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Sports club calls for support
A SPORTS club which dates back over 117 years and has nurtured some of North Yorkshire’s leading talent is launching a drive for new members.
Bedale Athletic Sports Association (BASA), on Leyburn Road, brings together many different clubs to support and help each other. But organisers believe many local people do not realise what is on their doorstep.
Colin Tipton, club secretary, said:”I think 20 or 30 years ago it was the focal point of the town, but over the years people have forgotten about it and a lot of new people moving into Bedale don’t know anything about it.
“But the facilities are tremendous, it is a club for the community and we just want more people to take advantage of what is on offer.”
The origins of BASA go back to 1896 when Bedale Athletic Association was originally formed with a cricket club, a grass cycle track also used for athletics and a football pitch, doubling as a hockey field.
In 1972 it was decided a new clubhouse was needed and BASA was formed by four clubs, Men's Cricket, Ladies Cricket, Football and the now defunct Whippet Club.
The £6,000 needed was raised by the clubs backed by Hambleton District Council and the Sports Council. It was officially opened on May 2, 1976 by Jim Wilson from BBC Look North.
A tennis club with three courts quickly came on board along with Ladies Hockey and the squash club with three courts. In 2007 the running club was formed.
Over the years thousands of sportsmen and women, young and old have been encouraged and nurtured by the club.
Leeds former football player and manager Simon Grayson along with his cricketing brother Paul who played for England, Yorkshire and Essex are still great supporters of the club which helped them develop their talents through their father BASA stalwart Adrian Grayson.
Mr Tipton added:”All of the clubs have very reasonable fees, you can join the football and running clubs for less than 50p a week and squash and tennis is just over a pound a week. We used to have over 300 squash club members now it’s less than 100 but it’s a really thriving club.
“I honestly think the best way of keeping fit is playing sport, whether it’s tennis or football or cricket, you don’t have to run marathons, but just get involved, there is also the social side. We have one of the best clubs in the County, we want more people to take advantage of it."
For more information contact Colin Tipton on 01677-422772 or Adrian Grayson on 01677-422918.
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