Local land owner Lands Improvement is excited to be sponsoring the Epping Sports Club for the 2018/2019 season.
The Epping Sports Club is located in Lower Bury Lane and comprises the Epping Cricket Club, Epping Bowls Club and Epping Tennis Club. The Sports Club has a long history in Epping – with the first record of an Epping Cricket team playing a match as far back as 1768 and the Club being founded over 150 years ago.
James Stone, Managing Director at Lands Improvement said: “Lands Improvement has a strong focus on ongoing engagement with local communities. We recognise the important role that the sports club plays in Epping, providing a range of sporting opportunities for all ages in the community and we are very pleased to be able to support them.”
John Brades, Chairman, Epping Sports Club added: “Epping Sports Club is delighted that Lands Improvement has decided to sponsor us for the 2018/2019 season. We currently have 190 members, and with families and friends attending, it means that more than 400 people use our facilities, and we are looking to expand further. The additional funds to support the club are very welcome and we look forward to continuing to build on our relationship with Lands Improvement moving forwards.”
In addition to regular league matches, Epping Bowls Club hosted ‘Come & Try’ sessions in July for over 60 Year 8 (age 12-13) students from Epping St John’s School. Many of the students had never heard of or seen Bowls played before, therefore this offered the students the opportunity to try something new, while also meeting the school’s plans to offer alternative sports to students at the end of the school year. Due to the success of this initiative, there are plans to establish the ‘Come & Try’ sessions as a regular annual event, for both juniors and adults alike.
Epping Cricket Club play in the Shepherd Neame Essex League on Saturdays, with friendly cricket matches on Sundays. A new impetus has been created within the Club, and so for the 2019 season, they are looking to increase the number of senior teams from three to five, while also planning to increase Colts cricket opportunities for boys and girls alike.
Epping Tennis Club provide group and private lessons through their LTA Senior Coach, with over 50 juniors receiving regular coaching. The Club runs a number of Men’s, Ladies’ and mixed doubles teams, and also play in the South West Essex League. Epping town was paired with Eppingen, a town in Southern Germany, in 1981. Since this association, the two Tennis Club’s from these countries have bi-annual fun and friendly tennis tournaments together with an opportunity to party on their ground.