Mims Davies, the Minister for Sport, has pledged to make increased participation among young girls and women, and a transformation in the visibility of elite sportswomen, cornerstones of a new Government drive for sport. In her first national newspaper interview since succeeding Tracey Crouch, Davies outlined how a cross-departmental school sport action plan this spring would target worryingly low activity trends among children, especially young girls. She also praised The Daily Telegraph’s “brilliant, leading” revolution in its coverage of women’s sport.
St Andrew’s Nuthurst have been installed as firm favourites to win the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League after a thrilling second Phase 2 meeting yesterday. After their two wins of meeting 1 they added two more victories plus a draw to occupy the top of the table with a three point cushion over nearest rivals Holbrook. Six of the eight matches on the night were fiercely contested, strangely the close battles were punctuated only by one pair of one-sided matches, St Andrew’s blowing away Heron Way 12-0 and Warnham suffering 8-1 against Greenway A.
Taster Day at The Rec! Monday 8 April. Put it in your diary All welcome. Horsham Youth Bowling Club taster day. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to bowl then now’s your chance. All welcome, kids and adults, from 9-12. Free coaching on the lanes, prize draw for those who take part.
Year 6 was the age group to complete this year's series of football cups in Horsham Park and it was Southwater A playing with great form who took the honours as the curtains closed. 13 teams lined up on the start line, being split into four groups, one of four teams and the other of three each. The Red Group of four produced some high scoring encounters. Castlewood made a good start by beating St Peter's Henfield 2-0 with stand out performances from Nat R in goal and Jasmine S on pitch.
The Friday TT Matchplay season closed at Collyer's last night with another super-grid of players getting in as many different matches as possible. Alain S reinforced his hardworking reputation by completing all his matches again and winning about two-thirds of them. James Anderson was one of his conquerers 21-19 and achieved a similar win percentage. Little Adrika S was at her bubbly best to the end using her points advantage to good effect to force close encounters in most of her games. Chris Goodier was generally dominant but found Adrika too hot to handle with her head start.
Heron Way won the Horsham District Year 2 Football Festival champions coming out on top of seven competing teams yesterday afternoon on Horsham Park. The Herons were in control from start to finish winning all of their games, scoring 21 goals and conceding none. Shelley came second and gave Heron Way their closest game, one that finished 2-0. They also won a brilliant game with Holbrook A that was instrumental in securing their runners-up status, although quite strangely they suffered at 5-0 hammering at the hands of sixth placed Leechpool.
Enjoyment is the single biggest factor in motivating children to be active, new analysis from our Active Lives Children and Young People Survey has revealed. More than 130,000 children and young people were surveyed in the academic year 2017/18, with participation figures published in December, The report measures children's physical literacy.
Southwater A have won the Horsham Primary Schools Division B title with a meeting to spare. After thumping All Saints A 11-1 they faced Shelley A in the key game and won it 6-4 in a match that lived up to its billing. With Shelley A drawing its other game on the night, a 4-4 cracker versus Plaistow and Kirdford it means that as long as they turn up to the re-arranged third and final meeting on 1st May they can’t be caught.
The network of County Sports Partnerships launched the new brand name 'Active Partnerships,' at the annual convention in Nottingham earlier this week. Active Sussex is now one of 43 'Active Partnerships' across England. They work collaboratively to create the conditions for an active nation and use the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives. The Active Partnerships national team is the improvement and innovation agency that leads, supports and represents Active Partnerships. The team is focused on learning what works locally and driving collaboration and impact across the network.
This year, for the first time, Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone in the area – women, men and children - to join the Race for Life. You don’t have to be sporty to take part. You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else. All you need to do is go to the Race for Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like. To sign up to our local 5k event in Horsham Park, please visit: po.st/RFLSouth
The first planned Sporting Challenge for local businesses in aid of Set4Success in 2019 is tenpin bowling on Tuesday 9th April at the Rec Rooms Bowl in Horsham. Teams of two or four people will play three games of 10 frames each. Cost per person to be £12 of which £7 will go to the Set4Success charity.
This season Southwater CC are delighted to announce their first ever U11 Girls team for all girls up to and including year 6. There will be a series of 6 a side softball competitions organised by Sussex CCC that they would like to enter. These will all take place on a Sunday around the county including one at Southwater on 18th August.
More Friday rain in Horsham Park yet once again it failed to dampen young footballing spirits as the Year 5's took to five pitches to battle it out for another Horsham District Primary School Open Cup. Heron Way negotiated the conditions and opponents most successfully to add another title to their rapidly expanding collection although had to rely on coming through a nerve-wracking sudden death penalty shoot-out after their final against St Peter's Henfield finished n a 1-1 draw. Small margins, big reward.
The final open football cup will take place in Horsham Park on Friday 22nd March, 4-6pm, and to complete the set it will be the year 6's coming out to play. 14 teams from nine schools will be on the start line in the knowledge that two hours later there can only be one to claim glory. The organisers have been battered by monsoon weather over recent weeks and will be performing a daily rain stopping dance in the lead up to the big day, so here's hoping the rain will go away.
