21 Dec

The light of Steyning Tennis Club shone brightly on Saturday thanks to the added wattage provided by former World No.4 Greg Rusedski when he opened Steyning Tennis Club’s new clubhouse. In a well received speech the club chairman, Mike Hobbs, thanked the Wilson Memorial Trust, Steyning Parish Council and the LTA without whom “the new clubhouse would, quite literally, not have got off the ground”. The Wilson Memorial Trust was set up in 2001 through the generosity of Ted and Margaret Wilson to provide facilities and support for people resident in the Steyning area in the fields of health and social care. In recognition of their grant, the new clubhouse is to be called the “Ted Wilson Clubhouse”.

14 Dec

The third and final meeting of the Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League 2017/18 occurred last Friday on a chilling winter evening. With all teams arriving promptly at the Tanbridge School astro pitch the scene was set for a thrilling conclusion. Shelley A provided an unstoppable force once again cruising through their games to win Division A by six points. They remained unbeaten throughout every league meeting and didn’t conceded a single goal, a feat surely testament to their incredible teamwork.

12 Dec

Southwater won the last of the mid-season primary school football tournaments last night in freezing conditions at the Holbrook Tythe Barn. This time it was the year 5+6 mixed gender category at stake. Five teams fought out the group played on two astroturf pens. There were lots of goals and some great matches and Southwater edged the top position in the standings courtesy of a full house of wins which included a seven goal cracker with Shelley that came down to the odd goal. This set up a final of Southwater and Shelley as the top two which Southwater won again, this time 4-2.

11 Dec

There is a “stark” increase between the ages of seven and 11 in the proportion of children in the UK who are overweight or obese, new data suggests. The study of nearly 12,000 children found 25% were overweight or obese at age seven, rising to 35% at 11. Between 11 and 14, there was little change, however, which researchers say may be because children of this age are making more of their own food choices. The levels showed little change up to the age of seven, but then made a big jump in the next four years.

9 Dec

After a few lean weeks Heron Way was back in the points as the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division A moved into its second phase of mini-matches in Week 6 of the process. The mini-matches gave players their first competitive taste of doubles play and after a small period of practising the service changeover rules it was great to see all the youngsters familiarise so well with this often neglected side of the sport.

A number of primary schools in Horsham have been keeping the football fires burning by playing some mid-season friendly tournaments at the Holbrook Tithe Barn astroturf facility in North Horsham, a new initiative organised by Southwater's PE Coordinator, Paul Showell. Well done to Shelley for winning the year 5+6 tournament and to Southwater A for doing likewise in the year 3+4 one. Last tournament is the mixed gender event running on 11/12/17.

The third and final tournament of the primary school girl’s football league saw Heron Way crowned champions after a thrilling tournament, which was open and exciting until the last game. All four teams in Division A came into the tournament knowing they had a chance of winning following their performances previously. The eventual winners, Heron way, remained unbeaten only dropping points against last year’s champions in a 1-1 draw.

8 Dec

Excitement was in plentiful supply at the final first phase meeting of the Horsham District Primary Schools Division A. Relegation matters were already signed and sealed but who would win the bragging rights of topping the table at the halfway stage of the season? St Andrew’s started the evening in pole position but the fixture schedule had contrived to throw up the challenge of their nearest rivals Southwater as their last group match. And it was a task too far as the Southies were in top form never letting the Nutties settle into their rhythm. Ay Osague scored six times in the first half in his first ever game for the year 5/6 team, Luke York controlled the game in the centre and Kalina Rampersad was superb in defence. A 9-4 win for Southwater catapulted them to being the apex predator whilst St Andrew’s had to settle for third spot, two points behind their conquerors.

7 Dec

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has released a new collection of Me, Being Active films ahead of International Day for Disabled People. Two years since the first collection, viewers meet seven disabled people and learn more about the benefits they gain from being active. The national charity hopes the new films provide disabled people with useful information to lead an active lifestyle.

6 Dec

In a bold new approach, Sport England is investing in 12 pilot places to build healthier, happier communities. They've chosen 12 places to work with on a bold new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England. Around £100 million of National Lottery funding will be invested in the pilot scheme over four years, to create innovative partnerships that make it easier for people in these communities to access sport and physical activity.

