10 Ways to be like our amazing Olympians! (Surrey Style!)

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10 Ways to be like our amazing Olympians!

(Surrey Style!)

10 Olympic Sports you can find on our doorstep!

The Rio Olympics are over, the medals no doubt hanging from hooks in bathrooms across the country and our amazing Olympians find themselves national heroes and parading their Gold, Silver and Bronze across Manchester and London early this week.

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To finish second in the medals table for the first time since 1908, winning 27 gold medals across 15 different sports and finishing above China for the first time ever is an absolutely stunning achievement and one that we should all be extremely proud of!

With the celebratory parades in full swing, we thought this would be the perfect time to showcase those brilliant local sports clubs in who could well be training the next Mo, Nicola, Tom, Andy, Bradley or even perhaps Usain – all of the clubs featured are available for you to join and we have, where possible, provided a quote from the club themselves!

We would like to thank all the clubs that responded who, without exception, were really helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and extremely enthusiastic in helping us with this feature.

If you are considering taking on a new sport, or even going back to a previous interest, please do consider one of the clubs below.

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Cycling – Walton Velo

Our local cycling club happens to be superbly placed on the doorstep of the cycle ways and well ridden paths into the Surrey Hills. Roads well ridden long before the Ride London and Surrey Cycle Classic made them famous, weave themselves through various parts of Walton, Hersham and Weybridge….read more

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woking-gymnastics-100Gymnastics – Woking Gymnastics

With over 1,200 active participants every week, we are one of the largest clubs in the UK and the largest single youth organisation in Woking. Our aim is to offer gymnastics classes for all abilities and ages from crawlers to 60+. There is activity, fun & fitness in a healthy and child friendly environment at Woking Gymnastics Club…..read more

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Desborough-100Sailing – Desborough Sailing Club

Desborough Sailing Club is situated on a quiet bend of the River Thames in Old Shepperton. It’s a small, family-oriented club with members across all age ranges. Sailing can be a sedate or exciting sport with both pleasure sailing and racing occurring every weekend throughout the year…..read more

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rebels-100Running – Riverside Rebels

Running is a sport you can fit around a busy work schedule, erratic shift patterns or the demands of young children because all you have to do is get out there and get on with it. Anyone can learn to run, whatever your age or fitness levels at the start and whether you run a 5k in 13 or 45 minutes, you will reap the benefits of this sport….read more

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canoe-100Canoeing – Hampton Canoe Club

Hampton Canoe Club is a friendly and sociable canoe club based at Bell Hill, opposite the Bell Pub on the Thames in Hampton.  We paddle from our base in Hampton but also, most Saturdays head off with boats on roof-racks for trips on other nearby waterways like the Wey navigation, the Basingstoke canal or other parts of the Thames both upstream and downstream…..read more

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tri-swim-100Triathlon – Kingfisher Club

The Kingfisher Triathlon club has a wide ranging membership from complete newcomers to the sport, right through to GB representatives and Ironman athletes. We welcome new members whatever their sporting background or future goals, whether it’s your first triathlon or 10th Ironman we have like-minded and friendly people to train with…..read more

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tae-kwon-do-100Taekwondo – Surrey Taekwondo

Classes typically include a warm up, stretching, techniques practiced in patterns, pad work kicking and punching, sport sparring with pads on the hands and feet, grabs/releases, defence against knife attacks, throws, sweeps, arm bars, and destruction which is usually breaking plastic boards of different strengths, but sometimes bricks or roof tiles…..read more

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esher-7s-100Rugby 7’s – Esher Rugby

The Esher Sevens team has been one of the countries top Elite teams for many years.  We compete in many of the top Elite Tournaments including Rosslyn Park Floodlit Sevens (Harlequins, Wasps, Irish etc), Bournemouth (over 20,000 spectators), Bury St Edmonds and 7’s and the City at Allianz Park, amongst others…..read more

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surb-boxing-100Boxing – Surbiton Boxing Club

Entering a boxing gymnasium for the first time can seem like a daunting experience, don’t let it be. Boxing by nature is a very lonely sport with a lot of the boxer’s training done outside of the gym, on their own. Club sessions are a chance to inspire and be inspired. They allow members to embrace the “team” spirit and work together to become better boxers…..read more

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Cycling- Walton Velo

Inspired by the recent success of British cyclist in the Olympic Games? Seen Chris Froome win the Tour de France? Interested in getting into cycling or been riding for awhile and keen to join up with like minded cyclist in the local community?

