1 Dec

leaderThe Youth Sport Trust has announced an equality drive to promote ethnic diversity through increasing the number of people of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds becoming decision makers within their local schools and communities. They are encouraging children from BAME backgrounds to apply for a place at the Future Sport Leaders conference to have the chance to participate in interactive workshops to develop their communication, decision-making and influencing skills. Applications will close on 30th December.

30 Nov

bad1Local badminton development received its annual injection of youthful enthusiasm yesterday at Collyer's Sixth Form as coaches from Horsham and Arun Badminton Club combined with sports leaders from the college combined to deliver the Horsham Primary Schools Badminton Skills Festival for 80 children from school years 3 and 4 (7-9 year olds). Collyer's' sports hall was turned into a maze of activity as 16 skill stations were set up for the children to negotiate and they had great fun doing so.

winnersA number of Horsham District youngsters - Maddy Giller, Jacob Cann, Henry Walden-Brown and Harry Lee - were presented with awards at the recent Kidstri Triathlon Awards Presentation that took place at Horsham Park Barn recently to celebrate the top achievers in the 2016 Kidstri Events series, a programme that included a youth triathlon in Horsham and a youth duathlon in Billingshurst.

hockeyThe third and final hockey league meeting will run on the first Friday back in the New Year and the fixtures are now available for it. Five teams will contest the top division and four in each of the three lower tiers. North Heath A are strong favourites to retain the title they won last year but Southwater A will be plotting hard to upset the formbook, Warnham is a small school but packing a punch this year and Shelley and Holbrook are clear outsiders but think Leicester. What a way to start the new year local primary sport calendar.

business sportAfter six inter-business sporting challenges Sony lead the overall league table on 20 points with Places for People and Spofforths sharing the runners-up berth on 13 points and ATOM just behind on 12 points. Lots of events are being planned for the first half of 2017 so still all to play for in the race to be top sporting workplace in the Horsham District.

26 Nov

ttWeek 4 of the Horsham District Primary Schools League Division A brought individual competition week with 30 youngsters pursuing glory in two sub-groups both on their own behalf but also to contribute to a team score based on placings. In Group A Southwater’s club players, Harry Yip and Finn Dock, showed their class to progress through to the final with little fuss, although Southwater B’s Krish Majithia did manage to take 15 points off Dock at semi-final stage. So the big two contested the final as many expected and it did not disappoint on delivery with Yip surviving a close encounter 21-17.

shootingLocal accounting firm Spofforths won the Set4Success Rifle Shooting Challenge that ran on Thursday. Their team of four accumulated 366 points from their allocation of air rifle shots at the event which was held at the Salvo Rifle Club's range based at the Holbrook Club in Horsham. Their total was just five points higher than nearest challengers Atom 2 and Wakefields were just a further four points behind, just missing out on the wine bottle prizes provided for the top two teams.

hockeyThe Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League moved into its divisional phase in the second meeting hosted on the Tanbridge House School  astroturf on Friday. Division 1 brought the group winners from meeting 1 together so competition was fierce. Southwater A and Warnham opened up with a goalless draw and their subsequent results were also similar, both beating Holbrook although Warnham more heavily so and both losing to North Heath A, although Southwater’s goal against the leaders secured them the consolation point to secure them second place in the table just above the Warnies. For Southwater Charlotte Doyle and Elsie Hill both defended like tigers and Arthur Hannavy scored his first ever hockey goal in the win over Holbrook. Rory Daniels was effective in defence for Warnham especially against Southwater whilst Ed House excelled when his team dismantled Holbrook 8-0.

tt partyThe Horsham Central Table Tennis League has spaces for more players who would like some competitive games. See leaflet - anyone interested should get in touch with Horsham TT Club Chairman and organiser, Tat On Man. During league nights on Fridays from 7pm there are typically spare tables available to accommodate juniors and parents who want to try the sport recreationally. The club also has a Christmas party at Collyers on Friday 9th December from 7pm which junior players and their parents are welcome to come along to.

