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Forward Planning for your Sports Courts
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Triathlon triumphs
Sibford School, Oxfordshire, pupils present and past scored victories at the Triathlon World Championships in Rotterdam last month (September).
Sixteen-year-old Sixth Form student Reuben Trotter – pictured – took Silver in the U20s Age Group Sprint race (750m swim; 20km bike; 5km run).
He also had the second fastest time of all 1,500 competitors across all the age groups making him the fastest British competitor in the Sprint Distance on the day.
Meanwhile, Rosie Weston, who left Sibford School in 2016 and is now at Loughborough University, took the Bronze medal in the female Under 20 category in the Standard Distance race (1,500m swim: 40km bike; 10km run).
Sibford Head Toby Spence said: “We are extremely proud of both Reuben
  You may think that as the seasons change and colder weather draws ever nearer that it is about time
to abandon your courts for the next 8 months until summer
comes around again. But before you forget all about them for the winter, you should remember that autumn is the perfect time to get organised for your sports courts’ cleaning and maintenance. Forward planning is no bad thing, especially when the best sports teams need the best courts.
Due to budgets, timescales and manufacturers, the delivery of projects can vary massively. The right company however needs to do more than meet your budget and timescale, they need to be the best in the business at meeting the needs of your sports court.
Sports Courts UK Ltd was founded in 2000 by Managing Director Chris Rolph. Chris has over 26 years experience in the leisure industry, with the majority in tennis court construction.
With a dedicated team of in house professionals, all with considerable experience in the industry,
Sports Courts UK Ltd are specialists in the design, construction and maintenance of outdoor sports courts and multi-use games areas. Working with a wide variety of clients, no project is too large or small. From initial enquiry right through project completion and beyond to maintenance and support, they ensure that you get the most from your sports surface for as long as possible.
Booking in your annual service
may seem costly, but it is minimal in comparison to paying for new courts. If courts are well cared
for and maintained, they have a signi cantly longer lifespan, so
the best value for money option
is to get your court professionally cared for.. You already plan for your yearly budget and major projects, so add in your sports courts too.
These things require planning because schools term times vary, can you have works on site during term time, or are you restricted to holiday periods? If you are okay with works on site any time of year, consideration ought to be paid to minimising the impact on ability
to use your sports courts – you wouldn’t want to interrupt your future champions practice!
When picking your supplier, you want the best in the business
and the safest option for having on your site. Sports Courts are a member of SAPCA (The Sports and Play Construction Association) and all their staff are in house and DBS checked.
Sports Courts UK Ltd offer a professional friendly service with a free site survey no matter how small the job
You can see more of our work at
and Rosie. Sibford is becoming increasingly known for its triathlon successes. In the past year alone we have held several triathlon events and an increasing number of pupils have shown interest in this up and coming sport. We hold regular early morning and after school swimming sessions to offer high level coaching and are investing
in four Wattbikes to further assist those pupils interested in developing their skills in this area of the sport. In addition, we regularly host elite training camps for the South Central Academy of the British Triathlon Federation.”
Double national win
Felsted School, Essex, U15 girls’ cricket team  nished their successful season with a second National win after beating Kent College and Mill eld in the National U15 Girls’ T20 Championship.
Earlier on in the season they were also crowned U15 Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket Champions after beating Shrewsbury School, Old Buckenham High School and St Aidan’s High School in the National Final at the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The Felsted girls were given a chance to celebrate their double National Win with World Cup Winners, Sarah Taylor and Laura Marsh at Essex County Cricket Club, where the England Women’s Team were playing a pre-season game in preparation for their Ashes tour later this year.
Super League Cricketer and Felsted Girls’ Cricket coach, Carla Rudd
comments: “The Felsted U15 girls have had a fantastic season and I am very proud of what they have achieved. Not many teams can say they are double National Champions, both indoors and outdoors. Both their cricketing skills and knowledge have come a long way this year and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve next season.”
Cricket has been a core sport for girls for a number of years, alongside tennis, and is a popular option. Felsted is currently nominated as
an Inspirational School for girls’ cricket by Essex CCC and became
a MCCF (Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation) hub for girls’ cricket in November 2015.
Pictured: Felsted U15 Indoor
and Outdoor Cricket Champions, alongside the full senior Felsted squad and coaches, pictured at Essex County Cricket Ground with World Cup Winners, Sarah Taylor and Laura Marsh.
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