23 Jun

120 children enjoyed a fantastic day of sport at Farlington School last week in a multisport day aimed at children in school Year 2 (6-7 year olds). Groups came from Littlehaven, Holbrook, Kingslea, St Robert Southwell and Farlington Prep School to enjoy eight sport/activity stations set out on the school's astroturf pitch that were completely new to the vast majority of the youngsters. Supervision was confidently and ably led by Farlington's Year 10 sports leaders and the day contributed actual experience to back up their classroom study. HDSD and Farlington teaching staff were on head to provide back up support. After a dull start to the day the weather was fine even though sports hall was on standby just in case.

33 children from Northolmes and Holbrook schools enjoyed a streetsports festival at Horsham Skatepark on Tuesday run by HDSD staff. On a day of fine weather there were five stations for the children to enjoy rotating around - skateboarding, dodgeball, Shoretrax cycling, disc golf and go-karting. A number of the children showed high levels of skill and aptitude. A few even brought their own skateboards. Children all received a certificate of participation at the end and an impromptu unicycle challenge between a child elected by peers from each of the schools ended in a draw as neither of the two was able to master it!

The 13th annual Parallel Youth Games took place at K2 Crawley, a state-of-the-art competition venue operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Crawley Borough Council, on Wednesday 23rd May. The event, organised by Active Sussex, saw 450 children trying out a range of sports from street soccer to golf. The Parallel Youth Games is the only event of its size for disabled children in Sussex and provides a non-competitive mini-Paralympics experience for local children to try out sports and learn new skills such as teamwork and leadership. Among the sports on offer were climbing, swimming, dance, tennis, cricket and boccia.

Sussex Cricket Foundation's #DIScoverABILITY Day took place on 11 May 2018! The Active Sussex team volunteered on the day and had a fantastic time introducing people of all ages and abilities to different types of cricket - even table cricket! Sussex Cricket Foundation have now produced a video showing all of the highlights from the day - including Sid the Shark - their fantastic mascot! It's well worth a watch!

On August 12th, British Blind Sport will be running a 'Have a Go Day' at Falmer Sports Centre from 9.45am until 2pm. Have a Go Day is a multi-sport taster event providing blind and partially sighted people opportunities to try a wide range of sports. Free activities including, football, goalball, cricket and tennis are available. Last year, these events were hugely popular with great feedback from participants so come on down.

The governing bodies of 12 British sports have demanded an end to a funding policy that puts Olympic medals above all else. Describing the current model as “divisive”, the bodies – which include Badminton England and GB Wheelchair Rugby – have called on UK Sport to apply “at least a baseline level of funding” to all Olympic and Paralympic sports. In a letter sent to The Guardian, the dozen governing bodies also challenge UK Sport’s current consultation on future strategy.

Normally, if a football organisation had lost more than 100,00 pounds then there would be justifiable uproar. Not this time, though, as MAN v FAT have recently tipped the scales at 100,000lbs lost in the two years since the project’s inception. The rapidly expanding – or contracting, depending on which way you look at it – league began with just 80 places in Solihull. MAN v FAT now have more than 8,000 players in more than 60 leagues across the country. In September 2017 Sport England awarded them £195,000 of Lottery funding for 20 leagues, with recent new locations including Rochdale, Coventry and Bradford. They have a remarkable hit rate of 95% of players losing weight but despite the recent landmark loss, managing director Andrew Shanahan is not getting complacent.

This summer, all over the county, the England Cricket Board is inviting women to come along and #HaveAHit. This is an opportunity like never before for more women who have never played cricket to just come along and have a go. Soft Ball Cricket is about getting out and playing with maximum fun and minimum fuss. No pads, no hard ball, no heavy bat, no head-scratching rules and definitely no judgment. It’s a game for absolutely all women, no matter their skill level, fitness, or age.

Table Tennis Day is just six weeks away - July 18th - and Table Tennis England is launching its #TableTennisDay toolkit to help players up and down the country get the most out of the big day. This is a day when the sport can come together to celebrate table tennis, raise the profile of the sport and encourage more people to get involved and stay active. Hundreds of clubs, schools and companies around the country will hold an event on Wednesday, July 18th – and TTE want to hear from more of you to help us reach its target of getting one million people playing.

Women in Sport and British Weight Lifting have launched a joint social media campaign #StrongIsNotASize to empower women of all abilities to feel comfortable and confident stepping into weights areas in gyms. Consultation and conversations with hundreds of women across the country have revealed that strength is personal; it can be physical or emotional and everyone finds it in their own way. Weights areas in gyms can be intimidating places and this campaign aims to change this. Women in Sport and British Weight Lifting, with support from This Girl Can, are encouraging women from across the UK to share what ‘strong’ looks like to them.

Almost three quarters (73%) of women living in seven major UK cities never ride a bike for local journeys. Despite this, over two-thirds (68%) say their city would be a better place to live and work if more people cycled, new data reveals. Women: reducing the gender gap, published by Sustrans, details women’s travel habits, views and attitudes towards cycling. The report, which is part of the Bike Life project, is based on an independent survey of over 7,700 residents living in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Greater Manchester.

