31 Oct

The car park at Forest School in Horsham was turned into a race track on Tuesday 24th October for the Horsham Wheels for ALL cycling session that was organised for the members attending the Phoenix Stroke Club. Instructors from West Sussex County Council that support the Horsham Wheels for ALL inclusive cycling sessions were on hand to support the members get on and off the specially adapted bikes which included a hand cycle and a wheelchair bike. Everyone that took part has had a stroke in the past and attend the Phoenix Stroke Club which was started in 1979 by Kay Comley.

The Department for Education is doubling the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE and Sport provision from £160 million to £320 million a year. Last week, they published details of individual allocation at school level and funding guidance for the scheme. The guidance includes details of who will receive the money, the criteria for how much money schools receive, payment dates, accountability of the funding and how schools can use the Premium.

28 Oct

An FA and Football Foundation initiative is set to substantially increase participation in our national game amongst underrepresented groups. £2.36m of investment from The FA has been awarded to 728 clubs by the Football Foundation, which delivers the Grow the Game scheme on behalf of the national governing body for football. This investment will enable those clubs to create 1,570 new grassroots football teams and 3,405 newly-trained coaches.

A refresh of the Legal Panel Framework for the sport and recreation sector has made £75,000 worth of legal services available to sport and recreation organisations each year over the course of the two-year contract. Each of the 15 law firms appointed to the Framework will provide up to £5,000 of pro bono support per year. The Framework will provide organisations with a turnover of less than £500,000 per annum the opportunity to access trusted legal advice and services from the appointed law firms on a pro bono basis. In addition, it will provide all organisations across the sector with a database of trusted legal firms with expertise in sport and recreation.

Almost one year after Sport England teamed up with the Open Data Institute (ODI) to support OpenActive – a major national initiative to unlock sport and physical activity opportunity data – big progress has already been seen. Finding the right information online is essential if sport and activity is to be made easy and accessible. But for too long, information has been buried on old-fashioned websites and printed flyers.Sport England wants to make sure that accessing sport and activity online is as quick and simple as booking a flight to Spain. But that can only be done if activity providers, sports clubs, leisure operators and the private sector open their data and allow it to be available to all.

27 Oct
‘How do I become a better sports parent?’ is a question parents may be asking themselves. For Parents in Sport Week we have created 10 top tips across the three key stages of your child’s sporting development on how you can support them to be the best they can be.

A new national initiative led by youth sport charity the Youth Sport Trust to improve the physical, social and mental wellbeing of secondary school children will be piloted in 25 schools across the country. The Active in Mind project launches this month to improve children’s mental health and will be evaluated, and its successes shared, by academics at Leeds Beckett University.

The latest data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) show a rise in obesity rates among Reception Year children for the second year in a row. The rates rose from 9.3% in 2015/16 to 9.6% in 2016/17. Despite the rise among Reception Year children, the obesity rates remained stable among Year 6 children at 20%. The NCMP collects data annually on the height and weight of Reception Year and Year 6 Children in state schools in England.

The Department for Education has announced details of the £100 million Health Pupils Capital Fund to improve young people’s health and wellbeing. The revenue for 2018/2019 has been raised by the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. The fund intends to improve access to and use of facilities for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing and medical conditions. Small and single academies and sixth form colleges can bid for funding through the Condition Improvement Fund 2018/19.

21 Oct

The Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League got underway with Division A teams battling it out at Collyer’s last Wednesday under the supervision of Michelle Peckham and her team of young officials. Title-holders St Andrew’s Nuthurst showed that a new academic year and an influx of new players had not taken off any of their edge as they made a great start to their campaign. Kitty Morcombe was deadly in providing a large proportion of the 20 goals they struck in big wins over Holbrook and All Saints A.

Sport and physical activity patterns across adults (aged 16 and over) in England remain consistent, according to figures from the latest Active Lives Survey. Six in ten adults in England are meeting the UK physical activity guidelines and a quarter are inactive, achieving less than 30 minutes of activity per week. There is a continued gender gap in activity levels with 63% of men and 58% of women meeting activity guidelines. The gap is more pronounced for sporting activities and cycling and less pronounced in walking and fitness activities.

