30 Jun

A Set4Success Netball tournament took place recently on the multicourts of The Bridge leisure centre. This was a re-run of the event first attempted in September but abandoned due to the new floodlights not working. Five teams, three schools and two local businesses, contested the event in a straight round-robin format of 10 matches over two courts. Leechpool School prevailed as champions winning all their games, including the key 7-5 victory over nearest rivals Kingslea School. Fine margins separated the three other teams.

28 Jun

The District Sport Quadkids event season got underway in fine style today with the small schools battling it out at The Bridge's athletics stadium. Lovely weather greeted the year 3+4 children and they provided some brilliant action as if to provide a mark of distinction for the opening of the new leisure centre car park that very morning.

27 Jun

Football 4 Kids are a Football Coaching Club Fridays at 4:30pm-5:30pm at Pavillions in the park. They are holding a free trial session on Friday 5th July at 4:30pm to 5:30pm (Weather permitting) and their regular classes are starting Friday 6th September 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Learn more on their website.

Have you got children interested in practicing football with the professionals? How about a taster session at the new Horsham Football ground with Chelsea FC football coaches? The free soccer skill sessions are open to all children under 15, with two sessions for under eights to under 11s and two sessions for under 12s to under 15s. At the event, taking place this Saturday at Horsham Football Club at Hop Oast, Chelsea FC Foundation coaches will be joining the Horsham FC staff at the soccer skills day to provide a day of free coaching.

25 Jun

The Primary Schools Ultimate Frisbee Championship took place last week and what a great competition it was. The weather took a turn for the better and it allowed the ten teams entered to come to Horsham Park to compete for the title. Phase One saw the teams randomly grouped, all competing to earn themselves a place in the top group in Phase Two to try to win the competition. Eventual winners, Northolmes A, got off to strong start winning all four of their phase one game convincingly without conceding a single point. Their domination continued into phase two where they scored maximum points and only conceded two points.

11 year 5+6 children from Northolmes and St Robert Southwell schools enjoyed and benefitted from a gifted and talented sports day at The Bridge Leisure Centre today. The boys and girls covered a range of sporting specialisms including athletics, cricket, football and swimming. Workshops covered in age appropriate and active fashion subjects like sports psychology, nutrition, physical training principles, media training and speed agility quickness training. The last section of the day involved the children being tested across a range of sport skill tests.

24 Jun

As summer approaches, now is a great time to get kids moving and tennis is the perfect way to get children active and healthy.  Horsham District Council, in partnership with the LTA, is working with clubs and coaches across the Horsham District to reach out to local families who are keen to jump on court and give the sport a go.

A summer holiday tennis camp is being run by qualified LTA coaches and represents a brilliant opportunity for children aged 4-11 to learn how to play tennis, improve their skills and have fun!  Dates will be 24th, 25th and 26th July with each day running from 9am to 12 Midday. £25. For more information contact Ellis on 07399 955254 demontetennis@gmail.com

23 Jun

Over 50 children from five local primary schools - Greenway Academy, Loxwood, Warnham, Northolmes and Holbrook - enjoyed a streetsports festival in Horsham Park, near the skatepark, recently. Children were mixed up to undertake a carousel of five different sports: dodgeball, skateboarding, go-karts, Shoretrax cycling and disc golf. Great fun was had by all and the go-karts activity managed to narrowly win the vote as the favourite activity. Fantastic to see so many children experiencing activities they would normally get the opportunity to engage in.

22 Jun

St Mary's Horsham players topped the standings in Friday's Horsham Primary School Individual Tennis Championships in Horsham Park. Evie D led the way by winning all her matches to be declared champion, another female winner in a mixed competition. She beat schoolmate Austin C into second 17-12 and Sam Keeble, also St Mary's, came third. There was enough time for a doubles competition too and interestingly in that Evie and Austin paired up but could only achieve third place, Finn L and Joe C from Southwater Junior Academy running out winners by beating St Mary's duo Sam K and Teagan L 11-7 in the final. Nice to see the honours shared around.

Southwater Junior Academy's Amelia P is the year 5+6 Horsham Primary Schools Tennis year 5+6 champion after winning the individual tournament at Horsham Park recently. Last year she was the winner in the year 3+4 category so this latest triumph sees her success maintained and, sorry rivals, she's only a year 5 so will be looking for the hat-trick next year no doubt! Amelia won all her matches in fine style to accumulate a total of 49 points. Maxwell C from St Mary's Horsham was also superb in winning all his matches to get to a total of 45 points but not quite as dominantly as Amelia. Well done to Southwater's Tom C for coming third out of the total field of 22.

19 Jun

Sports England are backing a new campaign that will help use sport for good. Made By Sport is a four-year campaign that will attempt to change lives by raising in excess of £40 million for community sportt using National Lottery money to help the campaign achieve its objectives.

With new research showing that 61% of mums would feel guilty about taking time to exercise, This Girl Can is encouraging mothers to prioritise exercise. A survey conducted by Opinium for Sports England, showed that a lack of time is keeping busy mums from exercising, with 30% reporting to have less than an hour free to themselves per day. But with almost 70% of mothers thinking it is important for their children to see them exercising, and data showing that mothers have a greater influence on their children’s activity levels than fathers, This Girl Can has released a series of new tips, advice and home workout ideas on social media.

15 Jun

Southwater Junior Academy retained the Horsham Primary Schools Stoolball title at Horsham Sports Club yesterday with their A team competing in dominant style. The weather was dull but thankfully the rain held off and seven teams from four schools played over three pitches on the superb outfield of Horsham Cricket Club. Group B consisted of four teams and Group A was reduced to three following the late withdrawal of Slinfold. Placings in the morning groups informed a final round of afternoon play-off matches that gave each team a final placing.

12 Jun

Almost two in three adults believe that physical education should be a core subject in the national curriculum. A poll of 2,071 adults found that 64 per cent thought PE should be equivalent to English, maths and science in the curriculum. And 46 per cent said that it was wrong to take secondary pupils out of PE classes for extra tuition in existing core subjects. The findings follow a recent petition from London community councillor Eartha Pond, which called for PE to become a core subject. This collected more than 15,000 signatures.

6 Jun

Sport England are making up to £1 million available to diversify coaches and volunteers in the sport and physical activity sector. Their Workforce Diversity Great Ideas Fund will be open for a month, from today, and Sport England want to hear from anyone wanting to engage women and/or BAME communities in volunteering or coaching opportunities.

Sport England commissioned an expert team led by Sustrans to review how active travel contributes to physical activity. The report assesses the current and potential contribution of active travel and reviews the effectiveness of many types of active travel interventions. Read the report here

5 Jun

St Mary's School Washington is the champion school at tennis in the STARS catchment of primaries after winning out in a competition run at Storrington Tennis Club yesterday. It was Flushing Meadow, Roland Garros and Wimbledon rolled into one as the year 5+6 children adapted their skills to play on three different surfaces: tarmac, clay and artificial grass. Coaches for the Matthews Tennis Coaching group staffed the event with high authority and experience, first providing some skills coaching in the key areas of forehand, backhand and serving, and then overseeing a series of mini-matches between the three schools attending: St Mary's, Storrington and Amberley.

2 Jun

18 teams from 12 schools, the maximum that can be accommodated are ready for rounders rock 'n' roll this coming Friday at Millais School in Horsham. Six pitches will be in use and two Millais year 10 umpires will be on each of them to undertake rule implementation and scoring duties. The first round of groups will sift teams into three second phase divisions. May the best team win!