ILLOGAN RBL JUNIORS RECEIVE CHARTER AWARD:
A youth football club have put in place all the requirements to become part of a prestigious national scheme.
Illogan RBL Junior FC were presented with their FA Charter Standard Award at a special ceremony during the half-time interval at the senior team's Durning Lawrence Charity Cup quarter-final match against Camelford.
In order to qualify for The FA Charter Standard Scheme, a club must have completed a series of quality assurance measures on the qualifications of the people involved with the club and how it is run.
There are a further 50 football clubs in Cornwall who have gained the respected FA Charter Standard status.
Pauline Peters is Illogan RBL Junior FC's club secretary. She said: "The Junior part of the club has been in existence for more than 15 years.
"In the last year the club has grown from three to seven teams with training provided for children ranging in age from five to 18 years. Illogan has an enthusiastic team of qualified coaches and volunteers who have contributed to this achievement.
"We meet the criteria at the club by having qualified coaches, adhering to Child Protection regulations, having a code of conduct, providing mini-soccer, liasing with schools, and providing equal-opportunities for all.
"Among the benefits for us are use of the Charter Standard Crest, access to training courses and eligibility for kit and equipment grants.
"On behalf of everyone at Illogan JFC, we are very pleased and grateful for this award. It means a lot to us."
David Bray, Cornwall FA's vice-chairman and county youth secretary, who presented the award said: "Congratulations to Illogan. It's thoroughly deserved. They have a good set-up here and we were made to feel very welcome.
"To achieve this status shows how volunteers within the club are willing to take on the different roles and gain qualifications to make football happen here and to provide excellent football opportunities for everyone in a safe and enjoyable environment."
For information on Illogan Youth Football Club, please contact Pauline Peters on 01209698863, or use 'find a club' on cornwallfa.com
For information on becoming an FA Charter Standard club, please see cornwallfa.com or phone 01208 269010.
CLASH OF FIXTURES:
Another weekend fixture clash decimated the number of Young Athletes competing in the season's fifth and penultimate Brooks Westward League fixture at Bovey Tracey, writes Alan Rowling.
With the South West Schools' Championships held at Ilton in Somerset on the previous day, the U15 Girls suffered worse, with just six runners and there were only ten competitors in both the U17 Men and U15 Boys' races.
Cornwall Athletic Club's Men's team produced their best team performance of the winter finishing second, just nine points adrift of the runaway league leaders, Exeter Harriers.
Dan Alsop once again coped admirably with the shin deep mud leading the team home in second place, just 16 seconds behind Jenkin, with Ollie Shilston, making a welcome first Westward League appearance for some time, showing glimpses of his cross country pedigree in fifth place.
Colin Snook produced his best League race to date, finishing tenth, one place ahead of Dave Buzza, with Adrian Ball 19th.
Work commitments have prevented Conor Robinson running in the Schools' Championship races this winter, so he has turned out in the Westward League and duly clinched the U17 individual title at Bovey Tracey, maintaining his unbeaten record with a fifth successive victory.
Andy Worden, one of the few Cornwall AC runners who doubled up at the weekend, showed little affect from his exertions at Ilton, finishing third.
An invaluable contribution from Aaron Jose in eighth position, ensured, not only victory for the local club in the team competition, but also successfully retaining the league team title, with one race still to go at Redruth School in March.
Sam Heslop-George found it tough to compete on successive days, dropping to fifth place in the U15 race but still looks good for the runners-up prize in the overall classification.
And with the ever reliable Matt Robinson (9th) running in his fifth Westward League of the winter, Cornwall Athletic Club are now assured of second place in the overall team competition, thanks mainly to the efforts of Heslop-George and Robinson.
Cornwall AC's U13 teams continue to make their mark, with the girls again led home by the very promising Katie Hughes (10th), moving to the top of the overall team classification and looking likely to clinch the silver medals in the final standings.
The club's U13 Boys' team could also finish among the medals, with a strong team performance in next month's final fixture.
And they will need to give their team leader Jordan Walklett, who ran strongly to finish sixth at Bovey Tracey, full support at Cornwall Athletic Club's home race at Redruth School.
