Club History

Southdowns Agility Club has been around for some time and the club name is recognised on the agility circuit, but how did the club begin?

Southdowns was previously known as Woolston Dog Training Club. This started as a plain obedience club by Don and Sally Bradbury. Over the years as agility became popular Don and Sally started to train and compete. This service was then offered to members of the obedience club. Agility lessons were initially run in the Bradbury's back Garden!

As agility continued to grow there were more people wanting to do agility rather than obedience and the club out grew the garden. It was decided an indoor school should be sought, removing such problems with the venue as weather and bad light. A school was found in Droxford, training was moved to the evening, and club members grew and grew. Woolston also started running an annual agility show at Royal Victoria Country Park.

As time moved on a new venue was sought, Crofton Manor Farm. This was ideal until problems with the leaseholder. It was at this time that Sally began puppy training classes and decided to relinquish the running off the club.

Hasty decisions had to be made and some of the long standing members took on the roles required to keep the club going. Those who had been doing agility the longest took on the role of  training the others, and organising the annual shows.

At this time a decision was made to change the name of the club, after a vote on suggestions there was a name put forward to the Kennel Club. Thus, Southdowns Agility Club was born.

With time venues have to change, the club now meet at Wickham, which is under cover and we have plenty of space for equipment. We are given freedom to use the space as we please on a Monday night. The club also moved to a different venue for it's annual show in 2009. The show is now held at Hampshire Constabulary Training HQ, Hamble (for more info please see the Shows page or agility.net for show schedule).

Southdowns is only a small club compared to some, but as long as there are people willing and ready the club will continue to run!