Riverside Club to repurpose tennis courts to Padel courts

Image above: padel courts visualisation; Virgin Active Company supported by Andy Murray in charge of proposals Riverside Health and Racquets Club in Chiswick, situated on Riverside Drive, is gearing up to introduce Padel to the range of sports it offers. The club plans to achieve this transformation by repurposing some of its existing tennis courts. Game4Padel Ltd, a company with investment from Sir Andy Murray, has drafted designs for eight new covered Padel courts. Earlier this year, the club had set up a series of pop-up Padel courts for demonstrations, hinting at the excitement building around the sport. Padel tennis is already played at Rocks Lane sports centre on the common beside Turnham Green Terrace.

Rocks Lane Padel team win national championship

Image above L to R: Ale Grilo, Rafa Vega, Pablo Delgado, Chris Warren, Guille Ibanez, Chris Dolphin, Sam MacNeil, Drew Warren. "This prestigious victory cements Rocks Lane’s position as UK’s leading centre" Rocks Lane Padel first team have won the national finals, securing an outstanding victory against their strongest rivals, Roehampton at the LTA National Club Finals. The weekend saw a historic first with Rocks Lane having two teams out of the eight teams that qualified from the whole of the UK. Outstanding performances from both Rocks Lane Padel teams meant that the Champions Trophy was taken back to Chiswick and a 5th place finish for the 2nd Team, which means Rocks Lane will have a minimum of two teams in the finals next year. "This prestigious vic

More padel courts approved for Rocks Lane sports centre

Image above: Rocks Lane Multi-sports Centre Two more padel courts given green light Council planners have approved the construction of two additional padel courts at the Rocks Lane Multi-sports Centre in Chiswick Common. The application sought permission for the installation of one padel tennis court and one training/junior padel tennis court at the western end of the centre in an area which is currently used for storage equipment. It does not increase the overall footprint of the centre. Local people whose children play netball and football at Rocks Lane expressed concern that more of the centre was being taken over by padel courts, fearing that the space for local children's activities in favour of adults.

This Sporting Chiswick – West 4 Harriers

Image above: Jon Scott-Francis; winter training The Comradery of the cross-country runner Jon Scott-Francis jogged past his 70th birthday last year and still runs over 40km every week. The running bug is something he caught as a teenager and has never wanted to shake off. ‘When I was 17, a friend and I had to sprint to catch a bus. I got to the bus easy enough and held it up for him. I couldn’t believe how fast I’d run. Nor could he. He told me I should take up running at school, which I did, pretty successfully winning medals and such.’ Scott-Francis has been a devoted member of the W4 Harriers since 1993, when there were about 20 members, after stints at other north London clubs. He’s a regular at west London Park Runs and on Monday nigh

Grove Park Primary school teacher in team of three attempting “World’s Toughest Row”

Image above: Louise Cox, Robyn Hart-Winks and Jordan Cole-Hossain pose with their boat; Planned route of the 'world's toughest row' Trio of women rowers to attempt Atlantic crossing to fundraise for charity  Robyn Hart-Winks, a primary school teacher at Grove Park Primary School, and her team, The Tidewaves, is gearing up for the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2023, often dubbed "The World's Toughest Row." The race spans the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, a gruelling test of endurance for those who take the challenge. The trio, who initially rowed together at the University of London Boat Club, hope to raise funds, offer support, and raise awareness for Access Sport and London Youth Rowi

Chiswick Gators basketball team confirm move to Hammersmith

Image above: Chiswick Gators basketball team; photograph Chiswick Gators Local basketball team to relocate to Hammersmith for better facilities  The Chiswick Gators basketball club has officially announced its decision to move out of Chiswick, confirming it will be relocating to the Hammersmith Academy on Cathnor Road, just north of the Goldhawk Road. Starting this September, the weekly basketball sessions for children aged 6-15 will be held at the Hammersmith Academy every Wednesday during term time, from 6 pm to 7.30pm (replacing the  Tuesday sessions). Friday sessions will take place from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the Gunnersbury Sports Hub. The Club said: “Hammersmith Academy promises to be a good locati

