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Another night of super table tennis to finish this year's primary schools table tennis Division A. Proceedings came to a close with a pairs competition involving matches up to 31 points within a 12-minute timeframe and each pair changing over when the score of 15 was reached in the game. A number of new Southwater players attended because some regulars were involved in a singing competition and one of them, Charlie, paired up with the relatively experienced (at nine years old!) Zaib Rehman-Furs to win yet another pot of gold for their school.
Spinners Table Tennis Club is inviting youngsters to make a start in table tennis with two sessional opportunities being run at its home at Slinfold Primary School. They're linking into Table Tennis England's TTKidz programme which offers an 8-week starter programme opportunity to 7-11 year olds and also have an already-running TTE funded free course which still has some spaces available.
The second meeting of the Horsham District Netball League Division B2 turned out to be an almost perfect replica of the first meeting before Christmas with all results going the same way, the only 'imperfection' being Kingslea B gaining a bonus point in the table by virtue of getting five goals in their loss to Kingslea A who scored eight, meaning that they superseded the 50% or more scoring threshold that guides bonus points for losing teams. Leechpool was the chief beneficiary of the status quo maintenance, securing another three wins to finish on maximum points ahead of Southwater B who won all their games except for the ones against Leechpool.
New resources are being rolled out to girls in secondary schools as part of a campaign to empower them to get their peers active. As recent national statistics show that from the age of five up, boys are more active than girls at every age. Sport England data from its Active Lives: Children & Young People survey revealed that boys (51%) are more likely to be active than girls (43%).
The Youth Sport Trust has partnered with Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS) to provide children with the best possible sporting experiences, through supporting parents, coaches and other organisations. Working with parents and families is key to the Youth Sport Trust’s strategy to remove barriers to sport. WWPIS already works with a number of National Governing Bodies and sports organisations around the world. It also supports sports organisations and coaches to help parents effectively engage with their children around sport.
The 2020 Horsham District Health Rides programme has just been announced. Health Rides, volunteer-led and free of charge, will kick off its third year of delivery on Wednesday 12th February with an on-road ride to Sumners Pond, Barns Green from the start and return point of the Broadbridge Heath Village Centre. Between then and November there will be another 12 rides encompassing previously popular rides such as ones to Southwater Country Park, the Down's Link to Rudgwick, Pedlar's Way, Warnham and the Shelley route. The Steyning to Shoreham section of the Down's Link is a new offering as the programme branches out a little out geographically. Full information is available here.
TTKidz is the new table tennis based product taking the country by storm and Horsham Table Tennis Club is planning another programme of it following the highly successful programme it ran at Greenway Academy in the autumn term which attracted 28 children to make it the most populous initial course in the country. TTKidz is designed to give 7-11 year olds a fun and progressive introduction to the game. Children get a bat, a T-shirt, balls and a sticker-based workbook packaged in a branded drawstring bag to support them through their 8-week journey.
This Girl Can is back with a brand-new TV advert to inspire more women and girls to take part in sport and physical activity. The advert, which will premiere nationally this Friday, shows the raw, unfiltered reality of women exercising in whatever way that works for them. Lisa O’Keefe, Sport England director of insight, hopes the advert will convince women they don’t need to be in shape or super confident in their bodies to take part.
Holmbush Events, just off the A264 connecting the towns of Horsham and Crawley, has just launched its new 'Lazer Combat'. This involves the very latest generation, light weight infra red laser guns to make participants feel like they're gaming for real.
Adrian R made a spectacular debut at the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division A Individual Championships on Friday at Collyer's. The individual competition opened the way for year 5 North Heath School pupil to make his entry and he did so with a full house of six wins to come through as champion within the top Tier A, edging out the much fancied Chloe R (Southwater) 21-18 in the key match which proved to be one of the highest quality with some super rallies. Well done too to Jason B (Southwater) for a fine showing to secure third spot just in front of school colleague Zaib RF