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Bedford Sports Awards

The Bedford Sports Awards, which were originally initiated by Sport Bedford and are supported by a range of local companies, would have celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020 celebrating the sporting achievements or clubs, teams and individuals based in or affiliated to clubs situated in Bedford Borough.

Unfortunately due to the circumstances in 2020 and the increasing risk of COVID-19, we decided to postpone last year’s award ceremony to December 2021 (and include two years of recognition).

We were still very proud of all the achievements from 2020 and everyone who has gone over and above to keep people active, achieve their goals and continue to inspire, and so in December 2020 we recognised 42 Bedford Borough’s Sports and Physical Activity Heroes.

In December 2021 we are hoping to resume the original format, celebrate the sporting achievements, dedication and inspirational heroes of Bedford Borough.

More information to follow.

2019 winners 

  • Sports club of the year - Bedford Hockey Club 
  • Community club/group of the year - Bedford and District Netball League
  • Sporting school of the year - Brickhill Primary School
  • Junior sports personality of the year - Holly Tutt (Skiing) 
    Special commendation - Maddie Axford (Hockey)
    Special commendation - Ruby Isserlis (Canoe polo) 
  • Sports young volunteer of the Year - Sophie Beckett (Netball) 
  • Sports team of the year - Bedford Rowing club junior squad (Rowing)
  • Sports admin/outstanding volunteer of the year - Nikki Woodworth (Gymnastics)
  • Sports coach of the year - Richard Darwin (Cricket)
  • Disability sports award - Dermot Bailey (Wheelchair Tennis) 
  • Adult sports personality of the year - Tennyson James (Athletics)
    Special commendation - Ellis Haggith (Basketball)
  • Outstanding achiever award - Jonathan Katz (Fencing) 

See the 2019 Sports Awards programme for the list of those nominated.

Email Sport@bedford.gov.uk for further information.

Junior Aquathlon

See results for the October 2019 Aquathlon 

The Bedford Junior Aquathlon is a continuous swimming and running event for children in school years 3 to 11 (with variation of lengths and laps according to age).

The 28 Bedford Junior Aquathlon took place on 6 October 2019 at Robinson Pool in Bedford Park, we had over 100 participants taking place.

Bookings for this event are now closed.

Find out the full distances each age group will be required to swim and run.

No more entries will be accepted on the day.

Important information for participants:

Email Sport@bedford.gov.uk for more information about the Bedford Junior Aquathlon.

Sports Village at Bedford River Festival

The Bedford River Festival is a bi-annual, high profile community celebration that is recognised as one of the biggest outdoor festivals in the Country. Bedford River Festival has been running for more than 30 years. 

The Sports Village at the Bedford River Festival is located next to one of the main access bridges to the festival. It offers visitors the opportunity to take part in, watch, find out about and enjoy a massive range of sports, health and leisure opportunities.

Attractions include a Sports Stage for displays of dance, gym and martial arts, a huge climbing wall, canoes and rowing boats offer the chance for visitors to try out a new activity. Local gyms, fitness clubs and local sports clubs also promote their programmes and activities.

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