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18 Aug

The latest Horsham and Shipley Community Project newsletter has been issued and as ever there's lots going on in the A272 adjacent field of dreams. The petanque section has been doing well no doubt helped by the hot summer we've had but in other ways the lack of rain has been causing problems in managing the grounds. The Men's Shed there has got its AGM coming up and the project will be represented with stalls at the Thakeham Village Day in September. The vets football team will have a new captain for the upcoming season and the walking football section is looking for ideas to charitably contribute to prostrate cancer prevention.

An independent review of sport in the justice system has highlighted the role that sport and physical activity can play in rehabilitation and reducing reoffending. It also identifies best practice from across the custodial estate and makes recommendations for enhancing provision. The report makes 12 key recommendations.

Sport England, in conjunction with Public Health England, NCSEM Sheffield and the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University, has developed guidance and advice to maintain good levels of hygiene when involved in sport and physical activity. Good hygiene practice, by both organisations and individuals, helps ensure that everybody involved in sport and physical activity stays fit and well enough to take part, be it through participating, coaching or officiating.

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation to look at whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving should be introduced for dangerous cyclists. The consultation forms part of the government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy safety review. It recognises the difficulties of trying to create general parity between cyclists and drivers in terms of licensing and insurance, for example, but seeks to more closely align penalties for offences that result in death or serious injury.

7 Aug

The Late Birthday Project (www.latebirthdayproject.co.uk) is opening a new centre at Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath in October. As with its other centres, the focus will be on helping players born January to August to counter the significant impact of the Relative Age Effect in youth football.

31 Jul

Levels of severe obesity in children aged 10 to 11 years have reached the highest point since records began, according to new figures published by Public Health England (PHE).  Analysis of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) between 2006 to 2007 and 2016 to 2017 details trends in severe obesity for the first time. The findings also show stark health inequalities continue to widen. The prevalence of excess weight, obesity, overweight and severe obesity are higher in the most deprived areas compared to the least deprived – this is happening at a faster rate in Year 6 than Reception.

30 Jul

The Horsham Memory Walk, organised by the Rusty Brains, is back again for 2018! It's on Friday 21st September in Horsham Park , 12:00 - 14:00. Come down and support the Horsham Rusty Brains and people living with Dementia across the district. For more information call the Alzheimer's Society on: 01403 213017. Click here to make a donation

Community Youth Work at Horsham Mattters are recruiting to two positions for Pulborough and Steyning youth clubs. Pulborough Support Youth Worker - 5 hours per week, term time only including Wednesday and Thursdays. £9.40 / hour. Steyning Support Youth Worker - 8 hours per week, term time only including Tuesday and Thursdays. £9.00 / hour. Closing date for both positions: 26 August 2018.

19 Jul

Littlehaven School are the Year 1+2 quadkids champions after pipping Castlewood in a close run competition, run on a virtual basis by comparing scores produced on both the schools' sites. Littlehaven's 71 children accumulated 7253 points against Castlewood's 60 children who scored 6031 which uplifted pro-rata (x 71/60) gave an adjusted total of 7137. 116 points difference is not a lot in the context of over 14,000 points scored overall! For good measure 25 of Castlewood's reception year children got tested as well - next year when their scores contribute to the competition they'll be seasoned veterans at it!

18 Jul

The third Fairways to Horsham Grand Final was a great success recently at Horsham Golf and Fitness. Year 3+4  winners were Leechpool (Jack Green and Caitlyn Leyshon - score 52) and Year 5+6 Winners were St Andrew's Nuthurst (Texas Anema and Nathaniel Bashford - score 45). There were seven teams in the lower age group final and seven teams in the older age group.