Bowled over by the Commonwealth Games?

Press Release: 25/07/2014

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A guide to where you can play Commonwealth sports in the Winchester district has been produced by the City Council’s Sports and Physical Activity Team.

With the 2014 Games in full swing in Glasgow, the success of home nations is expected to inspire new participation and the Winchester district has clubs covering everything from lawn bowls to boxing and table tennis to triathlon.

Cllr Jan Warwick, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Wellbeing, said:

We have over 200 local sports clubs across the district that cover a wide range of sports. Anyone can take part recreationally or within a club setting, so if you have enjoyed watching the Commonwealth Games you can always have a go. Cheer on our home nations and get involved.

Lawn Bowls – Many people think bowls is a sport for the older generation, but current world champion and Southampton bowler Tom Bishop is just 23-years-old. Winchester boasts many bowls clubs. You can try the sport all year round at Riverside Indoor Bowls Club in the City Centre by River Park Leisure Centre or if you fancy a spot of bowls in the southern parishes you can pop along to Denmead Bowls Club.

Denmead Bowls Club, PO7 6EH -

Riverside Indoor Bowls Club, SO23 7DD -

Swimming & Diving – Swimming recreationally has been proven to provide many long-term health benefits. River Park Leisure Centre hosts a six-lane 25m pool where you can take part recreationally or join one of the biggest clubs in our district, the Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club (WCPSC).

WCPSC at River Park Leisure Centre, SO23 7DD -

Cycling – The South Winchester Park and Ride hosts the city’s very own cycling track every Sunday where juniors and adults can take part in Go Ride, British Cycling’s skills and coaching programme. VC Venta our local club are also based there.

VC Venta at the South Winchester Park and Ride, SO21 2FG -

Gymnastics – Gymnastics was first introduced to the Commonwealth Games in 1978 when Edmonton, Canada, hosted the event. In Winchester there are two main clubs that provide opportunities for children to start in the sport and adults to return to it.

Winchester Gymnastics Club at Henry Beaufort School, SO22 6JJ -

Treasure Gymnastics Club at Winchester College, SO23 9NA -

Athletics – Opened in 2008 to Olympic specification, Winchester hosts an 8-lane athletics track at Bar End where club sessions for Winchester & District Athletics Club (WADAC) take place. This summer they are hosting their Star Track Summer Camp sessions. Their most celebrated current participating athlete is Louise Damen who was GB’s 2nd place marathon runner in 2011 and is currently ranked 4th nationally.

WADAC at Winchester Sports Stadium, SO23 0QA -

Badminton – Westgate School hosts our local state-of-the-art Badminton Centre. It cost £2.2m and is seen as one of the few performance centres in the country. The club hosts many competitions and has some great rising stars.

Westgate Badminton Centre, SO22 5AZ -

Boxing – One of our fastest growing clubs in the district, Winchester Boxing Club has its own premises and runs four sessions each week, including sessions for adults, juniors and ladies only. The club is based at the Garrison Ground.

Winchester Boxing Club, SO23 9NT –

Hockey – Keep an eye out for Hampshire’s home-grown star Alex Danson at the Commonwealth Games this summer. She currently plays for Reading but used to be based with Trojans in Eastleigh. Winchester Hockey Club is one of the biggest in the district with an adult and junior set up.

Winchester Hockey Club at Kings School, SO22 5PN -

Judo – Winchester has a number of judo clubs for young people and adults with their own district-wide forum. River Park Judo Club, Winchester, Arlesford Judo and Winchester College are all local clubs right on your doorstep.

Winchester Judo Club, SO23 7DZ -

River Park Judo Club, SO22 7DD -

Alresford Judo Club, SO24 9BS -

Winchester College Judo Club, SO23 9NA -

Netball - There are two main driving forces in Winchester for junior netball. Both are in their early years in the city but developing well to offer girls the opportunity to play this fast-paced and competitive sport. We also have a successful club for ladies aged over 15 based at Kings School.

Squall Netball Club at St Swithun’s School, SO21 1HA -

Swan Netball Club at Westgate School, SO22 5AZ –

Winchester Netball Club at Kings School, SO22 5PN -

Rugby – All four Commonwealth Games rugby tournaments have been won by New Zealand, but this could be the year that changes. Winchester Rugby Club, based at North Walls, is the biggest club in the district. The other rugby club locally is Alresford.

Winchester City Rugby Club, SO23 7SU -

Alresford Rugby Club, SO24 9EP -

Shooting – Caroline Brownlee will represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games for the second time. The air pistol shooter was born in Edinburgh and is now based in Winchester at the Itchen Valley Shooting Club. Keep your eye out for a potential home medal win!

Itchen Valley Shooting Club, SO23 0NY -

Squash – Premier Squash is the highest league in the sport and Winchester boasts a team in that league with French international Gregory Gaultier in their squad.

Squash at Winchester Rackets & Fitness Club, SO22 6AN -

Table Tennis – Winchester narrowly missed out on Commonwealth representation in this sport through rising star Tressa Armitage. The 19-year-old spent a year in Austria developing her skills but just missed out on a place. She first started at South Wonston Table Tennis Club.

South Wonston Table Tennis Club at Westgate School, SO22 5AZ -

Triathlon – One of the first Commonwealth medals for England, this sport is a combination of swimming, running and cycling and Kings School Winchester plays host to our local club.

Tri Team Wessex at Kings School, SO22 5PN –

There are only two Commonwealth sports that Winchester does not currently host: weightlifting and wrestling. If you are interested in either of these sports you can contact their respective national governing bodies to finds the nearest local club. British Weight Lifting can be contacted at and British Wrestling can be contacted at The clubs we have listed here are not exhaustive and there are many more clubs in our rural and southern parishes. If you want to find a local club visit and use the countywide database.