An exciting new fund aimed at budding cricketers in County Durham is being launched by the Durham County Cricket Club Youth Trust which will be managed by County Durham Community Foundation. The Fund is looking to further assist local cricket organisations with the object of improving the life of young people in the region.
Grants will be given to local cricket clubs and other eligible community organisations that develop youth cricket at all levels of the game. Projects that specifically promote the development of young cricketers will also be supported.
County Durham has produced many talented cricketers who have gone on to play at county and international level and providing support of this kind can help maintain this tradition.
County Durham Community Foundation, who now manage more than 200 charitable funds on behalf of local people and businesses, are contributing a match element to the Fund which will be launched at the annual fundraising dinner of the Durham County Cricket Club Youth Trust on Friday, 10th March 2017.
Barbara Gubbins Chief Executive of County Durham Community Foundation said:
“This is a very exciting opportunity for CDCF to help the Trust encourage and develop youth cricket in our area. Supporting sporting activities has been an essential part of our grant-making as it is so vital to grow individual core skills such as teamwork, commitment, trust and friendships – as well as promoting health and wellbeing. This Fund will be an important addition to the range of grant opportunities we manage and we look forward to working with Geoff and the other Trustees to achieve their aims.”
Geoff Cook Director of Cricket at Durham County Cricket Club and Chair of the Trustees of the Youth Trust and the new fund said:
“County Durham Community Foundation has agreed to support the Durham County Cricket Club Youth Trust in order to extend the grant aid opportunities for young cricketers in County Durham. The aim is to help the players fulfil their potential and ambitions and is a tremendous boost to the Youth Trust which has supported developing cricketers over the past 34 years.”
For more information visit CDCF website at: www.cdcf.org.uk

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club **Current**

As Chairman of Bishop Auckland Table Tennis club, I wanted to bring to your attention to some of the work we do in the community, as well as nationally.
Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club (BATTC) is a 4star Ability Table Tennis England club with club mark status which has community at the heart of its ethos.
We work closely with other community organizations such as; Schools and Colleges, Health organizations, School Sport Partnerships, County Sports Partnership, Town council, sports development teams and local Charity’s, all to encourage people to get active through sport – and in particular – table tennis by linking into local schools, colleges and other community organisations as well having open and specialized sessions specifically catering for those underrepresented in sport generally:
Below are some videos the Club has produced to highlight the work we do and what we are about.
Club Film – over view about all aspects of the club
Over 50s – about our over 50s Session
Junior Beginners – about our beginners sessions
Schools clubs – sample from one of our after-school clubs

We hope these videos demonstrate how we would be able to work in partnership, using table tennis as a tool to help reach your aims. Also, helping us bring table tennis further into the heart of the community.
If you are interested in working with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Please feel free to share this email with anyone in your networks who you feel may be interested in what we do
Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club is no different from the vast majority of sports clubs across the Country - it is run entirely by voluntary help.
Even an hour a week can make a huge difference and help us continue to grow and share the work.
 below highlights just a few areas where you could help:
Transport for teams to games and events
Press and Publicity
Social media and Website
Maintaining equipment
Helping with coaching - acting as a feeder
Organising social events
You might have experience in other areas from which the club may benefit.
Can you help the team make Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club a club that people can feel proud to be a part of?
If you can help please see Matt or Carol

Club Durham March Update **Current**

Welcome to March's monthly Club Durham Bulletin. These bulletins provide you with a reminder of the courses and events going on this month in case you missed them. Each month there will also be a funding profile and a Club Matters matters update. 

