Karate for Everyone

Health, Fitness, Mind, Character, Sportsmanship, Respect, Honesty and Integrity at CMA Karate.

The practice of karate is a challenge and CMA Karate meet that challenge through their unique program. The physical aspects of karate promote fitness, health, character and sportsmanship whilst challenging the mind to focus on the core values of respect, discipline, honesty & integrity. This allows students to develop into valued members of society accountable for their own development and actions. Students of karate are more likely to achieve well in education, work and in everyday life.

Senior instructors Sensei Barry Lovett and Sensei Sarah Padget formed CMA Karate in 2009 which follows the principles of the founder of Wado Ryu Karate.

The program covers the Wado Ryu system of karate which encompasses self-defence, awareness, confidence, self-control. The physical aspects of karate are critical, but without developing character are meaningless.

Classes are targeted at different age groups and ability levels and are goal based through CMA’s grading system. The challenges in the dojo are reflected in the grading procedures which are demanding yet achievable and rewarding. This encourages the students to set and realise their own personal goals and achieve their full potential.

CMA Karate are fortunate to belong to the most prominent Wado Ryu group in the UK the WIKF (Wado International Karate-do Federation) founded by the late Master Tatsuo Suzuki 8th Dan Hanshi one of the foremost students of Master Hironori Ohtsuka 10th Dan Meijin the founder of Wado Ryu.

Although sport and competition karate isn’t for everyone, CMA do have an ever more successful competition squad which competes from grass roots to National, European and World level competitions.  With karate now accepted into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics it is hoped that this will showcase this sports side of the ‘art’.

This isn’t just about work and no play; CMA Karate have training on the beach and in the sea with the now famous picnic, not to mention the annual highlight of the year with a mad 24 hour ‘NOT’ sleepover barbecue, games and films ending with a hearty cooked breakfast.

CMA accept children aged 5/6 years all the way through to adults.  Running stand-alone classes as well as school clubs in areas around Hailsham, Lindfield, Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield and Wadhurst so you can be sure that there is a club near to you.

Find out more here.



Cricket in Hailsham

HAILSHAM Cricket Club Goes From Strength to Strength.

At Hailsham Cricket Club we are extremely keen on getting juniors playing cricket, we have over 100 boys and girls who train and play matches for the Club between the ages of 5 – 16. Hailsham Cricket Club has been awarded the Clubmark status under the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Their development is supported by 14 ECB qualified coaches, this is as many if not more than any other team locally.

2016 has been a massive success for the club with the 1st XI securing their highest league finish in division 1 in the last 50 years (4th) and also retaining the Eastbourne knockout competition.  The 3rd XI secured back to back league titles as they won division 9 in fine style thanks to the leadership of Robin and Harry. Our juniors excelled with the U11’s and U14’s going unbeaten throughout the whole season and winning their respective East Sussex Leagues. The U16’s won the Sussex Junior Cricket Festival Plate, with a comprehensive victory over Arundel in the final to cap a remarkable season for all our juniors.

This has also been an extremely productive year for the club off the pitch with the 3rd and 4th XI having use of a brand new cricket pavilion at the picturesque Roebuck Park. Roebuck Park will be used for more junior and senior games in the coming years to allow all members the chance to play at this stunning cricket venue. We have developed links between the club and Tim Van Noort’s cricket academy Skillz, we look forward to working with each other in the future.

New players are always welcome from the age of just 4 visit Hailsham Cricket Club for more information.





Cuckoo Trail

The Cuckoo Trail, East Sussex, is a safe route for cycling and walking for the seasoned enthusiast or for leisurely excursions for all ages.

This scenic trail follows the former ‘Cuckoo Line’ railway track and stretches from Heathfield to Polegate, East Sussex. It passes through Horam, Hailsham and Polegate.

Supporting the Cuckoo Trail is vital for the local community who use it for work travel and pleasure and for tourists who visit the area.   As a 14 mile long stretch of path it is described as one of the top ten “traffic free” routes in the UK and must be protected and enhanced.  It is important that with the increased development occurring in Wealden, particularly in the Hailsham area, that the natural beauty and accessibility onto the trail are protected.  There are no similar traffic free options between Polegate and Heathfiield and it has a north south route directly into Hailsham town centre.  If you would like to support the Cuckoo Trail you can go to the online petition “ Enhancing the Cuckoo Trail”  to make your opinion count.

In Summary here are the key design requirements for the future:
• Install lighting for early evening and morning.
• Priority change in favour of the Trail where it crosses small country lanes.
• Connect new housing estates to the Trail with traffic free routes.
• Widen the path when usage increases.
• More cycle parking on the route.
• Use local parks as new routes where possible
• Extend the Trail into Eastbourne.

More information about the Cuckoo Trail can be found on East Sussex County Council’s Website

Cycle Speedway

Hellingly Lions Cycle Speedway – The Oldest Club In the World!

Hellingly Lions Cycle Speedway club are 70 years old next year, the club formed in the winter of 1946 and first taking to the track in 1947 the club is now the oldest surviving club in the world and with this in mind we are looking forward to hosting a number of events during the course of the season, the biggest of them will be the proposed Sussex Championship a run of 3 or 4 events across all age groups and possibly a pairs meeting.  

Cycle Speedway is a sport affiliated with British Cycling, the governing body behind the on-going Olympic success stories. With cycle sport booming across the nation, Cycle Speedway is one of the most accessible and grass roots sports available. Riders age from under 5’s to over 60’s and beyond. Explosive action with four laps flat out, it’s easy to see the appeal. 

The costs associated with putting on such an event and attracting the top riders from across the country, in all the targeted age groups, is expected to be around £2,000-£2,500 and the club is now looking for any available partners who would like to be involved in sponsorship of the events to get in contact 

The club is very proud of its heritage in the sport and with your help would like to put on an event that the status deserves.



Olympian Visits Upper Dicker

We were delighted to celebrate the opening of the Park Mead primary school running track with the help of Team GB athlete and local lad, Seb Rodger, who ran the 400 meter hurdles in Rio.
Picture of Seb, our own Norman Harris of Hailsgam Harriers and Head teacher Lizzie Field who has worked so hard to get this track.
We want all primary schools to have a track… As do the head teachers.



Hailsham Active: Inspiring Life Choices Through Sport, Health & Mind

Hailsham Active (formally Hailsham & District Sports Alliance) looks to draw together local organisations. Hailsham Active is a striving to make HAILSHAM a healthier place for all ages and this site looks to signpost you to all the great activity happening locally. Hailsham Active also look to campaign as a collective to improve services for its community.

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