Our local cycling club happens to be superbly placed on the doorstep of the cycle ways and well ridden paths into the Surrey Hills. Roads well ridden long before the Ride London and Surrey Cycle Classic made them famous, weave themselves through various parts of Walton, Hersham and Weybridge. We are not short of options and you can easily get out for a good ride no matter what your ability.. Seeking out the famous Box or Leith Hills or Heading out towards Henley or Windsor Castle with a plethora of coffee stops along the way for those who enjoy a more leisurely ride.

The Surrey lanes offer a lot more forgiveness compared to the buzz of London roads and can be a great place to explore cycling, develop a love of two wheels and being outdoors. In just a few minutes you can be into the countryside exploring the many lanes that wind their way through the villages of Ripley or Shere.

Walton Velo was founded in the summer of 2014 and has grown to thirty members since then. We cater for various abilities and as the club has grown been able to offer a greater number of varied rides.

Our main club rides take place on a Wednesday evening and Saturday morning heading out from G3G opposite Café Rouge on Queens road in Weybridge. Wednesday’s rides are about and hour and a quarter and Saturday morning’s between 2 and 4 hours depending on the various groups that head out. However, we do have a great club community and members regularly communicate to get out together at other times during the week, one of the many benefits of being in a club and getting to know other like minded members of your local community. Below the article you can find examples of a Wednesday and Saturday ride.

If you don’t yet have a set of two wheels there are many options to get the right bike for you, we have recently teamed up with a brilliant bike shop that offers the opportunity to try a range of bikes that might suit your needs and budget before buying one. Do contact us and we will happily put you in touch with them or you can find out their details on the club website.

If you would like to find out more about getting into cycling or about Walton Velo and membership do take a look at our website or drop us an email at waltonvelo@gmail.com or contact Bruce on 07766542335.

www.waltonvelo.com

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Gymnastics – Woking Gymnastics

With over 1,200 active participants every week, we are one of the largest clubs in the UK and the largest single youth organisation in Woking. Our aim is to offer gymnastics classes for all abilities and ages from crawlers to 60+. There is activity, fun & fitness in a healthy and child friendly environment at Woking Gymnastics Club.

Our pre-school classes are aimed to help with your child’s development in their early years through structured activity and fun. The classes focus on learning through play and having fun in a safe environment. Each term we offer different themes in our classes to capture and stimulate your child’s imagination. By doing this we look to encourage emotional wellbeing and social competence to help provide a strong foundation for cognitive abilities and physical movement.

General Recreational Gymnastics Club Classes are for children aged 5 to 16 years old. Our teenagers between 16 to 18 years old attend our My Club session which is a transitional class before they transfer to our adult’s classes. Our General Classes are packed with fun ways to learn recreational gymnastics. All recreational classes are delivered to achieve the skills on our in house badge scheme. This program encompasses a series of progressively more challenging skills from basic shapes and rolls, right through to advanced skills on Floor, Vault, Beam, Bars and Parallel bars.

Children who show an exceptional aptitude to gymnastics are invited and given the opportunity to trial for a place in our General Gymnastics Competition Group or in our highly successful Elite Artistic Squad.

Recreational Adult sessions at Woking Gymnastics Club are for people aged 18 and over. Sessions cater for all levels, from beginners to the more experienced gymnast. Any new adult to Woking Gymnastics Club is welcome at any one of our 5 weekly drop in sessions.

