Welcome to this month’s newsletter. Please take the time to have a look and support the Mighty Blues of Holland Sports AC and your athlete.

Let us see more athletes competing – all age groups from U11 upwards. The age group you are in is your age as at 31st August 2019. So if you are 10 now but 11 before 31st August 2019 then you are U13. Sports competitions provide an opportunity to review your progress as an athlete, help us as coaches to help you and strengthen friendship and understanding among our athletes.
We are pleased to have an increasing number of parents supporting sessions and helping with team management. We are co-hosting the YDL LAG on April 27th at David Weir Leisure Centre at Carshalton. We would ask for more support on the day as I am going to be very busy – I am Field Referee as well as being the Announcer so will not be able to deal with any of our athletes on the day. However Jeff, Steve & James will be in charge.
Re the Trim Trail Holland Sports & Social Association are holding a working weekend on 27th-28th April to rectify all the issues raised by TDC. They are hiring a small digger and buying 20 tonnes of topsoil and grass seed and need volunteers with rakes, hoes etc to join us to get the work done. It would be most appreciated if members of the Athletics club could join the Association and Football Club members who have already agreed to help out. They would envisage working from 9am to 4pm on both days to get the work done. They have a qualified machine driver who will operate the digger. Parents if you can only turn up even for a few hours that will be helpful. I appreciate it is difficult as many will be at the YDL on Saturday.


On Tuesday and Thursday we are changing the times of the sessions with James, Jeff & Will and this will take place at the start of May.
5:30 to 6:30 pm 365 sessions
6pm to 7pm middle sessions
7pm to 8:30 pm elite sessions
Please note that only these session times are changing. If you attend any other session than these ones the session times will be the same.
If unsure please contact your coach.


Time Is Your Most Important Resource… So Don’t Waste a Second of It. Please make sure that all athletes arrive appropriately dressed i.e. track suit bottoms/lycra
Bring water bottle with you
Do not forget your inhaler if you have one
You are wearing your proper trainers – do not leave them at school!

Holland Sports AC

Welcome to this month’s newsletter. Please take the time to have a look and support the Mighty Blues of Holland Sports AC and your athlete.
Xmas present – a Holland Sports AC Hoodie would make a nice surprise present. If you want one please contact me before 8th December. If you want to purchase a hoodie for your child they are £22.50 for Juniors or £27.50 for adults. We do have some second hand ones in good condition for £5
If you have not been given your Holland Sports running vest (included in the membership fee) please let me know
I also have crop tops for the girls £15 each
We also have some second hand spikes
If you have not been given your Holland Sports running vest (included in the membership fee) please let me know
I also have crop tops for the girls £15 each
We also have some second hand spikes
Try to arrive on time
Go to toilet before you leave home
Do not come down if you are ill or injured but let your coach know why you have not turned up
Arrive with a smile on your face!
Finally make sure you do not leave anything behind. Parents make sure all their tops & bottoms have their name in. Ask your parents to come to the track to collect you.


These were due 1st April. I know some of you have been away on holiday but please renew your membership asap.
So existing members will pay £80.
New members will pay £100 which includes a running vest & joining fee.
2nd Claim Members will pay £40.


Please note we ALSO put the result reports on Holland Sports AC Facebook Page
Congratulations to Aziouz Lammali who at the age of 54 ran 1hr 23m:24s recently in the London Vitality Big Half Marathon recently. Aziouz will be running in our colours in the London Marathon on April 28th on his 55th birthday. Good luck to Aziouz & Susie Asli who are both running for Holland Sports. It is not too late to sponsor Susie who is raising funds for our club – use link https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/london-marathon-for-holland-sports-club-1
Well done to Miles Brown with a new PB at 1500m – 4m 50.65 at a cold Crawley Open on 7th April.
At the same event impressive debuts on the track from U13’s Ruby Masson 5m 30.6 in 1500, Megan Pirie 24.49 in the 150 & Emma Kekwick in U17 150 7 tenths outside club record in 20.78. Noah Laird set a Club Record in 600m in 1m 46.48. Poppy Wells just 1 second outside her PB in the 1500.
On 6th April at Lea Valley U13s Honey Chalmers and Sam Fothergill both caught the eye with standout performances in the sprints. In windy conditions, Honey finished 2nd in her 100m with an exceptional National Grade 2 ranking (13.80) an achievement she bettered in her 200m by winning her heat at time of (29.16) which is a national grade 3 time. Sam Fothergill continues to show the power of being positive achieving a National Grade 3 performance in his 100m (13.48). Both achieved their National Rankings in less than perfect conditions and in an Open Graded meeting when you face the extra challenge of older athletes.
Our U15s saw further positive performances. Will Nockles achieve a PB in his Long Jump (4 metres 37) and looked equally at home in the 100m and 200m a year down. Theo Jackson also achieved a 100m PB (12.30) with a National Grade 4 100m performance. Clara Hogg (15.30) and Charlotte Hosp (15.46) also looked strong and full of potential in their 100m races.
U20 James Vancliff gave a typical strong performance in all his performances with a new pb in 100m (11.38) , 400m (52.60) and 200m (23.11) – National ranked performances, and in the 200
he broke his own Club Record. U23 Willam McGinniss PB in all his events on Saturday. The 100m was 13.83 then he pb in javelin with distance of 35.49 meters as well he PB in shot put.
In the Crawley Open on 20th April when the weather was kinder we had 4 National Grade 4 performances. Jess Murray smashed her 100m PB with 13.39 which ranks her 82nd in the country. Miles Brown improved his PB by 6 secs in the 1500 with 4m 44.68. Lewis Jessup was just outside his PB in the 800 with 2m 33.6. Whilst Emma Kekwick ran 27.72 in the U17 200m for the 4th National Grade 4.
There were many other notable performances. James Vancliff broke his own Club Record winning the 200 metres in 22.99s. He also ran a swift 100 in 11.43s.Noah Laird broke his PB by 13 secs in the U15 800 with 2m 26.01.Michael Warne in the same race ran 2m 37.83. Giselle Hasler broke her 800m PB by 8 secs with 2m 36.31 & in same race Poppy Wells broke her PB with 2m 39.65. Poppy also leapt a new PB in the High Jump with 1m 40 as well as running the 75m Hurdles in 14.67. Ruby Mason ran a quick U13 800 in 2m 43.48. Joe Waldon ran strongly in the 800 recording 2m 41.77. Our new high jumpers performed well in their 1st competition with Liam Warne & Aiden Shannon jumping 1m 20 & Michael Warne 1m 30. Archie Walters ran a new PB in the 1500 with 5m 10.56. His brother Jamie in the U11 600 had a storming finish in a time of 2m 3.73. Last but not least Jacob Loombe had an excellent debut in the U11’s – running 9.85 in the 60 metres & 2m 6.0 in the 600m.

