30 Apr

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy came into effect on 6th April, in a move which the government says will “benefit millions of children across the UK”. Dubbed the ‘sugar tax’, the levy is a key part of the government’s childhood obesity strategy and was first announced in the 2016 Budget. The UK joins a handful of nations – such as Mexico, Finland, France and Norway – to have introduced similar taxes. In England, the new levy revenue will be invested in increasing opportunities for sport in schools, including programmes to encourage physical activity and balanced diets.

Sport England is looking for up to 50 secondary schools to take part in a pilot project designed to give pupils a more positive experience of Physical Education and sport. The pilot is being put together by a number of national partners including the Youth Sport Trust (YST), Association for PE (AfPE), Department for Education (DfE), Teaching Schools Council (TSC) and the English Federation of Disability Sport (EfDS). It will help shape a national programme that will offer specialist training and mentoring to at least two teachers in every secondary school in England by 2020.

28 Apr

Division B of the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League came to its conclusion on Friday at Collyer's - six weeks late due to the pre-Easter snows but better late than never - and it was Southwater Junior Academy that, as expected, prevailed to win the title. Their B team held on to top spot and their A team achieved second, coming from behind at the start of the night to overtake Kingslea A who finished third. All children involved were credited by HDSD organiser Ian Ford for their playing skills, spirit, organisational cooperation and general behaviour which had made for an enjoyable and successful process.

27 Apr

Southwater Junior Academy won the year 3+4 netball festival on Wednesday at Millais School in an event re-arranged after originally being rained off just before Easter. Rain played its part again at Millais requiring people to scarper for cover from a 15 minute heavy April shower. However no major damage done as once everyone got back on court to re-engage some slightly time reduced matches the rest of the event progressed raindrop free. Southwater were dominant throughout winning all their matches. They scored plenty and only conceded one to Holbrook in their closest match which finished 2-1.

K2 in Crawley will be the venue for this year's Parallel Youth Games, which are taking place on 23rd May 2018. Over 14 schools from across Sussex are taking part for a day of sport and competition which sees pupils trying out boccia, New Age Kurling, golf and dance. This year, for the first time there will also be Climbing and Street Soccer on offer.

Hundreds of children who have suffered limb loss or limb deficiency are set to benefit from a £1.5 million investment into sports and activity prosthetics. The Government fund – which has already supported 220 disabled children – will mean more children will be able to use sporting prosthetics, including running blades. The fund will also support research and innovation to improve prosthetic technology for the future.

24 Apr

West Sussex Crowd (hosted by SpaceHive) is a new crowdfunding initiative which gives people the opportunity to run crowdfunding campaigns for local projects across West Sussex.  West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is the driving force behind West Sussex Crowd and has a £330,000 Community Initiative Fund (CIF) for projects running campaigns. This replaces the way WSCC has allocated its funding in previous years.

The third annual Horsham Primary Schools PE/Sport Conference is running on Thursday 24th May at Horsham Park Barn. The agenda is packed with lots of deliverers prepared to both inform PE coordinators from the Horsham District about recent developments and practices but also to actively put them through their paces too. There's no better way of learning than doing so teachers get ready to cycle, do goalball, play kinball and yogalise (or whatever the verb for doing yoga is) amongst other requirements of the day. Much learning and fun is expected. Excuses such as forgetting PE kit will not be accepted!

21 Apr

Sony A are this year’s Set4Success archery champions after coming out top from a field of 16 local business teams of two competing at Collyer’s Sixth Form in Horsham on Thursday night. Monies raised from the entry fees to the event went to the Set4Success charity which raises money to distribute to local talented young sportspeople in the form of bursaries they can apply for in support of achieving their dreams.

Southwater Junior Academy’s A team became the girls football cup winners on Thursday. 12 teams were in attendance and Southwater provided a third of them, at times making the pitches set up in Horsham Park appear as a sea of red. The fate of the draw brought Southwater A up against Heron Way, the team that had pipped them to the girls football league title in the autumn, at the first group stage. A tight match ensued which Southwater came out on top with by a single goal. Heron Way took out their frustration with a 4-0 win over Kingslea to take second spot.

The HDSD catch up with events cancelled before Easter continues apace with the year 3+4 netball festival due to take place this Wednesday at Millais 12.30-2.30pm. Collyer's sports leaders will oversee the event which unfortunately won't includse Loxwood any longer as they can't make the revised date. Four teams drawn from Northolmes (x 2), Southwater and Holbrook will be there however to contest a double round-robin format of games based on High 5 rules. May the best team win.

Primary schools across Sussex are now being invited to attend one of three Albion in the Community (AITC) regional roadshows (Eastbourne, Worthing and Brigthon) to find out more about being part of Premier League Primary Stars during the 2018/19 academic year.