All of our classes run throughout term time every day of the week, check out our website and social media for timetables and more information!

www.wokinggymnastics.co.uk

www.facebook.com/WokingGymClub

Twitter: @WokingGymClub

Instagram: wokinggymnasticsclub

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Sailing – Desborough Sailing Club

One of the great things of living in this area is access to the Thames; most people enjoy its picturesque walks and pubs, and watch the boats on the river never thinking that they could do it themselves. The truth is, sailing is a sport for everyone – young or old – and it doesn’t need to break the bank.

Desborough Sailing Club is situated on a quiet bend of the River Thames in Old Shepperton. It’s a small, family-oriented club with members across all age ranges. Sailing can be a sedate or exciting sport with both pleasure sailing and racing occurring every weekend throughout the year. The summer brings lighter evenings and a jam-packed fixture list with informal coaching on a Monday evening, additional racing on a Wednesday evening, and Friday night is cadet night.

If you have never sailed before, it’s well worth attending an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) course. Being an RYA certified training centre, Desborough runs 2 4-day courses each year in Spring and Summer. Attending the courses is a great way to build your skills, have a laugh and meet new people. Children can do courses from the age of 8.

The social scene at Desborough is great, with a well-stocked clubhouse and friendly atmosphere. Member ages range from 0-80+ so there is something – and someone – for everyone. This year 40 members are travelling to Corfu, Greece for a flotilla holiday.

Individual membership costs £151/year (~£12.60/month) with family membership costing £199/year (~£16.60/month) for up to 4 people. Desborough has a large selection of club dinghies that are available for use by members for a small charge (ranging from free to £7.50). You’ll need a wetsuit during the winter as you are likely to get wet, some sailing gloves and a buoyancy aid. Helmets for beginners and buoyancy aids can be borrowed from the club if you don’t have one and that’s it – much cheaper than many other sports!

Sailing is a fabulous way to exercise and enjoy the Thames in a fun and social environment, and Desborough Sailing Club is a wonderful little club with a real family feel.

http://www.desboroughsc.org/

https://www.facebook.com/desboroughsc/

membership@desboroughsc.org

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Running – Riverside Rebels

Waking up one morning last month to read that Mo Farah had won the 5000m for the second time was thrilling news but it made me wonder whether running benefits from the same “Olympic effect” as other sports. Does watching iconic runners such as Mo and Usain Bolt make people want to lace up their trainers and have a go or does it make them feel that they will never be fit enough, fast enough or young enough to run?

I do hope it is not the latter because running is awesome!

Running is a sport you can fit around a busy work schedule, erratic shift patterns or the demands of young children because all you have to do is get out there and get on with it. Anyone can learn to run, whatever your age or fitness levels at the start and whether you run a 5k in 13 or 45 minutes, you will reap the benefits of this sport! Running can make you physically stronger and fitter but also has a hugely positive impact on our mental health; it is amazing to see how much our new joiners change in terms of confidence, fitness and strength over the 10 weeks of our beginners’ programmes.

Getting started is the hardest part of running and so these are our top tips for new runners:

  • Invest in the right pair of running shoes – crucial to avoid injuries.
  • Make running a habit, even if that means getting out for a few minutes per day.
  • Start slowly, be patient with your progress, and don’t worry about your pace.
  • Build mileage gradually and don’t feel bad for taking walk breaks.
    (In fact, slowing down can actually build strength and endurance to benefit your running.)
  • Mix in cross training to supplement your running, (cycling or swimming etc.)
  • Join a running group – running with others can help motivate you to keep going and can turn a boring long run into a fun, sociable activity. )
  • Above all, believe you can do it, you can run! All you have to do is channel your inner Mo!

For more information about Riverside Rebels, check out our website for details of our beginners program – why not come along and get on the road to that first 5k run!

