Sports & Leisure Keeping AG Active!

Aveton Gifford Sports & Leisure members arrange events and activities throughout the year.
Aveton Gifford Sports and Leisure was set up to encourage and hold activities in the village. Over the years a very active committee organised many events including the annual firework display, art and craft shows, sports events, annual fun runs and music events. The tennis court was built in 1986; Sports and Leisure continues to look after the court and arranges tennis coaching, and in 2013 it added table tennis in the village hall by buying new table tennis tables.

At the latest AGM the constitution for Sports and Leisure was  reviewed, and there have been a few tweaks and changes. Principally, membership – S&L is a community run facility and all residents living within the parish are automatically members. There is no admission fee for this, although there may be some S&L activities or events when a subscription to that particular thing may apply (eg Tennis Club, or occasional use of the tennis court).


Aveton Gifford Village Show – August 18th 2015 – Schedules and Entry Forms now available.

This is run by a small committee, and is open to all parishioners and children attending AG School. There are classes for all ages and interests- flowers, craft, vegetables, cookery, and a children’s section (and for seasoned competitors new classes have been added for 2015), so if you’d like to take part this year the schedule and entry forms are available at the shop now, or can be downloaded here;

Aveton Gifford Village Show 2015


Football pitch update!

Thanks to a group of volunteers the goal posts and goal mouths of the pitch on the playing field had a complete make-over in June 2014. The posts were repainted, and the worn out hollows in the goal mouths were dug out, refilled, and then re-turfed. (Photos of the volunteers at work can be seen in the gallery to the side!) The football pitch looked good once again , and with two new nets in place as well it was ready in time for the summer. However in 2015 the goal posts needed a further refurbishment, and thanks to Peter Smith are good for another year.

The Tennis Court

The tennis court on the rectory lawns is available for hire on an hourly basis; local residents can pay an annual fee which purchases a key to the court, and bookings can be made in advance at the Village Hall. Visitors and non-members are able to use the court when it is not booked by members – please enquire at the village shop to book and pay for this. The shop holds the court key, and also can lend racquets and balls. The cost of an hour is £6 for non-members. For tennis court membership; forms are available at the shop, or please contact John Harcus 01548 550125.

2015 memberships ;  Family members £45,  Single adults £30,  Junior or mini members £15. Payment and forms to John please, (cheques to Aveton Gifford SLA). New keys will be issued so please could any keys from last year be returned with your payment.

The court was resurfaced in spring 2015. The work took 6 weeks for the surface to dry out properly, but was opened again on May Bank Holiday with an Open Day for members to try it all out.

Tennis Coaching

Last summer S&L arranged two courses of tennis coaching from Tim Brealey which proved to be a great success. They were so popular that Tim continues to coach both adults and children in weekly sessions in the village. For further information Tim Brealey – 01626 833 985

Bonfire and firework display

This is held every year on the green in November; the bonfire and fireworks display with hot food and drinks for sale are all put on by volunteers. Entry is free, but participants are asked to make a contribution.

New members

The long-serving committee all stood down in 2013 after years of hard work – a big thank you to all of them. New people are now coming forward to keep things going and develop new ideas.  Sports and Leisure is well-funded, but it does need people – preferably younger people with enthusiasm and energy! There are regular meetings, so do come along and join in; everybody is welcome. If you would like to help please contact Peter Javes on 559283 or John Harcus on 550125.

Sports & Leisure AGM 2014

The accounts, agenda & minutes from the AGM held in January 2014 are below:

S&L Accounts 12-2013 (122.8 KB)

S&L AGM Agenda 01-2014 (24.1 KB)

S&L AGM Minutes 01/2014 (79.9 KB)

Sports & Leisure Meetings

Minutes & agendas from S&L meetings are below:

S&L Minutes 01/2014 (77.3 KB)

S&L Agenda 03/2014 (24.1 KB)

  • Junior Fun Run

    Junior Fun Run

  • Kids enjoying sparklers at annual bonfire

    Kids enjoying sparklers at annual bonfire

Contact Details

For more information please contact:

Peter Javes
Tel: 01548 559283