31 Aug

Horsham District Sports Development is supporting efforts to organise more coaching and competition programmes on the Horsham Park tennis courts by conducting an online survey to understand customer needs and wants over the next 12 months for people of all ages and abilities. The survey is quick, simple and anonymised and is available by clicking here

28 Aug

Mental wellbeing is a key objective in Sport England's strategy, Towards an Active Nation. The benefits of sport and physical activity on our mental health are endless: improved mood, decreased chance of depression and anxiety, and a better and more balanced lifestyle. The government’s Sporting Future strategy has mental wellbeing at its heart. And Sport England is already investing in projects across the country – from small community programmes to regional and national pilots.

"Engage the head, heart, hands, and yes, hormones." That's the word from Svend Elkjaer, founder of the Sports Marketing Network and widely acknowledged sports development guru, ahead of his appearance at the forthcoming Active Sussex Conference on how to get more people active in the UK.

24 Aug

Horsham District Sports Development has been working with a group of local swim schools to create a new disability swimming scheme that will launch in September 2017. The partnership between Horsham District Council, Places for People and Christ’s Hospital Enterprises will make more disability swimming sessions available to cater for local demand. The aim is to provide a range of disability swimming sessions across the district to enable those wishing to experience the benefits of water who may have found it difficult in the past to do so.

The Department of Health and Public Health England are investing £5 million in a new obesity research unit at University College London to look at the causes of childhood obesity and support delivery of the childhood obesity plan. The unit has been set up to provide resource for long-term research into childhood obesity. It will give independent advice to policy makers and analysts, and develop understanding of the causes of childhood obesity, looking at social inequalities, the early years of childhood and marketing to children and families.

The Horsham Wheels for All disability cycling programme is set to return. Sessions are running weekly on Fridays 4.30-6pm starting on the 8th September at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre and are open to all ages and abilities utilising a range of adapted bikes. Cost is £5 per session or £4 Leisure Access or Compass card. Contact Paul Taylor on 07764 146338 / paul.taylor@horsham.gov.uk for more information.

19 Aug

Greater Manchester is on an ambitious mission – to be the most active place on Earth. Greater Manchester (GM) Moving is a plan that aims to get 75% of people in the region active or fairly active by 2025. Sport England is working with Manchester Combined Authority and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to tackle the barriers to getting active. Sport England's job is to get more people moving across the country, no matter what their age, background or ability. That's why they're supporting the project.

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) recently launched a new resource to support people who are new to sport or want to assist disabled people on how to get more active. The resource is a guideline to where to start, where to find out more and who to contact on the road to being active. Research suggests a key barrier can be awareness of opportunities or places to go to find out more. Despite the increase in activity opportunities around the country, there continues to be fear factors around whether it would be accessible or suitable for disabled individuals.

11 Aug

The 2017 Parallel Youth Games official event video is now available to showcase the success of the event which took place at K2 Crawley on Wednesday 7 June. The Parallel Youth Games is a multi-sport participation event for disabled children in Sussex. 320 children took part this year in boccia, New Age Kurling, tennis, cricket, dance, golf and swimming.

There's a fantastic opportunity for disabled young people to take part in a range of activities including boccia, trampolining, multi sports, wheelchair cricket, indoor climbing, swimming & more! The first session of three will run on Sunday 10 September at K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley from 10am until 3pm for ages 25 and under. Subsequent sessions are scheduled for 20th January and 17th March

The new free Greenspace layer in Ordnance Survey Maps is being heralded as the easiest way to discover greenspaces across Britain so anyone can discover the great outdoors! Whether it’s a quick click online or a simple tap on the app, OS Maps lets you find different places for leisure and recreation across England, Scotland and Wales. Stroll across a public park, run around a playing field, exercise at a sports facility, have fun in a play area, or reap the rewards of renting an allotment. Greenspace is Britain’s most comprehensive catalogue of accessible places.

Parents play a pivotal role in encouraging and supporting their child’s participation, success and fun when playing sport. Therefore, it’s essential that sports clubs communicate regularly with parents so that both coach and parent work towards the same goals. To raise awareness of this, from 2 to 8 October 2017 the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is again marking 'Parents in Sport Week', which focusses on the role of the sporting parent in helping young people reach their full potential.

7 Aug

Horsham Indoor Bowls Club is hosting an open day on Saturday 30th September. The club is keen to encourage new people of all ages into the sport to use its fantastic facilities, regarded as the best in Sussex. The day is part of a raft of initiatives that the club is implementing to engage a wider community in a sport which is highly inclusive by its nature.

Thousands of community tennis courts across the country will be revamped as part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) largest-ever grassroots investment. The national governing body will plough £125m into the transformation of British tennis courts over the next 10 years. As part of strategy, 750 courts will be covered and a further 4,000 will be floodlit. In addition, online booking and entry systems will be implemented for 3,000 courts so that facilities can be booked from mobile phone, computer or tablet. Clubhouses and social spaces linked to courts and clubs will also be refurbished.

6 Aug

The FA has launched a new ‘For Girls’ section of TheFA.com. ‘For Girls’ provides live updates on every England game as well as behind the scenes action and player profiles. It also includes a range of interactive activities, exclusive content and videos to get girls involved in football, whether they are a beginner or a regular player. Check it out

5 Aug

Kettlebell classes called Kettlercise are running at the Bodywise gym in Warnham. The classes are designed to be a fat burning and toning rather than strength orientated. Lightweight kettlebells are used to music and 37 different exercises are covered so it's constantly changing activity that works the whole body and it's also a good cardio workout and it does build muscular strength but due to the lighter weight bells clients won't bulk up as such. The class is a registered trademark called 'Kettlercise' and the instructor, Lorraine Barratt, trained with the Register of Kettlebell Professionals.

4 Aug

The latest Horsham and Mid Sussex Junior Golf Player Series event took place at Haywards Heath Golf Club on Wednesday. So far there has been 77 boys and girls that have taken part. There have been nine in school years 6 and 7, 29 in years 4 and 5 and 39 in R to year 3. The sixth and final event will run at Horsham Golf and Fitness on Wednesday 30 August.

2 Aug

A Play England evaluation of their project Street Play shows that helping children play outside by closing streets for set time periods can help children meet daily targets of physical activity. The project has taken place in 33 geographically diverse areas, with over 5,000 volunteers creating over 60,000 additional play opportunities. The evaluations recommend that street play should be included in relevant policies that promote improved public health, child and family wellbeing, community connectedness and sustainable transport.

London’s Royal Parks are about to embark on a unique UK pilot, which could transform public sports fields across the country. The Royal Parks has received £353,000 from Sport England for a pilot scheme to install cutting edge technology under one of its existing football pitches in The Regent’s Park to transform it into a grass hybrid playing area. It will be the first time a pitch of this type has been installed in outdoor public sports facilities in the UK. The pilot project will see innovative hybrid matting buried under the natural turf, allowing grass to grow through while helping to maintain the condition of the pitch throughout the year.