26 Dec

Horsham Table Tennis Club launched its National Cadet and Junior League campaigns in fine style in the opening meeting at the University of Sussex, Brighton. The club, celebrating its 80th year, took 12 teams of three to battle it out with others from clubs in Brighton, Bodiam, south London and near neighbours Spinners from Slinfold. 36 children and young people, many of them decked out in new blue HTTC emblazoned T-shirts provided a fine sight and a superb illustration of the club's recent growth and resurgence.

20 Dec

Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport has partnered with ukactive to better understand college students’ experience of physical activity and sport. The British Active Students in Further Education Survey, supported by Matrix Fitness, is being sent to colleges and students across the UK in order to build the evidence necessary to support students’ physical and mental health in further education.

A study by the University of Birmingham and Loughborough University has shown that regular weighing at home and simple tips to curb excess eating and drinking can prevent people from piling on the pounds at Christmas. Researchers carried out the ‘Winter Weight Watch Study’ – a trial that aimed to prevent participants from gaining weight over the festive season by arming them with tips and techniques to avoid overindulging.

19 Dec

New figures show that Sport England has protected or improved sports provision in 93% of planning applications affecting playing fields. Sport England is a statutory consultee for local councils on any planning application that would affect or lead to the loss of a sports playing field. For the period between April 2016 and March 2017, 1,102 out of 1,187 planning applications affecting playing fields resulted in improved or protected sports provision.

16 Dec

Sport England is making a £3 million investment in parkrun to help more women and people from lower socio-economic groups get active. The three-year collaboration will support the creation of 200 new events across England as the National Lottery money will help to build on the phenomenal growth parkrun has seen in the 14 years since its creation. There are 584 locations around the UK where parkruns take place each weekend and, with 1.8 million people having taken part already, Sport England's aim is to extend that network.

12 Dec

Almost 80 girls from 5 local primary schools arrived at Millais School on Tuesday 4th December to take part in the Horsham District Primary Schools Girls Hockey Festival. The event was organised by students from Collyers College who were supported by Year 9 sports leaders from Millais School and saw three teams competing in the Year 3 and 4 event and five teams taking part in the Year 5 and 6 event.

Fourteen Olympic and Paralympic sports have received investment from the new £3m Aspiration Fund to help support their ambitions for Tokyo 2020. The government-backed Aspiration Fund was announced in October this year and aims to support those sports which do not receive full UK Sport funding. The sports to benefit are archery, artistic swimming, badminton, beach volleyball, climbing, fencing, goalball, karate, skateboarding, softball, surfing, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has announced the launch of a Youth Advisory Panel to support its work to get children engaged in physical activity. The Panel will be formed of 10-12 young people who are passionate about youth representation, have a range of experiences in sport and physical activity and want to make sure that their generation decides how opportunities are developed and delivered for them in future.

The great outdoors is being used to help people get physically active thanks to an investment of more than £430,000 from Sport England’s Opportunity Fund. Three projects are each receiving more than £140,000 of National Lottery funds to help them provide volunteer programmes. These three new projects will each use nature and wildlife to encourage people to be more physically active. The Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Go Wild, Get Fit’ programme will see volunteers given the opportunity to take part in a range of conservation activities, while Kent Wildlife Trust’s ‘Down to Earth’ initiative is focused on women aged 20-45 and aims to create a pool of volunteer leaders.

10 Dec

The third and final meeting of the 2018 Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League occurred last Friday on a chilly winter evening. With all 15 teams arriving promptly at the Tanbridge School Astro pitch, the scene was set for a thrilling conclusion. Teams were promoted and relegated at the end of the second league meeting and there were five teams battling it out in Division 1. The games were fiercely contested with some excellent stick control displayed and it was Shelley that emerged as champions to successfully defend the title they won in 2017. Shelley started strongly beating Kingslea A 2-0 in their opening fixture before a slight setback in their second game when they lost 1-0 to Steyning A. Ben Humphreys proved to be in fine form though for the side as he notched six goals in Shelley’s final two games which saw them get a 2-0 win against Southwater and a 4-1 win against Northolmes A to clinch top spot with 16 points.

8 Dec

It was doubles tournament night at the Horsham District Table Tennis League Division A last night at Collyer's. Each team of four was required to split down the middle into two to play a round-robin format in which every team was required to play all others on a one set to 21 points basis. Greenway was a player short so Ben Watson paired with his dad to form a friendly team. Doubles is an important aspect of table tennis tournaments at all levels and also usually forms part of a team match so practice in this sometimes neglected form of the sport is particularly useful.

