November Sports Shorts

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Your round up of November’s sport listings compiled by Neandra Etienne

Ade Adepitan
Ade Adepitan, Children In Need Presenter 2023. Photo: BBC Pictures

Author, Presenter and Paralympic Medalist Ade Adepitan MBE will be presenting BBC Children in Need 2023 Appeal show for another year.

Live on BBC One and iPlayer on Friday 17 November

Ade Adepitan MBE was brought up in Newham

Instagram: (@adeadepitan)

A two-week Self-Defence course for all girls 11+ and women will help to improve their confidence and awareness when protecting themselves.

4, 18 November, 12.30pm-2.30pm, South Hall, Memorial Community Church, E13 8AL

A young boxer and coach hold up fists and an award
JG from St Bonaventure’s

Congratulations to St Bonaventure’s student JG on winning his Youth London Boxing title. Next stop is the nationals.

St Bonaventure’s Year 10 B Team won their first round fixture in the Newham Cup by def.ating Eastlea School 4-1.

St Bonaventure’s Year 10 team won their first game in the National Elite Cup by defeating Riverside 4-3 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw.

Instagram: @stbonspe

People look at an exhibit of sporting objects
Sport In Your Futures’ with Christine Ohuruogu MBE

More than 150 local school children attending the latest ‘Sport In Your Futures’ session at SportsDock got to meet local Olympic Champion Christine Ohuruogu MBE.

The SIYF programme is aimed at encouraging primary school children to participate in and enjoy sport.

Christine Ohuruogu MBE spent an hour talking about her athletics career and offered words of encouragement and advice about taking their own journey through sport.

Christine, a former World and Commonwealth 400m Champion said: “I lost a lot of races before I won any medals, so please keep trying and do your very best.”

The children got to see Christine’s Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and have their picture taken with the Team GB star. Christine also spent time looking at some items of Olympic memorabilia at SportsDock, which had been sourced and displayed by the University of East London archive team. The items included an Olympic torch from the Beijing Olympic Games, where Christine won her Gold medal.

After meeting the school children, Christine also took time out to meet some of UEL/East London Sports Scholars, while the children took part in a range of sports including indoor cricket and skipping.

Two people hold their fingers in peace signs smiling at the camera
Guvna B, Tyra Mills, The Equaliser Film, Screenshot 2023

Versus and Spotify launched ‘The Equaliser’, a film that explores racial inequality in women’s football.

Host Newham-born rapper and women’s football advocate, Guvna B, and influential coach and mentor, Tyra Mills, meet pro players who are changing the narrative around racial equality in the women’s game.

Three footballers train in a black and white photo
Jack Leslie (left) in training

The Wanstead Tap and Newham Bookshop are hosting an ‘In Conversation’ event with Matt Tiller, author of ‘The Lion Who Never Roared’ and co-founder of the Jack Leslie Campaign.

Jack Leslie, from Canning Town, was denied an England call up in 1925 because of his Black heritage. Thanks to the Jack Leslie Campaign, Jack’s family was awarded his posthumous England cap in March 2023.

16 November, The Wanstead Tap, 352 Winchelsea Rd, E7 0AQ, doors open from 6.30pm, £8 in advance

Newham Bookshop will be selling copies of the book at the event

People sit in a hall watching a projected film
Clubhouse Screening, Old Spotted Dog Grounds

Clapton Punks, the Clapton CFC Supporters Group, will be putting on a DIY Arts event with their friends The Local at the Clubhouse. They will have short films, stalls and music.

They would like to hear from people who are interested in demonstrating some of their work. They are particularly keen to hear from people of colour, women, LGBTQ+, neurodivergent people and people involved in politics or subculture.

Please email or contact them on Instagram

11 November, the Clubhouse, 212 Upton Lane, Forest Gate, E7 9NP

Instagram: @claptonpunks

Free Badminton, Table Tennis and Boxing is available for the whole family.

26 November and the last Sunday of each month, 4.30 – 7.30pm, Victorious House (Elim Pentecostal) 49 Vicarage Lane, East Ham E6 6DQ

A man breaking on an open air stage
London ‘Breaking’ Battle, East London. Photo: Neandra Etienne

Four captains, with two team mates each, represented North, South, East and West in a London ‘Break Dancing’ Battle at Somerset House (7 October) curated by Jade Hackett with Dance Umbrella.

Jade has worked all across Newham in secondary and primary schools and most of her dance training has been there, including Maryland Dance Studios, X7 space, Forest Gate Youth Centre, Pastures youth centre (straddling Newham and Waltham Forest boroughs) and Drapers Fields.

Jade told Newham Voices: “My first major theatre performance was Pied Piper I believe in 2006 at Theatre Royal Stratford East which has opened me up to the theatrical world that I work in today. Without that experience and that space, I’m not sure I would work in the field I do. Then when I launched my own solo work as a choreographer, one of my first places was at Stratford Circus.”

The event, hosted by Newham born actor and writer Ashley Joseph, also featured music by Newham musicians Kano and Ghetts.

London Battle had a fundraising stand for Maryland Dance Studios that allowed people to donate to the space.

The final, between South and East London, was won by East London led by their captain Jordan JFunk, 1/3 Creative Director of Maryland Creative dance studio and founder of Y.O.U

Jordan told Newham Voices: “Y.O.U is my own training programme and collective that I founded. It stands for Your Own Understanding and aims to help dancers find themselves and how they move within dance.”

Break Dancing ‘Breaking’ has been chosen to feature on the Paris 2024 Olympic sports programme as a new sport.

Instagram @maryland.creative

Instagram @y.o.ucollective

A football team wearing medals pose for the camera
JK Silvertown

Congratulations to JK Silvertown FC who were crowned Champions of Europe

Manager – Ben Short

Players – Barry Stevens, Steven Starkey, Tony Varghese, Jamie Wallace, Niall Quinn, Jordan Pritchard, Ray Coker (Captain) Dan McLean, Chris Wright, Aaron Chapman, Daniel Cook

Chris Wright was the top Goal scorer on 12 goals and Player of the Tournament was Tony Varghese.

Jamie Wallace scored the winner in the final.

Instagram @jksilvertownfc


three dragon boat teams hold their oars aloft
Thames Dragons Club. Photo via Facebook

Thames Dragon Boat Club’s end of season and 30th anniversary celebration included past and present Thames paddlers (13 October).

Thames Dragons, established in 1993 as part of Texaco, have competitive, mixed, ladies and open crews.

They are based in East London, paddling from the London Regatta Centre at Royal Albert Dock

Congratulations to Jodie Waite and the GB U25 Women’s side on claiming Silver at the 2023 IWBF World Championships.

This will be Jodie’s first appearance for the GB team after impressing in her debut season with East London Phoenix.

Jodie is still in the East London Phoenix squad and she is also studying (1st year) for a BSc Sport, PE and Development

Instagram: @eastldnphoenix

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