The Club Durham Team

Introducing our new This Girl Can film – watch it now **New**
We’ve been itching to show you our new This Girl Can film – and we're relieved to say the wait is over.
We’re delighted to present our film to help women everywhere find the activity and sport that suits them. And we need your help to spread the word.
Please watch the film and help us go viral. You can post it on Twitter, Facebook and anywhere else you fancy – use #ThisGirlCan in your online conversations.
You’ll spot the ad on TV in the coming days and weeks and you can catch it tonight midway through Coronation Street on ITV.
It's time to spread the word
You can use our mobile app to star in your very own This Girl Can poster, and by becoming a supporter, you'll have access to a host of campaign materials.
It's easy to sign up – click here to register for access to photos, logos, poster templates you can use to help your activities and much more. 
We’re really excited to be able to show you our new film and can’t wait to hear what you think.
Thank you for your support – it’s crucial to the success of This Girl Can.

National Junior League Title defended for BATTC. **Current**

With a ten-point lead going into the last set of matches confidence was high within the A team and this confidence showed with a 9-0 victory over Ormesby C with Lee Tinkler, Ed Sett and  to keep the pressure on second place side Darlington A before playing them in the next round. A tense well fought match saw Bishop Auckland take a 3-1 lead which they never surrendered going on to a 6-3 win. That victory meant the team only needed to win 5 matches to retain the title. Which the team did comfortably with a 9-0 victory over Ormseby B. Not satisfied with having matched last year’s team feet by winning the league but they also matched the unbeaten status with a 7-2 victory over 3rd place Ormesby A.

The B team of Kieron Bowes, Alex Dickons John Waterworth and Jamie Collins excelled all expectation finishing by finishing in 5th place. They were the highest place B team. The last day saw them almost score the perfect weekend with victories over Darlington B Northumbria and Ormseby c but in the final game went down to second place Darlington A 
The club is open to people of all ages and abilities, running weekly coaching sessions and social sessions and is open to anyone.  

If you’d like to know more, or would be interested in becoming a club sponsor, please visit the website at www.bishopaucklandttc.co.uk, or contact Matt Porter on 07411018856.

World Champion Visits Bishop Auckland Table Tennis club. **Current**

During half term, England international and Current England number 5 Chris Doran visited Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club to lead the coaching during a 2-day training camp.

The camps saw the players working on their serve and return game along with tactics with the opportunity to quiz Chris on table tennis and his experiences in table tennis including being 3-time world champion is the hard bat form of the game and many people will have watched him reach the quarter finals at the world championships of Ping Pong, a sand paper variation on the game, on sky sports last month. 

“was a pleasure working with the club you can see why they won club of the year the hard work the volunteers put in is clearly visible” said Chris “the camp was excellent, was great to see so many kids over both days enjoying their Table tennis and working hard to improve”

 The club is open to people of all ages and abilities, running weekly coaching sessions and social sessions and is open to anyone.  

If you’d like to know more, or would be interested in becoming a club sponsor, please visit the website at www.bishopaucklandttc.co.uk,or contact Matt Porter on 07411018856.

Strong Performances at Bishop Auckland 2 star **Current**

The 11th Bishop Auckland Bribar 2 star took place on the 12th February with 70 players from all over England taking place. The event saw some strong performances from the home players
Ben Mold Started the day getting Second in the u11 Boys, Ashton and Halle Tallentire playing in their first ranking event both got 4th places finishes

The under 13’s girls saw both Anya Milne and Amy Mold, who had a great win in the group over higher ranked Katie Bates, reach the quarter finals of the main event before losing to the 2 finalists
Luke Mitchell reach the Quarter finals of the under 13’s, the plate event saw Alex Robinson come runner up beating higher ranked Sam Lowe in the Quarter finals. Sean Stobart did really well and just missed out on a place in the final going down in the semis having beaten Ben Mold in the quarter finals.

After a slow start to the day Troy Maddison found himself in the plate event and made up for it only dropping one set on his way to the final before having to come back from 2 -1 down to take the title. He nearly ended up playing Adam Hanby who lost in the semis Having Knocked out Jacob Martindale in the quarters. Kieron Bowes also reached the Quarters with Hayden Gilmour, Matt Pearson, and Alex Robinson losing out in the last 16
The Cadet Girls saw Anya again reach the quarter finals with Emma Smith and Amy Mold both losing out in the Semis of the plate.
The Junior Girls Saw Emma Smith go one further reaching the final Vs Courtney Mole with Club Mate Courtney winning in a tough 5 set match.

