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FOOTBALL: Epping Town raring to go
for new season
20th August 2018
THE long-awaited start of the new season
for Epping Town FC is still two weeks away but
the club has already made great strides both on
and off the pitch.
The club has undergone a major transformation
since last season with a new chairman, new
manager and a host of new players.
Manager Billy Cove has joined the club from
Essex Senior League outfit Ilford, and with him
come a number of players who have all bought
into the long-term plans of new Epping Town
chairman Chris Ottaway.
Off the pitch, the club has secured kit
sponsorship deals with VIP Grooming Lounge in
Epping High Street, which is sponsoring the
club's home strip, and Richard Pryor Opticians
in Epping High Street which is sponsoring the
The club - thanks to the efforts of Mr Ottaway -
has also teamed up with The Theydon Oak pub in
Coopersale Street, Epping, and Epping's Tesco
On the pitch, the club has lost just two of its
eight pre-season friendlies which have included
fixtures against club's six leagues higher than
The club has already secured its first
silverware of the 2018-19 campaign with a 3-2
victory (after extra time) against Clapton in a
special invitation match for the Walter Tull Cup
- in a match hosted each year by the east London
club to commemorate one of the first black
footballers to play English league
Epping Town manager Billy Cove said: "It’s
been a very long pre-season and we are all
raring to go now.
"I am glad we chose the type of opposition
we did for our friendly games because I have
learned a lot about our players.
"When I was first appointed as manager I
promised the chairman and the committee that I
would bring some silverware to the club.
"We have already won one trophy, and I am
expecting this squad to win a lot more.
"The council have got behind us by making
some much needed improvements at Stonards Hill,
which we are very grateful for.
"It would be amazing if the local community
got behind us too and came to support us and
joined us on this journey of getting Epping Town
FC back on the non-league football map.
"I am honoured to be at the club, It’s
going to be one hell of a ride!"
Club chairman Chris Ottaway said: "We are
excited about our new season. I am satisfied
with the club's new infrastructure - both on the
field and behind the scenes.
"We have brought in some commercial backing
and we are very fortunate to have Billy Cove as
"Our pre-season has gone well with good
results against quality opposition. But that is
pre-season. We now have to perform in all
departments and create success which, in turn,
will increase attendances and make us more
"I have no doubt that Billy and the boys
will deliver and I am looking forward to our
Epping Town have no fixture this Saturday
(August 25), the opening day of the new Essex
Olympian League Senior Division Four season, and
do not play their first league match until they
face Dagenham United away on Saturday, September
Epping FC's first competitive match is on
Saturday, September 1, when they travel to
Barking Abbey School to play Old Barkabbeyans -
who finished two places above Epping in the
league last season - in the First Round of the
Essex Senior Cup.
Epping Town has initially been allocated away
fixtures while refurbishment work is carried out
by Epping Town Council on the changing
facilities at the Jack Silley Pavilion at the
Stonards Hill recreation ground in Epping.
SCHOOLS: Triple jumper visits
22nd July 2018
INTERNATIONAL triple jumper Daniel Lewis
put pupils at Roydon Primary Academy through
their paces with a morning of circuit
The Olympics 2020 hopeful, who competed at the
2014 Commonwealth Games and has secured 45 gold
medals, worked with pupils to inspire them to
find a passion for sport.
He said: “Today is about getting children more
active and having fun, as well as giving them
"The message is simple; that if they get
some enjoyment and passion for something, they
will naturally want to do it more. “It has
been really good; the children are really
During the visit, organised through Sports for
Schools, Daniel wowed pupils by measuring out
the 16m 31cm distance he is able to triple
He said: "It was not until I reached
secondary school that I even heard of triple
jump. “At my first English Schools
Championships I came ninth. I remember looking
at those in first, second and third places and
thinking I could never be as good as them. I
thought I might as well give up. My coach
convinced me to dedicate myself to it.
