Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The package includes a £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is now open for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.
Club Matters, run by Sport England, has updated itsr website with a variety of resources to help clubs get through the next few weeks and months. From physical infrastructure to making sure your committee is still functioning, there are lots of things that can be done during this time to ensure that your club can keep running or keep it in the best position possible.
Like so many others, the sport and physical activity sector has already been significantly challenged by coronavirus (COVID-19) and this is only likely to accelerate in the weeks and months ahead. Sport England has two key priorities during this period:
The first is supporting the sector to ensure that it comes through this period in as strong a position as possible. The second is doing everything it can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which we think is now more important than ever.
Following Government advice that people should maintain social distancing to help slow the spread of coronavirus, we regret to announce that all Horsham District Sports Development sport and physical activity sessions and events are cancelled with immediate effect from Wednesday 18 March and for the foreseeable future. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to update the public as the situation changes, sharing current government and NHS advice. For updates on the situation as it develops and information about Council services visit: www.horsham.gov.uk/coronavirus
Greenway's A team scooped the Year 5 Football Cup last night on the astroturf at Tanbridge House School. They emerged from a group that included Southwater A but didn't have it easy, St Mary's Horsham notably holding them to a goalless draw in their third match. That earned them the right to take on St Peter's Henfield A comprehensive winners of Group 3 in a semi that looked a formality as they went 3-0 up but looked anything but as the Henfielders embarked on a brave comeback that just fell short at 3-2.
Leechpool won the top tier play-offs of Division B of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League yesterday at Collyers. They negotiated Shelley in their semi-final to earn the right to take on St Robert Southwell, conquerers of Warnham in the final. The final produced some good play but eventually Leechpool ran out convincing winners, 5-1. Shelley took third place with an 8-2 win over Warnham.
Shelley School won the year 3 and 4 basketball competition at The Bridge yesterday attended by eight teams from four schools: Southwater, Arunside, Shelley and Holbrook. There was some excellent play in the three-a-side format. Shelley's two teams, A and B, topped their first round groups with Arunside A and Southwater taking second spots to join them in second phase Division A. The lower teams fed into a Division B which Arunside topped by virtue of beating Southwater B in the head to head between them after they finished level on points. Shelley A took the Division A title after beating main rivals Southwater A in a great final game 8-4 in a game that stood at 4-4 at half time. Great spirit and fair play from all children involved.
The last meeting of Division A of the netball league concluded on Wednesday at Collyer's. The title had already been decided the previous week, champions Southwater weren't due to play and both Greenway teams were absent due to other commitments. So there was every excuse for a damp squib but as it turned out Heron Way A and Plaistow/Kirdford A contested an extended match and it turned out to be a cracker, 17-12 in Plaistow/Kirdford favour, just enough to tip the runners-up claim their way level on points but goal difference deciding.
Division B of the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League ended at Collyer's yesterday with four individual events providing the focus, the team event having wrapped up last week. Players were allocated according to quotas dictated by entry level per school. Jason B (Southwater) swept through the top tier like a dose of salts. Caleb B from Greenway met him in the final but was powerless to restrain him in a game that finished 21-10.
Like the biblical scene of the Red Sea being parted, only a bit more dramatic, primary schools football in Horsham was able to finally resume with the year 4 cup yesterday. Swap in the Tanbridge House astroturf for Noah's Ark and you have a re-write of the Old Testament on your hands. Familiar rivals Southwater A and Heron Way A took advantage of the rain break to emerge through the field of 15 teams to contest the final. Both negotiated their groups without too many problems before the Herons beat off Greenway A's semi-final challenge 2-0 and Southwater did likewise with a St Mary's Horsham gallantly fighting above their weight category.
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2020 is heralding the start of a new cricket club in the Horsham District - Kilnwood Vale CC. The club initially formed for the 2019 season, but lack of pitch availability held up progress, however thanks to the tremendous help of the Sussex Cricket League the Vale now have a pitch to call home for the 2020 season, playing home matches at Southgate Park alongside Crawley CC. In addition to this, the club will be offering the opportunity for people to play midweek fixtures in the new Sussex Slam competition as the Kilnwood Vale Kings.
10 teams took part in the Year 3 and 4 Horsham District Primary Schools Introductory Tag Rugby Festival on Tuesday 3rd March at Horsham Rugby Club. Almost 100 boys and girls arrived in an array of team colours proudly wearing their tag belts ready to play in some fun, friendly matches. During the two hour event, each of the 10 teams played six matches to help develop their throwing and catching skills and understand more about the rules of Tag Rugby.
New research, carried out by YouGov for the Youth Sport Trust, reveals parents’ appetite for schools to focus on young people’s physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing. The representative poll of over 2,000 UK adults also found that the majority of parents with children aged 18 or under see a strong link between positive wellbeing and schools prioritising PE, school sport and physical activity.
The Football Association (FA) has announced updated heading guidance for all age groups between under-six and under-18, in association with the Irish and Scottish FAs. The updated heading guidance, which will be introduced immediately, will provide grassroots clubs, coaches and players with the recommended heading guidance for training sessions only. The guidance does not make any changes to the way matches are played.