It was the last matchplay table tennis night at Collyer's of 2018 and whilst the U11 schools event took up four tables on the far side of the hall another 12 in the community based process put the other six tables to excellent use, being split into two round-robin groups of six by organiser Tat On Man.

Sport England chief executive Tim Hollingsworth says the results from a major survey of children’s activity levels should be “a big wake-up call for all of us”. The first-ever Active Lives Children and Young People Survey shows that 2.3 million children and young people (32.9%) do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day. “I am calling for a national focus on the health and wellbeing of our nation’s children and for the whole system to be united in delivering change. Our children deserve better and Sport England is determined to play its part,” says Tim.

Club Matters, Sport England’s one-stop-shop for sports clubs offering free practical resources, has partnered with free social networking service , Twitter UK, to create an online video workshop to help  grassroots clubs across the country manage their social media accounts. The case study video, featuring Bruna Zanin-Juresic, Football Clubs Partnerships Lead at Twitter UK, outlines her top ten best practice tips for sports clubs on how to best make use of the platform and increase their followers.

7 Dec

Phase 1 of Division A of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League came to an exciting climax on Wednesday indoors at Collyer’s as Greenway A pipped Holbrook by one point for top of the table position. Other than bragging rights it doesn’t mean too much however, other than both of them and third placed St Andrew’s retaining top division status in Phase 2 in the new year. Southwater A have competed well but finished in the bottom two and therefore will be relegated to Division B along with winless but highly spirited Shelley A.

1 Dec

The second league meeting of the Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League 2018/19 took place last Friday on the Tanbridge School Astro pitch. After the conclusion of the previous meeting two weeks earlier, the 15 teams had their leagues determined by their results with five teams in each division. With promotion and relegation in place for the third and final league meeting on 7 December there was everything to play for.

It was a return to Division A action at the Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis League this week at Collyer's after last week's pairs event diversion. Tom Wythers was in fine form for Greenway as they set about overturning Billingshurst's slight points advantage in the bottom half. He won a full complement of four matches, Harry Llewellyn pushing him hardest 25-19 before the Billingshurst leading light claimed three of his own to be the mainstay of his team's resistance.

This week's table tennis matchplay night at Collyer's was boosted by a number of Horsham TTC's National Cadet and Junior League team players visiting to get a match practice night in before they start their campaigns at Brighton on 15th December. Players were split into two eleven player groups and told to go forth and play as many matches as they could get in during the two hours available, on a one game to 21 basis. Over 80 matches were completed on nine tables over the night and on the tenth table a TT robot was in use to offer a training diversion, so balls were literally everywhere.

The Primary Schools Girls Football League is over for another year and Greenway A walked away as champions. Another closely contested tournament shows the talent we have here in Horsham. After narrowly escaping relegation after tournament two, Greenway A went on to go unbeaten throughout tournament three, earning themselves 16 points which was enough for them to be crowned champions of league 1. A special mention goes out to Heron Way who also went unbeaten on the night but dropped points in three draws in comparison to Greenway’s two which left them one point behind the eventual winners on 15 points.

One in four people experience a mental health problem in any year, which means there are millions of people involved in grassroots football who might be affected. The FA is encouraging all those involved in the game to be confident and comfortable talking about mental health in the same way that people discuss physical injuries. They would like to hear from people involved in grassroots football to help shape their work.

Sussex-based sports stars have had their efforts and achievements recognised after the winners were announced at the 2018 Sussex Sports Awards. Held at The Grand Hotel on Friday 23 November, this year’s event received a record number of nominations from across the county. The black-tie gala dinner, organised by Active Sussex, also welcomed special star co-host, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards.

Aviva grant, walking football back to the Holbrook Club for winter, new petanque equipment, vets football, rockery plants, trustee profile of Russell Wood, Men's Shed update, Rusty Brains visit to petanque, Magic Little Grants...it's all going on at the Horsham and Shipley Community Project and their November newsletter gives all the detail.

Up to 2,000 South Asian females will be trained as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) ‘Activators’ over the next four years thanks to a £1.2 million award of National Lottery money. The grant will help the ECB, who will match the funding, to equip women with the skills to deliver their All Stars Cricket programme. The Activators – volunteers in a role designed for beginners, or those undertaking their first involvement in coaching and supporting others into an activity – will work in eight urban areas across the country.

TT Kidz is Table Tennis England's new initiative to increase table tennis participation among the 7-11 age range. The central aims being to (1) provide young people with an inspiring, engaging and fun first experience in the sport, (2) enable the building of national partnerships with organisations that can help take the sport to more young people, (3) provide clubs and coaches with a more attractive programme to take into schools and community groups to enhance a table tennis offer, (4) engage new young coaches/activators in the sport.