Women’s football continues to grow as a record 45,423 attend FA Cup final

Tweet The SSE Women’s FA Cup made history at Wembley Stadium on Saturday as it achieved a competition-record attendance of 45,423. This is the fourth consecutive year that the record has been broken, with an increase of over 10,000 fans on last year’s cup final. Quite a contrast to just five years ago, when less than 5000 were in attendance at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium. Heather O’Reilly, 2018 cup finalist and winger for Arsenal Women, said: “People can’t be interested in the women’s game if they don’t watch it and these…

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Sky One’s ‘Revolution’ highlights growth of BMX and Skateboarding

Tweet Easter Sunday saw the launch of Sky One’s brand new programme, Revolution. People will have rarely seen a series like it, with BMX riders, skateboarders and inline skaters competing against each other on the most expensive indoor ramp set-up ever assembled in the UK. The show epitomises the fun and thrills that sports such as BMX and skateboarding can offer, with the tricks and stunts produced on unique courses fully justifying the budget spent on the series. Such a programme being produced indicates the growing popularity of the sports,…

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New study discovers why referees in football are getting abuse

Tweet   The war against referee abuse in football continues as new survey finds most grassroots referees put it down to a lack of respect shown at the elite level of the game.   The survey, which was conducted by Sky Sports News and the FA found that 91% of grassroots referees believe that the lack of respect shown at elite level of football trickles down to grassroots football. However, James Lisher, Senior Referee Development Officer at Essex FA, is not overly surprised by this figure and also goes on…

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A lasting and positive impression on Bexhill: The Alex Hall Memorial Fund

Tweet Six years after the passing of Alex Hall, a runner and a popular member of the BRT (Bexhill Runners and Triathletes) who had a heart attack while running on the promenade, a fund set up in his memory continues to make a positive impact in Bexhill. Every year, the Alex Hall Memorial Fund 5K takes place along Bexhill seafront, as well as shorter races for children. In the 2018 edition, over 100 ran. An amazing achievement for an event which had under 30 participants in its inaugural year. However,…

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Mother and son ready to take on Europe

Tweet A gymnastics duo from Hastings will soon be representing Great Britain at the 2018 TeamGym European Championships. Samuel Clarke, an 18-year-old gymnast and coach at 1066 Gymnastics, has been selected for the GB senior men’s team that will be flying out to Portugal in October. This will be the teenager’s second time competing at the Europeans; in 2016 he was part of the junior men’s team who won GB’s first ever medal in the discipline, taking bronze in Slovenia. He also recently won a silver medal at the TeamGym…

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