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19 Jun

Sports England are backing a new campaign that will help use sport for good. Made By Sport is a four-year campaign that will attempt to change lives by raising in excess of £40 million for community sportt using National Lottery money to help the campaign achieve its objectives.

With new research showing that 61% of mums would feel guilty about taking time to exercise, This Girl Can is encouraging mothers to prioritise exercise. A survey conducted by Opinium for Sports England, showed that a lack of time is keeping busy mums from exercising, with 30% reporting to have less than an hour free to themselves per day. But with almost 70% of mothers thinking it is important for their children to see them exercising, and data showing that mothers have a greater influence on their children’s activity levels than fathers, This Girl Can has released a series of new tips, advice and home workout ideas on social media.

15 Jun

Southwater Junior Academy retained the Horsham Primary Schools Stoolball title at Horsham Sports Club yesterday with their A team competing in dominant style. The weather was dull but thankfully the rain held off and seven teams from four schools played over three pitches on the superb outfield of Horsham Cricket Club. Group B consisted of four teams and Group A was reduced to three following the late withdrawal of Slinfold. Placings in the morning groups informed a final round of afternoon play-off matches that gave each team a final placing.

12 Jun

Almost two in three adults believe that physical education should be a core subject in the national curriculum. A poll of 2,071 adults found that 64 per cent thought PE should be equivalent to English, maths and science in the curriculum. And 46 per cent said that it was wrong to take secondary pupils out of PE classes for extra tuition in existing core subjects. The findings follow a recent petition from London community councillor Eartha Pond, which called for PE to become a core subject. This collected more than 15,000 signatures.

6 Jun

Sport England are making up to £1 million available to diversify coaches and volunteers in the sport and physical activity sector. Their Workforce Diversity Great Ideas Fund will be open for a month, from today, and Sport England want to hear from anyone wanting to engage women and/or BAME communities in volunteering or coaching opportunities.

Sport England commissioned an expert team led by Sustrans to review how active travel contributes to physical activity. The report assesses the current and potential contribution of active travel and reviews the effectiveness of many types of active travel interventions. Read the report here

5 Jun

St Mary's School Washington is the champion school at tennis in the STARS catchment of primaries after winning out in a competition run at Storrington Tennis Club yesterday. It was Flushing Meadow, Roland Garros and Wimbledon rolled into one as the year 5+6 children adapted their skills to play on three different surfaces: tarmac, clay and artificial grass. Coaches for the Matthews Tennis Coaching group staffed the event with high authority and experience, first providing some skills coaching in the key areas of forehand, backhand and serving, and then overseeing a series of mini-matches between the three schools attending: St Mary's, Storrington and Amberley.

2 Jun

18 teams from 12 schools, the maximum that can be accommodated are ready for rounders rock 'n' roll this coming Friday at Millais School in Horsham. Six pitches will be in use and two Millais year 10 umpires will be on each of them to undertake rule implementation and scoring duties. The first round of groups will sift teams into three second phase divisions. May the best team win!

30 May

On Wednesday the 29 May 2019 The 3rd Annual Horsham Wheels For ALL sponsored bike ride took place along the Downs Link. The club members and leaders were cycling to raise money for a new wheelchair bike for use at their weekly inclusive cycling sessions that take place on Fridays at The Bridge Leisure Centre on the athletics track. £500 has been raised so far towards the £4,000 target and the page will remain open for 6 months so people can still make donations and every donation however big or small is really appreciated. Donate here!

20 May

Sport England are investing nearly a quarter of a million pounds in a new six-month pilot aimed at getting people aged 55 and over more active. The product of a collaboration between Sport England, Demos and Anchor Hanover, 10 Today provides a series of easy, accessible and enjoyable 10-minute exercise broadcasts – for both radio and online – which can be followed almost anywhere and at any time. Inspired by Radio Taiso, an established and evidence-based national daily exercise broadcast on Japanese radio, 10 Today has been produced and led by older people, for older people.