The junior boys saw players taking in in turns to knock each other out. Lee Tinkler reached the Qf having beaten Ed Sett in the last 16. Jack Jacomb Reached the Semis beating Max Duffin in the last 16 and then Sam Hume who had been beaten Troy Maddison in the Last 16.

 The plate saw Alex Dickons, John Waterworth, Hayden Gilmour and Jacob Martindale all bow out in the last 16 of the plate with Kieron Bowes and Jamie Collins going one round further to the quarters and Adam hanby again missed out on a final place at the last hurdle going down in the semis. 

Looking after our most loyal customers **Current**

But we know they can’t be taken for granted. Very few people maintain a habit that's uninterrupted or that doesn't need some adjustment over time.

A new fund has been launched to support the core market – a group of people who tend to build activity into their everyday lives. 

Around a third of the population aged 16 and over – 14.9 million people – belong in the core market at any one time.
We’re looking for the best and brightest ideas to support people who get active regularly.

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club league lead extended  **Current**

Going into the 3rd day of the National Junior league the Bishop Auckland A team of Lee Tinkler, Ed Sett and Troy Maddison had a 8 point lead over 2nd placed Darlington A. The first match saw the A team play the Bishop Auckland B team of Kieron Bowes, John Waterworth and Alex Dickons again the A team came out 9-0 winners.  The A team didn’t stop there also scoring 9-0 wins over Darlington B and Northumbria. The results saw the lead extended to 10 points going into the last round of matches. The B team found the going tough going down to Ormesby A with Alex Dickons and Jamie Collins picking up wins before finishing on a high with a victory over Ormesby B which keeps the B team in 5th place.
The club is open to people of all ages and abilities, running weekly coaching sessions and social sessions and is open to anyone.  

If you’d like to know more, or would be interested in becoming a club sponsor, please visit the website at www.bishopaucklandttc.co.uk, or contact Matt Porter on 07411018856.

Health and Safety - Course for Derwentside **Current**

When recently meeting with clubs a common theme for support needed is around health and safety. With this in mind I am hoping to arrange a course in Derwentside and I am wondering which clubs would be interested? The course would cover the following:
Reasons for Health and Safety
Legal responsibilities
Health and Safety – Communication
Brief introduction to Risk Assessment
Controlling workplace hazards
Why accidents happen
Accident and incident reporting / RIDDOR
Emergency procedures
[First Aid
The course would last for 6 hours, once I understand how many clubs would like to attend I will organise the most suitable time whether that is 2 x evening sessions, a full day or weekend.
Please let me know if this course is something your club would be interested in attending?
Many thanks
Emma Lloyd-Edwards
Sports Development Officer
The Louisa Centre
Front Street
01207 218869

Greencroft Netball Club **Current**

Greencroft Netball Club introduces 'Walking Netball' – a FREE taster session is being held on Friday 3rd February 2017 from 12-1pm at the Louisa Centre, everyone welcome just come and try it and have fun.
This is for anyone who wants to join in a social session and who would like to try netball. There's no jumping or running.... 
Then sessions begin on 24th February 12-1pm every Friday £3.00 
Greencroft Netball Club is CAPs awarded and Train at two venues: 
Netball Training Sessions:
North Durham Academy - every Wednesday: 
Juniors  School Years: 4, 5, 6, & 7 – 5:30pm – 6:30pm - £3.00
Older Juniors – School Years: 8, 9, & 10 – 6:30pm – 7:30pm - £3.00
Seniors - 7:30 – 9:30pm - £3.50
Consett Sports Academy - every term time Wednesday: 
School Years 6 - 10 from 6.30pm - 8.00pm - £3.00
For further information please phone Greencroft Netball Club on 07787051425

Next generation make their mark**Current**

The 3rd day of the National Cadet League sees the league spilt into 2 divisions. With all the teams fighting for a top 5 finish and a space in the championship division.   The A team were sat in 3rd place going into the day. A slow start to the day saw the A team going down to champions elect Darlington A, however Troy Maddison scored a great win over a top 50 ranked player, and the team were back to winning ways with a 6-3 win over Ormesby B.
The C team had a tough opening match and had to the play Bishop B team going down 9-0 but just like the A team returned to winning ways with a 6-3 win over Ryedale.