Grenadian national cricket team to play in Chiswick this week

Image above: Grenada's cricket team in training; via Facebook Match to take place at Chiswick Cricket Club at 5.30pm on Wednesday 26 July The Grenadian National cricket team will be playing a T20 match in Chiswick this week. Currently touring the UK, they have added a short notice fixture against Chiswick Cricket Club on Wednesday (26 July) at 5.30pm. The game comes from a close association between the club and the island based on several players of Grenadian origin playing at Riverside Drive over the years. The Chiswick club has visited the island and supported youth cricket there through its charitable activities. READ ALSO: 

A new sports stadium planned for Chiswick

Image above: Visualisation of the new stadium stand  Plan for regeneration of Hartington Rd ground submitted to LB Hounslow The Latymer Foundation has submitted a proposal to LB Hounslow to make substantial changes to The Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground on Hartington Road. The heart of the revitalisation plan centres on restoring the Polytechnic Stadium. The 1936 Grade II Listed modernist grandstand, unused for over two decades, will undergo extensive refurbishment for improved accessibility. Once restored, the grandstand and its changing rooms will be reopened, hosting sports days and major matches. The proposed plans aim to rejuvenate the 32-acre site, enhance school sports facilities and benefit the wi

Chiswick woman in the final for this year’s JustGiving Awards

Image above: Lis Van Lynden Lis Van Lynden raises £9,000 for charity A woman from Chiswick, Lis van Lynden, has been selected as a finalist in the Endurance Fundraiser of the Year category for the GoCardless JustGiving Awards. Lis, aged 50, managed to raise over £9,000 for charity through her cycling journey. Lasting for more than seven months, Lis cycled a gruelling 5,000 miles along the Great Britain coastline to support the Multiple Sclerosis (MS Trust) and Multiple Sclerosis Society after her own diagnosis with the condition in 2013. Since renting out her flat a year ago, Lis has been on a continuous cycling journey, carrying her essential items, including a tent, for her challenge. She primarily camped

Brentford FC launches series of short films

Image above: Thomas Frank checks his heart rate monitor during filming; Photograph Brentford FC First film features manager Thomas Frank and focuses on cardiac health Brentford has launched a series of short films, Thousands of Stories, which aims to share the stories of the club’s community. The series kicks off  with the first of four films, The Pressure, which sees the spotlight on Brentford head coach, Thomas Frank and cardiac health. The series focuses on the stories that make up the club, from staff, fans and the wider community. Thousands of Stories shows how each person’s story is special and important in shaping the club. It is expected to be an ongoing series, so the c

The Pilot becomes a women’s sport pub

Starting with the FIFA Women's World Cup on Thursday 20 July - party on Saturday 22 July The Pilot pub in Wellesley Rd is rebranding itself as a Women's Sport pub. General Manager Liz Nugent told The Chiswick Calendar she was sick of seeing "old mens' matches being rebroadcast when there is live women's sport being played." She is launching the Women's Sport pub on Saturday 22 July with a (free) party from 6pm. "There will be games, prizes, a raffle with prizes from our suporting breweries - Fuller's, Brixton and Jubel - and special cocktails provided by Sipsmith." Members of the Actonians women's football team will be there and other special guests. Image above: Liz Nugent, General Manager of The Pilot, outside the pub The pub now has three large T

Brentford FC finalised Nathan Collins acquisition for £23m

Image above: Nathan Collins; via Wolverhampton Wolves Former Wolves centre-back joins Brentford FC Brentford FC has finalised the acquisition of centre-back Nathan Collins from the Wolverhampton Wanderers, after paying £23 million for the transfer. The 22-year-old player, who represents the Republic of Ireland at the international level, has committed to a six-year contract with the Bees. Brentford expressed a strong interest in securing the services of a central defender during the summer transfer window, particularly in light of Pontus Jansson's recent departure from the club. Nathan Collins joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Burnley in the previous summer transfer window for a fee slightly exceeding £

