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14 Oct

Almost 300,000 more people are doing 150 minutes of activity a week according new figures released today from Sport England's (SE) Active Lives Adult Survey May 2017/18. The report also shows that inactivity levels - people doing fewer than 30 minutes of activity a week - dropped by 116,000 over the same time period. Based on a sample of almost 185,000 respondents to the survey, 297,400 more people in England, aged 16 and above, are meeting the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines of doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week.

Storrington Primary School won the STARS primary schools year 3+4 festival staged at West Chiltington School recently and officiated by HDSD staff. They progressed from the group stage as top team with two wins and despite their progress being slowed up by St Mary's School, Washington, the least experienced team involved in a goalless match. After initial defeat to Storrington, Thakeham Primary School picked up the pace with two conclusive wins in their other matches to set up a final of the big two. Thakeham applied strong pressure in the final but a Storrington counter-attack saw them score the decisive goal. Well done also to the West Chiltington and St Mary's Washington teams for competing with such enthusiasm on the afternoon, the former of the two winning the third place play-off with a single goal.

Active travel is a great way of increasing the amount of daily physical activity accessed by pupils in schools. A generation ago 70% of children walked to school, now this figure is less than 50%. The charity, Living Streets, wants to reverse this trend and has set an ambition of getting every pupil that can, to walk to school.

The Horsham TT Matchplay Nights got underway in good style on Friday at Collyer’s College with 16 players competing across three round-robin groups. Mike Hood was the standout player in the C group displaying some wily shot-making on his way to a full house of victories. Young Adam Cort from West Chiltington also impressed with four wins and Gill Hood will be pleased with her debut in the matchplay process. Her games with Cort and another youngster, Toby Capel, were particularly close and exciting. Brenda Taylor and Sasha Hood also did well in developing their strokes, competing and generally finding their feet.

13 Oct

Greenway A and Plaistow/Kirdford are on top of the Horsham area primary schools footballing tree after winning the respective large and small schools leagues last night in Horsham Park. Greenway A went unbeaten in large schools Division A and despite dropping points in two draws gained a vital 2-0 win over second placed Southwater A to take the title by two points. Plaistow and Kirdford also maintained their unbeaten small school status but were also held to draws in five games over the two meetings, but secured enough points to stay clear of runners-up Loxwood by four. Leechpool A put aside their disappointment at not qualifying for the top group last time out by firing on all cyclinders to win the large schools Division B with a full house of five wins, ahead of Southwater B who won all their games except their battle against the Leechpool top team which finished conclusively 4-1.

9 Oct

Swimming has significantly reduced the symptoms of anxiety or depression for 1.4 million adults in Britain, according to new research. In addition, almost half a million (492,000) British adults with mental health conditions who swim say that they have reduced the number of visits to a medical professional regarding their mental health as a result of swimming. The YouGov poll, commissioned by Swim England, also reveals that more than 490,000 people have reduced, or no longer take, medication for their mental health condition as a result of swimming.

Up to £400,000 is being invested by Sport England to increase diversity in sports leadership roles by 2021. New training, networking, mentoring, deployment support and online activities will be provided to potential candidates, with expressions of interest now being invited from formally constituted organisations to the fund that hopes to provide a list of at least 50 ‘board ready’ diverse candidates to apply for leadership positions by the end of March.

Towns and cities will be turned into giant playgrounds as Sport England invests £3.3 million into the Beat the Street programme aimed at getting people active. Already a hit in 72 towns and cities across the UK and Europe, Intelligent Health’s initiative will now be rolled out with a further 59 games across south west England and the East Midlands thanks to the National Lottery funding.

More than £346m in wasted childcare funding should be used to get children more active and fight the growing epidemic of health issues among the young, says a new report from ukactive. The report, called Generation Inactive 2 – Nothing About Us, Without Us, includes a recommendation that the Government should redirect the Treasury underspend allocated to tax-free childcare to physical activity programmes in disadvantaged areas. The proposal would help support parents to keep children physically active and well-fed outside of school hours, with figures showing that over the summer holidays children lose up to 80% of the fitness gained during term time.

The ‘Puberty and Sport: An Invisible Stage’ report from Women in Sport looks at puberty and its impact on girls’ participation in sport. Key findings include: (1) sport is an ‘invisible stage’ where girls feel everyone is noticing them, (2) sporting activities previously enjoyed, may now seem childish and not in keeping with their emerging adult identity, (3) New responsibilities and interests fill their time and they become more independent of parents, (4) the perception of ‘having to be good’ at sport in order to participate increases, whilst playing sport for fun appears less acceptable, (5) there is an upsurge of competition and animosity between girls, (6) the sports environment is a breeding-ground for gossip, (7) looking good becomes increasingly important, (8) becoming ‘overly sporty’ can lead to negative stereotyping.