After a week reviewing hundreds of nominations, the Sussex Sports Awards judges recently announced their shortlisted finalists for the 2017 awards. The winners will be announced on Friday 17 November at The Grand Hotel, Brighton. Good luck to all the finalists for the evening.

Greenway A and St Robert Southwell primary schools are the year 3+4 football league large and small school champions of the Horsham District after the second meeting of the competition on Friday in Horsham Park. The Greenway A team was already assured of a place in the top tier play-offs as a result of their full house of wins in the first meeting, so they had to wait for the first phase to wrap up before doing their thing. Of those remaining first phase games the most significant were Heron Way A’s 2-0 victory over Leechpool B and Leechpool A’s 4-0 smashing of Billingshurst A. The former saw the Herons leapfrog over Kingslea A into the top tier and the Leechpoolers doing likewise with the team they’d just beaten.

20 Oct

From November 1st, Calum Callan will be taking up a coaching-only role at Cottesmore Golf Club. After 25 years in assisting Cottesmore in the day to day running of the club, Calum has taken a step towards focusing more on coaching for the foreseeable future. His Director of Golf role has been handed to his Head Assistant, Stephen Grouwstra and Calum has taken the role of Academy Manager. Calum started the Junior Academy in 2007 when he created the Phoenix Blue course and there was initially one tournament for the handful of kids to play in.

Following on from the A Team's success in the North Sussex League Taster two weeks ago, The Cottesmore Elite Team won the Sussex Knockout Championship, The Covey Cup, last weekend. Playing at Ifield against last years finalists Royal Eastbourne, Cottesmore won 2-1 stealing the trophy out of the hands of the Eastbourne team. The Sussex knockout event is for club teams of 6 who then play in 3 matches of foursomes. Having been beaten by Royal Eastbourne in the semi-final last year and being the current holders of the Parsons Trophy (Sussex 4 man team – 36 hole strokeplay) Cottesmore were up for the challenge.

The FA wants to hear from people in the grassroots. The answers you give will allow the governing body to make a difference for grassroots football in England and help The FA and your local County FA to prioritise the areas that matter to you so don’t miss out. As a thank you we will enter respondents into a draw to have the chance to win tickets to see England take on current World Cup holders Germany at Wembley Stadium on Friday 10 November 2017. The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and all responses will remain confidential and will not be passed onto any third parties.

A new report reveals that swimming training can increase a young person’s ability to concentrate and learn at school. In particular, training stimulates the mind for up to three hours which can help to improve exam performance. The report has been written by Ian Cumming, CEO of Health Education England and Chairman of Swim England’s Swimming and Health Commission, and Sport, Health and Exercise Science academic Karl New from the University of South Wales.

Latest figures from the National Child Measurement Programme reveal that the year on year increase in Year 6 children’s body mass index continues. This is in contrast with a significant downward trend in the prevalence of obesity among Reception boys in the period 2006/07 to 2015/16. The inequality gap in overweight, obese and excess weight categories is increasing across the country for all age groups. The new report shows the trends in body mass index in Reception and Year 6 children from 2005/06 to 2015/16 measured across England in the National Child Measurement Programme.

16 Oct

Horsham Indoor Bowls Club (HIBC) is inviting people aged 45+ to come and ‘Be Active’ by running a free of charge come-and-try-it event on Friday 24th November at its centre in Broadbridge Heath, next to the leisure centre and opposite Tescos. It’s often cited that if physical activity came in the form of a pill it would be hailed as a wonder drug given the widely acknowledged health benefits which include aiding relaxation, enabling better sleep, weight control, suppleness, disease protection and stress alleviation. If this is so the bowls centre will be a chemists shop for the day by offering a wide range of activity options for people to try, whatever their level of fitness and sporting experience.

15 Oct

A comprehensive picture of volunteering in sport and activity – including the stark gender gap – has been revealed in new figures released from Sport England's Active Lives Adult Survey. It shows that men are much more likely to volunteer in sport and activity, in contrast to volunteering in general, where men and women volunteer in equal numbers. In sport, male volunteers are also more likely to hold positions of influence as coaches, officials and committee members.

