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News & Sport for week commencing Saturday, November 23


     Howbridge Junior School pupils spent the day with keen treasure hunters from the Braintree Metal Detecting Club, searching for buried goods on their school field. The event took place on the edge of the school field where a selection of goods such as old coins and modern jewellery had been buried for the pupils to find and collect. Pupils borrowed metal detectors from the group before breaking off into small groups to find the buried treasure.

At the end of the day they all received their own chocolate 'gold' coin.


     Hundreds of people turned out to watch the big Christmas lights switch-on in Braintree recently. A variety of activities were held in the town centre throughout the day, including live entertainment and a street market featuring more than 100 stalls.

The main lights were turned on at 5.30pm at the official launch of the festive season in the town centre.


And now for the sport

SPORTS AWARDS

The Martial Arts Centre was named as Club of the Year at the 2019 Active Braintree Sports Awards, and Sensei Wilson was named as Coach of the Year, at the gala awards ceremony at the Braintree Arts Theatre. Their win came after seeing karate students claim a host of gold, silver and bronze medals at English National, and World championships, over the last 12 months, with a stunning list of achievements.
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The Awards also recognised those working behind the scenes of the headline successes and one of those was the Young Community Volunteer Award that was won by 16 year-old Haydn Hawkinswho has taken on a host of volunteering roles to ensure the smooth running every week of the phenomenally successful Notley Parkrun events. His sister, Acacia, also volunteers and was highly commended in the same category. A number of other awards were presented, including Sports Personality of the Year, Active School or College of the Year, Lifetime Services Award, Unsung Hero, and Services to Disability Sport.


FOOTBALL

The first half hour of life under new manager Jake Hutchings proved tough to take for Braintree Town as they travelled to Welling United. With 30 minutes of this game gone, they found themselves trailing 4 - nil. While the Iron were significantly better in the second half, they paid a high price for the opening 30 minutes and the game ended a disappointing 6-2 defeat.

Braintree were due to face Yate Town on the 23rd in a late-arranged FA Trophy 3rd Qualifier tie.
Meanwhile...
Witham Town had a more respectable match, finishing honours even with Sudbury 3-all..


FUTSAL

Braintree Futsal Club went to a small town in Northwest France recently to play in the Futsal Armor Cup, and brought home the trophy after a glorious triumph for their young players. The competition, saw Braintree among 20 teams that consisted of a number of professional academies, local French sides and ones from Switzerland and Belgium.

Braintree began the tournament on the first day with a 2-0 win and finished in second place in their group to qualify into the next group stage. The following day, they lost the first game but won the following game and qualified for the quarter-finals. They won a very intense game 3-2 on penalties to march into the semi-finals against tournament favourites FC Lorient; but it was a game dominated by Braintree, winning 2-0. In the final, they scored early in the second half to win 1-0 and take the title.

Braintree are now hoping to follow on from their win as they will be heading out to Spain again in December for more international action.


HOCKEY

On Sunday 17th November, Blue Hornets ran a dedicated training session fortheir junior keepers. Seven budding goalies attended the fun session at Felsted which was run by super-star keeper Nic Rhodes. The two hour slot covered keeper-dedicated fitness, skills and strategies, as well as shuffles and penalties practice.

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