29 Nov

A new report by Table Tennis England as part of their Loop at Work programme, explores the impact of playing table tennis at work on employee job satisfaction, workplace wellbeing, physical activity levels and general wellbeing.

27 Nov

A new digital app designed to equip primary school teachers with better skills to improve children’s movement and help them to become active for life has been launched. Designed by a project team formed of academics from Sheffield Hallam University and international experts, and funded/part-developed by national children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust, the ‘Start to Move’ assessment app will equip teachers with the techniques and confidence to assess fundamental movement skills, like running, catching and balancing, in four to seven-year-olds.

Over 30 people enjoyed the opportunity provided by Friday’s Horsham Be Active event run at Horsham Indoor Bowls Club. Attenders were greeted by a myriad of activity options as soon as they walked through the door of one of the top bowling facilities of the south-east of England. Indoor bowling is a target based sport but it was only one of a number on offer on the day. The centre’s cafeteria in particular was a hive of target games – sjoelen, boccia target wedge, golf chipping, table skittles, shuffle ball, quoits and New Age Kurling – and nicely engaged the target audience of people aged over 45 years.

26 Nov

UK Coaching and Sport England have created a new animation to assist youth coaches in understanding and help young people positively change their sporting and physical activity behaviours to adopt an active lifestyle. Starting a new sport of physical activity or changing from inactive behaviour requires young people to go on a journey of change. Not all young people’s journeys will be easy, simple or quickly successful. Some young people will find ways to make the journey smoother and others will find the journey takes more effort and is a bumpier ride.

On World Children's Day, Youth Sport Trust and National Disability Sports Organisations have released a new video to improve the delivery of inclusive sports opportunities through the School Games. The new video highlights how schools can work in partnership with expert partners to ensure their School Games offer is inclusive for all pupils.

Horsham Matters is selling its mobile skate park equipment after a re-think of its priorities. Ramps available for purchase include a half-pipe, flat bank, spine, grind triangle, grind box, jump ramp and grind rails. The skate ramps are designed to pack into a 4m box trailer which can be towed by a vehicle with the capability of towing at least 3 tonnes. They can also supply a Mitsubishi Shogun for this purpose if required. Click here for pictures. For more details and to discuss pricing contact Horsham Matters on 0300 124 0204

An excellent primary schools girls football league comes to a climax this coming Friday on the Tanbridge astroturf. 16 teams have been doing battle across two divisions which have now sifted them into four tiers for the final showdown. There's going to be a serious scrap in the prestigious top division as there are some big beasts in that cage - Steyning, Southwater and Heron Way. Shelley School, Broadbridge Heath is considerably smaller in size but can they punch above their weight? Leechpool have a two pronged Greenway threat and an all-Roffey battle with Northolmes to contend with in Div 2. Billingshurst have double representation at level 3 and will be up against Southwater's second team and Kingslea's firsts. Rusper will be hoping to show the lower teams from Kingslea and Steyning that small is beautiful.

25 Nov

Greenway retained their Horsham District Trampolining Champions title at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre recently run by Places for People coaches. The event engaged 41 children in school years 3-6 from three schools and once scores were totted up the things stood as Greenway 515, Southwater 505 and Billingshurst 465. Well done to all involved.

Division A of the Horsham District Primary Schools League re-convened at Collyer’s on Wednesday and produced the best meeting of the season so far. Holbrook made a modest start to their campaign a month ago but second time out they turned on the style dishing out a 7-3 defeat of joint leaders Southwater A and then consolidating their progress with a 7-4 win over much improved All Saints A. Debutant Zak Neal provided all-round excellence and goals for the Holbrookers whilst Freya Faulkes was described as ‘unstoppable’ by her team manager Mrs Clouden.

Holbrook look strong favourites for becoming runners-up in the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division A after smashing lowly Warnham 77-27. Aaron Wilson, Zac Coles and Owen Davies all gained maximum and only Rowan Smith leaked a defeat going down 21-13 to Warnham’s leading player Oscar Swatton. Warnham remain anchored to the bottom spot but are still in a re-building phase after losing their title winning squad en masse to secondary school progression. If they keep their chins up and their attitudes as good as they’ve been they’ll be a force again in years to come.

23 Nov

The Horsham District Primary Schools Girls Football League recently met for its second occasion and produced more exciting play. Group A was close going into Meeting 2 with a few teams still able to top the group with a good run second time out. Heron Way finished top after remaining unbeaten only dropping points in a draw against second placed Steyning A. Steyning A and Leechpool both finished on 17 points but the former took second place with a better goal difference of +8 as against +4.