The B team started the day in 7th, with a top 5 place 14 points away. However the team, who last year had finished runners up in division 2, hadn’t given up hope and started with a 9-0 victory over the Bishop Auckland C team. This took them up to 6th place with the next match against 5th placed Northumberland.  Requiring an 8-1 win or better to gain the final place in the championship division, the achieved an impressive 9-0 win, securing their spot.
The spilt then saw the A team face off against the B team, with the A team stamping their authority scoring a 8-1 victory but wasn’t as easy as the score line suggests with several 5th set losses for the B team.  The young C team put up a good fight when playing Darlington B with Emma Smith taking a starring role with her two unexpected wins but wasn’t enough in a 6-3 loss.

The final round of matches saw the C team put up a good fight against the older team from Northumbria with 9-year-old Ben Mold getting two victories in a narrow 5-4 loss. The B team also suffered a narrow defeat to second placed Ormesby A. Anya Milne scored 2 wins with Both Alex Robinson and Jacob Martindale going down in the 5th to the Ormesby number 2.
The results see the A team sat in 3rd place with a game in hand the B team in 5th place and the C team sat in 4th place in Division 2.

The club is open to people of all ages and abilities, running weekly coaching sessions and social sessions and is open to anyone.  

If you’d like to know more, or would be interested in becoming a club sponsor, please visit the website at www.bishopaucklandttc.co.uk, or contact Matt Porter on 07411018856.
British League Title for Bishop Auckland.**Current**

The Junior British League see the best club from all over the UK compete over two full weekends at the Derby Arena, to become Junior British League Champions.  After last season debut and a 4th place finish, the Girls team from Bishop Auckland Table Tennis club had a great start and after the first weekend played in October the team was unbeaten in 1st place. The second weekend took place on the 21st and 22nd of January saw the girls pick up where they left off, starting the day with a 4-2 victory over Swerve, 

Next up was Burton Uxbridge from Staffordshire and not to be messed with the Girls took the match 5-1. Going into the last match against the inform Fusion side, from London, a win would guarantee the league title for Bishop Auckland with a day to spare. The game went one way then the other and ended up with a 3-3 draw. However, thanks to other results going Bishops way the title was secured with a day to play.  Sunday saw the Team Continue the winning ways with victories over Joola Plymouth 4-2 and local club XLNT Draycott 6-0.

The club is open to people of all ages and abilities, running weekly coaching sessions and social sessions and is open to anyone.  

If you’d like to know more, or would be interested in becoming a club sponsor, please visit the website at www.bishopaucklandttc.co.uk, or contact Matt Porter on 07411018856.

Record numbers of women getting active **Current**

More women than ever getting active, figures show
The number of women doing sport and physical activity has reached a record high.
Figures released today from our Active People Survey show 7.21 million women are now getting active.
That’s over 250,000 more than when we launched our This Girl Can campaign.
It means the gender gap, which once stood at over two million, has narrowed to 1.55 million.
The overall number of people aged 16+ who play sport each week now stands at 15.97 million. That's 229,400 more people than 12 months ago.
Keep fit sessions, such as spinning and pilates, as well as going to the gym generally, remain hugely popular. There are now 7.1 million people doing those activities every week.

Young table tennis players illuminate Blackpool **Current**

A squad of 8 young players took part in the Blackpool 2 star on the 18th of December. 9-year-old Ben old started the day reaching the Quarter Finals of the under 11s before going losing in 4 games. The cadets saw 11-year-old Anya Milne and Troy Maddison start their tournament.  Anya made it out of her group and to the Quarter finals before losing to the England number 2. Troy made it out of his group and reached the last 16.

