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Sport and Leisure Activities in Verwood

Verwood offers diverse sports and leisure activities. You can enjoy badminton, bowling, cricket, football, golf, netball, and swimming. Local halls host art classes, fitness sessions, and social events.

Moors Valley Country Park provides extensive outdoor activities, while the Verwood Hub and Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre offer cultural and fitness opportunities.

Badminton

Verwood Badminton Club

Verwood Badminton Club is held on Mondays from 8pm – 10pm at Emmanuel Middle School Sports Hall.
We are always looking for League Standard players who want to join.

For further information, please contact Ian Strachan on 07583 829222.

Bowling

Verwood Bowling Club

Moorlands Road, Verwood

First-class facilities encourage the sport of bowling at all levels. New members of any age, including novices, are welcome, and instruction from experienced bowlers is available. Verwood Bowling Club is a friendly club that offers bowls for all, from the fun of social bowls to competition and league play.

For further information, please visit www.verwoodbowlingclub.co.uk or contact Norman Pearce on 07889 715468.

Cricket

Verwood Cricket Club

Verwood Cricket Club, a friendly and inclusive Clubmark-accredited cricket club, has been a part of our community since 1891. We are based at Potterne Park and offer cricket at various levels.

We are always excited to welcome new adult and junior members to our club. Our club is home to a variety of teams, including adult teams competing in the Hampshire and Wimborne Evening leagues, a Ladies’ softball team, and Colts cricket from Under-9s level upwards.

If you are interested, there are several ways you can contact us:

Football

Verwood Town Football Club

Verwood Football Club is based at Potterne Park in Verwood. The team plays in the Sydenham Wessex League Division 1. We play home matches at Potterne Park at 3pm on Saturdays and all midweek home games on Tuesday evenings with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Football training is every Tuesday at 7.30pm. Weekly photos and club details can be found on our website: www.vfc.co.uk.

Anyone interested in joining the club should first contact the secretary:

The Committee is always looking for additional volunteers to assist in running the club and on match days.
Sponsors are always welcome.

Verwood Town Youth Football Club

Rossgarth YFC was founded over 40 years ago and is an FA Charter Standard club based at Potterne Park in Verwood. Verwood Town YFC offers boys and girls aged 6 to 18 the opportunity to play football.

Whilst the youth section is run entirely by volunteers, the ethos is that it is run as professionally as possible. All managers and coaches are trained to Level 1 FA coaching standards. They must also have been trained in Emergency First Aid and attended the FA’s Safeguarding Children course, complete with an FA CRB check. Furthermore, as is appropriate, the Club has a constitution to follow and strict code of conduct guidelines to which all players, parents and spectators are expected to adhere.

For more information and to find out all about us, please visit our website www.vtfc.co.uk and follow the links for youth football.

Golf

Crane Valley Golf Club

Situated half a mile outside Verwood, our facilities include an 18-hole Valley Course, a 9-hole Woodland Course, and a 9-hole foot golf course within the Woodland Course. They also include a driving range, clubhouse, and golf shop. We have a function room for weddings, parties, and other social events.

Please call for more information:

Netball

Verwood Town Netball Club (14+)

Training at Emmanuel Middle School every Monday evening from 7pm to 8pm (term time only). All are welcome, no matter what their ability, so please come along or contact us for more details:

Verwood Town Club Juniors 

Training at Emmanuel Middle School every Monday evening (term time only)

Years 3, 4 & 5 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Years 6, 7 & 8 – 6pm to 7pm

Please contact:

Swimming

Wimborne Wagtails Swimming For the Disabled

Meet at the Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre, Wimborne, on Saturdays. The swimming session is from 11.15am to 12.30pm. Swimming and swim therapy are available for disabled people of all ages and disabilities. We also arrange active social events.

It is essential to email or telephone first to arrange a free trial. Please contact Alex Tuckey:

Three Legged Cross Village Hall

Various activities take place at the Hall, including Art classes, Dog training groups, Embroidery classes, Golden Years Lunch Club, Karate classes, Line Dancing, Short Mat Bowls, Yoga, and Zumba classes.

The Hall also caters for adult and children’s parties, offering a versatile space for your celebration.

For more information regarding any of the above activities, please get in touch with Pat Byrne:

Verwood Memorial Hall

The Hall hosts many activities, including mother and baby/toddler groups, Slimming groups, a local choir, and a weekly Friday Market. It is also available for hire for private events, fundraisers, and groups.  

