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22 May

The first ever ‘Primary School’s Disc Golf Festival’ took place this week on Monday in Horsham Park. Three teams from two schools took part including two from Greenway and one from Ashington. The children played the nine hole golf course on a beautiful sunny morning. At the end everyone was waiting eagerly in anticipation for the scores to be announced. Greenway A came through victorious winning narrowly by three shots with a final score of 75 shots over the nine holes.

21 May

12 players from Horsham Table Tennis Club's emerging crop of juniors took on a similar number from Brighton Table Tennis Club at Greenway School in Horsham on Sunday afternoon. The children were organised in to four team matches involving three players from each club playing the other three plus challenging their own players in order to provide team and individual results. Brighton won all four matches but all the Horsham players remained competitive throughout.

20 May

The Horsham Primary School Tennis League team events came to their conclusion on Friday. As expected Southwater A cruised to victory in the Year 3+4 event whilst in the older Year 5+6 category a battle royale between Holbrook and Southwater A went the way of Holbrook after the two came head to head in the final round of matches.

19 May

Funding remains available for organisations that want to enhance spaces in their local communities for the benefit of local people. The Community Asset Fund was launched in January 2017 to support Sport England’s strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’. According to Sport England, this investment is intended to help local organisations ‘create good customer experiences and financially sustainable facilities that benefit their community for years to come’. Sport England is looking to invest in projects that look beyond helping get people into sport and active to projects that change lives and become a force for good.

The ICC World Cup 2019 team are looking for 4,000 enthusiastic volunteers to deliver an exceptional ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Across eleven host venues and cities the volunteers will play a key role in the delivery of the six-week tournament with a range of roles, including transport, spectator services, accreditation, way-finding and fan-zones. Recruitment began on 3 May through an online application process and will conclude on 15 June. The programme features a dedicated interview process followed training for successful candidates.

Sebamed’s Brighton and Hove Children’s Triathlon, the biggest triathlon on the southeast coast, is back for another year this September. This annual city Tri makes the most out of Brighton and Hove with an open sea swim, closed-road bike course and run along scenic Hove promenade.  There is also a scootathlon for the youngest athletes (3-7 year olds) on the Saturday. Prices are available in every category and no one leaves without a medal and t-shirt.

Volunteers’ Week is about celebrating and thanking those who give up their time to make a difference. During Volunteers’ Week Horsham District Council's Voluntary Sector Support team will be out across the district celebrating your success and promoting the benefits of volunteering hoping to capture people’s imagination. Its tag line is “Volunteering… not what you expected?” and they’re aiming to highlight some of the perhaps unexpected benefits of volunteering.

17 May

Greenway (Two) are this year's Horsham Primary Schools Indoor Bowls Festival champions after holding off the challenge of a phalanx of Southwater teams at Horsham Indoor Bowls Club. A total of 16 teams of four from six schools turned out on Tuesday to fill one of Sussex's premier bowls venues to the max and keep the club's large team of volunteers ultra busy for two hours. For the first half hour the children, many of them representing their school in a sports event for the first time, were introduced to the game and delivered practice bowls. The subsequent 90 minutes however was dedicated to competition and Greenway's second team thrived scoring 17 shots to pip Southwater Four by one. Great fun and hopefully some children will be deciding they want more of it by joining HIBC's Saturday morning junior session.

12 May

Southwater Junior Academy's tennis players are in the thick of the action in both age group leagues running at Horsham. In the Year 3+4 category the success of their teams looks assured with their A team way out in front at the top of the table and their B team lodged in second as if to provide a buffer from any late surges. Their fortunes are not quite as clear cut in the Year 5+6 process though as their top team trails Holbrook, another unbeaten team, by seven points with both having played three matches. Something will have to give next week as the two are due to meet in a Clash of the Titans.

9 May

Nominations have opened for The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards 2018. The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards 2018 recognise how grassroots leagues, clubs, volunteers and community projects play their part in making the nation’s favourite game happen week in and week out up and down the country. We would like you to tell us who you think deserves special praise for their work this season.