Hellingly Mini Rugby

Teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline & sportsmanship at Hellingly Mini Rugby.  Join now.

Hellingly Mini Rugby, aka Hellingly Hornets, was re-launched in 2012 and is Hailsham’s
best kept secret for team sport. They train and play on Sunday mornings between
10am-12 at Horsebridge recreation grounds. The club is affiliated with the RFU and
promotes the core values of Rugby union. Teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline &
sportsmanship. Rugby is a unique sport that is suitable for all and at Hellingly rugby
club, everyone is made to feel welcome within the community oriented club.

Hellingly mini and junior rugby are actively recruiting new players to join our existing
squads, the age range is from 5-14 years old, each age group is trained by RFU
qualified coaches, and the teams regularly take part in rugby festivals and friendly
fixtures both home and away.  Fees are just £2 per week for a two hour session or
just £50 per year. Taster sessions are free and you can enjoy a coffee and bacon roll in
the warm clubhouse whilst your child burns off energy and has some fun.
Mini Rugby is taught incrementally. From 5 to 8 years old players are taught tag rugby,
a Velcro belt is worn with removable tags. This is non contact and teaches evasion and
ball skills. The contact element of the sport is introduced slowly from the age of 9 as
recommended by the RFU and their age grade rugby rules of play.

Why not go along and give this exciting, fun, sport a try. You can either turn up on
Sunday morning between 10am and 12 at Horsebridge rec. BN27 4DJ and try a free

Give them a try! Click here for more information.

Hellingly Lions Cycle Speedway End Season on a High


Hellingly Lions Cycle Speedway entertained Norwich Stars for their final fixture of the season, with the track having taken some serious rain on the Saturday a good dry day helped to produce a decent surface.

A shared first heat was followed by a couple of 6-4 advantages that saw the lions 4 points up after 3 heats, Norwich bounced back in heat 4 though with a maximum 7-3 courtesy of Chris Cullum and Paddy Wenn. The home club then set about regaining the advantage and with two 6-4s, a shared heat and a 6-3 due to a tapes exclusion for Jamie Medler before the interval were 7 points up (43-36) when the half time cup of teas were taken.

After the interval the home side continued in the same vain, a 6-4 from Jesse Moore and Etienne Patel saw the lead increase to 9. Hellingly maintained the 9 point advantage until heat 12 when Jesse and Martyn Hollebon secured a 6-4 advantage to increase the gap to 11. Neil Hollebon and Eddie Ridley took the following heat with Hellingly’s first maximum advantage of the day in heat 13 and with the lead now increased to 15 with just 3 heats to go had all but secured the valuable 2 league points. Heat 14 saw captain Jesse Moore score his 5th race win of the day with Jamie Morley taking a good 3rd to put the home side 17 in front. Norwich were not done with though and a 7-3 in heat 15 via Chris Cullum and Lee Grange closed the gap to 13 before team manager Martyn Hollebon led the way home, Norwich rider Lee Grange finished in front of Jesse Moore with Paddy Wenn taking 4th.  The final score of Hellingly 87 Norwich 72 was after a great spirited match something the club have found both home and away this season in their first season in the South East region after the winter switch.

The second team match was a very youthful affair for the home club, the 7 riders used saw a 4 riders under the age of 14 with 2 of them making their club debuts alongside a rider having his first appearance of 2016 due to injury. A 5 ride maximum from Etienne Patel and some great scoring throughout the card saw the Lions go down by 8 points (75-83), one sore point was a painful and nasty looking fall for outstanding club member Jamie Morley which saw him taken to hospital with what was diagnosed as a twisted back, everyone at the club wishes Jamie a swift recovery.

Club Chairman Barry Carpenter said “We have, as a club, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves this season, we have ridden on some new tracks and against new clubs and it has all been positive, what was great today was not only the performances of the riders but the fact that newcomers were riding round after the meeting and with a couple of youngsters aged 12 and 13 making team debuts in the second team match the future is looking good, we are still on the look out for new riders and with us celebrating our 70th year of racing next year what better time to get involved. Anyone interested in coming to join us and finding out what we are all about can, weather permitting, come down to the track on Sunday 9th October at 2.00 for a come and try it session”. Please email [email protected] for more information. Link to the website here.


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.





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