5 Dec

The 3rd and final Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League Meeting for this year, will take place on Friday 8th December 2017. 17 teams from nine schools are set to battle it out on the astroturf of Tanbridge House School, from 4pm - 6pm.Good luck to all the teams.

4 Dec

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has pushed for and successfully achieved a reform of corporation tax rules which means that expenditure on grassroots sport and recreation is now tax deductible. This will release more money for national governing bodies to put into grassroots activity. There are benefits for grassroots clubs too as any money companies (both large and small) donate to grassroots sport and recreation will attract the relief. The reform has been passed into law in the new Finance Act and the relief is available for any expenditure incurred from 1 April 2017.

2 Dec

Local badminton received its annual shot in the arm recently when sixty 7-9 year old children from four local primary schools – Southwater, Kingslea, Northolmes, Holbrook - attended a skills festival. The event was delivered by coaches from the Horsham and Arun Performance Centre, supported by a team of sports leaders from Collyer’s, the college host of the event. For many of the children involved this was the first taste of badminton but most of them took to it like a duck to water. After warming-up it was straight into skill station work and all the shots of the game were on display – backhands, forehands, overhead smashes, you name it and the kids were game for giving it a go and most of the swashbuckling was done with smiles on faces.

The Shelley and Plaistow/Kirdford A teams remained unstoppable at the Horsham Primary Schools Netball Division B second meeting last week. Between them they plundered 75 goals on the night and with each showing four straight wins going into the third and final meeting early in the New Year they now cannot be caught in the two promotion positions. What remains to be seen at that next gathering is which one of the two will carry forward the pride of being top dog as the two are set to meet. Shelley are marginal favourites given they have accumulated a superior goal difference so a draw would be enough for them to secure that honour. What’s for certain is that something will have to give when these two superpowers lock horns.

After punching above their weight last season TT title-holders Warnham have found the going tough this year with a new young squad taking the fight to bigger school opposition. We’ll no doubt see the best of them next season when they come more of ping pong age but for the meantime Southwater B was in no mood to let up. Ever smiling Evan Erskine led the Southwater but his amiable disposition belied a mean streak as the best an opponent could get off him was 11 points. He’s one to watch for the future. Noah Cailes-Gentry and Nick Pile were similarly lacking in generosity on their way to maximum hauls. Tom Day was the single Southwater player to offer the villagers a ray of hope, three of them in fact, by dropping points. 70 points in the bag made the Southie second team the big movers after Week 5, moving up two spots into third place.

Through the Girls Active programme, the Youth Sport Trust ids empowering girls through leadership and consultation, ensuring they have the confidence, enthusiasm and leadership skills they need to make a change to their own physical activity levels and those of their peers. The programme inspires girls to develop a love of PE, sport and physical activity and supports them to encourage their friends to be part of the Girls Active movement.

1 Dec

Thousands of children and young adults in some of the most disadvantaged areas in England will get the opportunity to play and learn through cricket, thanks to a £3 million National Lottery funding grant to Chance to Shine from Sport England.

Sisters will be doing it for themselves next week - with sticks in hand - as girls hockey players converge on Millais School's astroturf pitch from a number of the area's primary schools for the annual girls hockey tournaments. There are two age categories: the school years 3 and 4 competition will be contested by four teams from three schools - Southwater, Heron Way and Northolmes, and the year 5 and 6 event by six separate school teams. The primary schools open hockey league involving boys and girls is still in progress but this curriculum timed event run by students from Collyers Sixth Form will provide an additional and more specialised opportunity for the girls to shine and thrive in their own right. May the best teams win!

The second league meeting of the Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League 2017/18 took place last Friday on the Tanbridge School Astro pitch. With the sun setting on the cold evening all teams turned up on time with players raring to get going and to try and do their best to help their teams win. After the conclusion of the previous meeting the 17 teams had their leagues determined by their results. Division A looked to be very interesting, pitting unbeaten sides Northolmes A and Shelley A against league toppers Southwater B and St Mary’s along with Southwater A who were the best runners up.