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16 Dec

Sport England is making a £3 million investment in parkrun to help more women and people from lower socio-economic groups get active. The three-year collaboration will support the creation of 200 new events across England as the National Lottery money will help to build on the phenomenal growth parkrun has seen in the 14 years since its creation. There are 584 locations around the UK where parkruns take place each weekend and, with 1.8 million people having taken part already, Sport England's aim is to extend that network.

12 Dec

Almost 80 girls from 5 local primary schools arrived at Millais School on Tuesday 4th December to take part in the Horsham District Primary Schools Girls Hockey Festival. The event was organised by students from Collyers College who were supported by Year 9 sports leaders from Millais School and saw three teams competing in the Year 3 and 4 event and five teams taking part in the Year 5 and 6 event.

Fourteen Olympic and Paralympic sports have received investment from the new £3m Aspiration Fund to help support their ambitions for Tokyo 2020. The government-backed Aspiration Fund was announced in October this year and aims to support those sports which do not receive full UK Sport funding. The sports to benefit are archery, artistic swimming, badminton, beach volleyball, climbing, fencing, goalball, karate, skateboarding, softball, surfing, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has announced the launch of a Youth Advisory Panel to support its work to get children engaged in physical activity. The Panel will be formed of 10-12 young people who are passionate about youth representation, have a range of experiences in sport and physical activity and want to make sure that their generation decides how opportunities are developed and delivered for them in future.

The great outdoors is being used to help people get physically active thanks to an investment of more than £430,000 from Sport England’s Opportunity Fund. Three projects are each receiving more than £140,000 of National Lottery funds to help them provide volunteer programmes. These three new projects will each use nature and wildlife to encourage people to be more physically active. The Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Go Wild, Get Fit’ programme will see volunteers given the opportunity to take part in a range of conservation activities, while Kent Wildlife Trust’s ‘Down to Earth’ initiative is focused on women aged 20-45 and aims to create a pool of volunteer leaders.

10 Dec

The third and final meeting of the 2018 Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League occurred last Friday on a chilly winter evening. With all 15 teams arriving promptly at the Tanbridge School Astro pitch, the scene was set for a thrilling conclusion. Teams were promoted and relegated at the end of the second league meeting and there were five teams battling it out in Division 1. The games were fiercely contested with some excellent stick control displayed and it was Shelley that emerged as champions to successfully defend the title they won in 2017. Shelley started strongly beating Kingslea A 2-0 in their opening fixture before a slight setback in their second game when they lost 1-0 to Steyning A. Ben Humphreys proved to be in fine form though for the side as he notched six goals in Shelley’s final two games which saw them get a 2-0 win against Southwater and a 4-1 win against Northolmes A to clinch top spot with 16 points.

8 Dec

The Horsham District Schools Table Tennis Individual Championships series was completed last night as the under 11's took to the tables at Collyer's last night. The organiser, the HDSD team's Ian Ford, was happy as 16 children showed up to battle it out, 16 always being a good number to schedule a competition with and on this occasion allowing the use of a Super 16 monrad format to be employed where all children could play the same number of games irrespective of their success level. It was decided that the first round of matches would split the process up into A and B events, winners going into the former category and losers going into the latter, motivating more of the children involved that they had a chance of winning something or just doing well.

It was doubles tournament night at the Horsham District Table Tennis League Division A last night at Collyer's. Each team of four was required to split down the middle into two to play a round-robin format in which every team was required to play all others on a one set to 21 points basis. Greenway was a player short so Ben Watson paired with his dad to form a friendly team. Doubles is an important aspect of table tennis tournaments at all levels and also usually forms part of a team match so practice in this sometimes neglected form of the sport is particularly useful.

It was the last matchplay table tennis night at Collyer's of 2018 and whilst the U11 schools event took up four tables on the far side of the hall another 12 in the community based process put the other six tables to excellent use, being split into two round-robin groups of six by organiser Tat On Man.

Sport England chief executive Tim Hollingsworth says the results from a major survey of children’s activity levels should be “a big wake-up call for all of us”. The first-ever Active Lives Children and Young People Survey shows that 2.3 million children and young people (32.9%) do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day. “I am calling for a national focus on the health and wellbeing of our nation’s children and for the whole system to be united in delivering change. Our children deserve better and Sport England is determined to play its part,” says Tim.