Seven year 2 teams from six schools are lined up to compete in a matchplay football festival next Friday afternoon, 1-3pm. The patter of lots of tiny football feet is going to be heard in Horsham Park and it's going to be great fun. All teams will play each other in a full round-robin format of ten minute matches and may the best team win.
The penultimate week of the Horsham TT Matchplay brought 14 players together in a super grid of matches and coaching. Players could decide whether to compete from scratch against an opponent, compete and apply a handicap in the match or for the more experienced of the two to provide a ten minute coaching session. The players responded well to this flexible approach in keeping with the friendly atmosphere and progressive nature that have typified the process.
Around 50 boys and girls from five primary schools took part in a Tag Rugby Festival at Pulborough Rugby Club on Thursday 7 March. The event involved St Mary’s (Washington), Storrington, Thakeham, Ashington and West Chiltington and was supported by Keith Woodcock from Pulborough Rugby Club and 11 Sports Leaders from Steyning Grammar School.
The third and final meeting of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League Division D brought the much awaited clash between unbeaten top two Leechpool and Northolmes A. It didn’t disappoint bringing one of the best matches in the league for years as the Leechpoolers ran out winners by the odd goal in fifteen; 8-7 if your maths is not quite up to scratch. What a fitting way to bring such a well contested division to its conclusion. Well done Leechpool.
The future of junior basketball in Horsham looks bright if the display eight primary school year 3+4 teams put on today in a festival at Farlington School is anything to go by. Four schools - Southwater Junior Academy, Holbrook, Warnham and Shelley - brought two teams each of 'little uns' and boy did they play their hearts out with enthusiasm, skill and spirit in plentiful evidence.
More than 500 children from 45 schools competed in one of Sussex’s biggest indoor sports events, the Sussex School Games county sportshall athletics finals on Friday 15 February at the impressive Tanbridge House School in Horsham. Showcasing thrilling track and field events, the Specsavers Sussex School Games Sportshall Athletics Final brings together the best of local primary and secondary school children, representing their area and gives them the chance to compete for countywide glory!
For girls and boys that are in years R, 1 or 2 at school, the All Stars Cricket fun training scheme is running again this summer at Horsham Sports Club following last year's very successful programme. There are 10 sessions in total, for a cost of £55. First session takes place on Friday 10th May, 4.30-5.30pm at Horsham Sports Club, Cricketfield Road. Click here for more information and to sign up. If you have any queries just call the club office on 01403 254628 (office hours only).
Looking for a sport for your child to try in which children of all ages and abilities work together? A sport that encourages teamwork, is skill based and doesn’t leave your child on the touch line waiting for their “turn”? A sport that is great fun? Please take a look at Tenpin Bowling, and the work that we’re doing at Horsham YBC to build a new local club. Your first session is free. Learn more on their website
During the week of the 25 March, Billingshurst Leisure Centre will be holding a free Wellbeing Week. The aim of the week-long event is to raise awareness of how small changes to your exercise routine and eating habits can have a positive impact on your life.
After 128 years Southwater Sports Club say Goodbye to the Old Cricket Ground and Sports Club later this month in order to move into the new 2 storey Sports Club. They offer Football and Cricket from Colt up to Veteran ages, which are played all year round. In addition they have Darts, Billiard and Pool teams in which new players are always welcome. This year they also have on site MUGA Pitch and Tennis Courts.
This week it was the turn of local year 4 primary school teams contest for an open football cup title in Horsham Park. Weather ensured conditions were muddy, wet and cold meaning that parental umbrellas were out en masse and organiser hands only just managed to write down scores. However if the level of enthusiasm and commitment on show was anything to go by it's probable that none of the 170 or so kids involved even noticed; who's bothered about the weather when there's football to play?
Not much to report on this week from the TT Matchplay process at Collyer’s as there was a slight departure from the results recorded formula. Players instead were engaged by a number of gameplay phases that involved short, sharp and quick inter-changes.
The Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League B Division concluded at Collyer's yesterday with a final, ninth round of matches between the 10 teams involved. Southwater A led by 14 points over Greenway going into the final knockings, enough to make them the heaviest of favourites but still leaving a modicum of doubt to give the chasers hope and an incentive to keep on trying.
The primary schools football cup fixtures just keep on coming, the next ones being for the Year 5 Open one on Friday 15th March in Horsham Park, 4-6pm. Another 17 teams are lined up to make their bid for glory in the beautiful game. The gods have yet again conspired to provide an awkward entry number to format so just as with the year 4's there'll be three groups of four and one of five in the first stage, This will feed into four levels of second phase knockout. May the best team win!
Division C of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League is heading for a bunfight between St Robert Southwell A and Kingslea A for the final meeting which is scheduled for 24 April at Collyer’s. After the second meeting both teams remained unbeaten. Kingslea A whacked lowly Shelley B in uncompromising fashion, 11-0 whilst St Robert Southwell A had to be more on their guard in despatching two mid table teams, Kingslea B and All Saints B, with more modest scorelines of 5-2 and 3-1 respectively.
