Sports Club

Sports Club

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club

Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club is a not-for-profit Community Amateur Sports Club, located on Summer Road a quarter of a mile from the Church / Six Bells crossroads.  The club is administered by a large number of volunteers supported by a vibrant community of some 1400 people who have given full support to the development of the sports club, benefiting both the parish itself and also surrounding parishes in what is a very rural area of Suffolk.  The club is a fantastic resource which brings people into the village from far and wide.

Sports Club Activities, Facilities, Teams and Contacts

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Activity or OfficeOfficer, Team or FacilitiesContacts & Details
Club ChairmanMike Powles 07379 089 890
mike.powles@btconnect.com
Club SecretaryCate Hubbardcate6@sky.com
TreasurerIan Campbelliancampbell@suffolkonline.net
FootballSenior (4)Chairman Alan Marshall
alanwmarshall@googlemail.com

Secretary Gordon Ross
2 Palmer Street, Walsham Le Willows, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3BZ
07742 111892 gordonaross2@gmail.com.
FootballU18s
Ladies
Girls
A Saturday morning session for younger children on artificial pitch
TBA
FootballYouth (12)Joint Chairmen Tom Howling and Mark Dolman

Treasurer Gemma Dolman wlwyfctreasurer@gmail.com
Secretary wlewfc@gmail.com
Trustee Cate Hubbard cate6@sky.com
CricketSenior (3)
Junior (3)
Friday night coaching for younger children during the season
Chairman Rick Meyer richard.meyer@btinternet.com
Treasurer Ned Campbell nedbaresi06@hotmail.co.uk
Secretary Ali Waugh aliwag24@hotmail.co.uk
BowlsFour teams playing league during the season Chairman Geoff Patinson
07841396594

Contact Shirley White
shirley409@btinternet.com
Snooker & BilliardsOne table available for members use
League team
Neil Donaghy
Nicky Foulger
DartsRegular Super League
Gents
Mick Jones
mick180x@gmail.com
DartsLadies Pat Oxborrow
patricia.oxborrow@btinternet.com 01359258670
TennisOne floodlit court available for members throughout the year  - no league activity possible on the one court Jan Murton janmurton63@hotmail.co.uk
Table tennis Facilities available but no current interest in league activities TBA
Jogging/ running Great Run LocalSteve Murton janmurton63@hotmail.co.uk
Sky Sport and BT SportWatching possible for the couch potatoes None
Bookings for events or partiesGordon Ross 01359 259474 or 07742 111892

COVID-19 has changed the way any business can function. With fewer people visiting to partake in and watch the varied activities available and spend time and money in the Clubhouse afterwards, the Sports Club must quickly adapt to provide a safer environment.

The restructuring of the Clubhouse is a necessity that the club can ill afford, which is why this appeal for help is being made now, to all our members and friends in the community. We have had help from the Football Foundation with a grant, but this will still leave a short fall of £15,000. Please visit the Crowdfunder page to find out more and donate.

Alternatively please order your heating oil through Butler Fuels.

To order call Sales Team  01603 885100  or the service team 01603 885236.  Make sure you advise that you want a donation to go to Walsham le Willows sports club.

red and white butler fuels lorry

Every order so far placed, has been more competitively priced than from any other supplier so what’s not to like?  If your children use the Sports Club help the club to continue keeping them exercised and entertained!

Even if you don’t use the Sports Club Butler fuels will still make the same contribution to the Sports Club of £10 per 1000 litres or £5 per 500 litres.

All contributions are very much appreciated.

History of the site and the Club

Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club, old Pavilion

The current site has been the home of the village football and cricket teams going back to the late 1800’s and the old pavilion still survives on the far side of the ground. This originally had a thatched roof and water was carried across to it in a bucket before the luxury of a two wheeled, hand water cart was installed to be pulled across the ground by the players. With no electricity in the original building changing on a cold winter afternoon was an uncomfortable experience.

During the war the field was ploughed up to provide land suitable to grow food on and it was not until 1951 that sport was played once again on the site.  The post war years brought the installation of Calor Gas for lighting and to supply the boiler for serving of tea, making the old pavilion the envy of surrounding villages.

Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club Pavillion

Over the years Walsham Sports Club facilities have been developed and improved. The new pavilion was built in 1973. It has since increased in size and facilities including a bar which has twice been moved and enlarged. Other extensions have been added increasing the size of the main club room to allow for two full size snooker tables.

In 2006 new changing rooms were added and in 2009 the club had the good fortune to be leased additional land to its existing playing field, from the Walsham Recreation Ground Trust.

Image of new sports area, fenced of football pitches

A major fundraising exercise was undertaken to construct an extra three football pitches, a tennis court, artificial grass pitch (both floodlit) and a 50 place car park.

A second phase in 2015 saw the construction of a pavilion with new changing rooms and servery;  which in turn was followed in 2016 by new toilets and a tea hut specifically for the tennis and artificial grass courts.

Black and white image of Walsham-le-Willows bowls club member in action with pavilion in backgroung

Special mention must be made to the generosity of the Martineau family in providing the land for this development and then to The Football Association, Football Foundation and Suffolk FA for their much needed financial support.

The facilities are now home to some 20 junior football teams, 6 adult football teams including ladies, plus both senior and junior cricket teams. In addition there is an active bowls section with its own pavilion located on The Street in the centre of the village.

The Sports Club warmly welcomes new members and is also available for hire for private and commercial functions. There is also a small meeting room which is available free of charge to all village organisations.

Testimonials

“WALSHAM SPORTS CLUB

A BIG THANK YOU
We got married on Saturday 16th September 2017 at a beautifully situated Normanton Church (Rutland Water) followed by a brilliant reception at Walsham Sports Club.
We wish to say a big thank you to Gordon Ross for making this happen, also we would like to thank other members of the club for all their help and to Carol Hubbard and her ladies for the lovely food and service, it was perfect in every way.
We would highly recommend Walsham Sports Club, a perfect venue for any occasion.
Once again we would like to say a very big thank you to everyone for making our wedding day so very special.
Instead of wedding presents we asked guests to donate to MacMillan and we are very pleased to say that £605 was raised. We really appreciate this. Thank you.

Yours sincerely
Russell and Sharon King”

Club Address

Summer Road, Walsham-le-Willows
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3AH
01359 259298