Inspiring children with special needs through sport

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Len Goodman today.

Len was a regular player in our Celebrity Golf Classic and a great supporter of the charity. He will be sadly missed.

We were delighted that the Pupils and Staff of Leventhorpe  School in Sawbridgeworth chose us to be the beneficiaries of their 2022 Charity Week. They attended our Annual Awards Lunch to present their cheque for a fantastic £8,834 to our President Frank Bruno  and our other celebrity guests. Thank You to everyone who took part.

On Tuesday 6th December we held our 35th Annual Awards Lunch in Billaricay, Essex attended by over 900 children and carers. 

You can read more here.

Mckenzie Arnold have been great supporters of the Presidents Sporting club for many years and they are now embarking on a trip to Poland taking much needed aid to Ukrainian refugees.

You can support this great cause by making a donation to their Just Giving page here.

We have received some sad news on the 75th Anniversary of VE day and this is the announcement of the death of Fred Boomer Hawkins.

As an official of the Essex Amateur Boxing Association, over the years he officiated at numerous Legends of Boxing Evenings events which were promoted by the Presidents Sporting Club. 

More recently it has been an honour and a privilege to have welcomed Fred to the Boxing Evenings as a member of the Chelsea Pensioners. 

Only last year Fred wrote a letter to Club Chairman, Mike Jackson, thanking the Club for the enjoyable evening and the hospitality which was provided. 

Fred Boomer Hawkins who was a member of the Royal Green Jackets was stationed in Colchester and Tidworth and served in Malaysia, Germany, Northern Ireland as well as a UN peacekeeper in Cyprus. Fred was a keen boxer and won the Regimental Boxing Finals. 

 Fred’s son Terry Hawkins has commented “He was extremely proud to wear the retirements home’s famous uniform” and “He was a very popular man, loving, generous, honourable and loyal. He was everything you could want from a Dad”. 

The Presidents Sporting Club would like to express its sincere condolences to Fred’s family at this very difficult time.

Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgeworth held their annual Charity Week in November raising over £10,000 for The Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.

Our President Frank Bruno went along to the school to collect the cheque and to express our thanks their hard work and generosity.

peter and steph shilton 2

We are delighted to announce that Peter and Steph Shilton have accepted our invitation to become Ambassadors for The Presidents Sporting Club and Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.

Congratulations to Helen Thompson who broke the Junior World Record for the 100 Individual Medley at the Down Syndrome Euro Open Meet in Southampton at the weekend.
Helen now holds Junior World Records in both the 100m Individual Medley and the 200m Individual Medley. In addition she now has all the qualifying times she requires for competing in the Down Syndrome European Championships in Sardinia in September.


We look forward to continuing our sponsorship of Helen in 2019.

Helen Thompson breaks Junior World Record

Congratulations to Helen Thompson on breaking the Down Syndrome World Junior Record in the 200 metres Individual Medley at the 2019 Essex Championships over the weekend. Her time of 3:37.01 beat the previous record by 2 secomds.
The Presidents Sporting Club and Essex Disabled Sports Foundation have been proud sponsors of Helen throughout 2018 and we are delighted to be able to continue our sponsorship in in 2019.

Helen Thompson was an award winner at our Sports Awards Lunch last December and after meeting her it was decided that The Presidents Sporting Club and Essex Disabled Sports Foundation would sponsor her swimming training programme to help her to reach her full potential.

This week Helen has been competing at the Down Syndrome Swimming World Championships in Canada and we were delighted to learn that she has been crowned Junior World Champion in 50m breaststroke and also won the bronze medal in the 25m butterfly.

Congratulations Helen on a fantastic achievement

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