1 Jul

Cleaner air, improved community spirit and a better appreciation of physical exercise have all been considered as significant benefits coming out of the coronavirus lockdown period. Horsham District Council’s Sports Development team has embraced all of these benefits recently by supporting a new scheme which recycles old bicycles and gives them to NHS key workers and community hub volunteers, helping them to go about caring for the vulnerable in our local communities at this difficult time.

People often believe that exercise can make you hungrier, so they may therefore eat more during subsequent meals. But for the typical person, single sessions of land-based moderate to high-intensity exercise (such as running, resistance exercise and intermittent sprint cycling) have been shown to temporarily decrease appetite and do not commonly lead to increased food intake on the same day.

ukactive and Community Leisure UK have warned that nearly half of all public leisure facilities in the UK face permanent closure by the end of the year, unless local authorities receive urgent ring-fenced funding from the Government. Public leisure centres, swimming pools and community services which are funded via local authorities, and delivered either in-house or by trusts and management providers, face a shortfall of more than £800m this financial year (2020–2021).

28 Jun

Horsham District Sports Development has a small number of cycling turbotrainers available for three-month free loan to residents in the district who are currently either shielding in the coronavirus or classed as vulnerable perhaps by virtue of a disability of extended age. A turbo trainer is a static device which your bike attaches to, allowing you to ride your own bike, in one place, whenever you want to. The rear wheel sits in contact with a roller which is connected to a resistance unit and, as you pedal, the back wheel turns the roller and generates resistance. Cycling with a turbotrainer is fun and a great way to be active, particularly when other options might be limited.

26 Jun

Sport England have produced several new resources to help the sport and physical activity sector start to reopen, as and when restrictions ease. In recent weeks Sport England have been consulting with partners to get a sense of would be helpful.

25 Jun

The Youth Sport Trust has published a new research report ‘What About the Boys’ which sets out the potential for sport to play a greater role in improving boys’ mental health. It comes amid increasing worries about mental health, anti-social behaviour and lack of achievement and aspirations among boys.

New research published by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust shows that one consequence of weeks of lockdown has been that many young people now see sport and Physical Education as more important to their lives. The YouGov research, commissioned by the Youth Sport Trust, surveyed 1,396 young people aged 6 – 15 about coming out of lockdown. It found that for four in ten young people, not being able to take part in Physical Education, sport and exercise during the lockdown had made them feel worse.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a report exploring the impact its guidance has had on the health and care system for children and young people in England.

COVID 19 infection frequently leaves people feeling tired, weak, short of breath performing simple tasks, lacking in motivation, anxious or even feeling depressed. These symptoms can go on for a lot longer than expected and it can feel like you’ll never get back to normal.

24 Jun

Sport England are calling out for innovative solutions to reduce inequalities and help those most affected by the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) to get active. The call, that will last until Wednesday 24 June at noon, is aimed at individuals or organisations that can help break down barriers to activity that have long-existed but have been exacerbated by coronavirus.

We Are Undefeatable is the national campaign led by Sport England to support people with health conditions to be active through the ups and downs, celebrating their undefeatable spirit. Throughout lockdown they have been demonstrating different ways for people to stay active and look after their well-being at home, as well as real stories to inspire and motivate.

WheelPower are releasing a series of videos aimed at people with disabilities. From Adaptive Yoga, to beginners circuits and no equipment cardio workouts. Their latest video session is led by Ben Clark - personal trainer, owner of Adapt To Perform & a C7 quadriplegic, and guides you through several types of workouts that can be done from home.

Youth Sport Trust have shared free inclusion home learning resources. Whether you’re a parent/carer of a child with profound or multiple complex needs, a special school teacher or PE subject lead, these resources and videos can support you to continue with national curriculum PE at home, maintain physical activity levels and use sensory active learning to teach a range of other subjects.

This guide is written for young people with disabilities or special educational needs by the Compass Card Team at Amaze. The Compass Card is a free leisure discount card run by the Sussex-based charity Amaze for disabled 0 to 25s living or going to school in Brighton & Hove or West Sussex.

