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STARZ open Sports Day with a flourish

A capacity crowd gathered in tricky conditions to remember Robin Francis and cheer on their team-mates in the inaugural Brondesbury Sports Day. Full results will be released shortly, after drug testing analysis has been completed. 

Thanks go to all who helped, participated and contributed in any way. 

Please don't forget to donate to the fund before we close it at the end of the month:

Robin's Fund
Brondesbury Sport Club
Sort Code 20-32-37
Account number 50001333

Also, if you purchased a racket, made an auction bid for a cake, or joined in the day, but forgot to pay, you can give cash to Marina or one of her coaching team. But not these two.

As little as £10 makes an enormous difference to the Samaritans and I know they are excited about our contribution. 

Please give as generously as you can and I'll report back on our current total very soon. 

Matt Bamford

Tennis AGM - Oct 8th

This is on Sunday Oct 8th at 6pm. Please come along and hear what's been happening and what our plans are. It's also a chance to air any views you might have on how the section should be run. 

Also, if anybody wishes to take on the role of Tennis Secretary please let me know by, say, Sept 23rd. I am happy to email anybody the job spec.

On your marks ... get set ...

... and we are nearly ready to go. 

Don't forget to come along on Sunday at 2pm for:

• Finals Day presentations
• Team of the Year award
• The Great Brondesbury Bake-Off
• Test the speed of your serve
• Races and events for all ages
• Evening karaoke 

Bring a blanket and your own picnic. There will be tea & cake provided, but only after the winning masterpiece has been crowned by Bake-Off judges, Edward & Ruth. Also, if you have a racket at home that you don't use anymore, bring it along and we'll sell it on behalf of The Samaritans. 

Donations for Robin's Fund (all proceeds to The Samaritans) will be accepted on the day, otherwise payments can be made to the club, but must be labelled "Robin's Fund"
Brondesbury Sports Club
Sort Code 20-32-37
Account number 50001333
Thanks for your support - I'll be wearing it on Sunday. 


Breaking News ...

Some club members are putting in extra training for Sports Day:

If you are unable to attend on Sunday but would like to donate to our Samaritans appeal please label your payment "Robin's Fund" and send to:

Brondesbury Sports Club
Sort Code 20-32-37
Account number 50001333

Thank you.

Matt Bamford

Tournament On Sunday

We are restarting the monthly tournament this Sunday, Sept 3rd, at 2pm. Just turn up.


Sports Day - Update

Rehearsals for Brondesbury Sports Day Opening Ceremony impress athletes, coaches and manufacturers of surgical stockings:
Torch Relay, Opening Ceremony and Brondesbury Anthem: 2pm on Sunday 10th September. 

Matt Bamford

Brondesbury Sports Day


Dear All,

You may be aware that one of our tennis members, Robin Francis, took his own life earlier this summer. He had been suffering from depression for some time. With the kind permission of Robin's family, we have decided to remember him in a positive way by raising money for The Samaritans, a charitable organisation that helps those who are in a state of emotional turmoil and feel they have reached the end of the road.

So, please attend our inaugural Sports Day on Sunday 10th September at 2pm, where a number of events will be taking place to raise awareness and money:

• Cake Sale - why not bake a cake and sell a slice or two to the other participants.

• Racket Sale - if you have any spare tennis rackets lying around at home, bring them along and price them at £5, £10 or £20 depending on condition. All proceeds to the charity.

• Sports Day entry will be £5 per junior, £10 per adult and £20 for a family.

• The bar will be open all day (including the evening Karaoke competition) and all profits will go to The Samaritans.

So ... why not come along and run, jump, throw, picnic, eat cake, buy a racket, sing a song or two and remember Robin.


The full programme of events, including the summer tournament medal ceremony and team awards, will be posted next week.


Thank you for your support in this venture,



Matt Bamford


Brondesbury Sports Day - Sunday 10th September

Dear All,

Just to let you know that the torch relay has reached the Kilburn High Road and, once we get some new batteries, it will be on its way to Brondesbury for a 2 o'clock opening ceremony on Sunday 10th September. 

The order of events may include:
• Athletes march past
• Choreographed group warm-up
• Oath of allegiance
• Sack race
• More oaths
• The Great Brondesbury Bake-Off
• Best in show
• Egg and spoon race
• Brondesbury's slowest man

A search through the club archives has revealed footage of the very first Sports Day, held in 1958:

More news to follow next week. Maybe start reducing those carbs now. 

Matt Bamford. 

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