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Alex McFetrich

Alex has lived in Southbourne for the past two years, and has joined HQB following three years in London, working in marketing at the Kia Oval. A keen sportsman who happily enjoys running around a five-a-side or touch rugby pitch, he is now looking to unearth some of the lesser-known positive sporting stories from the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch areas.

Poole Town Cricket Club: Local Talent Shines as Cricket Returns

When gyms first re-opened and other sports were re-started under strict measures, cricket continued to be overlooked. A cricket ball can be a terrifying object when hurled at you from 22 yards by a burly fast bowler. But it is doubtful even the Coronavirus could believe its association with the red leather. So despite initial plans for cricket to return in early June, teams across the county were again forced to wait, including local side Poole Town Cricket Club...

Local Man Sheds Six Stone After Falling in Love with Running

In 2014, Darren confesses to being in a dark place. His struggles and pent-up emotion led him to start kickboxing, and then onto Weaver's Boxing Gym in Ferndown. He thoroughly enjoyed the chance to get in a ring and spar, but recalls "After I completed one round, I was absolutely shattered'. His coach pulled him to one side, and told the then 15-stone Darren, "You've got to get fit. Get yourself out running"...

Bournemouth RFC: Loyal Supporters Braced for Club Bounce Back

It was a challenge from the start with an already young squad losing two of their star men. Karim Lynch, who joined Ampthill RFC and Jack Hennings, who retired, leave big holes in the side. An unfathomable amount of early season injuries coupled this difficulty. Combative performances were not enough and points were hard to come by. Will Croker, the Head Coach, left mid-season with the side rooted to the foot of the table...

Coastside Crossfit: A Sporting Community Like No Other

Following two years in Sydney and the expiration of his visa, Liam Hogan returned to Bournemouth and began work managing a couple of the local gyms including Littledown. Once he had "learnt the ropes of managing and doing PT", he was able to pull it all together and in 2017, Coastside Crossfit was born on Southbourne high street. It wasn't long until membership numbers were thriving, with classes running all morning and then again in the evening...

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