25 Nov

netballSt Andrew’s, Nuthurst went goalscoring crazy in the second meeting of the Horsham Primary Schools Netball League’s Division A1 on Wednesday. Heron Way were the first opponents to feel their might to the tune of 15-0, earning praise from Heron Way’s manager Sara Hollands for their superbly fluid play whilst acknowledging that they need to work on their defending and passing accuracy to compete in the higher echelons of the table. Plaistow and Kirdford got the same treatment as the Nutties put on another masterclass.

ttWeek 6 of the Horsham Central League and Storrington secured a comfortable win over Crawley, helped by a missing player from the Crawley team. Connor Herbert battled valiantly to get two points for his team. Horsham A grasped a slender victory over Horsham Spinners. Mark Weston drew on his reserves of experience to deal with Spinners' ranks of rising stars to get three wins, with two of these matches going the distance. Jacob Evans was on good form too, and also gained a brace. The Horsham C vs Horsham B match suffered from missing players on both sides. Horsham B players outnumbered Horsham C this time.

trampoliningGreenway School, won the inaugural Horsham District Primary Schools Trampolining Championships at Broadbridge Heath on Friday afternoon. Two teams of four from Southwater Junior Academy and Greenway contested both the year 3+4 and year 5+6 age categories. Greenway were decisive winners at year 5+6 drawing on some relatively experienced youngsters to undertake the set routine, but at year 3+4 level things were marginal with Greenway's 89 just beating Southwater by eight points, after the first attempt where judges' scores left them level at 81-all, hence the need for a re-run. Great work by Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre staff to put this event on as yet another avenue of local participative stimulation and to give a platform to build up from in future years.

23 Nov

swimarathonHorsham Lions Club is inviting people to enter a team, or teams, into its Sixth Swimarathon at The Pavilions in the Park Horsham, on Sunday 12th March 2017. See entry form and a copy of the general conditions for the event. Over the last 5 years the Swimarathon has raised over £23,000 for Horsham Lions Club which has resulted in £10,000 being donated to the South East Lions Air Ambulance Night Flying Appeal plus equipping the Soft Play Area and part of The Sensory Room, at The Horsham Springboard Project Centre, purchasing four portable defibrillators for our local secondary schools and The QE II School for children with disabilities and finally purchasing equipment for the Butterfly Project and Hop Skip and Jump Centre, which has helped children and young adults with learning difficulties.

22 Nov

beach cricketA number of variations of the game of cricket are set to be developed as the sport’s governing body attempts to grow participation away from its traditional base. According to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) national participation manager Dan Musson, the “next five years is going to be a really exciting time for cricket”, with England hosting the Women’s and Men’s World Cups in 2017 and 2019 respectively, as well as the Champions Trophy.

girls footballThe 2016 Primary Schools Girls Football Tournament got underway last Friday and it looks like this year competition is going to be an exciting one. Southwater A are going into meeting 2 at the top of the league on 14 points, yet to concede a single goal. Greenway and Steyning are proving hard to separate with both finishing the first meeting on 13 points, with a goal difference of five and with a 1-1 draw in their head to head game.

globeReport cards on the physical activity of children and youth across the world have been released revealing how countries compare in getting their youth active. Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance were responsible for organising the cards which graded countries on nine common indicators: overall physical activity, organised sport participation, active play, active transportation, sedentary behaviour, family and peers, school, community and the built environment and government strategies and investment. The cards reflect standardised grading across countries ranging from A= excellent to F = failing.
20 Nov

obesitySchools should be inspected for fitness levels of pupils as much as for their academic achievements, the head of the NHS says. Simon Stevens wants Ofsted to look at how physically active children are when it is grading schools. The NHS England chief executive said inspectors should pay “clear attention” to the amount of activity children are doing. He pointed out twice as many are obese when they leave primary school as when they start.

scouts and guidesPeople who were in the scouts or guides in childhood have better mental health in later life, a study suggests. Analysis of a study of 10,000 people found ex-members were 15% less likely than other adults to suffer anxiety or mood disorders at the age of 50. Researchers believe it could be the lessons in resilience and resolve that such organisations offer that has a lasting positive impact.

sport englandSport England has produced its guide to their new investment funds and the key dates you need to know. These relate to volunteering, local delivery, tackling inactivity, facilities and supporting sport's core market with events.

disability gymnasticsA disability gymnastics session is running on Sunday 27 November at the Vale School, Findon. Attenders can expect their hearts to pound, their muscles to flex, their adrenaline to pulse through every inch of the body. In other words, expect to feel great. Gymnastics is an inclusive sport. That means specially trained coaches adapt every activity around people's physical, sensory and learning requirements. So whatever type of gymnastics you want to try, it really couldn’t be easier to get involved - and find out what you’re capable of.

shootingRifle-shooting is the latest Set4Success sporting challenge to take place, this Thursday (24 November) at the rifle range at the Holbrook Club in North Heath Lane. Seven business teams of four - Sony, Durrants, ATOM x 2, Tactic Counsel, Places for People, Rawlinson and Butler - are lined up to contest the event and win points to improve their position on the overall leaderboard. Additional teams can still apply by contacting a.thomson4@icloud.com.

