27 May

HDSD supported the Horsham Primary PE/Sport Association to stage a successful conference on Thursday in Horsham Park Barn and the adjacent park. 12 schools were represented contributing a total of 17 delegates to benefit from the various presentations and workshops on offer which covered topics including codes of conduct, School Games, School Sport Premium, healthy nutrition, junior triathlon, cycling for schools, fencing and kinball. Lots of learning was experienced and a bit of fun was had too. Presentations information available here.

A number of local sports clubs sent representatives to a workshop evening at Storrington Village Hall on Thursday provided by Horsham District Sports Development in partnership with HDC's Community Development team. HDSD managers, Ian Ford and Paul Taylor, illustrated ways in which HDSD has traditionally supported sports clubs with aspects such as funding advice, promotion and publicity, networking and linking with schools. Liz Burt on behalf of the Community Development team detailed the new drive being undertaken on volunteer recruitment now that the Council has formally taken on responsibilities for supporting the local volunteer sector.

26 May

Congratulations to the Places for People for winning the Set4Success Golf Challenge for the second successive year. Thanks go to the My Golf Academy for organising the contest at Horsham Golf and Fitness and especially Lewis who helped everyone and made the evening more entertaining with his personal challenge of whether anyone could beat him.

It's all looking good for this year's Horsham primary school rounders competition which is taking place at Millais School on Friday 8th June. 18 teams are lined up to contest the event using all six pitches that the girls school has on its field and engaging support from its young sports leaders to officiate. Leechpool like their rounders as they've got four teams involved and a number of other schools have got more than one, even smaller ones like St Robert Southwell. Holders Southwater have also got two teams involved and if they're going to repeat that achievement there's one thing for certain they're going to have to play well. May the best team win.

Horsham District Sports Development is providing disc golf sessions throughout June for families in Horsham Park on Monday evenings from 5.30–6.30pm. Disc golf is a new and exciting sport that's already quite big in the USA but is starting to grow in this country. Sessions are for all ages and we encourage you to challenge your friends and family to a round! All equipment is provided including a driver, mid-range disc and a putter, with the course changing each week to ensure unpredictability. A scorecard and pen will be available before the start of your round with a course map each week.

Sainsbury’s has partnered with ukactive to pilot a new school holiday club for children in order to combat rising levels of physical inactivity over the summer. The trial will see schools across England and Wales host ‘Active Kids holiday clubs’ to help children aged between five and 15 to stay active and healthy over the summer break. The Active Kids holiday clubs will offer children a range of activities tailored by age group, including sports, games and performing arts classes. They will also provide children with a nutritious lunch and healthy snacks.

22 May

The first ever ‘Primary School’s Disc Golf Festival’ took place this week on Monday in Horsham Park. Three teams from two schools took part including two from Greenway and one from Ashington. The children played the nine hole golf course on a beautiful sunny morning. At the end everyone was waiting eagerly in anticipation for the scores to be announced. Greenway A came through victorious winning narrowly by three shots with a final score of 75 shots over the nine holes.

21 May

12 players from Horsham Table Tennis Club's emerging crop of juniors took on a similar number from Brighton Table Tennis Club at Greenway School in Horsham on Sunday afternoon. The children were organised in to four team matches involving three players from each club playing the other three plus challenging their own players in order to provide team and individual results. Brighton won all four matches but all the Horsham players remained competitive throughout.

20 May

The Horsham Primary School Tennis League team events came to their conclusion on Friday. As expected Southwater A cruised to victory in the Year 3+4 event whilst in the older Year 5+6 category a battle royale between Holbrook and Southwater A went the way of Holbrook after the two came head to head in the final round of matches.

19 May

Funding remains available for organisations that want to enhance spaces in their local communities for the benefit of local people. The Community Asset Fund was launched in January 2017 to support Sport England’s strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’. According to Sport England, this investment is intended to help local organisations ‘create good customer experiences and financially sustainable facilities that benefit their community for years to come’. Sport England is looking to invest in projects that look beyond helping get people into sport and active to projects that change lives and become a force for good.

The ICC World Cup 2019 team are looking for 4,000 enthusiastic volunteers to deliver an exceptional ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Across eleven host venues and cities the volunteers will play a key role in the delivery of the six-week tournament with a range of roles, including transport, spectator services, accreditation, way-finding and fan-zones. Recruitment began on 3 May through an online application process and will conclude on 15 June. The programme features a dedicated interview process followed training for successful candidates.

Sebamed’s Brighton and Hove Children’s Triathlon, the biggest triathlon on the southeast coast, is back for another year this September. This annual city Tri makes the most out of Brighton and Hove with an open sea swim, closed-road bike course and run along scenic Hove promenade.  There is also a scootathlon for the youngest athletes (3-7 year olds) on the Saturday. Prices are available in every category and no one leaves without a medal and t-shirt.

Volunteers’ Week is about celebrating and thanking those who give up their time to make a difference. During Volunteers’ Week Horsham District Council's Voluntary Sector Support team will be out across the district celebrating your success and promoting the benefits of volunteering hoping to capture people’s imagination. Its tag line is “Volunteering… not what you expected?” and they’re aiming to highlight some of the perhaps unexpected benefits of volunteering.