Listen to an audio recording with RNIB Director of Services, David Clarke and British Blind Sport Chief Executive, Alaina MacGregor, for a discussion on how people living with a visual impairment can take part in sports during the social distancing measures.

Following details today on the next phases of restrictions being lifted across the country, Sport England Chair Nick Bitel comments on the next steps for the sport and physical activity sector.

22 Jun

Sport England are working with the British Red Cross to help older adults in a community engagement scheme designed to tackle lockdown loneliness in older adults.

Sport England's director of digital, marketing and communications Ali Donnelly details how they are preparing advice and guidance for the next phases of restrictions being lifted across sport and physical activity, including for when indoor facilities can reopen.

Sport England has developed a new report that draws upon a range of sources to provide the most up-to-date picture of activity amongst adults with long-term health conditions in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sport England's senior equality and diversity manager Jamie Hooper gives an update on their work around LGBT+ inclusion in sport and physical activity.

Whether you’re a player, coach, spectator, employee or volunteer, it’s vital we all take sensible measures to maintain good hygiene, now more than ever. Sport England have updated their resources to include the latest government advice on how we can help stop the spread of Coronavirus, and includes measures such as social distancing and best practice for cleaning equipment.

21 Jun

Looking to improve your health or general wellbeing? The Horsham District Wellbeing team can help with  1-2-1 wellbeing support appointments. The Wellbeing Team provides free advice, guidance and support to make lifestyle changes such as losing weight, eating well, becoming more active, reducing alcohol intake and stopping smoking.

18 Jun

Play England has created a short briefing document intended to provide a framework making it possible to address the issues arising from the impact on play of Coronavirus. It aims to help those who will be dealing with the fall-out when the virus has abated and as parents begin to take their children to different play and child-care facilities again.

Ukactive has launched an industry-wide campaign called Fit Together, to provide gym and leisure facility operators with practical resources for a safe and successful reopening of fitness and leisure facilities.

Local authorities in England are being granted new powers to help make cycling journeys safer. From 22 June new laws come into force to allow CCTV to be used to issue penalty charge notices to drivers who park or load illegally in mandatory cycle lanes, putting cyclists at risk of a serious accident.

Sport England is calling out for innovative solutions to reduce inequalities and help those most affected by the impact of coronavirus to get active. The call, that will last for two weeks, is aimed at individuals or organisations that can help break down barriers to activity that have long-existed but have been exacerbated by coronavirus.

Callum Budd started engaging with the Horsham District Sports Development (HDSD) team at the age of 11 as a participant. Since then he’s progressed along the sports leadership pathway, shed his shyness and developed into a confident and capable coach. He originally attended what is now known as the Reaching Higher Project, a programme that offers sports and arts activities for disabled children and adults. He’s also been a regular in the Forest Flyers Disability Football Club and was a member of the Yankees team at Horsham Junior Baseball Club.

The Culture Secretary and The Duke of Cambridge have joined some of Britain’s biggest sport stars to discuss the issue of mental health across UK sport, as elite athletes and many of the wider population return to work following an easing of lock-down restrictions. The virtual round-table saw Oliver Dowden and The Duke joined by British sporting greats who together have accumulated more than 400 caps for their country, 17 gold medals at Olympic or Paralympic Games, seven grand slams, and won a Davis Cup and Rugby World Cup.

The Youth Sport Trust has written an open letter to the Secretary of State for Education to ask for urgent clarity on the continuation of the primary PE and Sport Premium, funding that has been operating since 2013. Read on to see the contents of the letter.

13 Jun

The Football Association is asking football coaches to help it change grassroots football coaching for everyone. By completing The FA National Grassroots Coaching Survey and sharing your story with them, coaches can shape the type of support and learning provided. Over 4,000 coaches have already shared their thoughts on how the FA can better support the workforce in the grassroots game.

