Leisure centres set to reopen across the city

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 09/10/2020 - 8:49pm

Exeter’s leisure centres are set to reopen in the coming weeks following extensive work to ensure they are safe to use.

A phased reopening will take place from September and each centre will be run under the direct management of the City Council rather than being outsourced to a private company.

The plan is to reopen the centres on the following dates, provided the necessary COVID security measures are complete:

  • ISCA Centre and Exeter Arena – 28 September
  • Wonford Sports Centre and Northbrook Swimming Pool – 5 October
  • Pyramids Swimming
  • ...
Women, Sport

Exeter Daily team launch new website dedicated to women's sport

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 07/14/2020 - 4:18pm

A new website dedicated solely to women’s sport was launched today (Tuesday 14 July).

Women's Sport Daily will cover all female professional sport – from football, netball and cricket to tennis, golf and Olympic disciplines.

There will also be the chance to promote news about your school, club and local teams in a unique Community section, as well as exclusive interviews and columns from sporting stars and the people who influence how girls and women watch, play and enjoy the action.

The Women's Sport Daily website, which will be free to use, is a joint venture...

First weekend of live football back on your local BBC radio stations

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 06/20/2020 - 6:17pm

BBC local radio stations up and down the country are gearing up to cheer on their local football clubs as we head into the first weekend of live Premier League and EFL Championship football since March.

While the fans can’t get to the grounds, local radio is there to bring you all the colour, drama and excitement straight your homes.

The local radio commentary teams are so excited to be back behind the mic to follow their local teams for the finale of this most unusual season. There’ll be live commentary from the games, plus all the pre and post-match build-up and...

It’s ‘Virtually’ the Devon School Games

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/17/2020 - 3:46pm

Despite the Coronavirus restrictions, Devon’s schoolchildren will still be able to take part in the popular School Games this year. In fact, it’s ‘virtually’ the same as normal!

Active Devon, working with partners, is launching the ‘Virtual’ games which get underway with a Walk, Jog, Run challenge starting on Monday May 18th. Primary School pupils will have 20, 30 and 40 mile targets, while those in Secondary Schools will aim for 40, 60 and 80 miles. All those taking part will be able to compete at home, in the garden, or by adhering to social distancing rules and using safe open...

Burrington Estates and Exeter Eagles BMX Club

Local housing developer helps in the fight to save lives

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:02am

Exeter Eagles BMX Club welcomes a new defibrillator thanks to a generous donation from award-winning housing developer, Burrington Estates New Homes.

The volunteer-run BMX club based in Marsh Barton, Exeter holds race events throughout the year with up to 200 riders competing on race days. The club is a hub for the local community, welcoming over 9000 visitors a year.

The donation from Burrington Estates means the club can offer further assistance and peace of mind to the riders and spectators at the club. Heart health is extremely important to the Exeter Eagles with club...

Gus Mcvey with his bronze medal

Exeter College Coach earns international success

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Tue, 10/01/2019 - 2:19pm

Exeter College Hockey Academy Coach Gus McVey has helped Zimbabwe Ladies to a bronze medal in the African Olympic Qualifying Tournament which was held in Cape Town.

Gus, 48, combines his role as Exeter College Hockey Academy Coach with being Head Coach of the Zimbabwe Ladies’ Hockey side and his developing team outperformed expectations to bag a bronze medal in the qualifying tournament held in South Africa over the summer.

The third-place finish represents the highest position the country has finished in the tournament since 1990 and Gus was thrilled to help his side on...

Exe hockey results 28/09/19

Authored by Exe Hockey Club
Posted: Sun, 09/29/2019 - 7:37pm


1st XI 0 - 0 Bath Buccaneers

2nd XI 3 - 1 Kingsbridge and Salcombe

3rd XI 4 - 0 Exe 4th XI 5th XI 5 - 0 ECVH Hornets 2s

First team match report:

Man of the Match: Hope Kent (GK)

The Exe Ladies 1st XI opened their 2019/20 season by travelling away to Team Bath Buccannears, whom they last played over 3 years ago. Both sides were keen to make an impression in the newly restructured Investec Ladies West Conference League, and Team Bath Buccs won their league to achieve promotion at the end of last season.

Both teams...

Air Marketing Reign Victorious in Children's Charity Sports Day

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 - 4:00pm

Last week, national children’s charity CHICKS challenged local Exeter businesses to compete in their Superstar Games. A first for the charity, the games were held in Princesshay in Exeter City Centre and sponsored by Ashley House Printing, with teams headed up by Smart Estate Agents, Attention Media, KTA, Air Marketing and a mixed team of people from various businesses. The teams went head to head in classic heats of the three-legged race, egg and spoon, obstacle course and a Shrek-themed relay in an effort to raise local awareness and funds for the Devon-based charity.

So far this...

Zoo gorilla plays ball

Zoo gorilla plays ball

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Sun, 09/22/2019 - 12:24pm

England’s chances in the Rugby World Cup would be greatly improved if they had this chap in the line-up.

Male Western lowland gorilla Pertinax lives at Paignton Zoo in Devon. He‘s around 6 feet from head to toe – modest for a professional rugby player these days, but he weighs in at a hefty 190 kilos - and it’s pretty much all muscle. At 37 he’s a bit of a senior now, but even the All Blacks might think twice about tackling him…

Impressively, this strapping lad follows a strict vegetarian diet that features peppers, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, beetroot, kale, leeks,...

The Space Raiders team which won the Exeter City FC One Game One Community Group futsal tournament. Photo: Alan Quick

Football, fun and respect at Exeter’s annual Community Futsal Tournament

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 05/03/2019 - 10:03am

THERE was great football and a fantastic final at the annual Exeter City FC One Game One Community Group futsal tournament, where 10 teams competed for trophies and medals.

In the final, “Space Raiders” beat “Ability Counts B” 4-2 following a well contested game. The tournament featured teams including refugees and asylum seeking young people, players with a disability and the recently formed LGBT team, Exeter Apollo.

The tournament, which encourages participation from local community teams, was held at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Sports Complex on Sunday, April 28...