22 Jun

Southwater Junior Academy won the annual Horsham District Primary Schools Stoolball Tournament at a sun drenched Horsham Sports Club yesterday. 10 teams from six schools, including a guest team from Horley in Surrey, were in action all day across four pitches that filled the outfield of the main cricket pitch at the venue. Umpires included the experienced Val Oakes and Janie Knight from the local stoolball community helped out to ensure that rules were kept to.

17 Jun

There was lots of fun and learning at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre on Tuesday as 20 primary school children enjoyed a gifted and talented day provided by a partnership of leisure centre and HDSD staff. First up were healthy lifestyles and sports psychology workshops. The former involved a nutrition quiz and the latter showed two basic mental training techniques: visualization and trigger words. After a break there were three more short workshops: handling the media, fitness testing and SAQ (speed agility quickness) training to challenge and stimulate the youngsters, aged 9-11 years, with. In the media session small groups of children were asked to undertake a role play of being interviewed and a number of them rose to the task with aplomb.

The Horsham District Indoor Bowls Club is opening its doors to the wider public on Saturday 30th June, 10am-1pm with an open day. The Broadbridge Heath based club, sited opposite Tescos, is inviting allcomers to give bowling a try at its superb facilities. There'll be lots on offer including health MOTs provided by the Horsham District Wellbeing team, a bric-a-brac stall, bar/restaurant facilities and other games available such as New Age Kurling. It promises to be a great day for families and people of all ages.

15 Jun

Teams from Leechpool, Greenway and Northolmes schools today gathered to compete in the Horsham District Primary Schools Ultimate Frisbee Championships and battle out some amazing games. Performers jumped high for interceptions and threw outrageous passes into the end zones to make scores. However the spirit of the game and team ethos was supreme as ultimate frisbee is big on this aspect. One of the key elements of the game is that the players are in charge of enforcing the rules and coming to decisions within play.

10 Jun

The Capitol Theatre, Horsham is showing a documentary 'Skid Row Marathon' which tells the inspirational and emotional true story of a High Court Judge who sets up a running club on Skid Row (the homeless area of Los Angeles) and which has generated significant acclaim. It shows the transformative powers of running as well as the commitment, dedication and accountability that marathon training involves. The running club at the heart of the film helps people rebuild their lives and achieve something they never thought possible.

Millais School hosted a packed day of primary school rounders on Friday as 18 teams from nine schools converged on the secondary school to battle it out for glory. All six Millais rounders pitches got some extra wear and tear, being umpired by young leader students from Millais who all did sterling work. After a first phase of six groups of three the teams fed, based on their placing, into three Phase 2 divisions. Division A was won by a slick Southwater A team retaining the title they won last year beating the also impressive Leechpool A. Division B went to the wire with Leechpool B squeezing out Southwater B courtesy of a distance hit challenge after the two levelled 3-3, and in Division C Holbrook A came through a close final against St Robert Southwell A.

Friday saw the climax to this year's Horsham Primary Schools Tennis Competition process with the last meeting being reserved for individual battle, the team event having been the focus for the previous three. The year 3+4 age category saw players divided into two ability bands, A and B, over two courts and the year 5+6s were split into three bands, ABC, over three courts. Each band was played on a monrad format to ensure all players played a similar number of games irrespective of success level. Lots of exciting matches were played to contribute to a fantastic evening of entertainment on the Horsham Park tennis courts.

5 Jun

50 pupils from four schools - Amberley, Storrington, Thakeham and West Chiltington - in the Stars family of primaries in the south-west of the Horsham District enjoyed a tennis spectacular today at Storrington Tennis Club. Horsham District Sports Development coordinated the event which engaged the on court support of Matthews Coaching and Steyning Grammar Schools young tennis ambassadors on four of the courts of the area's biggest clubs. Head Coach Nigel Matthews started things off by introducing the youngsters aged 8-10 years with the basics of grip and stance, although it was clear some of the participating children had some experience of the game whilst others were complete beginners.

1 Jun

British Cycling and HSBC UK, in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, have launched a new programme in schools with the aim of ensuring that every child in the UK is given the opportunity to learn to ride a bike. The launch of HSBC UK Ready Set Ride follows research conducted by the three organisations which found that 43% of teachers say they do not have the skills or confidence to support children learning to ride.

A new video campaign targeting football fans around the World Cup 2018 is promoting healthier and more active lives. The series of videos was produced jointly by the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation and the 2018 World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee. It is one of many joint activities that will be implemented around the World Cup.

The National Cycle Network (NCN) will undergo a major review of its walking and cycling routes to ensure they meet the highest design standards and offer the best experience to the millions of families, commuters and tourists who use it every year. The review will also help to identify new routes and missing links, and propose a long-term strategy for governance, funding, maintenance, promotion and mapping.

Families living in refuge having suffered domestic abuse will be just some of the potential 15,000 families who will benefit from a £40 million investment from Sport England. The National Lottery fund has been allocated by Sport England to 22 projects around the country whose aim it is to bring families closer together through sport and physical activity. The 22 projects focus on helping families who are either on a low income, or have low levels of education or employment.

The Horsham and Shipley Community Project continues to thrive. Their latest newsletter is out with articles about developments in the petranque section, Men Sheds growth, barbeque building, veterans football success, The on-site Green Project, walking football, the success of a recent charity football match and constitutional progress. Why not give it a read or better still give them a visit and get involved?!