10 Jun

The National Centre for Sport and Exercise medicine will be hosting a series of online lifestyle education sessions in June and July in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These sessions are aimed at GPs and other healthcare professionals but are open to anyone with an interest in the topics.

Sport England is calling out for innovative solutions to reduce inequalities and help those most affected by the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) to get active.  The call, that will last for two weeks, is aimed at individuals or organisations that can help break down barriers to activity that have long-existed but have been exacerbated by coronavirus.  Successful applicants will be supported with a combination of advice, further training, insight, access to connections across the industry, and funding.

It’s Bike Week 2020 and Cycling UK is encouraging everyone to get on their bike for seven days in a row between 6-14 June. Please share your cycling activity and promote your digital events online using the hashtags #BikeWeekUK and #7DaysofCycling on social media.

Broadbridge Heath Skate Park and Highwood Pump Track are open for public use with social distancing guidelines in place to help save lives. Horsham Park Skate Park remains closed for the foreseeable future while maintenance takes place. Even though these outdoor skate parks are re-opening, the public must follow the Government advice about social distancing and safety. We are also asking everyone to follow Skateboard England’s guidelines when using open skate parks and pump tracks.

A new online survey is underway seeking residents’ views about public open spaces, sports and recreation areas across the Horsham District. This includes allotments and play areas as well as natural areas of open space such as nature reserves. The aim of the study is to seek to understand how open spaces are used now as well as to provide up-to-date local information about the quality and accessibility of our open spaces across the District.

8 Jun

The annual National School Sport Week campaign takes place in the last week of June every year to celebrate the important role of physical education and school sport in enhancing young people's wellbeing.  This year, the Youth Sport Trust has teamed up with Sky Sports to run a national campaign which will aim to unite the country - families, schools, sport and businesses - in a celebration of the power of sport to bring people together, even during isolation.

UK Coaching, the awarding body 1st4sport and partners – Mind and Sport England – have taken the decision to make this online course free to access until 31 August 2020. Completing this course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to better support people living with mental health problems, and create a positive environment that ensures they enjoy the benefits of being active and keep coming back for more.

16 year old Tom Sikora from Horsham is cutting a great reputation for himself as a talented sports leader. As well as undertaking a BTEC sport course at Collyer’s Sixth Form Tom’s become an integral part of Horsham District Council’s sports development team including delivery on weekly evening sessions at Kingslea School for football and Southwater Youth Club, as well as sport, art and play camps in school holidays and the occasional primary school multisport day. Yes he’s walked the walk, not just talked the talk, by gaining lots of experience to complement his classroom learning.

4 Jun

HDC's Voluntary Sector Support team is pleased to tell you that the new website to support you with recruiting volunteers is now live! Voluntary Sector Support (VSS) provides a volunteer service matching people who want to volunteer, with charities and groups like yours.

3 Jun

People in England will be able to exercise outside with up to five others from different households from 1st June, provided that strict social distancing guidelines are followed. The updated public guidance is the latest phase of a return for outdoor sport and recreation.

The Culture Secretary has outlined the strict conditions for elite athletes and professional sportsmen and women to resume competitive sport safely behind closed doors in England from 1 June 2020, paving the way for the first domestic live action in almost three months. The ‘stage three’ guidance, published on 30 May by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has been developed in close consultation with the Deputy Chief Medical Officers of England, Public Health England and medical representatives across Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports governing bodies.

The survey, commissioned by Global Action Plan and carried out by Opinium, finds that six out of ten parents are worried about increased levels of traffic when lockdown is lifted, but that they are also keen to play their part. Over half (53%) plan to walk or cycle more than they did before after lockdown, and the vast majority of those that plan to be more active (79%) say that restricting vehicle access at certain times of the day would be helpful.

1 Jun

Following the further easing of lockdown restrictions announced on Thursday and ongoing discussions with Government, the LTA has published updated guidelines for venues, coaches and players for playing tennis in England. This includes the resumption of doubles for players from different households, and small group coaching up to a maximum of six people (including coaches) being permitted, as long as social distancing is adhered to.