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The SSD Blog

Welcome to the Sport South Devon blog. From August 1st 2016 we will be posting regular unique content on this page, delving into the controversial  issues, big stories and quirky characters that make South Devon sport such a lively and colourful scene.

We will also be publishing advice from sports science guy Dan Powell MSc, BSc (Hons) ASCC. Dan also runs Smart Performance, a sports consultancy business in Torbay, and will be happy to answer readers’ fitness-related questions. Simply fill in the form and click ‘Ask Dan:’

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Disclaimer: Answers are of a general nature and are provided as information only. Answers do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Sport South Devon. We recommend you contact your GP before making any changes to your exercise regime.

Introducing Ben Mason, Founder of Glow in the Park and Leading Sporting Events Entrepreneur

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in SSD Blog, STARS & STALWARTS | 0 comments

Introducing Ben Mason, Founder of Glow in the Park and Leading Sporting Events Entrepreneur

 Ben Mason founded Votwo Ltd and Votwo Action and Adventure Ltd in 2004. Votwo is named after ‘VO2 Max,’ the gold standard measurement of an athlete’s cardiovascular fitness. After eight years in the Royal Marines, Ben decided to use his personal love of adventure and athletic sports to inspire others to challenge themselves, whether individually or in teams. He realised that sporting and fitness events were the best match for his own experiences and personal motivations. Votwo run sporting events throughout the year...

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New Launch: South Hams Sport Monthly

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Editors Letter, Sports News, SSD Blog | 0 comments

New Launch: South Hams Sport Monthly

A new sports magazine has been launched specifically for the South Hams and we can’t wait to get hold of their first edition. We have included a link to their website on our main menu. The South Devon area can be quite a challenge to cover in the depth we would like. While we will still feature the biggest news from the South Hams, we thought it made more sense for us to direct Sport South Devon readers to a publication which we trust will provide top quality content. This should mean we can focus more closely on producing valuable...

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New Year Special Feature 4/4: Why Join BALFC? A Skipper’s Perspective

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in HOT TOPICS, Local Football, Sports News, SSD Blog, Womens' Sport | 0 comments

New Year Special Feature 4/4: Why Join BALFC? A Skipper’s Perspective

In Part 3 of our four part New Year’s special feature, we heard from Buckland LFC manager Grant Fisher about his Women’s Super League dreams and how important it is to ensure progression through the age groups. In our final part we speak to first team captain Maria Warman about changing attitudes towards women’s football, the benefits of joining a ladies football team and what to do if you feel a bit unsure. Described as a ‘high tempo midfielder, full of energy who will run for 90 minutes and beyond,’ Maria Warman...

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New Year Special Feature 3/4: Dreaming Big at Buckland LFC

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in HOT TOPICS, Local Football, Sports News, SSD Blog, Womens' Sport | 0 comments

New Year Special Feature 3/4: Dreaming Big at Buckland LFC

In Part 2 of our four part New Year’s special feature, we focused on Buckland Athletic as a football club and how ladies team manager Grant Fisher and captain Maria Warman feel the club has supported what they are trying to achieve . Part 3 looks at exactly what those overall ambitions are and why creating a means for progression through the club may be pivotal to bringing that dream to fruition. With Buckland Athletic LFC sitting comfortably at the top of the South West Women’s League Western Division and almost certain to be promoted...

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New Year Special Feature 2/4: BAFC: Playing Under One Badge

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 in HOT TOPICS, Local Football, Sports News, SSD Blog, Womens' Sport | 0 comments

New Year Special Feature 2/4: BAFC: Playing Under One Badge

In Part 1 of our four part New Year’s special feature, we briefly explored the structure of ladies football in the UK and where Buckland Athletic Ladies currently fit in to that. We also got some forthright views from manager Grant Fisher about the overall strength and longevity of  the women’s game. Part 2 focuses on Buckland Athletic as a club including how the ladies and girls sides sit within the club structure and the overall level of support shown by the committee and wider club. Buckland Athletic are, of course, not the only...

