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Julie riding Severine


Dressage rider, Julie Hoskyns, a competitor, and committee member of Vectis Equestrian Club, travelled to Sparsholt College in Winchester to take part in the preliminary level competition at British Dressage, riding her horse Severine.

They placed 2nd and 5th and managed to qualify for the Pet Plan Area Festival in August. 

Severine is a 5-year-old Chestnut Oldenburg mare and is only just starting her competitive journey. This was only her second event on the mainland, and she has a lot to learn but shows great potential.

This year for Severine is a ‘training’ year which means they are going to different venues to gain experience. Their next outing will be the two-day show at "The Festival of Dressage" where Julie hopes to qualify Severine and her mare, Pauldary's Amaretto for the dressage to Music Area Festival, before going on to do Riding Club qualifiers for dressage and showjumping at Moreton in Dorset in July.

Well done Julie and Severine, we can't wait to see your progression!

Ventnor Rugby Club
Ventnor Rugby Club


Over twenty members of Ventnor Rugby Club including players, management and supporters travelled to the Midlands last month to play in a charity rugby event for The Nags Charity Barbarians.

The Nags are a charity rugby team that have been playing biannually for ten years, raising much needed funds for Cancer Research UK. To date, they have managed to raise over £210,000! This was the first time that Ventnor RFC had been represented at such an event, not just on the playing front.

All the layers played with fantastic commitment and proudly promoted the playing standard at the club.

The event at Tewkesbury RFC managed to raise over £30,000 pushing them ever so close to the quarter of a million milestone.

What a great event to be a part of and an amazing amount of money raised for a fantastic charity!



It’s been a busy few weeks for Ventnor Rugby Club, supporting the community and local events at their ground. 

The club recently entertained several mainland mini-rugby clubs totalling over 1,300 kids and parents enjoying themselves at Watcombe. The clubhouse, car parks and bar saw frenzied action but thanks to their hard-working band of volunteers, everyone got their fair share of bacon rolls and cups of tea. Despite the touch-and-go weather, the club received excellent feedback from the families who are already looking forward to next year!

Later, 3000 lycra-clad cyclists came by on the Randonnee for a pit stop to use the clubhouse as a marshalling post and feeding station. With a samba band adding to the colourful spectacle.

A great effort from everyone involved with will allow the club to donate to the Luke Orton and Team Teddy charities!



Junior Vectis Equestrian Member, Freya Jones and her lovely pony Bleu, recently travelled to the Riding Club competition held at Moreton EC.

Frey and Bleu placed 1st in their class in the Area Combined Challenge!

Well done both!

IOW Panthers


A member of the IOW Panther Kickboxing team, Harvey Abbott has been selected to represent Team GB for the second year!

Harvey will be heading to Budapest in August to compete at the World Kickboxing Championships in the Full Contact division! The standard does not get higher than this!

Harvey is a great role model for the club showing hard work, respect, and discipline!

Good luck Harvey!

Ventnor Cricket Club


It was a busy weekend for Ventnor Cricket Club with three senior teams representing Ventnor on Saturday and on Sunday, competing in the second round of the Venous Village Cup, a national competition with the chance to play at Lords in the final!

Unfortunately, the game was cancelled but with three other senior teams representing Ventnor, there was more than enough to watch!

Ventnor won with the second XI playing a home game at Steephill against Ellingham by 9 wickets.

Ventnor’s third XI playing a home game in Arreton against an IOW team, Freshwater, won by 5 wickets.

And finally, playing an away game in Northwood against another Island team, Northwood, the fourth XI, Ventnor lost by 6 wickets.

On Sunday, Ventnor’s first XI won against Sarisbury by 9 wickets with some impressive performances, taking them to the third round of the Venous Village Cup!

Well done Ventnor, we can’t wait to see what you do next!

Ventnor Cricket Club


Exciting times for Ventnor Cricket Club as they welcome back Dineth Thimodya, an overseas player for the 2024 season.

“I’m really happy to be back. I’ve loved my time playing for Ventnor over the years and can’t wait for the season to start”

Unfortunately, the British weather put a halt to their recent 1st Xi fixture, but we’re excited to see what they get up to now the weather is picking up!

East Cowes Vics

EAST COWES VICS FC | 30 March 2024

On Good Friday, the East Cowes Vics Football Club played Newport IOW in a Wessex League 1 match.

East Cowes Vics won 1-0 with the goal scored by Jez Conway in the first half!

This was the first league victory against Newport in over 30 years! To top the win off, the game was played out in front of the league's biggest crowd of the season with 565 people filling out Beatrice Avenue, home of East Cowes Vics.

Starlight Academy
Starlight Academy


Five young girls from The Starlight Academy have been chosen to represent England in the very prestigious dance competition, the Global Dance Open Finals in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, this summer!

Aged just eight and nine years old, the five girls will travel to the competition this July to compete in Ballet, Jazz, Street and Acro sections.

Auriella, Aria, Imogen, Diwata and Lily will go up against dancers from all around the world, including Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada and South Africa after qualifying in a previous competition, in Sevenoaks, Kent.

Well done girls, this is an amazing achievement, we can’t wait to hear how you get on in July!



NAUT CYCLING | 22 March 2024

NAUT Cycling took part in their first road event of the race season!

Over 50 riders turned up for this event with NAUT members featuring in four teams. A damp and overcast morning for the first time trial event of the season: a 3-up effort along the Military Road, on the Pearl 10 course. Two team members, Eric Wiliams and James Heng had a particularly impressive ride, finishing 6th overall, being the highest placed team of junior riders! One team, featuring Chris Till, wasn’t so lucky, having pushed hard to post the 2nd fastest time, they lost a rider to a mechanical and was disqualified. Alex Paul, Martin Piper and Steve Taylor pulled together to take 7th Place! The trio, including Martin Jackson, took the 13th fastest tie of the event!

Well done, team! We look forward to hearing more!

supported Teams - VEC


Vectis Equestrian Club recently sent over three of their members, Paige Richards, Amelia Collins and Charlotte McCoullgh to compete at the British Riding Clubs Area Winter Dressage, held at Crofton Manor.

Paige Richards placed 2nd in her senior section, with Charlotte placing 2nd in the juniors! This was Amelia’s first time competing with Vectis, finishing in the top ten in her class!

Well done, girls!