"The following year I came first and became
the number one in Britain at the age of 16.”
Pupils had spent a couple of weeks
preparing for the circuits after watching a
video sent to them by Daniel.
They were sponsored to take part, raising money
which will be split between the school for new
sporting equipment and the athlete for Olympic
PE specialist Elaine Luscombe said: “This is a
great way to show children how easy it can be to
do circuit training.
"They could do this at home as it does not
require any equipment, it’s just all about
moving their bodies.
“I know they will go home from this and want
to find out more about Daniel and his career.
They will remember this day. It has been so
"They will now be able to use what they
have learnt as warm-ups in their PE lessons.”
Head of School Michael Clark said: “The visit
was about getting pupils excited about exercise
and sport. There were lots of high fives and
cheers; there was a real buzz around the
“Sport is a big deal at Roydon and this was
just another opportunity to show our young
people that getting physically active can be a
lot of fun.
"It has been a completely inclusive day,
with Daniel showing pupils alternative exercises
to try where necessary.”
FOOTBALL: Club to play in
29th June 2018
EPPING Town Football Club will help
commemorate one of the first mixed heritage
footballers to play in top flight football when
they play Clapton in a special pre-season
The new-look Epping Town side will play Clapton
in a commemorative match in memory of one-time
Clapton player Walter Tull (1888-1918) at
Clapton's Old Spotted Dog ground in Forest Gate,
East London, on Saturday, July 28 (3pm kick
Tull was an English professional
footballer and British Officer of Afro-Caribbean
He played as an inside forward for Clapton,
Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town and was
the third person of mixed heritage to play in
the top division of the football league.
Tull was commissioned as a second lieutenant on
May 30, 1917, and became the first mixed
heritage infantry officer in a regular British
He was killed in action near the village of
Faveuil in the Pas-de-Calais on March 25,
Epping Town chairman Chris Ottaway said: "Epping
Town FC are honoured to be invited to play in
such a special match."
Epping Town Mayor councillor Nigel Avey will be
presented to both teams before kick-off.
FOOTBALL: Dawn of new era for club
11th June 2018
EXCITING times lie ahead for football in
Epping with "the rebirth of a sleeping
giant" as Epping Town Football Club
prepares for a new season - and a new era.
Under one name or another football has been
played in Epping since 1948 when the original
Epping Football Club was formed as Coopersale FC
and played in Coopersale.
Various name changes have taken place over the
decades but this season - the 70th anniversary
season for football in Epping - the reborn
Epping Town Football Club will play its home
matches at the Stonards Hill Recreation Ground
as it looks to quickly climb the non-league
Epping Town will be playing in Senior Division 4
of the Essex Olympian League.
Changes have taken
place on and off the field with new backroom
staff, including a new chairman (Chris Ottaway),
a new manager (Billy Cove, who joins Epping Town
from Essex Senior League club Ilford - and
several new signings who have joined Epping Town
from higher-ranked clubs.
Club chairman Chris Ottaway said: "We're
really looking forward to the new season and the
rebirth of a sleeping giant that in the 1970s
was a force to be reckoned with when Stonards
was a fortress.
"Hopefully now with the right committee
set-up, manager, players and infrastructure,
commercial support and fans from Epping we can
get the club back to where it should
Chris added: "Our priority immediately is
to get back to the Essex Senior League as fast
as we possibly can.
"To do that we've brought in a seasoned
professional manager (Billy Cove) who has
acquired quite a few players already.
"Together we are going to work as hard as
we possibly can to get the club back to where it
"Everyone is singing from the same hymn
sheet and hopefully we are going to achieve what
we want to."
AUDIO: Club chairman Chris Ottaway looks
ahead to the new season and the dawn of a new
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FOOTBALL: Girls given chance to
25th April 2018
GIRLS are being given the opportunity to
play football at Epping Youth Football Club
after the club was awarded SSE Wildcats Girls’
Football Centre status by The FA.