The Junior Boys event saw Jack Jacomb, Lee Tinkler, James Neal and John Waterworth enter the fray along with Troy Maddison.  The groups saw James and Troy up against each other with James winning though to the main event and Troy into the plate. Jack and Lee also joined James in the last 16.  for the second tournament running Lee and James drew each other with Lee coming out winner Jack Jacomb scored a great win in the last 16 over a higher ranked player to reach the quarter finals. Jack would have his run ended in the quarter finals and Lee in the Semi-finals both by higher ranked David Gofton.

Amy Mold joined Anya in the u13 girl’s category. Amy ended up in the plate event but didn’t let the disappointment dwell, as she made her way through to the final before going down in 4. Anya made it into the main event and reached the quarter final just missing out on the semi-finals losing in 5 tight games. The last player in the event was Ben Mold in the under 13’s boys, playing boys 4 years older than himself Ben exceeded all expectation by going on the claim the Under 13’s Boys plate final

The club, founded in 2012, has seen rapid growth and success over the last few years, running sessions every weeknight in several locations. The club is open to people of all ages and abilities, and is always looking for new members. If you’d like to know more, or would be interested in becoming a club sponsor, please visit the website at www.bishopaucklandttc.co.uk, or contact Matt Porter on 07411018856.

CDS rebrand launch **Current**

County Durham Sport has Rebranded!
To celebrate becoming an independent company, achieving charitable status earlier this year and receiving new Sport England funding, County Durham Sport has undergone a rebrand!

Sport England New Volunteering Strategy **Current**
Our bold new vision for volunteering
We’ve launched our first ever volunteering strategy with a drive to get people from all backgrounds enjoying the benefits of volunteering.
Volunteering in an Active Nation sets out two new funds to support volunteering.
The Opportunity Fund will invest £3 million in projects that create volunteering opportunities for black, Asian and minority ethnic people, women and disabled people, reaching into communities where there is higher unemployment and crime, lower education and poorer health.
People living in these communities are among the most under-represented groups in volunteering, but potentially have the most to gain.
We’re aiming to award at least 50% of the fund to projects run by partners that are new to us, so we can truly reach non-traditional groups.
Community Physical Activity sessions for older adults in Stanley AAP area **Current**

This programme encourages older adults to get active in their local community, supported and subsidised by Leisureworks and Durham County Council Culture and Sport.  Below are the activities available where our staff are friendly, enthusiastic and love welcoming new people.  Hope to see you soon, your first session is FREE!
Let’s Dance (Line Dancing)
The Venue, Stanley
Cost £3.00 per session
The Venue, Stanley
Cost £2.50 per session
Low Impact Aerobics
Catchgate Methodist Church
Cost £2.50
Aqua Aerobics 
Louisa Centre, Stanley
Cost £2.50 per session
Aqua Salsa
Louisa Centre, Stanley
Cost £2.50 per session
Aqua Aerobics 
Louisa Centre, Stanley
Cost £2.50 per session
The Venue, Stanley
Cost £2.50 per session
The Venue, Stanley
Cost £2.50 per session
For further information and to confirm the session is taking place please contact Leisureworks on 01207 218874 or Durham County Council Culture and Sport on 03000 266555

Town Council supports Table Tennis Club **Current**

Deputy Mayor Councillor David Fleming visited Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club this week to present them with a cheque for £400 from the Town Council’s Community Fund.

Bishop Auckland Town Council’s Community Fund budgets an amount each year which is to be used to support organisations working for the benefit of the people of Bishop Auckland.  Applications are considered at the Finance Committee meetings held in June and December.

“The grant from the Town Council allowed us to run a primary school festival which saw over 120 young children from 8 local primary schools try table tennis” said Matt Porter Club Chairman.

