30 Jan

Southwater Junior Academy’s team triumphed out of a field of six schools at today’s year 3 and 4 indoor athletics competition at Collyer’s today. Excitement and energy was high as around 130 children packed into the college’s sports hall supported by teaching staff and marshalled by an officiating team of Collyer’s’ student sports leaders. Horsham Blue Star Harriers coach Dave Ingram was the conductor of the organisational orchestra.

29 Jan

Horsham Wheels for ALL have been running inclusive cycling sessions for over a year now and have announced their dates for 2018 following a winter break. The first session this year will take place on Friday 20th April from 4.30pm – 6pm on the athletics track at Broadbidge Heath Leisure Centre. These weekly term time sessions will continue during the summer term until Friday 20th July with a break during half term on Friday 1st June. Each session costs £5 on a pay as you go basis with a reduced cost of £4 for people that have got a Horsham District Leisure Access Card or a West Sussex Compass Card.

28 Jan

With this year’s team event in the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division A done and dusted the final, ninth week was reserved for individual competition. 21 young players fancied their chances across the two events on offer, the A section and the B section. Nine children self-selected themselves for the stiffer challenge of the A event. There was no seeding; the nonet was asked to order themselves by height in a line to decide what position they took on the starting grid of the fixture format. Yes you don’t see that method used in the Olympics but the kids were quite happy with it.

27 Jan

Shelley B remain odds on favourites for the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League Division D title after the latest batch of fixtures were completed at Collyer’s. Heron Way and Warnham are still waiting in the wings should the Shells falter in the final meeting however and indeed Warnham have the power in their hands to provide the home straight banana skin as they will be their final opponents next time out.

The first meeting of the Horsham District Primary Schools Basketball League provided some exciting action on Thursday at Henfield Leisure Centre. 10 teams from four schools battled it out over three courts and the imported portable posts were shaking throughout the two hours of competition as 333 baskets were sunk in front of a large crowd of siblings, parents and teachers. Three teams sit at the top of the table unbeaten after their first four games – St Peter’s, Southwater A and Kingslea A. Only goal difference separates them at the moment but in the next meeting they’ll all be playing each other so that points parity is likely to be only temporary.

26 Jan

Following a successful 2017 with its work in schools and local golf clubs Brighton Junior Golf is looking to expand in 2018 and deliver JOLF in many more schools. To do this they are looking to recruit people to join itsr team of coaches. As mentioned on the poster no golf experience/knowledge is required as all training will be provided.

20 Jan

It’s been looking inevitable for some time but on Friday Southwater Junior Academy finally were declared primary school table tennis champions of the Horsham District, winning back a title that Warnham surprisingly beat them to last season. On the eighth and final meeting the champions elect took on their own B team first up. Any cross-team friendships counted for little as the A boys went about their business mercilessly. Zack Bull and Tim Clennell swept aside Evan Erskine and Noah Cailes-Gentry in the top half and although Nick Pile made a bit more of a nuisance of himself with Ishaan Patil and Rahil Rehman-Furs in the bottom half, Southwater A were able to add a maximum haul to the points total in the table. Heron Way fared no better and succumbed in similar fashion although Ava Philpott and Alice Chaplin pushed Patil and Rehman-Furs close in their doubles encounter and Sam Mockett went to the wire 21-19 with topspin maestro Tim Clennell.

Moving towards the new season, it’s time for clubs to make a change, take a stance and support disability football. The Sussex County FA, working in partnership with Active Sussex, University of Brighton, Together Wellbeing and Albion in the Community, is inviting all football clubs in the county to take part and lead the way with a disability football pledge. The Pledge Project is a way of raising awareness about the current opportunities within Disability Football and to provide further prospects for players, coaches and spectators. Although there are many opportunities in and around Sussex for players with disabilities, there is, by far, not enough.

The BBC and Premier League have started a campaign called Super Movers to help primary school teachers encourage children to become more active. The initiative intends to inspire children to become more active throughout their school day and enhance their learning. The scheme will also encourage families to live active lifestyles.

19 Jan

Warnham Primary School A team duo Edward House and James Butler brought home a pot of badminton gold from the Horsham Primary Schools Badminton Team Competition on Wednesday at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre. Warnham A’s success was no cakewalk. First up was Southwater Junior Academy with Zac Bull, a racquet sports magician, and Luke York presenting a tough challenge for the village school lads and indeed what a match it turned out to be standing at 15-13 in Warnham’s favour when the seven minute timeslot was up.

Another final meeting is showdown has shaped up in the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League Division C with Kingslea and St Robert Southwell appearing to be on collision course for a match that will decide the destination of the title next time out. Kingslea A was in imperious form in the latest meeting at Collyers battering their own B team with eight goals and none conceded before amassing 17 strikes against bottom-placed Northolmes B. If it had have been a boxing match it would have been stopped but to Northolmes B’s credit they never lost heart.