17 May

Greenway (Two) are this year's Horsham Primary Schools Indoor Bowls Festival champions after holding off the challenge of a phalanx of Southwater teams at Horsham Indoor Bowls Club. A total of 16 teams of four from six schools turned out on Tuesday to fill one of Sussex's premier bowls venues to the max and keep the club's large team of volunteers ultra busy for two hours. For the first half hour the children, many of them representing their school in a sports event for the first time, were introduced to the game and delivered practice bowls. The subsequent 90 minutes however was dedicated to competition and Greenway's second team thrived scoring 17 shots to pip Southwater Four by one. Great fun and hopefully some children will be deciding they want more of it by joining HIBC's Saturday morning junior session.

12 May

Southwater Junior Academy's tennis players are in the thick of the action in both age group leagues running at Horsham. In the Year 3+4 category the success of their teams looks assured with their A team way out in front at the top of the table and their B team lodged in second as if to provide a buffer from any late surges. Their fortunes are not quite as clear cut in the Year 5+6 process though as their top team trails Holbrook, another unbeaten team, by seven points with both having played three matches. Something will have to give next week as the two are due to meet in a Clash of the Titans.

9 May

Nominations have opened for The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards 2018. The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards 2018 recognise how grassroots leagues, clubs, volunteers and community projects play their part in making the nation’s favourite game happen week in and week out up and down the country. We would like you to tell us who you think deserves special praise for their work this season.

5 May

The Horsham Primary Schools Tennis Leagues got underway yesterday and in some style as 48 children overran the refurbished Horsham Park tennis courts and even the open access multicourt next door to give an excellent scene of enthusiasm, skill and endeavour. Two leagues are operating side by side, one for Year 3+4 children (7-9 year olds) and the other for year 5+6s (9-11 year olds), the former being played on mini-courts, four to a full-size court, and the latter being played on a full-size court. Both leagues involved playing with lower compression balls suitable for younger players.

Designed to complement Primary Stars’ free school resources, the programme has added new educational activities for families. It includes the Solve, Shoot, Score game and an online activity pack to keep children busy and active outside of school.

Walk to School Week, taking place each May - and this year on 21-25 May - is a country-wide celebration of walking. Each year Living Streets puts together a fun themed challenge to take on while walking to and from school. In 2017 400,000 children and their families joined the challenge and got a taste of the many benefits the simple act of walking can bring.

The Late Birthday Project is offering the following FREETraining Camps for U6-U12s during the May Half-Term week. These are always popular but parents should note the conditions and then book as early as they can. Enjoy a few hours of freedom, while your child and friend(s) enjoy some free football coaching! With UEFA/FA qualified and CRB checked coaches, and premium 3G pitches, plus a schedule of tricks, drills, games, competitions, mash-ups, futsal, penalty shoot-outs, cross-bar challenges, matches and mini-tournaments.

Researchers from King’s College London were among an international team which found that exercise can protect people against depression, regardless of age and geographical region. The researchers from around the world pooled data from 49 studies of people free from mental illness which examined whether physical activity is associated with a decreased risk of developing depression.

Mind is a mental charity and its logo will appear on the shirts of all 72 English Football League clubs next season as part of the new style names and numbers being launched for the 2018/19 campaign. The new design will for the first time in English football, incorporate a charity’s logo into the player name on the back of every EFL shirt across all 72 Clubs in the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two.

Sport England is committed to ensuring clubs have the right support to recruit and retain the volunteers. By completing this survey, you will be supplying invaluable information, which will help Sport England better understand how to support clubs to recruit and retain the volunteers they need to run their club and to improve the volunteering experience. We would be very grateful if you would complete this survey, which takes around 20 minutes, by the 16 May 2018. The data collected will be used by Sport England to help inform planning for the future, with clubs' interests at heart.

Hills Farm Lane Vets FC came through a nail-biting end to their league season recently winning in their last match 4-0 against the only team which could have caught them! And so they picked up their first major trophy as Worthing and Horsham District Sunday League Veterans winners. Congratulations to the whole squad, and particularly League Manager, Murph! The club has been going for 12 years, with many of the squad having been involved since the early days, and this familiarity and camaraderie shows on and off the pitch.

Over the years the Hills Farm Lane Football Vets team has raised £4,000 each for Pancreatic Cancer UK and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice – the two charities they support. This year the club's charity football match is on Sunday 13 May, kick off 12:00. It is a great chance for everyone involved in the barbeque after the match, a raffle, cake sale, pétanque and penalty shootout. They welcome allcomers and appreciate any cake or raffle prize donations…and the sunshine! The event will be at the Shipley football club site, but watch the website in case the weather forces a change of venue.

1 May

The Horsham Primary School Tennis Leagues are due to start on Friday 4 May at the Horsham Park Tennis Courts and a total of 48 children will be battling it out over two age groups, year 3/4 and year 5/6. Following dates are 11, 18 May, and 8 June. The 15 and 22 June are reserve dates if there are any weather problems. Children from three schools - Holbrook, Southwater and Kingslea - have been organised into teams of four in both age categories. The fourth and final date will involve individually based tournaments. May the best teams and players win!