Ee bah gum what’s all this fuss about cycling coming to Doncaster

Sprotbrough Village - Tour de Yorkshire 2016

John Tanner pictured with ‘Yorkshireman’ Paul Hall, proprietor of Sprotbrough Country Club and Whippet Tigger. ©

Olympic and commonwealth games cyclist, John Tanner who lives in Sprotbrough helps get festivities underway for the Tour De Yorkshire

The Tour De Yorkshire will come through Doncaster on the 30th of April and the residents of Sprotbrough, where the race will go directly through are getting the festivities underway with the help of Olympic and commonwealth games cyclist John Tanner.

The competition route, which has now been changed thanks to residents in Sprotbrough village will now see the race go down main street through the heart of the village, down boat lane, through the falls and on up to Warmsworth.

John was ecstatic to see the route would now include Sprotbrough:

 “ Its great that the route will now come straight through Sprotbrough, there are some fantastic roads for sprints and the hairpin bends will be a great addition for the competition. It will make the race overall more exciting. Ii just wish I was a bit younger so I could compete”

After seeing on the Tour De Yorkshire website that the route would miss out the heart of the village Residents sprung in to action contacting the event organisers putting their case forward for why the route would be better to come through the village.

Paul Hall, the owner of Sprotbrough Country Club was one of the residents who spearheaded the efforts:

“Sprotbrough is a great village with a great community spirit. I couldn’t believe the race was going to pass us by. Now the route has been changed we will be holding a huge community gala on Main Street and New Lane Park for residents and visitors. There will be live bands, entertainment, stalls, food and drinks”

The Race will arrive in Sprotbrough at around 12.30/1 for the womens race and will see the men arrive at around 3.30/4 with the times to be confirmed.

Words: James Ascroft


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The Kiwis @doncasterdome

The New Zealand Rugby League team take ‘time out’ from their World Cup preparation to enjoy the water slide at Doncaster Dome.

The Kiwis - Doncaster Dome

Water Fun! Manu Vatuvei and Alex Glenn.


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A Week In Sports………..people!

Nicola Adams, Olympic boxing Gold medalist.

Jess Ennis, Olympic heptathlon Gold medalist

Doncaster Knights Tom Davies and Dante Mama, RFU Championship XV.



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Parkour………….or just a walk in the park?

Urban Sport!



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Young footballers score with Mini Kicks

For the past month or so i’ve been busily working on a video project for the enthusiastic and professional Ben Hunter of Mini Kicks.

His brief was to produce a 2/3 minute video for his website showing the vibrancy and energy of his football academy and nursery sessions with children aged between 2 years 6 months and 5 years.

I spent several hours with Ben and his team at the Keepmoat Stadium and Loversall Farm Day Nursery before finally having enough material to work with.

Check out Ben’s website

If your looking to commission a video for your website etc please drop me an email or give me a call on 07778 315553 to discuss your requirements.



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Doncaster Wheelers Summer Road Race

Wet weather cycle racing around the roads of Pickburn.

A BREAK of three riders who went clear early in the race survived until the end of the Doncaster Wheelers Summer Road Race on Sunday, with Driffield’s Nathan Wilson (Wilson’s Wheels) taking the win.

Wilson, 24, attacked shortly after a minor crash had temporarily split the bunch on the fifth of 22 laps of a 1.8-mile circuit around the village of Pickburn, with Planet X rider Lee Tunnicliffe from Morley and Mark Perry (Vicious Velo) from Leeds going clear with him.

They worked well and established a lead which hovered around one minute for much of the race. A chasing group formed from the remains of the 54-strong field, but while they got clear of the bunch they couldn’t catch the leading three riders.

On the line, Wilson held on for victory while Tunnicliffe took second from Perry, and the chasers crossed the line 1-03 behind.

Nathan Wilson of Wilsons Wheels celebrates victory.

1 Nathan Wilson (Wilson’s Wheels) 1-45-00
2 Lee Tunnicliffe (Planet X)
3 Mark Perry (Vicious Velo) all @ same time
4 Jordan Hargreaves (Team Wallis CHH) @ 1-03
5 Dominic Smith (We Love Mountains RC)
6 Paul Bell (Peak RC)
7 Ewan Sewell (York Cycleworks)
8 Peter Fielding-Smith (Hull Thursday RC) all @ same time
9 Stephen Smales (Active/CP Cycles) @ 1-24
10 Phil Giles (RVO Racing) @ same time

Report: Snowden Sports

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A ‘fascinating’ football team!

Sprotbrough FC, a 'fascinating' team!

Spectators to the last game of the season in the Doncaster & District Sunday Alliance Football League were treated to a fascinating sight when one team donned a spectacular array of head gear!

