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New non-profit sports club starts free sessions £3,000 prize fund for half marathon and 10k races A NEW non-profit sports club is hoping to make sport accessible for all children with free sports sessions. Active Future Coaching will be offering free football sessions every Monday and Thursday at St Mary’s R.C. Primary School in Middle- ton from 17 June. The sessions are at 6.30pm – 7.30pm every Monday and Thursday for children in Year 1, 2 and 3, with provi- sions to move to all primary school age groups soon. Manager Harry Wilson, who coaches primary school children in Stockport, said: “The sessions are for ev- eryone in those age groups; we’re an all-inclusive club that aims to give every child, regardless of background, to have sporting and so- cial opportunities.” Active Future Coaching is made up of Harry and a group of coaches from a partnership with Rochdale Sacred Heart Football Acad- emy (RSHFA), which pro- vides young aspiring foot- ballers the chance to develop the skills and qualifications needed to coach football. Harry added: “I have come from RSHFA, so it’s nice to now have the plat- form to be able to create this partnership.” Harry, who also coach- es Stockport County La- dies Under 12s, started the group when a family friend asked about coaching her son and the lack of afford- able options in the area. “With that in mind and no doubt I could make a dif- ference, I decided to set up Active Future Coaching,” he continued. “It’s important to us all at AFC that every child has the platform to play sport and make friends in a safe and fun environment. We’re a non-profit club, so we only charge what we must to cover costs, which hopeful- ly a few sponsors will help out with. “We hope that with our at- titude of having the commu- nity at heart, we can make a difference. The group hopes to build slowly into other sports, such as dodgeball and netball. Sessions start on Monday 17 June, with following ses- sions on Thursday 20 June, Monday 24 June and Thurs- day 27 June – free of charge. Sessions will then con- tinue, subject to enough interest, every Monday and Thursday. NEED extra motivation to sign up for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Mar- athon and 10K? A prize fund of more than £3,000 has just been announced for this year’s event. The first five men and women in the Half Mara- thon and 10K, plus eight age category prizes will be hand- ed out on Sunday October 6. Top prizes for the male and female winners of the half marathon are £120 of vouchers for nationwide running store ‘Up and Run- ning.’ Second place wins £100 of vouchers, while third gets £80, fourth £60 and fifth £50. The first male and first female to cross the line in the 10K will get a £100 voucher, with £80 for sec- ond, £60 for third and £50 and £40 for fourth and fifth- placed runners. There are also two club team prizes up for grabs and prizes for the first and sec- ond non-club teams. These are in addition to 16 age cat- egory prizes in both the half marathon and 10K. Event organiser Nick Bar- ton from Rochdale Harriers said: “Entries are up on this time last year with over 400 registered already and this event is now well estab- lished on the running calen- dar. With a one mile fun run and 10K as well as the half marathon there’s something for every ability and we have another strong prize fund for 2019.” All races will start and finish by the grade one listed Rochdale Town Hall. Run- ners will be chip-timed on fully-marshalled traffic-free courses. Technical t-shirts are available for collection before or after the race and medals are given to runners as they cross the finish- ing line. Since 2015 over 4,500 people have taken part in the event, which sets out on routes taking in town and some of the north west’s most picturesque country- side scenes like the stun- ning Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough. A breakdown of the prizes, online entry and more infor- mation is at www.rochdale. gov.uk/run Work starts on Dale’s new playing surface ROCHDALE FC’s sum- mer renovations of the Crown Oil Arena pitch are well underway. Dale will be working with green service provider idverde, who have been appointed by the club to carry out the works. Back in February 2018, when the pitch was re-laid pri- or to the Emirates FACup fifth round tie against Tottenham Hotspur, a hybrid pitch was in- stalled at the Crown Oil Arena. A hybrid pitch system com- bines artificial fibres with nat- ural grass, and is a system that is in place at most leading foot- ball clubs. However, for various reasons, including the time of the year the pitch was laid, and the weather conditions at the Crown Oil Arena, the surface became clogged and resulted in the patchy Crown Oil Arena surface during February and March last season. This summer’s work will see the top layer of the pitch removed, by a process called fraize mowing, which will reveal the carpet of the hy- brid pitch. A specialist machine will then stand the artificial fibres upright, and sand will be put on to the carpet and embed- ded around the fibres, allowing them to remain upright. At the same time the surface will be formed to create an even lev- el pitch. Once all of this has been done, the carpet will be fer- tilised and, finally, seeded. It is from this time that the growing period from seed to natural grass will begin. The work being done will help improve the pitch for the coming season, and as Dale look further ahead to future improvements, they are con- sidering potential problems under the pitch in the sub-soil and the drains, which will be tackled when further investi- gative work is done and have reviewed how the current work settles down Tour of Britain comes to town BRITAIN’S biggest professional cycle race, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, will pass through Ro- chdale this September as Great- er Manchester hosts the final stage of the eight-day race with a route that takes in all ten of the city’s boroughs. Beginning in George Square, Glasgow on Saturday 7 September, the eight day race will take the world’s top teams and riders across a 1,250-kilo- metre route through the south of Scot- land, England’s north east and north west and the heart of England before the overall finale for the first time in Manchester city centre on Saturday 14 September. Saturday 14 September will see a stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Brit- ain finish in Manchester city centre for the first time since the inaugural edition of the modern tour in 2004, with Deansgate hosting the finale of stage eight. The final day of racing will see the peloton taking on a 165-kilometre route starting in Altrincham that in- cludes almost 2,000 metres of climbing, including the famous climb of the Rake at Ramsbottom and passes through all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. Giant is now a Hornet… ROCHDALE Hornets have signed half-back Izaac Farrell from Hudder- sfield Giants on a permanent basis until the end of the season. Farrell, the son of former Leeds prop Anthony, was handed a first team squad number by the Giants this year and played in the opening two Super League matches of the season. He made his Giants debut in the Chal- lenge Cup against Swinton in 2017, and has also played first team rugby at Bat- ley, Workington and Swinton. Hornets coach Matt Calland said: “We’ve been looking to strengthen at half-back since I came to the club – the squad had four hookers but not one rec- ognised scrum-half. “Hopefully Izaac can lead us around the field and be that on-field general that we’ve been missing.” Pitch perfect! Izaac Farrell has joined Hornets from Huddersfield Giants for the rest of the season 28 June 2019 Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent SPORT

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