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FOOTBALL: Club to play in commemorative match


12.54pm - 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 match. 
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 off).
Tull was an English professional footballer and British Officer of Afro-Caribbean descent. 
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 Army regiment.
He was killed in action near the village of Faveuil in the Pas-de-Calais on March 25, 1918. 
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


10.13pm - 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 ladder. 
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 be." 
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 should be. 
"Everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet and hopefully we are going to achieve what we want to."

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FOOTBALL: Girls given chance to play football


2.32pm - 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 for girls. 
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 2020. 
The strategy for women’s and girls’ football at grassroots level includes initiatives alongside SSE Wildcats, such as FA Girls’ Football Week. 
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 eyfc@kcagroup.co.uk


BOWLS: Epping Bowls Club launches new season


4.09pm - 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 twos mowers. 
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 season. 
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 pleasure. 
"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 example." 
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 audience." 
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 (10.30am-3.30pm). 
Participants need to take flat-soled, trainer-type shoes. 
For more details, visit www.eppingbowlsclub.co.uk


FOOTBALL: Student named Player of Tournament in World Futsal Cup


3.12pm - 5th January 2018

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 final. 
Prince was awarded the U12 Player of the Tournament trophy. 
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 Hatch. 
"This is an amazing accolade to receive among a number of high quality performers.
"We are exceptionally proud of his achievements."


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