29 Feb

Southwater A and B teams completed their much awaited top of the table clash together on Friday at Collyer's in the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division B. It was a little bit of a damp squib as the A team of Jason B, Callum C, Oliver T and Jacob W proceeded to steamroller their schoolmates to assert alphabetical order and take the title 22 points clear. Well done Southwater B for keeping the title in question until the last week.

28 Feb

Outdoor activity provider Our Parks has been awarded a £245,000 National Lottery award to create a more representative coaching team and encourage more people to get active.  Our Parks was founded by Born Barikor in 2014, with the goal of giving people in London access to free outdoor exercise sessions.

The organisations Sport England fund are set to get a helping hand in improving their governance when a new Sports Governance Academy (SGA) launches in April. Designed to support, develop and connect people working in the sport and physical activity sector, the SGA will be a hub for those with an interest in governance.

Division B4 of the primary schools netball league was the latest and last to wrap-up before the second tier play-off meetings. St Robert Southwell A started the second meeting in second spot having played a match less but soon made their class tell with resounding wins over their own B team and St Peter's Cowfold. North Heath earned the right to contest the final with them courtesy of a 5-4 win over St Peter's but in the night's play-off final weren't able to make a dent in the St Roberts armour.

26 Feb

Women and girls are being encouraged to celebrate International Women’s Day by joining their local parkrun. On Saturday 7 March, This Girl Can is teaming up with parkrun to put on hundreds of events across the UK to inspire and attract women. parkrun’s records show that of the 1.8 million women who are registered with parkrun, 650,000 are yet to take part, and that despite females making up 52% of their registrations, they only account for 44% of completed parkruns.

25 Feb

A super primary schools dodgeball competition proceeded at Farlington School yesterday. Only five teams from three schools took part because an inset day precluded some others from entering but nevertheless what was shorter than usual on quantity was made up with quality. As expected Southwater A and Heron Way went toe to toe in contesting for supremacy. Holders Heron Way were a well drilled squad again but Southwater B provided an early banana skin holding them to a 2-2 draw. Southwater A then went down 2-1 to the Herons, so nothing straight-forward at this particular event then.

It's turning into a good sporting week for Southwater Junior Academy. Yesterday it was a win in the dodgeball, today they took the year 5+6 indoor athletics, tomorrow they just might conquer the world in something! Today's athletics success was earned at Collyer's where they emerged with the most points out of a field of 11 school teams that entered.

21 Feb

If you are keen to improve your tennis or looking to play new people in a competitive singles league, then look no further.A new Horsham Local Tennis League for men and women aged 18 and over starts on the Thursday 2 April. Players are organised into groups of between 5-9 players of a similar standard, and you can arrange matches at a time and place to suit you.Managed and run by the Local Tennis Leagues organisation, which is affiliated to the LTA, this is a great way to meet new people and enjoy match play tennis.

16 Feb

It's been on the cards for a while but Southwater Junior Academy's A team confirmed its winning of the netball Division A title this week with two more resounding wins in Week 4 of the process. They weren't due to play in the final meeting anyway but 18 points ahead with one meeting to go means they don't have to worry about results to come. In their final showing they swept aside closest challengers Heron Way A 13-2 and then put away Plaistow and Kirdford A with similar ease and going over the 100 goals for the season mark. Yes they've just been too good this year.

Another super Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division B week at Collyer's with eight more team matches contested. Holbrook's Amy S produced the biggest smile of the day winning the first match of her recently started TT career against Greenway's Tabitha K and here's hoping it's the first of many more. Holbrook is one of the youngest teams in the field and undoubtedly the experienced gained now will receive payback in future seasons, so wins for the present have been thin on the ground...all making the sight of a young girl running to her dad and celebrating like she'd just won the world championships all the more joyous.

15 Feb

Storm damaged pitches and facilities could be back in use sooner than expected thanks to our new emergency flood relief fund.  The effects of Storm Ciara are still being fully assessed but, in an attempt to rectify the damage as soon as possible, local authorities and community sports organisations are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to pay for emergency repairs.

Sixteen projects aimed at engaging women and/or Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) communities in coaching or volunteering will receive a share of £1 million. Sport England is awarding the National Lottery funding to projects who applied to our Workforce Diversity Great Ideas Fund, last summer. Launched during Coaching Week 2019, the fund aims to address the barriers faced by women and those from BAME communities when trying to get started in coaching and volunteering.

