Welcome to the Horsham District Council Sports Development news page keeping you up to date with what is happening in the local sports community.
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The highest ever levels of activity have been recorded by Sport England's latest Active Lives Adult Survey, with 1 million more people physically active than when the survey began. Based on data gathered from 180,000 respondents (aged 16+) in the 12 months from May 2018 to May 2019, 1,015,700 more people are active compared to when the survey started, in 2015. That takes the total number of active people – those doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week – up to 28.6 million.
Netball is one of the biggest primary school participation sports in the Horsham area and HDSD has lined up another big league season at Collyer's to give this large demand a good competitive outlet. 22 teams are lined up to play within a slightly different formatting arrangement. Five teams will contest Group A on a double round-robin basis whilst the other 17 are to be split over four equal level Division B sub-groups 1-4 played on a double round-robin in the groups of four and a single round-robin for the group of five. Placings in these groups will determine which end of season play-off group each team feeds into.
Sport England has partnered with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to launch an innovative safeguarding awareness campaign that uses augmented reality technology to help keep those involved in sport safe. In order to recognise and report a safeguarding issue it is paramount that all parents, coaches and players are aware of the signs of abuse.
21 teams have entered this year's primary schools netball league for the Horsham District, slightly down on the 24 of previous year but still making for a good competition in prospect. Format has been slightly changed to account for the reduction and the expected level of teams. There will be a Division A of five teams playing a double-round robin over the course of five meetings. Division B will incorporate all the other 16 teams across four sub-groups of four, leading to separate play-off meetings at the end of the process between winners, runners-up, thirds and fourths.
The authority behind the School Games, the Youth Sport Trust, has launched a campaign to tackle some of the negative experiences that exist within competition when there is an over-emphasis on a single outcome – most goals, fastest time or furthest distance. These issues are prominent in school sport competitions and in some cases, having negative effects on young people taking part in school sport.
The Horsham Matchplay Table Tennis Nights process got underway at Collyer’s Sixth Form in good style on Friday with 16 players taking part. Young and old, male and female, experienced and inexperienced were involved to quickly re-establish the fun and spirit that the nights have established a reputation for.
Hot on the wheels of the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire Sport England is helping the competition to leave a lasting impact on cycling in England. Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the roads of Yorkshire for the eight-day festival of cycling that saw 11 rainbow jerseys won in front of a global TV audience of more than 250 million. Building on the legacy from the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014, which includes the now annual Tour de Yorkshire races for both men and women, Sport England is working with British Cycling to allocate £15 million of Government funding. The biggest government investment into community cycling facilities the country has seen aims to channel the inspiring performances of the past week into people on bikes.
The BBC has created a "wellbeing" smartphone app called Own It aimed at children. It monitors how young people interact with friends and family online and through messaging apps. It uses AI to evaluate a child's mood so it can offer advice or encourage them to talk to trusted adults. The app is designed to offer help and support especially if children are about to share sensitive data or send an upsetting message.
A new scheme in Dorset is bringing the young and old together to support each other and tackle loneliness. According to the Office of National Statistics in 2018, 14% of 10-12 year old's often felt lonely and Age UK report there are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people within the UK. School children in Dorset are now helping 'at risk' older adults to lead healthy lives. A new project by children's charity the Youth Sport Trust is pairing young people up with older adults to take part in exercise together.
A regional Active play scheme targeting two to four-year-olds has been credited with providing a "wholly positive impact" on children’s attitude to learning – and their ability to follow instructions. The results achieved by the West Somerset physical literacy programme, created by the Youth Sport Trust (YST), has led to plans to roll the programme out across the rest of the UK. The early years physical literacy and social mobility project was designed to ensure every child in West Somerset received the opportunity to achieve a good level of physical development linked to their language and literacy skills.