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New Year Special Feature 1/4: Ladies football: It’s here to stay

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in HOT TOPICS, Local Football, Sports News, SSD Blog, Womens' Sport | 0 comments

New Year Special Feature 1/4: Ladies football: It’s here to stay

The New Year is a time to try new things, shaking up the carpet and moving into territory with the aim of changing our lives for the better. In a sports and fitness sense, that often means taking out gym membership, visiting the swimming pool or hitting the road with the new Fitbit you got at Christmas. It might also mean taking up a new sport.  If you’re a woman or girl, of any age, looking to meet new people, keep fit and embark upon an exciting challenge with one of the top ladies football clubs in Devon then SWWFL Western Division...

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FIBA World Tour Plea for Clark and Team Torbay

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Sports News, SSD Blog, WEIRD, WILD & WONDERFUL, Youth Sport | 0 comments

FIBA World Tour Plea for Clark and Team Torbay

Former pro basketball player and international dunker Clark Agambar-Froud has urged local businesses to support him and his team of fellow local streetball performers as they aim to put Torbay on the world streetball/dunking map starting next month in Italy. Team Torbay will be the UK representatives at the Dec 4th ‘Glows in the Dark’ event, a FIBA satellite tournament, and if they win they get the chance to embark on a FIBA World Tour! Despite his success in the Portuguese Basketball League and in numerous dunking...

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Torquay’s Clark Agambar-Froud Receives Invite to Elite Training Camp in Morocco

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in SSD Blog, WEIRD, WILD & WONDERFUL, Youth Sport | 0 comments

Torquay’s Clark Agambar-Froud Receives Invite to Elite Training Camp in Morocco

Picture (c) MiraclePR Clark Agambar-Froud, former pro basketball player in Portugal and current slam dunk specialist has received a huge boost to his global credentials by receiving a personal invite to join French Algerian dunking legend Kadour ‘The Dunkfather’ Ziani at the Dunk Elite training camp in Morocco next January. Clark will be in illustrious company with American dunkers Ezra Yao and Jonathan Clark also on Ziani’s shortlist. Previous invitees have included none other than Canadian dunker Jordan ‘Mission...

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The Contenders: Langford, Speight & Day – Tommy Preps for Cardiff, Speight wins at the RIC and Day to Unveil New Style

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Combat Zone, Sports News, SSD Blog, The Contenders | 0 comments

The Contenders: Langford, Speight & Day – Tommy Preps for Cardiff, Speight wins at the RIC and Day to Unveil New Style

Picture of Tommy Langford (c) Queensberry Promotions; In-text Picture of Jamie Speight (c)Sport South Devon/Matt Green; Picture of Ben Day supplied by Ben Day. There are three championship boxers from Devon, all flying the flag for the home county – Bideford’s Tommy Langford, Kingsteington’s Jamie Speight and Teignmouth’s Ben Day. All three Devonians have moved away from home to further their boxing careers and each one has achieved title glory by doing so and plan to challenge for more belts this year. The Contenders will keep you updated...

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The Contenders: Langford, Speight & Day – Eubank Pulls Out and Speight and Day Call for Devon Support

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Combat Zone, Sports News, SSD Blog, The Contenders | 0 comments

The Contenders: Langford, Speight & Day – Eubank Pulls Out and Speight and Day Call for Devon Support

Picture of Tommy Langford (c) Queensberry Promotions; In-text Picture of Jamie Speight (c)Sport South Devon/Matt Green; Picture of Ben Day supplied by Ben Day. There are three championship boxers from Devon, all flying the flag for the home county – Bideford’s Tommy Langford, Kingsteington’s Jamie Speight and Teignmouth’s Ben Day. All three Devonians have moved away from home to further their boxing careers and each one has achieved title glory by doing so and plan to challenge for more belts this year. The Contenders will keep you updated...

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