The government has announced all children in England will be taught the skills for a lifetime of cycling, as its Bikeability training programme is significantly expanded. The commitment will see an additional 400,000 training places offered on the scheme each year, providing children with the core skills to cycle safely and confidently on the road. More than 80% of children aged between 8 and 10 years old own a bike and since its launch in 2006, more than 3 million children have taken part in the Bikeability scheme.

11 Feb

The Set4Success Inter-Business Sports Challenge got back on the road last Friday at Collyer's Sixth Form with a table tennis competition after a hiatus in which the charity took the opportunity to re-organise after the sad passing of its leading light John Le Rossignol last summer. Six teams signed up and engaged some excellent matches in the round-robin format supervised by HDSD staff member Natalie Jagota.

10 Feb

Sussex Clubs for Young People is looking for passionate, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, young people and community focused team player who can help to develop universal open-access youth provision. Based in Arun/Chichester area for 10 or 15 hours a week (dependent on candidates) you will show an enthusiasm for working with volunteers and partners to build an effective service.

Voluntary Sector Support invite you to come along and meet representatives from both local and national grant funding bodies at this whole day event taking place at the Drill Hall in Horsham. The event is running on 25 March 2020, 10am to 4pm

Age UK will be in the Ping Pong Parlour, in the centre of Horsham, near the swans, on a range of springtime dates - Thursday March 5th, Thursday April 2nd and Thursday May 7th, all 10.00am –1pm. If you would like to come and talk to them and find out more about Age UK services or if you are feeling energetic and just fancy a game of table tennis, then you can do that too!

8 Feb

The Stoolball England Horsham Indoor Stoolball League has just finished. The teams have been playing at Millais School throughout the winter. Seven teams represented nine clubs - Alfold, Barns Green, Broadbridge Heath, Dorking, Loxwood, North Holmwood, Oakwood Hill, Winterfold and Wisborough Green.

Week 2 of the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division B brought some more excellent matches as the players settled more into the format of the matches. Good to see Greenway making their entry after being absent last week. They had Caleb B leading their late-starting campaign, the Horsham TTC trained youngster winning all four of his matches. They nudged past Kingslea C as Finn V, Tabitha K and Lewis F all contributed behind their main strike weapon. Kingslea B proved tougher however and only Lewis F could add to Caleb's wins as they went down 30-22.

5 Feb

A fabulous Horsham Primary Schools Swimming Gala at Pavilions in the Park this afternoon saw well over 100 young swimmers strut their stuff this afternoon in front of a large audience of watching parents. As usual there were two team events to be contested - an A event open to club and non-club swimmers and a B event restricted to non-club swimmers only. The A event saw eight teams in action filling the eight lanes of the pool just nicely; the B event had 11 entrants so required two heats for every race.

Another good night for Warnham in Division B3 of the primary schools netball league as they went through unbeaten again to top the group and qualify the winning teams play-off final in the second tier. Unlike last time when an All Saints double absence linked to illness issues reduced the night to an extended single fixture this second meeting did involve a full workload. Heron Way B made them work for a 5-2 victory first-up and then All Saints A became the first team to deny them maximum points in a great match that ended up 2-2. All Saints B did allow Warnham a comfortable run in however going down 12-0.

3 Feb

Outstanding young sportsmen and women were recognised at the annual Set4Success awards, held at Christ’s Hospital School on Friday, 31 January. Twenty-four applicants representing sports ranging from football, netball and hockey to baseball, synchronised swimming and motocross received a Set4Success award, which includes a financial contribution towards coaching and expenses, as well as free use of fitness facilities, courtesy of Places Leisure.

1 Feb

Third third meeting of the primary schools netball league ran at Collyer's on Wednesday. Southwater consolidated their top spot with another two wins. Lowly Greenway A got hit hard 12-1 but Plaistow and Kirdford proved a different kettle of fish putting up solid resistance to go down 11-6 in a great match and thus bolster their kitty with a bonus point that helps keep their runners-up ambitions alive along with their 11-1 despatch of Greenway B. In the all Greenway battle it was the B team who overturned alphabetical logic in winning out 6-3 to consign their stablemates to the basement placement.

There was some great play in the first meeting of five for the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division B on Friday at Collyer's. Seven teams kickstarted their campaigns but unfortunately there was a no-show from Greenway which meant a parents team had to be pulled together impromptu to deputise against Southwater B. Initially there was an opportunity to practice playing the format. All teams rose to the demands of the process excellently and in future weeks will be required to fit in two matches on each night.