STOP PRESS: Well done to our Girls who beat 2 other clubs – Reigate & Sutton in the Lily B competition on Easter Monday.



Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May Surrey Champs Kingsmeadow
Saturday 8th June Surrey Schools Champs Kingsmeadow
LILY B (U11 – U17) GIRLS ONLY Contact = Jeff/Nigel
Second Match – 1st June (Saturday) at Walton
Third Match – 7th July (Sunday) at Guildford
Finals – 31st August (Saturday) at Weir Archer Stadium ( Kingston) – We will probably be in the Plate Final
EBBISHAM (U11 – U17) BOYS ONLY Contact = Jeff/Nigel
Match 1 Sun 5th May David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton
Match 2 Sun 2nd June Ewell (This is Change of Venue)
Match 3 Sun 14th July Woodcote School, Coulsdon
YDL LAG (U13 & U15) Contact = Jeff/Nigel
Saturday 27th April K2 Crawley. We are Co Hosting with Reigate
Saturday 18th May No Venue Yet. This fixture may not happen
Saturday 22nd June Battersea Park
Saturday 20th July Wimbledon
YDL UAG (U17 & U20) Contact = Francis
SUN 5 May; Medway Park
SUN 26 May; Mile End
SUN 30 Jun; Erith
SUN 28 Jul. Mile End
SAL (U17 – Seniors & Vets) Contact = Francis
Sunday May 19th Wimbledon
Saturday June 15th Lewes
Saturday July 13th Worthing
Saturday 17th August Tooting
CRAWLEY OPENS Contact = Jeff/Nigel
Wednesday 5th June , Wednesday 10th July, Monday 26th August (Medal Meet)
ROSENHEIM LEAGUE (U17 – Seniors) Contact = James
Wednesday 8th May Battersea Park
Wednesday 22nd May Croydon
Wednesday 5th June Wimbledon
Wednesday 19th June Battersea Park
Wednesday 17th July Tooting
If qualify – Final Wednesday 21st August Kingsmeadow
QUADKIDS COMPETITION (For Years 5 & 6) Contact = Nigel
Team of 5 Boys & 5 Girls – All throw the Howler, Standing Long Jump, 75m Sprint & 600 Metres. The fastest 4 Girls & 4 Boys will run a 50m Shuttle Relay. Nearer the time I will announce the team selection.
Qualifying Round Guildford Spectrum Wednesday Evening June 12th
If Qualify for Final this is on Wednesday 3rd July at Guildford Spectrum
Tandridge Together Lottery
It is very disappointing we have so few supporters. Come on support our club & buy some tickets. At the moment we are raising £910 towards club funds.
The lottery tickets cost £1 each & anyone buying a ticket will be able to select the cause they want to support – ie Holland Sports AC – 50p of the ticket price will go directly to the chosen cause with a further 10p in the £ going into a fund for the Council to distribute in the form of small grants to a wide range of projects who apply for the support. The remainder will go to prizes & admin costs. The draws are held weekly with a top prize of £25,000. You have a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize. So start buying the tickets by going to the website https://www.tandridgelottery.co.uk & putting Holland Sports AC as the cause you wish to support & then buy the tickets.
Holland Sports AC has a winner which was yours truly Nigel Bongers – winning £250 – on 2 separate occasions he won 3 free tickets & other Holland Sports AC parents of members have won prizes.
I have many second hand spike shoes – please contact me.
If buying new trainers or spikes or any athletic kit you can go to Simply Sports – they do not offer discounts but I believe do have a special scheme for loyal/regular customers.
Other athletics shops eg Up & Running in Sevenoaks will give 10% discount on all items if you tell them you are a member of an athletics club provided the item is not in the Sales.
Hoodies available from me £22.50 Juniors, £25 for Seniors.
Crop Tops available for the females £15.
As always thank you for your support and assistance in the continued development of Holland Sports athletics Club. Nigel Bongers