19 Nov

ttAnother great week of table tennis at the Horsham District primary Schools League (Division A) ensued at Collyer’s on Friday early evening. Warnham is a small school but put in another strong showing against Heron Way to evidence its big ping pong punch. James Francis led from the front going unbeaten, although Oliver Clarke went toe to toe with him before going down 21-19 in a cracker and Dan Booker also posed a problem or two in gaining 15 points against Warnham’s main man. Brother Dan Francis, Dylan Bennett and Oliver Colombo all gave good support with three wins each to the Warnham cause but Clarke stood up to them all to win all of the Herons’ three-victory collection. With an excellent forehand topspin drive in his armoury Clarke presents himself as one to watch.

ttIn Week of of the Horsham Central Table Tennis League Horsham Spinners extended their lead in the table with a 9-0 trouncing of a Horsham C that included Horsham TTC Chairman Tat On Man. Mark Weston and Jacob Evans both performed impressively for Horsham A against Storrington to maintain their strong challenge with a 7-2 win. Horsham B despatched Crawley 6-3 with Harry Yip and Linus Li both gaining maximums.

18 Nov

hockeyThe second instalment of three meetings of the Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League takes place next Friday (25 November) on the Broadbridge Heath astroturf. Based on performances at the first meeting teams have been re-arranged into ability-based groups, so expect matches to be contested even more closely and the excitement to be even greater.

17 Nov

netballThe first meeting of Group B2 at the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League took place at Collyer’s on Wednesday. All seven teams were in attendance to produce the welcome sight of a full house of competitive matches, 11 of them in total to showcase all that is good in the local development of the sport.

12 Nov

softballThere are two more indoor softball at Collyer's in their sports hall before Christmas on 22nd November and 6th December, 7-8.30pm. Men and women aged 14+ years are welcome and no previous experience is required to take up this fast and fun sport. First session is free and £5 thereafter, although there are concessions for students and staff from Collyer's college. Contact Paul Taylor for more information on paul.taylor@horsham.gov.uk / 07764 146338

11 Nov

obesityLatest findings from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) have found that levels of overweight and obesity in Year 6 children are at their highest levels since records began. The new figures from NHS England are taken by measuring the height and weight of children in Reception (aged 4-5) and Year 6 (aged 10-11) in primary schools across England.

trust sportA new Code for Sports Governance has been developed by Sport England that sets out the levels of transparency, accountability and financial integrity that will be required from those who ask for Government and National Lottery funding from April 2017.

bronwen thomasTanbridge House School student Bronwen Thomas has been awarded Women’s Young Player of the Year by the Football Association of Wales. Bronwen, who also plays for Brighton and has been an awardee of a Set4Success award, received her award among the great and the good of Welsh football including the overall Welsh Player of the Year, Gareth Bale. Nice one Bronwen.

I will#iwillWeek 2016 is coming and wants you to get involved. Between 21st-25th November they want you to join a UK-wide celebration of the impact young people are making and to enable others, young and old, to get involved. They are asking #iwill supporters to highlight the benefits of youth social action through new and existing events and activities during #iwillWeek.

netballIt was Group B1’s turn to start up in the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League on Wednesday. With Plaistow and Kirdford unable to make the first meeting the programme was reduced to eight competitive fixtures. St Robert Southwell’s B team were impressive. They beat Castlewood 3-2 in an exciting opener and then put Northolmes B to the sword 8-0 before being pegged back to one-all draws by William Penn and Kingslea A. They sit top with 16 points having played a match extra than all their rivals.

table tennisThe latest instalment of the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League (Division A) was the first of two offshoot weeks, utilising spare capacity as the league only required a seven week format rather than one of nine. The first break off was a pairs competition requiring school's teams to split down into smaller team units that contested a Super 16 format. Southwater excelled with its four pairs all finishing in the top six positions.