The importance of children's mental health is rising up the educational agenda and a new website has been launched to support primary schools to support the mental health of their pupils. There is a range of expert and practical information and resources to help all primary school staff understand, promote and deal confidently with children’s mental health issues: jargon-free information on what can undermine and what can help emotional wellbeing; tips and strategies to help; and specific advice on vulnerable groups.

NHS statistics have revealed that parents of obese and overweight children think their child is the right weight, and that just over a fifth of children are as active as they need to be to maintain a healthy weight. Parents are being urged to walk their children to school after the Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England revealed that one in five children in Year 6 and 1 in 10 children in Reception are classified as obese.

The Youth Sport Trust has launched a new four-year strategy – Believing in Every Child’s Future. It sets out a vision to halt the decline in children’s physical, mental and social wellbeing using the power of sport, PE and physical activity. Children have never been less active and those who are most in need of sport’s transformative powers are the most likely to miss out. Research shows that young people who grow up in a disadvantaged area, have a disability, come from a BAME background or are female are more likely to be inactive.

20 Apr

St Robert Southwell Primary School are the Division C winners of the Horsham Primary Schools Netball League bringing this season’s process to an end in a final meeting re-arranged on Wednesday at Collyer’s because of a clash with the dance festival in March. Kingslea’s teams stood between St Robert’s and glory. Kingslea B had first crack at the champions-elect but it was soon apparent they were going to struggle to contain them as a scoreline of 10-0 finally evidenced conclusively. Kingslea A fared little better; they scored two goals but conceded two more than their second string. So five games, five wins for St Robert’s and the title was in their hands.

120 young footballers aged 7-11 years from six primary schools took over Horsham Park on Wednesday in an inclusive festival that offered an opportunity to play for children who don’t currently play in junior football clubs or normally get picked for their school team. The weather was superb, the Park pitches had finally started to dry out and the children were full of energy and enthusiasm to show what they could do.

16 Apr

39 boys and girls aged 3 – 12 took part on Saturday 14 April in the first Sussex Junior Player Series event of 2018. Burgess Hill Golf Centre was the host venue for the first of 11 events that will be running this summer and in glorious sunshine the children arrived full of excitement to get out and play on the golf course. There were four boys in the oldest age group for children in school years 6+ and Kochi Cooper was the star performer who went round the 9 holes in an excellent 37 shots to claim victory which also included Shot of the Day in this age group which is a new feature for the events this year.

11 Apr

The final legacy evaluation of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games says Scotland has an enhanced international reputation for sports and culture, and since 2014 has secured 65 UK and international level sports events worth £27.5 million. Games venues and infrastructure also attract cultural events and business conferences and conventions, and tourists with them.

A new online guide which allows employers and staff to talk about mental health has been made available to businesses across the UK. The Return to Work toolkit gives bosses and their employees information, downloadable material and advice on how best to approach absences and returns due to stress, anxiety or depression. The website features templates for absence letters, facts about mental health, checklists for each stage of sick leave and a comprehensive guide for return to work, including exercises such as identifying work priorities.

Golf is good for your health and happiness – and could save millions of pounds for local authorities, according to new research. The findings are the result of an investigation by ukactive, England Golf and Mytime Active into the impact of playing golf on health and wellbeing. Over 3,200 golfers at 12 Mytime Active courses were surveyed about their participation. The results suggest the sport is attracting significant numbers of people who haven’t been getting enough exercise and, once they get into golf, they’re likely to keep playing and improving their fitness.

9 Apr

YMCA's new kickboxing lessons are a great way for young adults to get out and about in a safe environment, ran by a professional. These free sessions are available for 14-20 year olds on a weekly basis, every Friday until 17th August, and have been said to 'help frustrations' and 'gives me something to look forward to.' In these sessions, you can earn kickboxing qualifacations as well as being part of a great team. The sessions are free and run at the YMCA from 16:15 - 17:30. Parents are welcome to come and watch.

2 Apr

Children in all year groups at Loxwood Primary School recently experienced an alternative sports event, delivered over two days by Horsham District Sports Development. Eight activities were provided on a carousel basis - wheelchair football, active play zone, goalball (Key Stage 1) or kinball (KS2), fun golf, archery, skateboarding (KS1) or fencing (KS2), low intensity games zone and go-karts. Wet weather slightly impinged on Day 2 with Key Stage 2 children (7-11 year olds) but behaviour, focus and enthusiasm remained high regardless just as it had been with the younger Key Stage 1 children. Loxwood teachers undertook a pupil voice exercise in the wake of the event and here's what some of the children said.