Kayak and canoe club by Kew Bridge organises Pride Paddle

Image above: Edge Progressive Paddling members stand with the progressive pride flag by Kew Bridge Event highlights rowing group are "tolerant and accepting" Edge Progressive Paddling, who promote themselves as a friendly and active kayak and canoe club based in Brentford, celebrated their second annual Pride Paddle event on Wednesday (21 June) along the River Thames. A group of 17 paddlers paddled upstream to Isleworth at 6.30pm from Kew Bridge, where they posed for pictures before setting off against the tide, before returning to the riverbank and celebrating with a drink in a local pub. Speaking to The Chiswick Calendar, Alex Whittaker, a senior volunteer at Edge Progressive Paddling, shared the history and

Chiswick estate agent Harry Middleton swims English Channel for charity

Image above: Harry Middleton swimming in the English Channel Channel swim raises over £2,650 for charity Harry Middleton, a local estate agent and endurance swimmer, has successfully swum the English Channel to raise funds for two charitable causes. In a journey which began on Sunday (18 June) at 8.00am, lasting 12 hours and 46 minutes, Harry braved "tough" waters to support Make a Wish and the Fine & Country Foundation. Make a Wish is a charity which provides experiences for children facing life-threatening illnesses, giving them joy and hope. The Fine and Country Foundation, established by estate agents Fine and Country, supports charities which combat homelessness and poverty, providing essential suppo

Thames Tradesmen’s women’s crew triumphs at the 2023 British Rowing Masters Championships

Image above: TTRC's women's crew Thames Tradesmen beats opponents by one second Following their victory at the Head of the River race earlier this year, Thames Tradesmen's Rowing Club (TTRC) continued their winning streak at the 2023 British Rowing Masters Championships held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham on Sunday 11 June. A group of four determined women from the club emerged victorious in the Open Masters Quad Race, narrowly defeating Ireland's Portora Boat Club by a mere one second. The winning crew, composed of Francesca Streeter, Jackie Marie, Isabelle Meron, and Louise Martin, battled

Chiswick estate agent to swim English Channel for charity

Image above: Harry Middleton Harry Middleton raising money for Make a Wish & homeless charity  Chiswick resident and local estate agent Harry Middleton is swimming the English Channel for charity. Harry, an endurance swimmer, is raising money for two causes: Make a Wish and the Fine & Country Foundation, which supports a range of charities. For the swim he will be in the water for more than ten hours straight, a feat he hopes to complete in the coming weeks. Make A Wish is a charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, bringing joy and hope to their lives. The Fine and Country Foundation is the foundation set up by the estate agent Fine and Country, which donates money to

Two Brentford FC stewards praised for saving fan’s life

Image above: Abdul Hakazada (centre left) and Jake Mead-Baker (centre) are presented with the award during half-time; photograph Brentford FC Matchday stewards presented with awards during half-time for their lifesaving actions Two match day stewards at Brentford FC have been praised for their actions after they helped save a fan’s life mid-game. During the game against Newcastle United at the GTech Community Stadium, Bees fan Raymond Harris was in the Dugout bar when he suffered a cardiac arrest. Jake Mead-Baker and Abdul Hakazada used CPR to give him vital time before the paramedics could arrive. The pair were presented with two Heart of West London awards during half time at the final match of the seacon

London Irish suspended from Premiership as financial deadline not met

Image above: library image Rugby club has failed to meet deadline to provide financial assurances for next season London Irish Rugby Club has been suspended from the Gallagher Premiership after failing to meet the deadline to pay players and staff. The club, which had until Tuesday (6 June) to complete a takeover or face suspension, will not be able to participate in any league next season. Despite efforts by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and other stakeholders to secure the club's long-term viability, the takeover by a US consortium did not materialise, and transparent evidence of funding was not provided. The suspension leaves the Premiership with only ten teams for the upcoming season, following the previous

