County Championship cricket season just around the corner

Cricket playersSpring is in the air and this can mean only one thing – the County Championship cricket season is about to start. With the first matches taking place on 12th April, you still have time to order your cricket equipment from sportsequip.co.uk.

sportsequip.co.uk offer a full range of cricket equipment, including DIY cricket surfaces, full surface installation, cricket cages, netting, cricket ball machines, cricket wicket covers, cricket sight screens and a range of cricket ground equipment.

We also refurbish and resurface existing surfaces, for those who feel that their cricket surface still has life in it yet.

To find out more about our full range of cricket equipment, visit www.sportsequip.co.uk/acatalog/Cricket_Equipment.htm.

England set to host 2019 Netball World Cup

Netball playersThe International Netball Federation announced last month that the Netball World Cup will be returning to England for the third time in its 56 year history.

Liverpool will play host to the Cup, following England’s success in the city during the 2011 World Netball Series.

The announcement follows the news that over 25,000 more people play netball at least once a week compared to the previous year.

Commenting on the announcement, CEO of England Netball Joanna Adams said: “With more and more women playing the sport, this will provide a welcome incentive to build upon our momentum and increase the visibility of netball in our country.”

Netball is one of only three sports that receives Sport England funding from grassroots to elite level.

To ensure that your club or school is giving its up and coming netballers the best shot at success in 2019, invest in your club equipment now. You can find our range of netball equipment on our website with netball posts suitable for garden, training and competition use available.
 
 

What sporting events should you look out for in 2015?

As 2014 comes to a close, now’s the time for sports clubs to think about what big sporting events 2015 has to offer, and what your club could do to use these events to encourage participation.

RBS 6 Nations

February 6th to March 21st 2015

The 6 Nations will kick off a rugby union filled year in February, with England and Wales will going head to head at the Millennium Stadium on 6th February, Ireland facing Italy and Scotland taking on France.

All eyes will be on the home nations to see how they fare in preparation for the year’s main rugby event – the Rugby World Cup.

Wimbledon

29th June to 12th July 2015

Wimbledon preparations

Following Andy Murray’s dramatic quarter final loss to Grigor Dimitrov, this year’s Wimbledon will be an opportunity to regain his crown from reigning champion Novak Djokovic.

The lead up to Wimbledon always sees numbers of people participating in tennis rocket – whether it be through a club or just booking a court, so it’s worth ensuring that nets and posts are in perfect working condition a couple of months in advance.

The Ashes

8th July to 24th August 2015

The bid to regain The Ashes from Australia will take place on English soil this year, following 2013/14’s 5-0 defeat.

sportsequip.co.uk supply and install cricket surfaces, cages, nets and sight screens – with a variety of options available for clubs and schools alike.

IPC Athletics World Championships

22nd to 31st October 2015

Whilst the International Paralympic Committee’s World Championships will be held in Qatar in October, the marathon events will take place on 26th April at the London Marathon.

The next IPC World Championship is set to take place at London’s Olympic Stadium in 2017, so this event will give a taste of what’s to come for British Paralympic athletics.

Rugby World Cup

18th September to 31st October 2015

The 2015 Rugby World Cup returns to the home of rugby, where 20 nations will compete for the Webb Ellis Cup over 6 weeks. England will face tough competition from their group, with fixtures scheduled against Wales and Australia.
 
 

FA’s Women’s and Girl’s Programme exceeds target in 2014

Girl kicking a footballIt has been revealed that the FA’s Women’s and Girl’s Programme exceeded its project target and helped nearly 21,000 14-25 years olds get into football in 2014.

Launched in October 2013, the FA worked with Sport England, the Premier League and the Football League Trust to provide grassroots football sessions for women and girls.

Sport England Chief Executive Jennie Price said: “We know women play less sport than men but most would like to do more. In fact, almost 120,000 women tell us that they want to play football. But the opportunities have to be right for those women to turn ambition into a reality.”

The programme is just one part of the FA’s strategy on growing participation figures for women’s football, in support of its vision to be the 2nd largest team sport after men’s football by 2018.

Kelly Simmons, FA director of national game and women’s football commented on the scheme: “One of our biggest challenges, apart from attracting new players, is retention, so programmes like this which run for long periods of time, will certainly help us tackle that and help women’s football to become the second most-played sport in the country.”
 
 

FA launches £230m revolution in grass roots facilities

Footballers legsThe Football Association has recently launched ‘a revolution in grass-roots facilities and coaching’, with plans to build trust-run ‘hubs’ filled with 3G pitches on local authority sites in 30 UK cities.

This follows chairman Greg Dyke’s £750,000 Commission into why English football has been struggling. The Commission looked into youth-development issues, and why home grown talent was struggling to get into the first teams in the Premier League.

The Commission has pledged that by 2020, football hubs will be established in 30 cities, by replacing derelict local authority grass pitches with artificial grass pitches.

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American football touches down in Wembley

Harrod UK's International NFL American football posts at Wembley Stadium.

Harrod UK’s International NFL American football posts at Wembley Stadium.

With three of the NFL’s American football games taking place at Wembley in the last three months, it’s clear that American football has an increasingly large following in the UK – with spectators lining the streets of London to catch a glimpse of their favourite teams.

The Oakland Raiders took on the Miami Dolphins in late September, with the Atlanta Falcons playing the Detroit Lions on 26th October. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who have committed to playing a game at Wembley each year until 2016, met the Dallas Cowboys on 9th November.

But, did you know that the American football posts used at Wembley are Harrod UK’s International American Football NFL Posts? The posts have been designed to both National Football League and British American Football Association (BAFA) regulations.

Don’t have a pitch or venue quite as large as Wembley? We can still help, as we also supply Harrod UK’s Club American Football Posts, which are suitable for use at school or club level, and approved by the BAFA.
 
 

Get your football pitch ready with sportsequip.co.uk

With the new football season under way and attracting attention from the media and the school holidays coming to a close, now is the time to make sure your football pitch is ready for the winter season.

Today, we’ll run through a quick checklist of what needs checking and updating…

Get your football pitch ready - with sportsequip.co.uk

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Product Spotlight: Harrod UK’s new County Cricket Net System

Harrod UK's new 'County Cricket Net System'

One of Harrod UK’s new products for 2014, the County Cricket Net System has been designed to create a professional, highly affordable, non-permanent cricket net system that is perfect for use in clubs and schools.

Today we’ll look at the excellent County Cricket Net System in a little more detail.

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How To: Hang a Tennis Net

It may sound easy, but what is the correct way to hang a tennis net?

Today, we’ll go through the process, step-by-step and show you how to hang a standard British tennis net with a loop and pin headline wire.

How To: Hang a Tennis Net

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Buy more, save more on Gym & Judo Mats!

Gym Mats / Judo Mats

Gym mats and Judo mats are now available at sportsequip.co.uk!

Even better news, we’ve introduced quantity discounts that’ll benefit schools and clubs who often require more than just a single mat.

Our new gym mats in standard weight, medium weight and light weight are suitable for use in schools. Agility mats and multi-purpose mats are ideal for use in gyms and leisure centres. Finally, our new 40mm thick Judo mats are designed for club level and Judo tournament use – in fact this type of matting is great for all combat sports.

For more information on our new gym and Judo mats, please see our website.

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