It means girls aged five to 11 can be offered
regular opportunities to play football.
The initiative offers organised sessions in a
fun and engaging environment created exclusively
More than 200 clubs were initally piloted across
England and the scheme is now being extended to
more than 900 centres with 26,000 participants
across the country.
SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football sessions take
place on a weekly basis, either after school or
at weekends and provide a safe environment where
girls can try football for the first time.
SSE and The FA hope the initiative will inspire
participants to engage with football, meet new
friends, develop fundamental skills, learn new
things and create the foundation for a lifelong
love of football.
The Epping Youth sessions are at Upper
Clapton Rugby Club in Upland Road, Thornwood,
from 9am on Saturdays. Each SSE Wildcats Girls’
Football Centre is run in conjunction with local
County FAs and utilise qualified coaches.
As well as activities for girls, there are
opportunities for attending parents, carers and
siblings to engage with the sport at the same
time through ‘Family Sessions’ including
Soccercise and Walking football.
The initiative is in line with The FA’s
Gameplan for Growth, with the target of doubling
girls’ participation in the sport by
The strategy for women’s and girls’ football
at grassroots level includes initiatives
alongside SSE Wildcats, such as FA Girls’
Epping Youth FC's Head of Football Richard Cobb
said: "We are delighted with the interest
shown for girls football in Epping and we look
forward to seeing many more female players
joining us at our new SSE Wildcats Centre."
For further information ring Richard on 07887
758062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BOWLS: Epping Bowls Club launches
17th April 2018
EPPING Bowls Club celebrated the launch
of the new season with Epping Forest District
Council chairman Dave Stallan and Peter
Minoletti, from the Grange Farm Trust.
Club captains Ron Perryman and Lorraine Mead
thanked both organisations for recent grant aid
funding that has enabled the club to replace
Ribbons were cut for the official opening and
both men fired bowls across the green to before
members enjoyed their first roll up of the
Mr Stallan said: "Being able to come along
and see the fruits of our grant funding on the
first day of the new season was a great
"We are happy to contribute to the new
equipment and wish the club all the very best
for the future."
Mr Minoletti, a trustee of Grange Farm Trust and
responsible for grants, said: "We are very
pleased to provide funding towards the new
mowers which we know will make a big difference
to the future of the club.
"A focus for the Trust is to support local
community groups and this is an excellent
Men’s Captain Ron Perryman said: "We are
absolutely delighted to receive this funding
which marks a new beginning for the club.
"We are off the beaten track so it’s good
to be able to celebrate in style and promote the
joy of playing bowls to a wider
Epping Bowls Club was established in 1911 and is
based at Lower Bury Lane, opposite Epping St
John’s School’s back entrance.
The club is keen to recruit new members. Free
'Come & Try' days will be held on Sunday,
April 29, and Sunday, May 27
Participants need to take flat-soled,
For more details, visit www.eppingbowlsclub.co.uk
FOOTBALL: Student named Player of
Tournament in World Futsal Cup
3.12pm - 5th
A WEST Hatch High School student has been
named Player of the Tournament after playing in
the Under-12s World Futsal Cup in Spain.
Year 7 student Prince Sikiru plays football for
Ole Futsal Academy and Watford U12s.
He recently travelled with the Ole U12 team to
Barcelona to compete in the World Futsal Cup
against teams from all over the world, including
Japan, USA, Columbia and Spain, including a team
from FC Barcelona.
Prince helped his team win their group before
they beat American team RVA in the semi-final
before losing 6-4 to FC Barcelona in the
Prince was awarded the U12 Player of the
West Hatch headteacher Daniel Leonard said:
"Prince is a lovely young man with a great
deal of talent. He has performed extremely well
for the school this year and we are very lucky
to have such a talented player at West
"This is an amazing accolade to receive
among a number of high quality performers.
"We are exceptionally proud of his
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