The Second Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League Meeting will take place on Friday 24th November 2017 from 4pm - 6pm on the Astro Pitch at Tanbridge School.

22 Nov

Swim England has launched a new pack to get children excited about learning to swim and help parents understand their child’s swimming journey. Learning to swim should always be fun. Children learn best when they are enjoying themselves, and when they are rewarded and recognised for their achievements.

18 Nov

Shelley School are at it again in netball. Not content with their first team scoring for fun and leading the Horsham Primary Schools League Division B table their second team opened up Division D proceedings this week with more domination. Plaistow and Kirdford suffered the first impact to the tune of seven goals without response. Southwater has dealt out a heavy beating or two over the years but on this occasion their B team was on the receiving end of the Broadbridge Heathers’ craft and a 12-0 scoreline. In the final round of matches it was Heron Way’s turn to have a crack and although to that point they had enjoyed two wins of their own they too ended up shellshocked, conceding seven goals but at least managing to get one of their own.

17 Nov

Horsham Lions Club is inviting team entries into its seventh annual Swimarathon at The Pavilions in the Park Horsham, on Sunday 18 March 2018. Over the last 6 years the Swimarathon has raised over £32,000 for many deserving local causes including South East Lions Air Ambulance Night Flying Appeal, The Horsham Springboard Project Centre, portable defibrillators for our local Secondary Schools and The QEII School as well as purchasing equipment for the Butterfly Project and Hop Skip and Jump Centre, which has helped children and young adults with learning difficulties.

A Winter Dance Evening is taking place at Bluecoat Sports on 24th November 2017. It's a chance to get active and enjoy a drink and a dance on a sociable evening led by Lou Miah from Fi Steps Dance School. The event is being hosted by Bluecoat Sports Health & Fitness Club and guest DJ Brian Mole will help everyone get energetic and have a fun-filled time on a Friday night. A dance demo will help you with your moves heading into the Christmas party season and the event is open to members and non-members. Cost is £3.00 for members and £7.50 for non-members. A complimentary drink is provided on arrival. Event time is 7.45pm to 11pm

The Sport and Recreation Alliance, in partnership with Sport England. is keen to assess the health of sports clubs across the country and shape future decisions via the 2017 Sports Club Survey.Questions cover a range of topics including membership, volunteer numbers, club finances and what areas clubs feel they need the most support with. Answers will give valuable information on the current health of clubs, volunteers and coaches, helping to inform future funding and wider decisions made by both Sport England and national governing bodies.

Last year’s Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis League champions Warnham have had a challenging start to the defence of their title but Week 3 saw them find their mojo. Playing against a Greenway team that was a man down helped their cause but Oscar Swatton was in no need of charitable donations , the Warnham talisman battering allcomers on his way to an impressive maximum haul. Seb Bessant and Oliver Stevens both chipped in with a couple to add to the village school’s victory margin. Alex Nikolov was Greenway’s main man again with three wins but also failed to win at the Oscar going down 21-15. Stanley Hague and Alex Popa also won two each for Greenway. Thanks go to Southwater Junior Academy pupil Jessica Clennel for stepping into Greenway’s vacant berth to play friendly matches.

16 Nov

The first league meeting of the Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League 2017/18 took place on the Astro pitch at Tanbridge School last Friday. Despite the closure of the A24 about an hour before the start which caused chaos on the surrounding roads, all 17 teams turned up and although Steyning were more than half an hour late arriving their first game was moved and all fixtures were completed on time.

11 Nov

Greenway had a tough initiation against Southwater A on their return to the top tier of the Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis League but this week’s second outing at Collyer’s saw them spring back in fine style by putting Southwater’s B team to the sword 68-42. Alex Nikolov was their hero winning all of his games confidently but he received good support from all his teammates, particularly Stanley Hague and Alex Popa who won three each. Tom Wythers just missed out on joining the Greenway three wins club as a consequence of 21-20 reverses against Nick Pyle and left-hander Tom Day. Pyle's drive was the chief resistance to Greenway’s renaissance, commendably winning three of his team’s four.

It was Division C’s turn to get started last week with Holbrook Tythe Barn providing an alternative venue for purpose due to Collyer’s being unavailable due to an open evening. Astroturf courts normally host to football saw the cut and thrust of netball action for a change. Kingslea A and Northolmes A were first up and provided the match of the night with Kingslea winning by the odd goal in five.

A landmark two-year study has reinforced the link between regular physical activity and better mental wellbeing. Mind launched the Get Set to Go programme – the largest of its kind anywhere in the world – in July 2015 with support from Sport England and the National Lottery. It has helped more than 3,500 people with mental health problems to get more active, with 78% rating the programme as very good or excellent.

