Basingstoke Sports Council

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Club of the Year

Basingstoke & Deane Sports Club of the Year Award

Chris Blow Web

Above - Chris Blow receiving the 2012 'Club of the Year (Athletics)' Award from the Mayor 

The Borough is fortunate is fortunate to have a great wealth of high standard sports clubs which provide opportunities at all levels and an increasing number now have Governing body accreditation. Basingstoke Sports Council continue to work in partnership with the local sporting community and Various clubs below are currently being considered by a panel of five judges to decide which attend the final.  Note that the finalist summaries below are purely 'Tip of the Iceberg' summaries taken from extensive nomination documents submitted detailing achivements of clubs and members.

Details of the Club of the Year nominations for 2016

The following list is all candidates for the award which will now be reviewed by a panel and a shortlisted group invited to the award night in March at the Apollo Hotel........

Basingstoke Bison Ice Hockey

 The Bison senior team won the league title for the first time in 23 years and are the only team in Basingstoke to play in a National League. They continue to bring through talent via their junior squads with the under 18’s, under 15’s and under 20’s placing 4th in their league in December 2016, and the under 11’s placing 5th, and under 13’s placing 8th. There is also an under 9 team. The senior team continue to inspire others and are well supported by the community, with players acting as role models and often taking part in charity evenings.

Basingstoke Bluefins Swimming Club

Entirely self-funding and managed by volunteers, with over 900 members, Bluefins is the largest sports club in Basingstoke and the largest swimming club in Hampshire. They offer learn-to-swim programmes through to high-level swimming from the ages of 3–70+. The lessons programme has seen huge interest on the back of the successful Rio Olympic Games and Masters swimming has gone from strength to strength with a huge improvement in the coaching structure. Waterpolo offers a competitive team environment and the Disability squad gives opportunities tailored to the swimmers’ individual needs.

Basingstoke Gymnastics Club

During 2016 the adults section gained 2 Gold, 4 Silver, and 2 Bronze at the British Championships, and at the Women’s Artistic Hampshire levels, there were 26 medals achieved. At the regional men’s Artistic Championships 25 medals were gained. Tumbling is where most success was gained with 2 runner-up British Champions and a bronze. This year the Club had 2 European Team Champions, and two gymnasts represented GB in the Loule Cup.

Basingstoke Hockey Club

In 2016, 4 teams were promoted and membership was up 38% on the previous year. The Club has regular youth players at the local Junior Development Centre and the 1st/2nd team goalkeeper is a member of the Hampshire u18 team. Two Umpire Development workshops with Hampshire Hockey Umpires were held and the club also hosted an England Hockey Coaching course. Pathways are provided for all members from u8s in mini sessions, Back to Hockey and development sessions and a new team for adults. A highlight of 2016 was to showcase our town, club, and sport in a feature on BBC South Today and ITV Meridian.

Basingstoke Ice Skating Club

BISC had many setbacks in 2016, but continued to thrive. The Club formed a show team and raised over 7£50 for charity through events produced. Galas and competitions were held as a chance for all members to perform. Two members of the Club skated at the British Ice Dance Championships, with one placing third in seniors. The current British Figure Skating Champion, Danielle Harrison is also a member of the Club. The Club now also offers ballet, as well as supporting those at British Championship level with free membership.

Basingstoke Kickboxing Organisation

BKO has won over 172 1st 2nd and 3rd place trophies, 5 British titles and a new Grand champion with a record number of 61 club members competing in 2016. They have held seminars with world renowned martial artists and attended training courses in the UK and Hungary. Open training and sparring course for members from any club were established and sponsorship with a major martial arts equipment supplier was secured to allow children at the club to have free suits, gloves and pads.

Basingstoke School of Martial Arts

Over the last 12 months the club has produced 3 English Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champions, 5 British Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champions and 4 European Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champions and multiple local competition champions. The club has started 2 key initiatives this year; a self-defence class specifically for women and the emergency service, and a New Organisation called Grapple Cancer, which raises awareness and funds for cancer charities. The Club also arranged local competitions so that children can compete in a small environment, and bought in regional and world champions to support training.

Basingstoke Town Ladies FC

Basingstoke Town Ladies FC won the 2016 Southern Region Womens Football Premier Division and gained promotion into the FA Womens Premier League. They were also runners-up in the Hampshire County Cup and secured a sponsor in order to compete in the Premier League. Reserves now play at the Hampshire FA pitch to improve standards and negotiations made with BTFC to meet premier league requirements. The Club is committed to developing coaches, players and volunteers and is a ‘chartered standard’ club with the FA.

Basingstoke Wolverines Cheerleading

Basingstoke Wolverines has achieved fantastic growth since Jan 2015 quadrupling in size and becoming a registered charity to continue to provide opportunities for athletes to partake in cheerleading regardless of their financial situation. In 2016 the club attended 4 competitions with 14 entries, 10 of which placed in the top 10 a fantastic result for a growing club.

Chineham Park Running Club

In September 2016 the Club achieved Clubmark Accreditation and was presented with the Certificate in November 2016. Meeting 3-4 times a week there is an excellent structured training preschedule helping the overall standard and individual fitness to increase significantly. Events entered include 5k, 10k, 10 mile, full and half marathons and the ‘Ultra’ Marathons which are over 50km. Several international events were also entered. At the Southern Cross Country the Club finished 14th in the league and members also participated in the Destination Basingstoke Half marathon.

Hatch Warren Runners

HWR is a community club with many volunteers making the club function for over 250 members of all ability. They have over 150 couch to 5k graduates at a completion rate of over 90%, with 6 completing their first full Marathon in 2016. The first event for 2016 produced a donation of £2000 between two local charities. HWR also ran its 4th 24 Hour relay in November in aid of Naomi’s House Childrens Hospice. HWR accumulated fundraising has now pushed over £85,000 for local and national charities.