“The festival used lots of fun games and activity’s helping the kids to learn the skills to play table tennis”
A free community open day was also held giving local people the opportunity to try table tennis in the recently opened Table Tennis Centre at Bishop Barrington School.

The club runs sessions every night of the week for all ages and abilities and new players are always welcome, if you fancy learning or getting back into the sport check out the clubs webpage http://www.bishopaucklandttc.co.uk or call Matt on 07411018856

Young siblings rock Blackpool. **Current**

8-year-old and 11-year-old siblings Ben and Amy Mold surpassed expectation at the recent Blackpool two star. Ben who was another 3 years in the under 11 category, played well but lost out Gene McGhee and Jo Cooper in the group but beat Kate Watkinson and was in the plate event. The semis finals saw Ben beat Abraham Sellodo from Yorkshire to reach the final but found Beth Ellis too strong going down in 4 games. Unranked Amy was not to be out done by her younger sibling, playing in the u13’s she also ended up in the plate event losing out to higher ranked players in the group but beat Katie Smith. The Quarter finals saw Amy beat Rachel Lister from Lancashire in 5 tense games. Amy’s semi-final was a lot smoother with a 3-0 victory over Eve Clement who is ranked 58th in England.   

The final was against Niamh Scarborough from Cheshire who was too strong for Amy winning in 3 games. James Neil, Lee Tinkler and Jamie Collins also made the trip to Blackpool. Jamie continued his good form despite ending up in the pate event again he reached the semi-finals just being denied a second final running. James and Lee reached the main event and drew each other in the last 16 with Lee coming out on top to reach the quarter finals, where he beat Harry Stephens from Nottingham before losing in 4 to Daniel Olsberg.  
Title defence still going strong for Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club.**Current**
Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Clubs A team, is still on course to defend its National Junior League title after another set of victories at the second day of matches. Going into the matches the A team had a 2-point advantage over Darlington A in second place, with no sign of nerves the A team started with a 9-0 whitewash of Ormesby C with James Neal, Troy Maddison and Ed Sett all winning their matches. The B team started the day with a 5-4 victory over Darlington B, With Kieron Bowes scoring 2 wins including a victory over a county team player, Jamie Collins however won man of the match winning all 3 of his games.

The next round saw the B team come unstuck against Northumberland going down 6-3, again Jamie was Bishops top player winning two and Alex Dickons picking up his first win of the day. The A team had to play second placed Darlington A. James was the man of the match claiming his 3 with Lee Tinkler picking up 2 and Ed picking up a single for a 6-3 victory.
Ormesby B were next up for the A team with Troy, Lee and Ed coming out 9-0 winners to extend their lead at the top of the table going into the last round vs Ormesby A who were only just behind Darlington in 3rd.
The B team found the Ormesby C team just to strong going down 5-4 with Alex Dickons being top player for Bishop picking up 2 wins with John Waterworth and Kieron picking up a win each.
In the final round the B team found second place Darlington too strong going down 8-1 with Jamie picking up a great win over a higher ranked player and unlucky not to get another. The A team had 3rd place Ormesby A, anything but a win would see the lead diminished but again showing no sign of nerves James, Lee and Troy came through 6-3 with Lee picking up 3, 2 for James and a single for Troy

The still unbeaten run for the A team see them in 1st place with a 8 point advantage with the B team in 5th place at the half way stage.

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis is always open to new players or retuning players, if your interested in playing table tennis check out the club’s website or call/text Matt on 07411018856. 

Table Tennis Club are League Leader **Current**

Looking to defend the title they won last year Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club had 3 teams in this year’s National cadet league. Last year’s successful players have now moved up an age group, with the next generation of players now taking the lead.  The A Team of Troy Maddison, Kieron Bowes, Adam Hanby, Hayden Gilmour started with a 9-0 win over the B Team of Luke Mitchell, Alex Robinson, Emma Smith and Anya Milne. The C team scored a 5-4 win over Ormesby C with Sean Stobart, Matthew Pearson, Jacomb Martindale, Amy and Ben Mold all making their debut in the NCL.