Youth cricket at Horsham Sports Club is welcoming new players for the coming season as club's the pre-season nets get underway. Boys and girls are welcome; U8s and U9s sessions are on Wednesdays 5.45-6.45pm at Christ’s Hospital running until April 3rd. £5 per session; U10s to U14s sessions are on Sundays from 5 - 6pm at Christ's Hospital, starting on February 3rd and running until April 7th. £4 per session; U15s to U19s sessions are Wednesdays from 8.30 - 9.30pm at Christ's Hospital, running until April 3rd. £4 per session.
On Tuesday 5 March, some Sports Leaders from Collyers helped organise the Year 3 and 4 Tag Rugby Festival and here is their report: First of all, we want to thank the 16 teams for coming down and participating in our Tag Rugby Festival. We would like to thank the parents and teachers for bringing the children down and making this event possible. We specifically made the event non-competitive so that the focus was more on the boys and girls enjoying themselves and learning all about tag rugby. The event ran incredibly well and perfectly as planned with the help of the higher course leaders who helped referee the matches.
Two football cups completed, now everything's been lined up for number three to come this Friday (8th March) in Horsham Park, 4-6pm as it's the Year 4s' turn to take the stage. 17 teams lined up to play over five pitches. Four first phase groups will feed into four divisions of knock-out to decide all placings from bottom to top. Heron Way are on fire at the moment but there's some other big beasts in the fray and don't write off the smaller schools, dark horses sometimes win the race for glory. May the best team win and may Storm Freya abate by next Friday!
The fixtures have been released for the Pulborough Tag Rugby Festival taking place on Thursday 7th March 2019 at Pulborough Rugby Club. There are 5 schools taking part who will be supported by sports leaders from Steyning Grammar School.
Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust is leading a consortium of organisations commissioned by the Department for Education to increase opportunities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to enjoy Physical Education, school sport and physical activity. The Inclusion 2020 project will see 50 primary, secondary and special schools across England organise inclusive countywide ‘Learning and Discovery’ sport festivals ahead of summer 2020.
The Fixtures for the Year 3 and 4 Tag Rugby Festival taking place on Tuesday 5th March 2019 have been relased. 15 Teams from 10 different schools are taking part in this exciting competition. The event will be taking place at Collyers from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.
Sport England's goal of building a stronger workforce for the sport and physical activity sector is continuing with a new online Open University (OU) course. Funded by a £38,500 Sport England award, The Open University is developing the free course to help those who train, mentor or develop the skills of sports coaches, officials, instructors and activity leaders. Currently set for a July launch and to be hosted on The OU’s learning website, OpenLearn, ‘Coaching Others to Coach’ will give those who complete the course a ‘final digital badge’.
“I have a little exercise routine that’s really important to me because I know what’s good for the heart is good for the head and it probably keeps the dementia at bay.” For Tracey Shorthouse, taking part in physical activity at her local gym plays a crucial role in managing her condition. The 48-year-old, who was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s and Posterior Cortical Atrophy in 2015, is one of 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK.
Heron Way won the Horsham District Year 3 Open Football Cup yesterday in Horsham Park coming through a field of nine teams to claim their prize. Teams were split into three first round groups of three teams. St Peter's Henfield won the Red Group with big victories over St John's Horsham and Southwater B. Southwater A came through the Green Group despite having to negotiate a tough challenge from Shelley for which a single goal was required to tip the balance. Two 3-0 victories for the Herons in the Blue Group over Northolmes and Southwater C gave them safe passage to the second round top tier.
Heron Way School has been on a sporting roll recently and there was no sign of that momentum slowing as they added the Horsham District Year 5+6 Girls Football Cup title to their growing collection for this year. 15 teams entered the event requiring four initial groups for the fixture schedule. Southwater A scored three wins in the Red Group to take their place in the semi-finals. Steyning B pipped Henfield A for second spot courtesy of superior goal difference after the two enjoyed a goalless draw when they met thus ended on similar points.
An excellent first Horsham District Secindary Schools Short League came to a conclusion last night at Collyer's and it was Forest School that held out to win both team titles available, both on the performance front (points gained by each school's top two performers per meeting) and by participation (points gained by all performers per meeting for each school), despite a late surge from Tanbridge. The one medal win that did manage to elude Forest was that of the individual performer of the process. They had a good candidate in Alain S who finished level on 33 points with the Weald's Chris G but the play-off that was required to split them went the way of the Wealder, 2-1.
Southwater A restored the natural order of local table tennis life by returning to the top of the Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis Division B table yesterday at Collyer's the expense of their B side. They won two matches in dominant style to leapfrog their schoolmates who were hampered severely in their games by being a man down. Greenway also had a good night with convincing wins but with only one round of matches left 14 points looks a big gap to bridge but who knows stranger things have happened.
With a number of the TT Matchplay regulars engaged in the secondary schools league final meeting running in the other half of the Collyer’s hall nine competitors lined up in this week’s event. The first round involved three groups of three. Colin McAlpine and Harry L both beat Bilal Rehman-Furs to line up a battle to top the group which McAlpine won in straight sets. Charlie A was the dominant force among three youngsters in Group B. Bobby B took second by beating Adrika S 3-0.