West London Warriors celebrate one year anniversary

Image above: West London Warriors; photograph Aubrey Crawley LGBT+ touch-rugby team in Chiswick The West London Warriors, an LGBT+ touch rugby club, are celebrating their one year anniversary on Saturday 10 June with a BBQ, DJ, taster sessions and matches. The event will take place from 2pm at Grasshoppers RFC in Isleworth and the team is encouraging anyone who would like to try (or watch) the game to register and attend for free. Touch rugby is a version of the game in which players do not tackle each other but instead touch their opponents using their hands on any part of the body, clothing, or the ball. The West London W

Brentford striker Ivan Toney’s ban reduced after independent report highlights gambling addiction

Image above: Ivan Toney Toney diagnosed with gambling addiction and says he is determined to address it The detailed independent report that played a crucial role in determining the ban length for Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been made public, revealing he suffers from a gambling addiction. The report reveals that no evidence of match-fixing was found in relation to Toney's gambling activities. As a result, his suspension has been reduced from 11 months to eight. The investigation uncovered more than 200 bets placed by Toney, which violated the rules set by the Football Association (FA). It was revealed that some of these bets were against clubs he was associated with, although not in matches in which he p

W4 Youth launched with tea and cake

Image above: Grove Park Rangers at Tea Party in the Park on Southfield Recreation Ground Organisers celebrate successful Youth & Community Centre launch The W4 Youth Tea Party in the Park event on Saturday afternoon (20 May) on Southfield Recreation Ground went "really well", organisers say. On the day, Rocks Lane Chiswick hosted a 5-a-side football tournament from 2.30pm onwards where prizes were given out by W4 Youth Founder, Sally Chacatté. Rocks Lane Under 12s won the tournament and Grove Park Rangers were runners up. Shortly after that, Chiswick singers and former W4 Youth members, Alichė & Erire, performed during the afternoon. Sally and the W4 Youth Trustees, including Liberal Democrat Coun

Brentford’s Ivan Toney suspended for eight months

Image above: Ivan Toney Toney will likely be blocked from any attempt to circumvent his ban Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been suspended from Brentford FC until 2024 and fined £50,000 by an independent panel after admitting 232 breaches of Football Association betting rules. The ban, which the FA will enforce, only applies in England. But it is understood the

GB juniors skuller Jess Weir from Chiswick wins three gold medals

Image above: Jess Weir, gold medallist skuller Next stop, the European Championships Jess Weir (18) from Grove Park has won three gold medals in the Munich International Regatta. The competition over the weekend saw teams from Germany but also international teams competing from Poland, the Czech Republic and Croatia amongst others. Jess was representing Team GB. As she is under 19 she was representing Junior Women, and as her birthday fell in February, she has been selected to represent Junior Women in the European Championships on 20 May and hopes also to compete in the World Championships in August. Jess, who is in the sixth form at Shiplake College in Henley, doing her A Levels this summer, won three gold medals - one for each of the skulling events she ent

Chiswick and Hammersmith to host ‘festival of cycling’ to celebrate C9 completion

Image above: cyclists using Cycleway 9; Hounslow Cycling Campaign Community Cycling Day will take place on Sunday 14 May Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham Councils are organising a community cycling day to celebrate the completion of Cycleway 9 this May. The 'festival of cycling' across Chiswick and Hammersmith will be jointly organised by Transport for London. The event will feature guided cycle rides from Turnham Green to Lyric Square in Hammersmith and back again. The guided ride, for families and cyclists of all abilities, will be led by expert, qualified ride leaders from both councils and from local cycling groups. Another led ride will take place in the afternoon from Hammersmith to Chiswick with Hamm

Fuller’s Griffin Brewery worker in bid to enter Guinness Book of Records for running a marathon dressed as a beer can