In a new report Sport England explore the reasons why women are less active than men. The latest statistics show that 63% of men are active compared to 59% of women, with men more likely to take part in higher intensity activities than women. Overall, short workouts are appealing to women to help them fit activity into their lives. Women also say that certain sport environments can feel intimidating, especially for those who have had unpleasant past experiences. The report explored the reasons why the gender gap exists across three key life stages; pregnancy, children and families and retirement.

The FA has been rewarded for meeting Sport England's new governance code with nearly £9m in funding for grassroots development. The FA, which finally agreed to revamp its board and council in May, is among four national governing bodies to receive grants from the agency on Monday - the fourth batch of announcements to cover the 2017-21 period. This brings Sport England's investment in schemes run by national governing bodies to nearly £250m, about half of the total for the last four-year cycle.

14 Oct

St Peter’s Cowfold and Southwater Junior Academy are the small and large school winners respectively of the Horsham District Primary Schools Year 5+6 League. 24 teams from 16 schools again made their way to Horsham Park to put on a super exhibition of skill, determination and enthusiasm for an enthralled crowd of teachers and parents.

13 Oct

23 teams have entered this year's Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League. There will be four divisions again, all operating at the Collyer's venue. The A and B divisions will run with six meetings each and will connect via a halfway point promotion and relegation. The C and D divisions will run independently for three meetings each. Lots of netball fun in store and may the best teams win.

7 Oct

The School Year 3 and 4 age group of the Horsham District Primary Schools Football League got underway with its first meeting on Friday in Horsham Park. 18 teams battled it out over five pitches. 11 teams contested large schools glory and seven the small schools section, including three large school guest teams. The weather was benign, all was set fair for some excellent football and as the evening progressed the children did not disappoint the throngs of watching teachers and parents gathered.

There's no let up on the football front. Fixtures have just been issued for the second and final league meeting of the Year 5+6 age group. At the top of Division A in the large schools section things start afresh with two Southwater teams, St Peter's Henfield and Steyning battling it out for top dog status. The other lower tiers will witness their own little fight clubs whilst in the small schools section it's expected that the match between St Peter's Cowfold and St Mary's Horsham will be seminal. Much excitement expected.

6 Oct

Eighty-eight percent of children aged 5-15 years took part in sport in the last four weeks according to findings from the 2016/17 Taking Part Survey results, released by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Eighty-four percent of 5-10 year olds had taken part in sport and 94% of 11-15 year olds have taken part in sport in the four weeks prior to interview. The proportion of boys taking part in sport was higher than girls across both age groups.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has released a new animated video to demonstrate six simple exercises to keep people mobile and independent as they age. The animation shows how the six exercises – widely used by physiotherapists – can reverse this trend, strengthen muscles and improve balance. While the animation is targeted at the general public, particularly those aged 55 and over, it is also designed to be used by physiotherapists and other health professionals working with older patients.

Families across the UK are being asked to comment on their walk to school throughout October to help Living Streets build a picture of our streets. The survey will help them to identify barriers that prevent families from walking to school. ‘Rate Your Walk’ is an online tool that enables families to comment on their walk to school. You can rate any length walk, but they recommend to rate a walk of approximately 20 minutes.

1 Oct

Lots of fun was to be had at the Redkiln Active Lunch drop-in event held on the open space areas around Oak Tree Way in Horsham on Friday. Workers from the Redkiln Industrial Estate opposite were the principal target of a promotion extolling the benefits of physical activity for working age adults. Despite conditions that were wet underfoot due to heavy morning rain a steady stream of people made the 50 yard trek across the road to participate. One business, Assurity Consulting, was particularly well represented with a bunch of staff that were game for a laugh and a challenge.

21 youngsters from two of the Horsham District's primary schools - Northolmes and Billingshurst - attended a paralympic styled sports event in Horsham Park last week. Nine unusual sports were on offer as the Horsham District Sports Development team aimed to inform children that sport is not just about your traditional options such as football, netball and cricket. There's a sport for everyone out there; some perople just need to experience more of them to find the one which best suits you.