Sports Shots has raised £7,294.28 for our two charities:
We would like to dedicate this site to the memory of Jonathan Stobart, a dear and valued friend who gave us the belief that we could make this a success. RIP Stompy.
Welcome to Sports Shots!
Sports Shots is a sport-based news and images service run by Andy Bone and his wife Lorna, with the help from Dale & Gemma James, Darren Stanger, Luke Stafford and friends in the sporting community.
Focusing in and around Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, Andy and Lorna came up with the idea to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK while following a love of local sport.
Sports Shots is not a charity. All donations are made to Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK; every effort is made to distribute money raised equally between the two charities.
No personal gain is made from Sports Shots.
After starting a Facebook group for our action shots at local matches in 2009, we started a website in January 2011 with news to support our images.
Sports Shots has evolved beyond our wildest expectations and to date the website is approaching 20 million hits from around the world.
Social media: we have 1,329 fans on Facebook and 1,784 followers on Twitter.
Media: we work with, support and promote –
BBC Three Counties Radio, the Buckingham & Winslow Advertiser, the Bucks Herald, The Bucks Free Press, MK Citizen, When Saturday Comes, Club Cricketer magazine.
Bucks CCC (Minor Counties), Oxfordshire Cricket (Minor Counties).
Teams from/and the following leagues – Home Counties Premier Cricket League, Cherwell League, South Northants Cricket League, Southern Football League, Hellenic Football League, South Midlands Football League, United Counties Football League.
Our ethos: is to support local clubs by letting them use our reports and images for their websites, matchday programmes, Facebook and Twitter groups for no charge. We also supply local newspapers with our images free of charge as it is all about our community, not personal gain. All we ask for is an accreditation and that is with the aim of raising awareness into what we do.
View us on our
Russell & Butler YouTube Channel
Follow us on Social Media
You can follow us on Facebook
Sports Shots is also very fortunate to have the following people supporting the site –
Andy Bone, the website founder, has experience of sport in the local area for almost a life time. A former Programme Editor and Press Officer for Buckingham Town Football Club in the Southern League in the 1980s and early 1990s in which time he wrote an article for the Arsenal FC programme, Daily Telegraph, numerous local newspapers (Eastern Daily Press, The Green, The Chronicle & Echo Pink, etc). A spell as Secretary and Press Officer at Buckingham Town Cricket Club followed.
Lorna Bone, the website joint owner, has been involved in local cricket through boys county youth and club cricket. Now a keen interviewer for our YouTube channel.
Dale James has vast experience of media and photography duties at Winslow United and Ardley United. A Non-League follower, who has an excellent knowledge of the local football scene, Dale is also a very good photographer who showcases his work in the Oxford-based newspapers, as well as online. Dale is now writing for the Non-League Paper. A fantastic addition who we are honoured to include as part of our team.
Luke Stafford supports raising money for charity by showcasing his excellent photography work for us.
Alex Gilder is a budding young reporter who has volunteered to work for us as he looks for a career in sports journalism. Another outstanding addition to our team.
Nick Holder, an outstanding photographer, who supplies images that are used in the running of the website. A brilliant member of our team.
Darren Stanger, who brings a wealth of experience in being Columnist for the South Northants Cricket League during the summer. Darren has now taken up covering a local game every weekend and is our newly-appointed North Bucks & District Football League Columnist. Sports Shots are very lucky to have a massive asset in Darren contributing to the site.
The ethos of Sports Shots has evolved over time but the aim has remained – Supporting charity, local sport and images!
After starting life by displaying images via Facebook in 2009 we were on our way!
On the 24th March 2010 we started a club on Facebook in the hope we could ‘make something happen’. Thanks to the
support of friends the launch went well.
Once the 2010 cricket season started what followed was totally unexpected!
As at the close of 2010 we have 133 fans!
Between the 24th March and 1st of November we had over 3,000 hits!
Our images in 2010 supported local clubs by us supplying images to the local paper. This promoted the clubs, their
members and their sponsors in gaining coverage.
We also thank Horspath Cricket Club’s “Zoom Queen” Helen Messenger for joining us in 2010 which meant
we could show images from two different Cherwell Cricket League games on the same day!
Helen, we are proud to say, has had images published in the Wisden’s Cricketer magazine!
On 29th January we launched this website as our latest venture!
We will give ALL our profits to Macmillan Cancer Support & Vasculitis UK.
We have had millions of hits …….
We started our new Russell & Butler YouTube Channel!
Dale James joins Sports Shots on a full-time basis and his quality increases our portfolio of clubs and, in turn, our hits!
We strive to improve and bring the best coverage we can to the local area and beyond!
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us! There are now too many to mention!