Image above: Lloyd Packer training for his Guiness World Record London Marathon attempt Lloyd Packer is in training to run this year's London Marathon. He has done it twice before, qualifying with good times, completing it in under four hours, but this year it will be a bit more tricky. He will be wearing a beer can costume, and raising money for charity in memory of his friend Andy ('Mouse' to his mates). He is hoping Marathon day, on 23 April, will not be too warm. "It's incredibly hot" he told The Chiswick Calendar, "and I've only had it since November, so I've only trained in it through the cold months." It is not only hot, but heavy, made of thick foam attached to a harness. "It's lihe running while carrying a child on your back." Fuller's Griffin Brewery i

London Irish say players will be paid

Image above: London Irish badges Rugby Football Union has confidence the club will pay staff and players The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has confirmed that London Irish will meet this month's payroll, after a number of news outlets claimed the Club's financial woes meant players and staff would not get paid. London Irish owner Mick Crossan has been seeking fresh investment throughout the season and a US consortium is reportedly close to reaching an agreement with the Club. A potential takeover by US investors still needs to be approved by the Club's governing body. The club has debts exceeding £30m, and time is of the essence for a deal to be completed. Premiership Rugby is said to be doing everything it ca

Clean sweep for Cambridge in the Boat Race

Image above: Cambridge men's team; photograph Gemini Boat Race "An exceptional day of racing" Cambridge won the men’s Boat Race, making it their fourth win out of the last five races. Their cox, Jasper Parish made an early decision early on in the race which put them ahead and they kept their advantage. He decided to stay close to the bank beside the new grandstand at Fulham Football Club because of the conditions on the Tideway, rather than competing for position in the middle of the river. It was cause for great celebration in the Parish household. His brother Ollie was also in the Cambridge boat and their father Matt had rowed twice for Cambridge in the early 1990s. Ollie said

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Image above: Finish of the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race at Chiswick Bridge; photograph Anna Kunst Sunday 26 March The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race takes place this Sunday (26 March), finishing at Chiswick Bridge. The 77th Women’s Boat Race is at 4pm, the 168th Men’s Boat Race at 5pm. Do go and watch it. Don't stand on the shore line and get cut off by the tide and have to be rescued by the RNLI (as people are every year). Do take your litter home with you, rather than letting it get washed into the river. Best place to watch it? Chiswick Pier, where you can see the race live along a whole sweep of the river and then nip inside to watch the finish on a big screen, while drinking from the Fuller's bar. Food from Salt Beef Shack, Abdul’s Moro

Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club Head of the River winners

Image above: Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club (TTRC) Novice Men and Women Crews: Backrow (L to R): Dominic Warren, Lee, Brewster, Nathan Goodman, Tim Primmer, Jackie Marie, Kasia Wroblewska, Isabelle Meron, Hana Fegutova, Adela Williams, Francesca Streeter, Louise Martin. Front Row (L to R): Jonathan Geitner, Jay Sitaraman, Sophie Mandler, Michael Gatzoulis, Ian Koh (cox), Andy Sharp. Two teams win their categories Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club Men (TTRC) and Women VIII’s crews each won their categories at this year’s Masters Head of the River Race on Sunday 19 March. The Head of the River is one of the biggest fixtures in the rowing calendar, with over 200 teams taking part in 30 categories, including interntional teams. The length of the course is the

Chiswick Women’s Cricket team to play in beginners league

Image above: Chiswick Women's Cricket Team in action First time playing competitively Chiswick Women's Cricket team are to start playing league matches for the first time this summer. The team, who came together initially for a bit of fun and exercise during the Covid pandemic, have so far played two matches - both friendlies against the Shepherd's Bush women's team, who had similar beginnings to them and are at a similar stage in their development. That experience has emboldened them to join the Derek Morgan T20 league, so-called after the Derbyshire and England player who was one of the biggest supporters and the instigator of women’s and girl’s cricket in Middlesex. "We realised we had enough skills and understanding of the game to play" Chiswick Wom