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24 Feb

There’s just no stopping Shelley A in the top tier of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League. After another two wins on Wednesday at Collyer’s they stand on the precipice of glory, with only fourth placed Plaistow and Kirdford standing in their way in the final meeting to come in late March. It's been no cakewalk for the Shells though since their promotion at Christmas and the latest of their matches saw them pushed hard by St Andrew’s Nuthurst and Southwater A, a scoreline of 5-2 resulting in both. Tyler Muttick and Eleanor Smith were both resolute in the Shelley defence whilst time and again the versatile Charla Flint provided moments of attacking inspiration whether it be from a centre or goal shooter position.

St Peter's Henfield have retained their champion status in the Horsham District Primary Schools Basketball League. On a final meeting at Collyer's Sixth Form that was interrupted by a 10-minute fire evacuation of the hall St Peter's was a team that showed no sense of panic despite the pressure brought to bear by some highly motivated and skilled opponents in Division A. They took everything in their stride to maintain their unbeaten record not just for the third night but throughout the process.

The final chapter of this season’s Horsham District Primary Schools Indoor Athletics Competition season was provided by the year 5+6 event at Forest School last week. In an excellently contested day it was Leechpool’s team that pipped Northolmes by just six points to become the winners, a hair’s breadth considering that a total of 703 points were scored in total across all the disciplines involved.

Southwater B enjoyed a good night at the third meeting of the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division B. They started the evening in second spot but by the end of it sat top with the previous leaders, Kingslea B, sinking down to third. Yes, a really tight and interesting competition is emerging this season in the second TT tier. Southwater B’s first stop in the latest meeting was indeed the Kingslea B team that lay above them. Julian Lansbergen was in great form taking out the dangerous pair of Connor Swain and Josh McDonough. Sam Abrehart also provided vital support with another couple of wins including the 21-20 nailbiter with Zach Robinson. 34-20 to the Southies, a vital win. The only consolation to Kingslea B was that they picked up consolation points from four close matches.

Next Friday (2nd March, 4-6pm) brings the Year 5+6 Girls Football Cup to Horsham Park. Seven schools, entering a total of 11 teams between them, have thrown their hat into the ring and it promises to be an occasion with lots of fun and endeavor. Teams have been split into two groups, one of five and another of six. Place finished in the group will dictate what level of play-off each team contests in the last round. May the best team win!

20 Feb

Time on the curriculum for Physical Education is being squeezed, new research from the Youth Sport Trust shows. The findings suggest that 38% of English secondary schools have cut timetabled Physical Education for 14-16-year-olds since 2012 while almost one in four (24%) have done so in the last academic year.

Tapping the Potential is the latest publication from the Richmond Group’s Doing the Right Thing programme - an approach to building meaningful collaboration between the voluntary sector and public bodies.  Tapping the Potential captures learning from the initial stages of the Richmond Group’s collaborative work in Somerset. This includes success factors for collaboration, consideration of collaboration challenges, and reflections for local and national decision-makers beyond Somerset.

Southwater Junior Academy's superpower status in local primary schools athletics was reinforced today at the Collyer's year 5+6 indoor athletics competition where they headed off the challenge of four other schools to win through. They finished with 351 points, 25 ahead of second-placed Heron Way. Collyer's sports leaders officiated the event again under the direction of coach Dave Ingram and yet another smooth event proceeded as a result.

16 Feb

Those community innovators at the Horsham and Shipley Community Project have been busy recently. Football, walking football, petanque, conservation, Men in Sheds, facility improvements, constitutional development are just some of the things they've been up to which have been summarised in their first newsletter. What an example of people coming together and achieving things for the benefit of health, connecting with others and having fun. Keep up the great work.

13 Feb

Dodgeball is the latest sport to get the competitive treatment in the HDSD primary schools sport calendar, responding to a request from one local primary school desperate to let its dodgeballers loose on the wider world. In total seven teams from four schools will be attending the inaugural event running at Farlington School on Monday 26th February, 12-2pm. Local dodgeball maestro Louis Power will be lead official and three courts will be used. May the best team win.