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.