Contact details:

Moors Valley Country Park

Although not within the Civil Parish, the Country Park is situated immediately south of Verwood. It is a joint venture between Dorset Council and Forestry England. The Country Park and Forest consist of 1,000 acres of woodland, heathland, meadow, lakes, and rivers.

At the park’s heart is the Visitor Centre, an 18th-century timber barn that houses the Seasons Restaurant and Coffee Barn, a gift shop, and the ‘Ranger Den’ nature education area.

For those wishing to get out and about, there are plenty of way-marked walks, cycle routes, and cycle hire with child seats and trailers. For the less able, wheelchairs or electric scooters are available to hire.

For children, there is an adventure play area for juniors, a castle and sand works for infants, plus the Play Trail – unique wooden play sculptures set around a 1-mile trail within the forest. For the more adventurous, there is the ‘Go Ape’ tree-top adventure course set in the trees. There is also a narrow-gauge steam railway and an 18-hole golf course.

Discover Adventure Valley, our new activity zone, located just 180 metres from the Visitor Centre, featuring Adventure Golf and miniature Land Rovers. A Health and Activity Centre also offers a full programme of walks and cycle rides throughout the year for adults.

There are no entrance charges to Moors Valley but vehicle charges do apply. Access by road is from Horton Road, Ashley Heath, approximately one mile from the Ashley Heath roundabout in the direction of Three Legged Cross. On foot from Verwood, there is a pathway through Potterne Park playing fields. From here it is about one mile to the Visitor Centre.

Moors Valley Rangers can be contacted at the Visitor Centre between 9am and 5pm:

Countryside Officers, Dorset Council are also responsible for managing several Nature Reserves and Sites of special scientific interest, including Dewlands Common and Stephens Castle in Verwood.

For more information on these and other countryside sites in the country and to contact the Countryside Team, please visit www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre

The Museum and Coffee/Tea/Cake shop are open from 9.30am to Midday, Monday to Saturday. Entry to the museum is free, but children must be accompanied.

Exhibitions and artefacts can be found in the main hall. Verwood Tea Towels, Bags, Aprons, and The History of Verwood book are all available for purchase from the coffee shop. The hall is also available for hire.

For more information, please get in touch with Pam Warren (9.30am to Midday, Monday to Saturday):

Verwood Hub Community and Leisure

Whether you enjoy live concerts or shows, watching some of the latest blockbusters, improving your health and fitness, or simply need a place to meet and have a coffee, The Verwood Hub Community and Leisure can accommodate you. 

The Verwood Hub Community and Leisure comprises three sites: The Verwood Hub, Potterne Park, and Emmanuel Sports Hall. All offer facilities, activities, and events to suit every need. 

The Verwood Hub is a hugely versatile facility that includes the fantastic Merryfield Theatre, featuring a brand new state-of-the-art cinema showing some of the latest blockbusters and an auditorium that can transform, at the click of a button, from a 300-seated theatre to a cabaret layout to cater to different styles of events. 

Make the most of a state-of-the-art Technogym gym, licensed bar, and free Wi-Fi!  With an exciting and varied calendar of events, including shows, theatre, cinema, and concerts, there is something for the entire family to enjoy! 

With the latest Technogym equipment, a functional training zone, a suspension training area, an extensive free weights section, an array of fitness classes, and a team of some of the best fitness instructors, the Verwood Gym is an ideal place to get that full-body workout. The easy-to-use Wellness System (TM) simplifies every aspect of the gym experience. It allows users to follow defined routines with constant feedback on progress and gives each workout that personal feel. 

The Café Lifestyle provides a comfortable social area to meet friends, enjoy a light lunch, or choose a drink from the licensed bar. Situated right in the heart of Verwood and with such a wide variety of opportunities, the Verwood Hub is your one-stop shop for fun, fitness, and entertainment. 

Potterne Park includes a modern 3G Astroturf arena, newly refurbished tennis courts, a play park, an outdoor gym, and trails that lead to the back of Moors Valley Country Park. The Pavilion has space for indoor activities to meet a variety of needs, including a café and changing facilities. It is the perfect place to meet and enjoy a drink while watching a match or with friends and family, utilising the park’s facilities. 

Emmanuel Sports Hall is a shared facility with Emmanuel Middle School. It comprises a four-court sports hall that hosts various group exercise classes and provides a joint community and educational facility. Community access is available on Monday and Tuesday mornings, weekday evenings, weekends, and school holidays. During these times, the Verwood Hub, Community and Leisure Centre operates an exciting range of activities and courses, with the facilities available for community hire.

Courts are available to hire for the following sports: badminton, short tennis, table tennis, football, and cricket.

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