Rising Phoenix Cheer

Rising Phoenix Cheer is a member of the NGB for Cheerleading and Sport Cheer GB. In 2016 they provided a programme that achieved competition success and made a successful partnership with Hampshire FA to encourage more into sport. The Club also entered 18 divisions at 4 competitions and achieved 14 with top 5 results (6x top 3), 2 sportsmanship awards, 1 Division Champion award and 9 zero deductions. The Clubs focus charity is ‘Spotlight’ and numerous charitable events were attended during the year.

Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy

Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts won a number of prestigious regional and national awards during the course of the year. Their Satellite Club Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy @ Dove House won Sport Hampshire’s annual award for the “London Legacy 2012 Award” for their work in promoting sport to children who are not sporty and engaging their interests and in October 2016 the Club won British Judos national Club of the Year Award, which was the first time the club had receied an award from the NGB.

Su-Ra-Hi Karate

Su-Ra-Hi had a successful 2016 becoming EKF All Styles Champions for the 2nd year running, finishing 3rd in the European Championships and 2nd at the WIKF British Championships. In over 15 competitions they finished in the top 10, taking individual event gold medals on the way. In 2016, the Club saw an influx of girls due to role model members, and more training sessions are now held. Senior Members are also encourages to gain coaching qualifications to assist in the rising number of younger competitors.

Totally Tennis


In 2016 Totally Tennis continued over twenty years of tennis development in the area. The Club had County Champions and also players representing Hampshire in the Cup events along with junior players who attended the annual twinning in Eukirchen and won their event to maintain an unbeaten record. The award winning tennis coaching programme continues to offer juniors and adults opportunities to learn, improve and develop tennis skills at its two centres and with its community outreach programme, and also offers a disability programme.

Wessex Wyvern Modern Pentathlon Club

In 2016, four members of the WWMP were selected to represent GBR at the World Biathle Championships (winning 1 individual Gold; and 2 team Gold and 1 team Silver medals). The club also had a World Biathle Tour event Champion in the 17-18 years old age group and three members were selected for GBR at the European Biathle Championship (Individual Silver and Team Gold u10s, Individual Bronze and Team Gold Masters and Individual 8th Under 15s). They had the most club members representing them at National Championships, over the various disciplines, than any other year.

Record of Previous Winners

2015 - Basingstoke Gymnastics Club
  2014 - Shin-Gi-Tai Martial Arts Academy
2013 - Basingstoke Gymnastics Club   2012 - Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics
2011 - Basingstoke Bluefins Swimming   2010 - Overton & Basingstoke Taekwondo
2009 - Shin-Gi-Tai Martial Arts Academy   2008 - Basingstoke Gymnastics Club
2007 - Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics   2006 - Basingstoke Rugby Football Club
2005 - Basingstoke Bluefins Swimming   2004 - Totally Tennis
2003 - Basingstoke Gymnastics Club   2002 - Basingstoke Ice Skating Club
2001 - Basingstoke Hockey Club   2000 - Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics
1999 - Basingstoke Gymnastics Club   1998 - Basingstoke Gymnastics Club

Each year clubs are encouraged to submit details of their clubs achievements over the last year to be considered for the Basingstoke & Deane CLUB OF THE YEAR award.

The award is considered against a set of criteria and information below provides a guide to producing your application and there is no strict presentation format or application form. The clubs who have previously won have created an A4 folder with various sections collated from existing process, procedure and records. Once electronically updated it is reasonably easily to maintain on an annual basis.


Please provide background information about your club regarding the subjects below:

  1. History - brief history of club.
  2. What the club offers - age ranges, any family or group aspects, disability etc
  3. Competitions / leagues – details about which competitions or leagues the club is involved in and brief outline of sport’s competition structure.
  4. Membership – number of juniors and or adults, general area where members come from and backgrounds of individuals etc
  5. Communication – how club communicates with members, parents and the community, how club advertises for new members and volunteers etc
  6. Committe, Coaching, Officials, First Aid and Volunteers – number, experience, qualifications, additional requirements
  7. Facilities and Equipment – venue of club / training facilities / standard of venue or equipment that the club owns / needs for the future
  8. Community and School links - school, club links, social or fundraising events to get the community involved


Please provide information in bullet points:

  1. Highlights / successes of the year – competitively (Team or talented individuals) and with regards to club development
  2. Future Ambitions – short and long term goals


Clubs are requested not to attach every policy but make reference to whether they are in place and where they are available (e.g. club website). Copies may be requested at a later stage.

  1. Health and Safety – first aid and emergency policies
  2. Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults – details about how club is exercising duty of care to children and vulnerable adults and procedures in place.
  3. Codes of Practice - those operating in the club
  4. Affiliation – number / reference if affiliated with relevant NGB
  5. Accreditation – e.g. achievement of Clubmark / Charter Standard / Seal of Approval, date for renewal
  6. Insurance – details about how club is insured including for competitions


Appendices – newspaper cut outs and extra information to back up the application. Please keep this concise!

Note that the club must be located within the Borough of Basingstoke & Deane

If your club can demonstrate that all or most of the above are in place, then you could be eligible to be the Basingstoke and Deane Club of the Year and win £250. 

Nomination packs can be either posted to the Local Sports Council at 3 Dragonfly Drive, Lychpit, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8RU or emailed by return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 31st at the latest each year.

Application for this award can also encourage your club to think about club development in the future. The Sports Development Team and the Local Sports Council are committed to helping Basingstoke & Deane clubs develop. Please contact Amy Sambell on 01256 845442 or Kevin Laing on 07796 491667 for further information.

For more information on club development see or visit you own National Governing Body website for details.

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