Bridgnorth sports clubs welcome return to in-person training

Delighted sports clubs around Bridgnorth have been returning to action following the government roadmap allowing clubs to enact their 'Return To Play' strategies.

Seamus McGinley, chief instructor, coaching the juniors at Excalibur Martial Arts
Seamus McGinley, chief instructor, coaching the juniors at Excalibur Martial Arts

A host of sports clubs across the town, coordinated by Sporting Bridgnorth, have started to re-introduce in-person training and are encouraging potential members to get involved.

“The great thing is that all our clubs are back in action in some form,” said Sporting Bridgnorth chairman Geoff Davies.

“The pandemic has shown us how much physical activity and the community of sport is needed and the government has acknowledged this by including sport in the early stages of the roadmap this time.”

Pro Steve Russell teaches a group at Bridgnorth Golf Club

With summer season competitive sport having lost out last year, clubs and their coaches are delighted to be back in action preparing for this season, in line with Covid regulations.

Kelly Woodcock, senior coach at Edge Gymnastics, said: "We are super excited to be back to business and inspiring children to love the sport of gymnastics.

"After an enforced closure for a third time due to national lockdowns, Edge Gymnastics is excited to be reopening again.”

Bridgnorth Rugby Club U13s

The sentiments are echoed from all clubs and coaches across Bridgnorth.

Pauline Wilson, of Bridgnorth Bowling Club, said: "We look forward to welcoming back all members and have put a booking system in place to manage numbers – we're taking enquiries for new members and have coaching available."

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Sean Powell, of Bridgnorth Boxing Academy, said: "During the most recent lockdown, the academy has been busy extending its gym and now house a boxing ring.

"The coaches at the academy are doing regular coach development sessions to improve the quality of sessions, including an exciting newly-developed boxing education programme we have been working on."

Summer Williams of Edge Gymnastics

Nerys Hughes, of Bridgnorth Rugby Club, added: "With all our teams delighted to be back, training is very much skilled focus with plans in place to up-skill our players, get fit and a very strong message for everyone to have fun and enjoy club team participation once again.

"The rugby season has been extended and plans in place for some adapted law games. A variety of sessions are available for all ages."

Meanwhile, Anna Bradford, of Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do, said: "Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do has reopened at the marquee at Bridgnorth Rugby Club. The marquee and pitch is proving to be an invaluable resource for many sports clubs, with a very multi-sport feel as we train alongside the rugby team, boxing and a fitness class.

Instructors Declan Kearney and Seamus McGinley with successful juniors at Excalibur Martial Arts

"During lockdown Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do focused on improving its online resources for students, providing audio files to assist students in preparation for their next gradings and onward development."

Cathy McGinley, of Excalibur Martial Arts and Junior Dragons, added: "Excalibur's instructors and students have been busy keeping fit and healthy over lockdown with Zoom classes and are counting down the days to the return to Bridgnorth Leisure Centre from May 19."

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