Sports Archive

Golfing Near Kingston

Looking for something a bit different for the kids in the summer holidays? There is plenty of sport on offer in the Kingston borough area including golf. If you think you have a budding Tiger Woods on your hands or just fancy making the most of the nice weather while it is here then you could travel the short distance to Cobham, approximately 8 miles from Kingston and accessible by public transport. Here you will find Silvermere Golf and Leisure which is open to anybody on a pay and play basis. In a beautiful setting on the lakeside, they run various award schemes for children starting from the Bronze award leading to the Elite Award for the aspiring professionals. Lessons are held on Thursdays and Saturdays and are designed to lead on to the award scheme.

Golf as exercise

Golf is great exercise for everyone and your kids will be doing a lot of walking without even realising it as they focus on hitting those balls on their way around the course. Golfers require flexibility and strength in key parts of the body including legs, abs and arms. Plus, if you take your children to golf lessons, who knows where it could lead? There are many careers in the golf industry, not just playing the game, but also owning and running a golf course, hosting golf tournaments, owning a golf franchise or even a golfing shop.

Summer Camps

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For the summer months, why not book onto one of their summer camps. There are available starting on July 25th and they run every Wednesday and every Friday from 10.00am to 3.00pm. The camps are run by Lee Morris – a PGA professional who has been coaching for over fourteen years – and will teach the children every aspect of the game. The cost is £45 each day and this includes all equipment and lunch as well. To book contact them on 01932 584303.

Kingston’s Victory at London Youth Games

The annual and 37th Balfour Beatty London Youth Games has taken place with youngsters from Kingston bringing home no less than twelve medals. Five of which were gold, one silver and six bronze.

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Gold was won in individual archery, backstroke swimming event, judo, boy’s squash and cross-country.

Silver was won in backstroke also.

Bronze medals were won in girls tag rugby, both boys and girls volleyball, girls squash, mixed badminton and rowing.

Kingston sent the athletes to the event as part of “Team Kingston” and they were sponsored by Places for People Leisure and Sport Kingston. One of 33 teams competing they ended up finishing 17th overall – compared to 2013 when they finished 23rd. The top spot was taken by Wandsworth.

The finals which took place at the National Sports Centre of Crystal Palace saw the presence of Kingston’s Deputy Mayor who went to cheer on the local team. Councillor Cathy Roberts was delighted with the team’s efforts and declared that they had indeed done the borough of Kingston very proud.

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The Youth Games have been running for 33 years now and are open to all young Londoners. The Games aim to encourage and promote growth and development in young athletes and you never know, could help to produce rising stars of the athletics world. Their aim is that every child that attends a London borough school should have the opportunity to compete at the Youth Games.

If you would like to find out more about representing Kingston in the next Youth Games you can contact the team organiser on 020 8547 5006 or by email at london.youthgames@rbk.kingston.gov.uk