Cornwall A C results. Senior Men: 2 Dan Alsop, 5 Ollie Shilston, 10 Colin Snook, 11 Dave Buzza, 19 Adrian Ball, 43 Lee Burrows, 47 Ian Wright, 78 Roger Lock. Team: 2 Cornwall AC.
Under 17 Men: 1 Conor Robinson, 3 Andy Worden, 8 Aaron Jose. Team: 1 Cornwall AC.
Under 15 Boys: 5 SamHeslop-George, 9 Matt Robinson. Team: 3 Cornwall AC.
Under 13 Boys: 6 Jordan Walklett, 13 Jamie Canavan. Team: 5 Cornwall AC.
Senior Ladies: 20 Jenny Almey, 33 Barbara Lock, 42 Lesley Wright. Team: 10 Cornwall AC.
Under 15 Girls: 5 Lottie Jose. Team: 2 Cornwall AC. Under 13 Girls: 10 Katie Hughes, 21 Katie Jones, 22 Martha Carlisle, 23 Georgia Doyle-Lay. Team: 4 Cornwall AC.
WHO CAN BEAT DARREN?
The Ignition Credit plc sponsored West Cornwall Table Tennis League continues with County No 1 Darren Reed of St Ives still remaining unbeaten in the Premier Division, writes Malcolm Peters.
His team have a 24-point lead over nearest challengers Docks A, who have a game in hand. St Ives B are running away with Division One, and the C side currently stand second in Division Two behind leaders Saracens A. St Ives D look favourites to lift the Division Three crown.
A depleted Docks B side still managed to take two points off their A team last week, Dave Plumb using his serve and topspin game to gain an unexpected win over Adrian Noott. Steve Lobb beat Will Abouelhana.
Docks B then defeated a Bridge B side, without the services of Austin Chapman, 8-2, with Malcolm Peters coming from 7-3 down in the final end to defeat Kelly Reed 11-7. Stepping up from Division One, Ryan Reed played exceptionally well to defeat Chris Peters. Chapman was available for Bridge's encounter with Palace B, but will be disappointed to have lost out to Palace youngster Jamie McDonald. McDonald was out of sorts however when playing up for Palace A against bottom side Docks D, losing out to Jeremy Hartley 13-11 in the final end and also Yaina Andrew 11-6 in the fifth game. Roger Jacobs and Steve Hunt were in form to ensure Palace took this game 7-3.
Division One saw Palace C entertain Docks E, young Nick Peters of Docks showing patient and consistent table tennis to defeat Colin Flook and Brian Nicholls. Flook took the scalp of veteran Dennis Williams to ensure a 5-5 draw.
Harris Mill will be relieved after a much needed win at home to Mylor A, Anthony Solway and George Banfield taking three wins each, Yul Tammo with one and the doubles making up the points.
Saracens A march on in Division Two, defeating Mylor C 9-1.
Callum Lewis and Bradley Hathaway remained undefeated on the night, Alex Hunt losing out to Sam Sloggett in a tight five end match. Docks F could only field two players when visiting Palace D, two wins from Howard Baker and the doubles gaining the three welcome points, although Stuart Denslow was unlucky to lose out to Simon Jacobs 11-9 in the final end.
Falmouth youngster Charlie Johns will be pleased with himself after last week's trip to Mounts Bay A and taking Nigel Cock's 100% record. Former Premier Division player Cock lost out to Johns in four ends 10-12 9-11 11-3 5-11. Mark Cock however was in form taking three singles to help the Bay to a 7-3 win.
Ronin Combat Academy started the new year off in their first workshop with Sifu Rick Faye, of the Minnesota Kali Group based in the US.
The workshop covered Panantukan (Filipino boxing). The term boxing is used in the broadest sense as this empty hand art is derived from weapon training and the use of elbows, knees, fingers, thumbs, forearms and body manipulations are all used to enhance this punching system.
Sifu Rick Faye is one of the original students of Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee's training partner.)
Ronin's next Workshop is with Professor Pedro Bessa who teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Anyone wishing to train in the Filipino Arts, Jeet Kune Do or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Ronin Combat Academy please ring 07786 326566 or visit www.ronincombatacademy.co.uk