The A team carried on their winning ways with another 9-0 win over Ryedale with the B team fining the Ormesby A team too strong going down 9-0, The C team who have an average age of only 11 and a half years old, also went down 9-0, finding the much older Darlington B team to good.

The 3rd round keep the good results for the A team with yet another 9-0 win over Ormesby C, the B team found the Darlington A team to good, with 11-year-old Luke Mitchell unlucky not to get a win in the match.  The C team found the Northumbria team to strong with Amy and Jacob unlucky not to get more wins, losing out in the 5th ends.
Final round of matches saw the A team beat the C team 9-0 to sit unbeaten top of the table and the B team got points on the board with a well fought 5-4 win over Ormesby B with 12 year olds Alex Robinson and Anya Milne both getting two wins each and 8-year-old Ben Mold picking up a win.  

If your interested in trying table tennis Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club is always open to new players of all ages and all abilities, information on sessions times can be found at http://www.bishopaucklandttc.co.uk or call Matt 07411018856

Dementia Friendly Swimming at Spennymoor Leisure Centre **Current**
Last month Spennymoor Leisure Centre in County Durham hosted a Dementia Friendly Open Day.
It aimed to raise awareness of their new dementia friendly swimming sessions and bring together members of the community.
Durham County Council and the Alzheimer’s Society teamed up to deliver the event together. It was aimed at people living with dementia, their carers, friends and family.

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club **Current**

Cramlington 2 star
Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club send a squad of 13 young players to the Cramlington 2 star,
9 year old Ben Mold, in only his second event started the ball rolling by finishing 4th in the under 12’s before Anya Milne raised the ball by reaching the final of the cadet girls event before losing to Amy Marriott from Rotherham, Anya would also meet Amy in the under 13’s final again going down but this time extending her to 4 games.

Lee Tinkler however, stole Anya thunder and stole the show by winning the Junior boys title. Lee ranked 234th in the under 18s, beat 4th Seed Jack Dewar (131st) 3-1 in the 1st round followed by a 3-2 victory over Chris Edwards (268th) in the quarter finals before taking out top seed Daniel Olsberb who is ranked at 60 in England, 3 games to nil. The final saw him take out Adam Webster (184) 3-2 to take the title and 3 wins over much higher ranked players.

Sam Hume and Max Duffin both reached the Quarter finals before losing and Hayden Gilmour did well to reach the last 16.
The Junior boys plate event also saw Bishop players reaching the later stages, with Kieron Bowes reaching the quarter finals before going down to club mate Jamie Collins, Jamie didn’t stop there on his way to taking the title, Taking out Alex Dickons in the Semi-finals and Adam Hanby in the final. 
National Cadet League
The National Cadet League 2016 started last weekend with the club hoping to retain the title the A team won last year, The A Team of Troy Maddison, Kieron Bowes, Adam Hanby, Hayden Gilmour started with a 9-0 win over the B Team or Luke Mitchell, Alex Robinson, Emma Smith and Anya Milne. The C team scored a 5-4 win over Ormesby C with Sean Stobart, Matthew Pearson, Jacomb Martindale, Amy and Ben Mold all making their debut in the NCL.
The A team carried on their winning ways with another 9-0 win over Ryedale with the B team fining the Ormesby A team too strong going down 9-0 and the C team finding the much older Darlington B team to good.
The 3rd round keep the good results for the A team with yet another 9-0 win over Ormesby C, the B team found the Darlington A team to good, with Luke Mitchell unlucky not to get a win in the match.  The C team found the Northumbira team to strong with Amy and Jacomb unlucky not to get more wins. 
Final round of matches saw the A team beat the C team 9-0 to sit unbeaten top of the table and the B team got points on the board with a well fought 5-4 win over Ormesby B 
Some well earned wins and some fantastic experience gained for the clubs young players