Oswestry Sports Forum
Following an EGM on 19th August 2015, Oswestry & District Sports Council has adopted a new operating name: “Oswestry Sports Forum”. The organisation remains exactly the same but new name should avoid any confusion with the local authority. Oswestry Sports Forum provides a virtual place where members of the local sporting community can meet, discuss issues and share best practice - a forum for local sport. The area of benefit remains as Oswestry plus the area of Shropshire within 10 miles’ radius. It includes St Martins, Ellesmere, Baschurch etc. Oswestry Sports Forum will continue to run the small Grants Programme and the Annual Sports Awards.
Membership of Oswestry Sports Forum
Membership of Oswestry Sports Forum is open to all organisations in the Oswestry area provided that they support and promote the objects of the Sports Forum. The Membership subscription fee is £10 per year, payable on 1 September. Membership entitles the organisation to attend meetings of the Sports Forum (e.g. Forum Evenings, the annual Sports Awards presentation evening and the AGM). Each member club has one vote at the AGM. Members who provide an email contact address will also receive updates concerning sport in the area, funding for clubs, coaching opportunities etc. Member clubs are also eligible to apply for grants on the small grants scheme (see Grant Conditions).
To apply for membership, please complete the Membership Form and return it to the Secretary.
We also host annual Sports Awards to recognise local sporting performance and club volunteers. We arrange Forum meetings on topics of interest to local sports men and women. During the Oswestry Games 2012, we created a Hall of Fame for local sports stars, past and present, which is on permanent display in Oswestry Leisure Centre.
Oswestry Sports Forum awarded several grants rin October. Oswestry Sports Forum is one of the few organisations who award grants to individuals to progress their sport. In this round, Caro and Lottie Hulme were successful in receiving the maximum grant available to support their hockey careers. At only 16, twins Caro and Lottie represent Wales in the U21 age group in international fixtures and their commitment impressed the Grants Committee.
Matthew Lee was also successful in being awarded a maximum grant to support his tennis training. Matthew is top tennis player in Shropshire and has taken a gap year to see how far he could go with his tennis. Matthew has grown 50 cm since his last Oswestry Sports Forum grant but the committee were delighted to hear that his tennis is still progressing well.
Personal Trainer, Ryan Earl, applied for help with funding a CrossFit Level 1 coaching qualification to add to his skills. At $1000, this was beyond the level of funding available from Oswestry Sports Forum although the committee promised to contribute if he could raise the balance of the amount required.
The final grant awarded in this round was to Oswestry Rugby Club for a complete set of new, appropriate First Aid kits. The Oswestry Sports Forum committee members are keen to help with enhancing safety and professionalism at local clubs, e.g. through coach training and safety equipment.
The closing date for receipt of applications for the next Grants round is Monday, 18th January 2016. The Grants will be decided at a meeting on Thursday, 4th February 2016. Click on the Grants tab for how to apply.
If you would like to find out more about Oswestry Sports Forum or the Oswestry Games, or if you have a question about Sport in Oswestry, please contact us!
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Susie (at) oswestrysportsforum.co.uk
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53 Marathons runner Amy Hughes receives the Chairmans Cup from Chris Powell, with Boaz Myhill, West Brom and Welsh International Goalie.