New team sponsor, Exquisite Boutique, managed to persuade Sprotbrough FC to wear the striking fascinators prior to the League Cup Final.

Kettle Calling The Pot?

“I am really pleased to be able to support such a successful team that grows from strength to strength with each season,” commented Clare Dent owner of Exquisite Boutique.  “The team enjoyed wearing the fascinators. They really got into the spirit of what ultimately a fascinator is for, a fun and stylish accessory for any outfit!”

Exquisite Boutique, based at Markham Grange Garden Centre, Brodsworth offers a bespoke fascinator service, handbags and jewellery, and is looking forward to the new football season when the team will be proudly displaying the company’s logo.

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Bensons Hits The Bulls-Eye with Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson

Leading bed retailer, Bensons for Beds, has hit the bulls-eye with its sponsorship of British world-class dart player Gary Anderson.

Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson was runner-up at the 2011 PDC World Championship and the Players Championship Finals which has taken him up to 3rd place in the Professional Darts Corporation ranking list.

Having joined the PDC in 2009, Gary won one Players Championship in his rookie year, and four in 2010, along with an appearance in the finals of the UK Open. Bensons is backing the player with a five-figure, 12 month sponsorship deal.

The Doncaster store staff with Gary

“Darts attracts a family audience on the TV and is growing in popularity every year with the 2011 PDC World Championship getting a viewership of 920,000, which is a rise of 32,000 people on last year”, said Mike Roberts, finance director of Bensons, and himself a PDC player. “Bensons is proud to be sponsoring a successful British player in very a competitive sport that has such a large and loyal fan base”.

Anderson will wear Bensons for Beds shirt patches on TV and non-TV events, exhibitions and personal appearances. The deal follows the success of last year’s sponsorship by Bensons of Colin ‘Jaws’ Lloyd, Colin ‘Ozzy’ Osborne and Andy ‘The Hammer’ Hamilton.

Gary’s next tournament will see him play in the Premier League 2011 at the O2, London. Anderson will be making his debut at this competition, which will be shown on Sky Sports starting on 10 February 2011.



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Come On United! England Captain helps King Ecgbert School on the road to Wembley

Faye White, Arsenal and England Ladies Football Captain

With the npower Football League U13 Girls Cup North Regional Finals just around the corner, team members of King Ecgbert School will be bending it even better than Beckham after a surprise coaching session from England captain Faye White.

Competing against Middlesbrough, Stockport County and Walsall and in the North Regional Final to be held at Huddersfield on 9th February, Faye will try to coach King Ecgbert School to victory with her experienced words of wisdom.

A defensive rock and Arsenal Ladies Football captain, Faye is a role model to all female footballers and knows exactly what it takes to succeed having won twenty-two illustrious trophies and achieved 84 international caps for her country.

Faye White pictured with girls captain Daisy Hope and trophy.

Representing Sheffield United, King Ecgbert School is one of the last eight teams vying for a place in the Grand Final which is due to be played prior to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 3rd April.

Faye White, Arsenal and England Ladies Football Captain, commented: ‘It’s great to be supporting grassroots football and an absolute privilege to be working alongside these extremely talented young girls. The npower Football League U13 Girls Cup really champions the future of women’s football and the opportunity to play in front of a huge crowd at Wembley Stadium is an absolute dream for any footballer.’

Faye White puts the girls through their paces.

Clare McDougall, head of community & education at npower, said; ‘Faye is one of the world’s finest women’s footballers and an inspiration for all young girls. With a wealth of experience and a personal trophy cabinet to match, we believe she can help coach King Ecgbert School on their road to Wembley and motivate these fine young players to become the country’s future talent.’

Sponsored by npower, The npower Football League Girls Cup is a national six-a-side tournament for U13 girls. One of 72 teams participating in the competition, King Ecgbert School won the right to represent Sheffield United, progressing through to the Regional Final, after beating other rival schools in the Local Club and Area Finals stage of the knockout competition.

The 09/10 season saw more than 2,500 schools take part in The npower Football League junior tournaments with a school representing Crystal Palace being crowned champions and lifting The npower Football League U13 Girls Cup.



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Rossington v Sprotbrough Crusaders Under 9’s

Action from Rossington v Sprotbrough Crusaders Under 9's

I cover football at all levels and carry photographic accreditation for the English Premier and football league’s. It’s a privilege to cover the top games for the national press but get just as much enjoyment photographing our under 9′ playing on a Sunday morning.

Today Sprotbrough Crusaders were ‘turned over’ by Rossington in the Doncaster & District Junior Football League. I won’t report the score but take time to have a look at the web gallery of images to see the grit and determination these young people give every time they play. Perhaps some of our professional league players ought to be showing the same kind of passion? ………………and especially when playing for their country!

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