Data released today by the Youth Sport Trust and Women in Sport shows a shocking gender divide in attitudes towards physical activity for secondary school aged children. The survey involved 26,000 girls and boys from 138 schools across England and Northern Ireland. It shows that both boys and girls understand the importance of an active lifestyle, but there is a big disconnect between girls’ attitudes and actual behaviour. Painful periods, issues with confidence and self-consciousness, the pressure of academic school work, and lack of encouragement from teachers and parents, all hold teenage girls back from being physically active.

Active Sussex is looking to appoint a School Sport Administrator. £25,275 per annum (pro rata). 22.5 hours per week, fixed term contract until 31 August 2018. The role will support the School and Community Sports Officer and the deployment of the Primary PE and Sport Premium. This will include promoting opportunities to schools benefitting from the Primary PE and Sport funding in their area. Active Sussex is one of 44 County Sports Partnerships in England, our aim is to get more people in Sussex active. It promotes sport and physical activity programmes and events for all members of the community in the City of Brighton and Hove, East and West Sussex. It is looking to recruit a member of staff to help support the County Sports Partnership’s support for schools receiving the premium.

7 Nov

The Sussex Disability Sports Network event brings together partners from across the county to network, share good practice and receive updates and information. The next event will be held at the American Express Community Stadium on Wednesday 29 November. As part of the programme, the Network will welcome Rob Groves who hand-cycled the coastline of England in 27 days. He will be speaking about his experiences and achievements on the night.

Community leisure contributes more than £3.3 billion to the UK society, according to a new report to put a figure on the wider social value of leisure centres in Britain. Physical activity: A social solution explores value that leisure centres provide to the communities that they serve. As expected, community leisure has a huge impact on wellbeing and health, but findings also demonstrate benefits for wider social issues like education and crime, not traditionally considered to be impacted by the physical activity sector.

Swim England has launched Love Swimming – a campaign to inspire the country to get off their screens and into the pool. In the digital age, families are spending a great deal of time in front of their screens. In a 2017 OnePoll survey, almost 9 in 10 people agreed gadgets get in the way of spending quality family time together, with families only spending 36 minutes together on an average weekday. The campaign released a film featuring a real family to encourage people across the country to turn off, get moving and back into family fun by swimming at their local pool – one of the very few family activities where you can’t take your console.

6 Nov

Last Friday saw the first of this year’s Horsham District Primary Schools Girls Football League meetings and what a great start it was with a record 16 teams entered into the competition and playing the first competition phase with two groups of eight teams across the first two evenings. Southwater A made a great start to defending their title winning all four of their games conceding only one goal along the way at the hands of Shelley. Greenway B are close behind on 10 points also not losing a game but dropping a couple of point with draws. The rest of this group are close with three teams all finishing tournament one on four points setting us up for an interesting second meeting.

3 Nov

The B Division of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League got underway last week at Collyer’s and there were plenty of goals for spectating teachers and parents to witness. Plaistow and Kirdford got 32 of them as they opened with two big wins against St Andrew’s Nuthurst B and Billingshurst and what’s more they did not concede a single goal. Shelley School’s ream was even more dominant rattling in 37 but at least Slinfold managed to sink one in against them, although seeing 22 go in at their end.

There are 1.6 million more men are playing sport once per week than women. Only 0.4% of commercial investment in sport is in women’s sport and 1.3 million more men than women are volunteering in sport. These are the stats that Women in Sport are trying to change. Women in Sport are piloting a new service to support clubs and providers to access, understand and apply their research with the end goal of empowering more women and girls through sport. Ultimately, they want to transform the sport sector, changing the landscape and getting more women involved in playing, coaching and volunteering in sport.

The first meeting of the season for the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division A took place at Collyer’s recently and the Southwater A and Heron Way made big statements of intent on their first outings. Southwater Junior Academy has thrived in this sport in recent years and any worries about losing their top players from last season soon dissipated as the latest generation showed no misgivings about stepping up to the plate.

2 Nov

The Horsham District Primary Schools Girls Football League starts on Friday on the astroturf pitch at Tanbridge House School. A record entry of 16 teams are seeking glory. Southwater are the current title-holders but are certain to come under pressure particularly with other big schools like Greenway and Steyning fielding multiple teams. Format will involve the teams playing each other in two groups of eight over first and second meetings before stranding out into four groups of four based on positions from the first phase. May the best team win!

Horsham area primary school events are starting to come thick and fast. The girls football league starts tomorrow and the Friday after the Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League will be getting underway. 16 teams from nine schools are set to battle it out on the astroturf of Tanbridge House School, 4-6pm. Last year North Heath A were top dogs edging out Southwater A in the A Division. May the best team win!