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Why the big PAWs? Teddy Bear’s Picnic, of course

Image: OCRA Teddy Bears' Picnic Easter 2019Simmons Park visitors were certainly in for a big surprise this Easter as the Pavilion Café hosted its first Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

Staged as park of Okehampton sports charity OCRA’s holiday activities, the picnic offered a full family afternoon starting with a teddy trail in the park, multi-sports on the cricket pitch and the picnic itself outdoors in the Spring sunshine, with some special guests. Continue reading Why the big PAWs? Teddy Bear’s Picnic, of course

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Manager’s Report – April 2019

Image: SWYG 2017 - PHOTO: Sean Hernon/PPAUK
Image: SWYG 2017 - PHOTO: Sean Hernon/PPAUK

A Period of Change

Over the past few months we have had significant change in systems and personnel:

  • appointed a new financial administrator – Christina Titchen
  • appointed a new accountant – Thomas Westcott
  • adopted a new financial accounting system
  • began recruiting for a new Sport and Recreation Manager

Through this period OCRA has continued to deliver a diverse programme of sport and recreation for all ages and abilities.

Download a PDF copy of this report (PDF file, 3.7MB)

2000+ children involved in OCRA School Events programme, new Federation Schools football and netball leagues in Winter term.

New Pavilion sessions with musical theatre, music project; Mum and Baby Yoga (to start shortly )

Regular Walking Football, Walking Netball to add to the 24 different sports & activities on site.

Outreach to beavers, scouts and venture scout troops.

Image: SNAP thanks
SNAP Special Needs received funding £4000 from DCC & NCT and  local youth group support.


  • Good event programme developing for 2019: returning endurance running, cycling events
  • Super Sports Sunday Family Fun Day will be back with the Sports and Fitness Festival in July; May Fair, Belstone Fair, Okehampton Show, plus more events planned.
  • Hockey Centenary Celebrations, Pony Club Tetrathalons & Multi sport events, with the Pavilion at the heart.

Training Courses

OCRA has hosted:

  • Fun-fit and High-5 courses for school staff
  • First Aid course for coaches and clubs
  • Fundamentals of Movement course

New Programmes and Initiatives

  • Image: Fusion LogoDeveloping Active Okehampton brand with Okehampton Health and Wellbeing Alliance; Exercise on Referral programme for local area
  • Year 2 of our Sport Community Development contract with Fusion looks to bring new activities to both Parklands and Meadowlands.

Holiday activity schemes

SWYG 2017 - Photo: PPA-UKAll day options with Breakfast and afternoon clubs added to Sport and Art days (booking now for Easter!), more diverse activities, including our mini-camps for 3-5yr olds and family parent-and-child camps.

OCRA in Schools

OCRA holds the School Sports Co-ordinator (SSCO) role for Dartmoor MAT and Tavistock area schools and our school sports calendars are looked on with envy by our neighbours for the number and diversity of events:

  • Image: Tavistock Schools Dance FestivalMulti-skills festivals twice a year
  • Dance festival, swimming gala
  • Tag Rugby festival
  • Castle Drogo cross-country
  • West Devon girls’ win at the recent Devon county cross-country
  • Tri-golf competition this month
  • Girls’ rugby taster sessions with Devon RFU upcoming;
  • Increasing non-core sports: fencing and archery for Primary schools curriculum time (adding to after school clubs)

Okehampton Gym, Trampoline and DMT Club

Image: March 24 2019 end of day photo_1024_681Last season was the first full competitive season and scored an impressive debut:

  • 4 National gold medals
  • 1 National bronze medal
  • regional and county medals
  • a double British NDP trampoline and DMT champion
  • South West Youth Games team gold.

Now a recognised competitive club with an impressive medal tally for this season:

  • Image: Owen NDP Finals Trampoline Barani28 podium places plus number of 4ths and top 10’s.
  • County medals – 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
  • Regional medals -10 gold, 7 silver, 5 bronze
  • Southern zonal medals – 1 bronze
  • National placings – 7th at National schools
  • South West Squad places – 3 selected for SW squad, 4 reserves across disciplines, Vicki Pritchard appointed South West Coach.