Check out riverside-rebels.com for our beginners programmes

https://www.facebook.com/riversiderebels57/

https://twitter.com/riverside_rebel

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Canoeing – Hampton Canoe Club

Hampton Canoe Club is a friendly and sociable canoe club based at Bell Hill, opposite the Bell Pub on the Thames in Hampton.  We paddle from our base in Hampton but also, most Saturdays head off with boats on roof-racks for trips on other nearby waterways like the Wey navigation, the Basingstoke canal or other parts of the Thames both upstream and downstream, usually with a stop for lunch at a waterside pub. The emphasis in the club is on easy social paddling and we do little racing except for the Devizes-Westminster race which we have a proud tradition of entering.

The club has a range of boats ( kayaks and canoes) to suit beginners as well as for more experienced kayakers.   Membership fees are £56/year for an adult or £86 for a family, plus a one-off £10 joining fee.   You can then take a boat out whenever you want for £3/session.

To start, it’s best to do a 2-day beginners course. You can do these at our club and other local bases.  We run improvers sessions of 1-2 hours so that beginners can gain confidence before going on longer trips.

To find out more see hamptoncanoeclub.co.uk  or contact Sarah Potter at enquiries@hamptoncanoeclub.co.uk

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Triathlon – Kingfisher Club

Now entering its 30th anniversary year, Kingfisher Triathlon club has a wide ranging membership from complete newcomers to the sport, right through to GB representatives and Ironman athletes. We welcome new members whatever their sporting background or future goals, whether it’s your first triathlon or 10th Ironman we have like-minded and friendly people to train with.

Lynn Hayes joined Kingfishers about 3 years ago. “To be honest I found the thought of joining a club a bit daunting. I was worried I’d be the slowest and worst at everything and it was a bit out of my comfort zone. I took the plunge with a friend (yep I’m a coward). I couldn’t have been more wrong. From having dabbled in triathlons the club gave me the encouragement and support to improve. I enjoyed the structure of the training sessions where everyone works at their own level. Beginners are welcomed. We all had to start somewhere. As well as the fitness benefits though it’s a great club to belong to with a social event more or less every month. I’ve made many new friends and would recommend anybody to take the plunge”

Mark Morren joined Kingfisher around 2 years ago “after my first attempt at a sprint distance event at Crystal Palace. I was amazed to find that triathletes were all shapes and sizes and most of them could go much faster than me! I thought that it was then time for me to get some proper training support. I threw myself at every training session and was then ‘encouraged’ to sign up for a half iron event, Vitruvian, at the end of 2015. I completed the Vitruvian despite a knee injury, walking for probably half of the run! In 2016 I am going back to the Vitruvian with a number of other events beforehand, where I intend to do much better. I like to think that triathlon is not about racing others but challenging yourself to be a better athlete. The coaching I have had this year has really helped me see my possible potential.

(Hersham Hub: We’ve since found out that Mark completed the Vitruvian this year with a much improved  time, 5hr 12, despite coming off his bike before going into the run – what a fantastic achievement, well done Mark!)

Must try harder…at loving the hills any hills

http://www.kingfishertriathletes.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/KingfisherTri

https://www.facebook.com/kingfishertriathletes/

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Taekwondo – Surrey Taekwondo

TaeKwon-Do is an Olympic Sport and provides self defence, flexibility, and fitness. Classes typically include a warm up, stretching, techniques practiced in patterns, pad work kicking and punching, sport sparring with pads on the hands and feet, grabs/releases, defence against knife attacks, throws, sweeps, arm bars, and destruction which is usually breaking plastic boards of different strengths, but sometimes bricks or roof tiles.

Beginners start out with some basics and low end fitness, but grow into intense fitness of an anaerobic variety, and can try out for the national team once reaching an advanced level. Local competitions are held enabling all ages to compete in sparring, patterns, special technique, and breaking.

Classes for adults and juniors are available in Dorking, Guildford and Woking.