15 Jan

The spring term is traditionally the period of primary school tag rugby competition in the Horsham area and everything kicks-off with a practice event at Collyer's Sixth Form on 23rd January which allows young players and student leader referees alike to familiarise themselves with the rules of the game and apply their learning of the game. 15 teams from 11 schools are lined up and here's wishing them a great afternoon of preparation with a view to benefiting for the main tournament at Horsham Rugby Club in March.

14 Jan

Whether you're an experienced coach needing to top up your first aid qualification, or a new volunteer wanting to help out at your club, Sussex Cricket's education programme has something for everyone.

Do young people have a voice at your sports club? The CPSU have developed a course to ask that very question. This free e-learning course on involving children in decisions that affect them will help you put young people's views at the heart of your sport. Whether you're a sports coach, club volunteer or committee member – or otherwise involved in delivering youth sport – this training course is for you.

Data protection laws are changing in May, potentially leaving sports organisations vulnerable. Data protection has hit the radar of sports organisations following high profile data leaks and cyber-attacks. The European Union (EU) has reacted to these by drawing up the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is already in force and Active Sussex, the county's sports development team, is in a period of implementation - with the deadline for compliance set at 25 May 2018.

Bluecoat Sports annual Open Day returns for 2018 on Friday 26th January and Saturday 27th January. The sporting event is completely free to attend for both members and non-members, with the club encouraging attendees to bring along friends and family. The club will also be hosting a junior disco, junior squash and junior circuits for children, and for 3 months to 5-year-olds, the crèche will be open from 8:30 to 14:00 on Saturday.

13 Jan

Plaistow and Kirdford and Shelley schools’ A teams met on Wednesday in the Horsham Primary Schools Netball League B Division to establish which of them would get the honour of winning the first phase group before both got promoted to the Phase 2 A Division starting shortly. Both teams had perfect winning records leading up to this climax although Shelley had a superior goal difference. Something had to give and as the game progressed it was clear that Shelley would end up doing the giving as Plaistow/Kirdford ended up scoring a conclusive 8-2 win. Duel over both promoted teams can now plan their second half campaigns.

Week 7 brought some more interesting matches in the Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division A. Southwater B’s teams contested close matches with Greenway. Alex Nikolova was in fine form for the Greens winning both his upper half matches, although Noah Cailes-Gentry gave him a tough battle in a match that finished 19-18. Doubles success for Cailes-Gentry and Evan Erskine however saw them edge the encounter. In the lower half however the narrow margins went in Greenway’s favour with Tom Wythers and Alex Popa squeezing out Tom Day and Nick Pile 13-12 in their decisive game after Pile achieved his customary double in the singles section.

Eight teams are lined up for the Horsham Primary Schools Badminton Matchplay Competition on Wednesday 17th January, 12.30-2.30pm at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre. Four schools will be competing for glory - Southwater Junior Academy, Warnham, Castlewood and Northolmes. May the best team win.

Horsham has joined the growing Ping Pong Parlour revolution, with the town's Swan Walk Shopping Centre encouraging shoppers to pick up a bat and have a game. Shoppers at Swan Walk Shopping Centre will soon be able to enjoy playing some free table tennis as the centre opens a pop up Ping Pong Parlour this week. The official launch at 10.30 on Thursday 18th January will be supported by the Council's sports development team and Horsham Table Tennis Club.

3 Jan

Public Health England (PHE) is helping parents take control of their children’s snacking by launching the first Change4Life campaign promoting healthier snacks.This is because half of children’s sugar intake, currently around 7 sugar cubes a day, comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, leading to obesity and dental decay.Each year children are consuming almost 400 biscuits; more than 120 cakes, buns and pastries; around 100 portions of sweets; nearly 70 of both chocolate bars and ice creams; washed down with over 150 juice drink pouches and cans of fizzy drink.

Brighton and Hove Hockey Coach Wendy Russell has been recognised for her hard work to make hockey accessible to children with hearing difficulties. This month, Wendy has won the BBC South East Sport's Unsung Hero award and has also been nominated for the national BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.Wendy is a PE teacher at Steyning Grammar School and an England Hockey level 2 coach who coaches adults and juniors at Brighton and Hove Hockey Club. Partially deaf herself, she was inspired to launch the country's first deaf hockey coaching sessions and received Sportivate funding to do so. To run the training sessions, Wendy had to invent 40 new sign languages specifically for hockey. These can be found on the Brighton and Hove Hockey Club's YouTube channel here.

The local sports community is set to further diversify with the start-up of a Horsham Girls Volleyball Club at Farlington School near Broadbridge Heath. Farlington’s sports hall is an excellent facility for volleyball and a girls school presents a good place to start and gain momentum for an all-girls initiative which will embrace interest from youngsters in the age range 12-18 years.