July and August sees a very important couple of months for Women’s hockey! The Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup will be held in London between 21 July and 5 August 2018.
England’s women go into the 2018 World Cup as one of the favourites, as a result of their success with Gold in the Rio Olympics in 2016. Previous to that, England have been steadily progressing, taking home Bronze at the 2010 World Cup, Olympic Bronze medals in London 2012 and European Champions in 2015.
England Women’s hockey certainly have an abundance of talent, however, home support will be crucial for them to help push them on to the title they so desire. England are in Pool B and their first game against India kicks off on 21 July at 2 pm.
If you are not one of the lucky ones able to go to London and watch the games then don’t despair – full coverage will be on offer here, at the Sports Club. So get together with friends and family and don’t miss out on the chance to watch all the action on our 65″ TV in the comfort of the main lounge and get involved with all the excitement as it happens “Live” on TV!
Regular Classes at the Sports Club
Roche Academy: Kickboxing every Wednesday 4:15 – 5:15 pm. Karate 5:15-6:15 pm Tel: 07557 733918.
Activate UK: Physiotherapy and Pilates. Telephone Jo on 07548 437313 for more info or to book an appointment.
Reed Momenta – Diabetics prevention programme: Group sessions held every month. For those wishing to participate please contact your local GP surgery in the first instance.
Ali G Children’s Dance Class: Every Tuesday and Thursday 5:15 pm.
Slimming World: Every Friday 9:30 am Telephone Claire on 07581 334231
Rhythm Time: Baby and Toddlers Class Every Friday 9 am – 11:30 am. Telephone Lauren Lightfoot on 07725 574900
West Yorkshire Theatre School: Starting Mon 10 Septemper from 4:30 pm. Creative Director – Lucy Burrows. For children aged 11-13 and 14-16 with a passion for acting. Limited spaces available. Register interest:
Wakefield Jazz Workshop: Starting Tues 12 September. 7:30 – 9 pm. For all developing skills in jazz, improvisation and collective music-making. All instruments and levels welcome. For more details contact Pete Rosser: 07813 967364.
Our ‘Beer Garden’ is the place to be on lazy sunny days. Try it out with a nice cool beer or two! Or a relaxing glass of wine (Also the perfect place to sit, in between watching the FIFA World Cup in the Clubhouse with friends and family between 14 June and 15 July).
Rifle & Pistol
R & P has, after a number of years planning, finally started on a refurbishment and expansion into the old changing rooms area. This gives R & P a modern, clean and spacious club room with training facilities, secure storage for members and an additional brand new air range for match air rifles and pistols. The works should complete before the year end in September, when the next phase of the project to install advanced targetry on our two firearms ranges can then begin.
Jo, the physio, has been keeping a watchful eye on the bowls members. She came along to watch a match a few weeks ago and look at how members bowled. She was interested to see if any of them were storing up any long term possible structural problems that could cause painful afflictions later on. Jo also discussed, with the ladies, the possibility of exercise/movement classes during the winter months. There will be no excuses then ladies not to be in tip top condition for next season!
Birthday Bash: 22-24 June. Many teams from all over the country will once again take part in a weekend of games with much fun along the way. Comping on site for all involved.
Sportways Super Skills Hockey Camp: 30 July – 3 August. For the fourth consecutive year, SportWays will be back this summer at Wakefield Hockey Club where children aged 10 – 17 years can experience the ultimate balance between great hockey coaching and fun!
Participate in the unique Super Skills Hockey Camp, under the guidance of Dutch top hockey coaches and players. SportWays ambition is to help you get the best out of yourself and enjoy the game more, with the focus on technical development. This course will definitely give you the opportunity to improve your skills and have lots of fun along the way. Sign up at www.sportways.co.uk
Also coming soon! Green Army Hockey Camp 28 – 31 August for ages 7 – 14 years. Coach, Danny Berry. All playing levels welcome. To book a place, contact Danny at
Squash Club held a “Squash England Bronze” tournament on 2 & 3 June, which attracted 70+ junior squash players from the North of England. The event was sponsored by Ossett based, international printing machinery suppliers, Pinheiros Post Press Ltd. Martin Mason, Chairman of the Squash Club said:
“Holding ‘open tournaments’ is part of our Club’s activities in developing our home grown young talent, whilst raising our profile to young players at other clubs who may not enjoy the facilities and the superb coaching set-up that we offer at Wakefield”
After Friday 15 June’s gig, Jazz finishes for their Summer break and will be back on 5 October – New programme available soon.
During the season, four junior chess congresses are held in Leeds, Hull, York, and Sheffield, which make up the Grand Prix. Aditya Tangirala came first overall out of over 100 juniors taking part and Ananya Ganjam came 6th. She won the ‘best girl’s’ prize. More than ten of our juniors took part in one or more of the congresses.
The first team finished 7th out of 12 in Yorkshire’s second division played on Saturdays. Peter Shaw, the captain, had a successful season again, winning 7 games and drawing one out of 11 games played. Mark Shelmerdine scored 5 points out of 8 and Mike Wilford 4 points out of 6 for the 2nd team, which were good performances. The second team provides a valuable opportunity for our several juniors to gain useful match experience.
Three junior teams from York, Harrogate and Wakefield, played matches against each other over 6 boards at the end of April. Wakefield finished equal second at the Harrogate venue. The Yorkshire County matches which took place at the beginning of April, at Wakefield Sports Club, were very successful with both Yorkshire teams defeating Lancashire. It is hoped that Wakefield will become a regular venue for country matches in the future.