7 Nov
coachingFormer Collyer's student Matt Beattie is the latest recruit to the Horsham District Sports Development team. Having impressed on a two-month voluntary Journey to Work placement Matt was offered a one-year apprenticeship option and training provider Sport Structures will be part of the partnership arrangement supporting the role. Expect to see Matt out and about in schools, leisure centres, residential homes and other settings delivering and supporting a wide range of sports sessions.

first aidPavilions in the Park has started offering a range of first aid courses that people from other organisations can access. Courses include First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid, Automated External Defibrillation (AED) course and Emergency First Aid at Work. For further information contact Claire on clairematthews@pfpleisure.org

futsalCoaching group Futsal Fever staging a futsal festival, Copa Futsal Fever, on 17/18 December for teams from Surrey and Sussex. The festival will take place in Dorking and local football clubs/teams are being invited to enter. Age categories for girls teams are U12 and U14 and for boys there are U8, U10, U12, U14 and U16 sections to go for.

junior danceBroadbridge Heath Leisure Centre has started up junior dance classes on a pay-as-you-go basis on Thursdays, starting on 3rd November. The classes, called Dance-versity, are 4.15-5.00pm for 7-10 year olds and 5.00-5.45pm for 11-14 year olds. They are £4 per child per session. So strut your stuff on the dance floor and learn lots of different dance styles and moves at this fun and energetic session.

fa cupA deal struck between the Football Association (FA) and overseas broadcasters for the FA Cup rights could have a “transformational impact” on the grassroots game, according to the chief executive. Martin Glenn said the six-season agreement – which goes through until the end of the 2023/24 season – was “hugely significant”, and pledged that the increased finance would go towards grassroots infrastructure despite declining to disclose the financial details.

diversitySporting governing bodies must bring in more women or lose public funding, UK Sport and Sport England have warned. Under the new 'Code for Sports Governance', organisations must adhere to "gold standards" of transparency, accountability and financial integrity. The code sets out a target of at least 30% gender diversity on boards. "If sport wants to be publicly funded, it must reflect the public it serves," said the chief executive of Women in Sport, Ruth Holdaway.

6 Nov

netballAll Saints have taken the initiative in Division A2 of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League. Their defence was impenetrable and they racked up six goals to account for Holbrook B and Billingshurst. Whilst the Saints go marching on a clutch of four teams lies in waiting behind them on six points, Holbrook A and Shelley A benefitting from being awarded the points due to Loxwood’s absence. Holbrook B’s 4-0 despatch of Shelley A puts them top of that bunch by virtue of goal difference.

ttThe Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League’s A Division opened at Collyer’s with three matches being contested. Billingshurst took on Warnham and there were a number of good matches. The Francis brothers, James and Dan, brought their growing experience to bear with James winning his four without allowing an opponent to get into double figures and Dan also being impressive in winning three but being pipped by Barney Hoad 21-18. Hoad was indeed Billingshurst’s top boy with three wins. Oliver Colombo also contributed strongly for Warnham with three and Leo Harper got in on the act with two to make it a decisive 12-4 team win for them.

hockey17 teams from 12 schools are lined up for the first Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League and the fixtures for its first meeting taking place on the Tanbridge House School astroturf have been announced. North Heath are the current holders and will be steeling themselves to face a tough challenge in a competition process which in recent years has become one of the most keenly contested amongst primary schools in the area. Bring it on.

girls footballerThe fixtures are out for the first two meetings of the Horsham District Primary Schools Football League which is running on the Tanbridge House astroturf. 11 teams from eight schools have entered, all aiming to emulate the exploits of last year's winning school Shelley. Earlier this term it was mainly the boys strutting their stuff in the open football leagues in Horsham Park. Stand aside now lads, the girls are now centre stage. It's gonna get exciting.

4 Nov

ttSpooky coincidence, or intervention from the spirit world?! Unlikely, but all final scores were 5-4 in the most competitive week of play yet! A brace for both Keith and Ian from Storrington, backed up by a single from James was enough to edge a win over Horsham Spinners. The pimples of the Horsham Spinners Terence created a goulish experience for his opponents, which helped him secure three wins for his team. With more conventional rubbers, the Storrington team had a less hellish time, and only lost one other game to Ed. 5-4 to Storrington.

3 Nov

horsham parkAreas with more accessible green space are associated with better mental and physical health, according to a new POSTnote by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). The POSTnote is a research summary of the physical and mental health benefits of contact with nature. Research into the public health benefits of urban green spaces has focused on three main areas: physical activity, mental health and exposure to nature as a treatment for some conditions.

benefit from activityBenefit From Activity is a new website designed to help people improve their health by being more active. The site uses facts from published medical research to demonstrate just how activity can help prevent and improve a surprisingly wide range of health conditions.