Surrey Taekwon-Do is a member of the ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation)

http://www.surreytaekwondo.com/

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Rugby 7’s – Esher Rugby

The Esher Sevens team has been one of the countries top Elite teams for many years.  We compete in many of the top Elite Tournaments including Rosslyn Park Floodlit Sevens (Harlequins, Wasps, Irish etc), Bournemouth (over 20,000 spectators), Bury St Edmonds and 7’s and the City at Allianz Park, amongst others.

For the last three years we have competed in the Tobago International Sevens, which we have won for the last two years, beating the US Olympic Development squad in last year’s final.  This competition has now moved to Barbados this year, where we will compete in the Barbados World 7’s www.barbados7s.com    We are being sponsored by the Barbados Tourist Board. We also won the Inaugural Pan London Sevens in 2015 and have won the Surrey Sevens for the past 4 years.

We have a philosophy to have fun whilst competing to win at the highest level.

http://www.esherrugby.com/

https://www.facebook.com/likeesherrugby

https://twitter.com/esherrugby

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Boxing – Surbiton Boxing Club

Boxing for beginners – what to expect?

Entering a boxing gymnasium for the first time can seem like a daunting experience, don’t let it be. Boxing by nature is a very lonely sport with a lot of the boxer’s training done outside of the gym, on their own. Club sessions are a chance to inspire and be inspired. They allow members to embrace the “team” spirit and work together to become better boxers. Anyone who choses boxing as a sport will gain the respect of those in and around the boxing environment.

As a beginner expect to learn the fundamental elements such as stance and guard, straight punching and basic footwork. You will practice the fundamentals over and over and may not receive pad-work until the coach sees you are ready. Being polite, on time for sessions and following the coaches advice is very important. Expect to work on increasing your cardiovascular fitness and muscle endurance through skipping and bodyweight circuit training respectively. You will not be made to spar or take physical contact. The workouts are tough but can be enjoyable and extremely motivating.

Being an amateur boxer is rewarding with the chance to box and represent your county, region or even national team. It requires hard work and dedication. It’s a very demanding sport where the elite have to be in top physical condition and unrelentingly brave.

As well the usual health benefits to any physical activity (including reducing risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and some Cancers*), boxing is extremely benificial to our Functional Fitness, which can be described as the way we move about the planet. Speed, Agility, Power, Coordination and Balance are a few Components of Fitness you may find improved through effective boxing training. These skills are totally transferable to other sports/physical activities and help us in our everyday life.

Boxing installs discipline in athletes and helps improve self motivation, pushing yourself that little bit harder. A lot of the training is made up of compound exercises, requiring whole body movement. This results in improved total body strength and helps us maintain a good overall fitness level.

Amateur Boxing can be an expensive sport, like most but it can also be a very cheap and accessible hobby. Maybe an annual membership of £5 – £40 and subs each session from 50p – £8**. Most clubs have spare skipping ropes and gloves but it is recommended you get your own hand wraps/bandages which again can be very cheap £1-£10. Once proficient you may like to have your own gloves which can range from quite cheap to really expensive. Boots are not necessary at first, any light, good fitting sports shoes will be ok. Some comfortable sports clothing and thats about it. If you cannot access your own equipment just mention this to one of the coaches and I’m sure they will be inclined to help you out. Then you’re ready to go!

Surbiton Amateur Boxing Club is affiliated to the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) with the aim of providing a safe and productive environment for the training of competitive boxing. We also open our doors to recreational boxers, keep-fitters, novices and junior groups. The principals of ‘no nonsense’ boxing and fitness training are promoted at the club. We are a young club with the plans to grow a bustling stable of successful athletes.

Harry Morris and Alec Waller head up the coaching at the club and combine their experience to deliver productive sessions where the boxers are always learning and improving.

Full timetable and contact details can be found on our website http://www.surbitonboxingclub.co.uk/

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/

** Rough estimate, will vary in different areas

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