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Army Sports Control Board Festival Marks Centenary

How the Army Sports Control Board celebrated its centenary with a week of action

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A festival to highlight the wide range of sports played by the British Army was staged to celebrate a hundred years of sporting excellence.

The Army Sports Control Board, which is 100 years old this year, started its centenary celebrations by hosting three days of sport at Aldershot Garrison between from May 8 to May 10.

A range of sports from hockey to basketball, from football to rugby and even mixed netball all played a part in the showcase of the best of British Army sports.

Forces Radio BFBS presenter Natasha Reneaux found out about the historic moment for the Army's sporting body.

During the festival, the 98th Army Lawn Tennis Championship started the week off with the finals on Wednesday afternoon which saw Captain Ben Rogers win the Men’s Singles and Lance Corporal Chloe Pike the Women’s title.

Army Tennis

Army Hockey Finals saw 5 Medical Regiment win the Minor Units and Army HQ the Major Units while, AGC won the Inter Corps Women’s title and The Infantry took the Men’s title.

Army Hockey

On the Athletic track, it was a great day of Track and Field in the Regional Command (South) and London District Championship with RAPTC winning the Minor Units title, 22 Engineer Regiment the Major Units title and DMG (SE) the Women’s title. The London District Title was won by HCMR.

Other sports included Golf, Inter Unit T20 Cricket, Inter Corps Rugby 7’s, UK South Football 6’s and the week of celebrations was rounded off with a fantastic Boxing evening as the Inter Unit Boxing Finals took place at the Aldershot Combat Centre.

A pack crowd witnessed and great evening of Boxing that saw 2 Para become Champions beating first time finalists 3 Rifles.

It was a successful week of sport and a great way to start the centenary celebrations of the Army Sports Control Board.

There will be more sporting events to mark the 100 years through the year, including the annual Army Sports Awards in November.

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