8 Dec

The Horsham District Schools Table Tennis Individual Championships series was completed last night as the under 11's took to the tables at Collyer's last night. The organiser, the HDSD team's Ian Ford, was happy as 16 children showed up to battle it out, 16 always being a good number to schedule a competition with and on this occasion allowing the use of a Super 16 monrad format to be employed where all children could play the same number of games irrespective of their success level. It was decided that the first round of matches would split the process up into A and B events, winners going into the former category and losers going into the latter, motivating more of the children involved that they had a chance of winning something or just doing well.

30 Nov

Warnham School is assured of promotion from the netball B division to the A division in Phase 2 after Christmas after another two faultless displays in the second meeting on Wednesday at Collyer’s. Play went indoors on a night of wet weather but although matches were only half as long as a consequence of having to play on one court that didn’t stop them racking up a 7-1 win against St Andrew’s B, fellow leaders of the table at the start of the night, and 4-0 against a useful Plaistow and Kirdford outfit.

27 Nov

Collyer's Sixth Form and a crew of its sports leaders hosted a school year 3 and 4 badminton festival today from which 34 children from three schools - Kingslea, Northolmes and Holbrook - benefitted. HDSD Sports Development Manager warmed up the kids with a game of 'waiter serves the drinks' but from then on it was over to the sports leaders, organising children into groups of four to undertake a carousel of nine stations testing the youngsters in a range of badminton skills and movements. A second set of six stations with slightly bigger stations followed.

26 Nov

The Club Matters, website, Sport England’s one-stop-shop for sports clubs offering free practical resources, has partnered with leading business and financial adviser, Grant Thornton UK LLP, to create two online workshops to help grassroots clubs across the country manage their finances. The two online workshops, featuring leading experts from Grant Thornton UK LLP, cover the topics of “Future fitting your finances” and “Tax and PAYE”. Each video covers the key information that sports and community club may need to know if they are going to stay abreast of the main aspects of their clubs finances.

24 Nov

The second Horsham District Schools Table Tennis Championships tournament took place last night, this time it being the under 18s taking the stage at Collyer's. Eight young people entered and provided some excellent play in a full round-robin format where all matches were played to best of five sets. Unfortunately the late withdrawal of Jacob Evans and Harry Yip cleared the way for Collyer's first year student Will Michell to have a much easier path to success which he obliged by winning all of his seven games in straight sets.

Not much to report on this week at the Horsham TT Matchplay as not many scoresheets reached it back home to the main desk at the end of the night. Organisers Tat and Ian don’t mind that though in a process where informality is king; as long as the participants are active and happy in play results are very much secondary. Principal format adopted was pairs matches on a night where a third of the hall was unavailable due to the accommodation of the local U18 schools individual championships.

The main team competition in the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division A being at the halfway point the decision was taken to make the first diversion with a one-off pairs event where each team of four was split into 2 x 2 teams and each match was played as the best of two singles and a doubles. A teams were pitted against B teams in the first round and the seedings worked out as expected except for Southwater B springing a surprise against fancied Holbrook A. Zaib Rehman-Furs was chief architect of the upset, beating the high flying Owen Davies 21-16 first up. Rowan Smith restored equilibrium but in the doubles Rehman-Furs and Mason Skerry showed great fortitude to come through 21-17 and complete the shock.

Horsham District Council recognises the incredible contribution and role local charities, not-for-profit and voluntary sector organisations, including sports based ones, play in the community. The Council also realises that sustaining this work including fundraising effectively for good causes is a time consuming business, especially so in the current climate. The Council is hoping to support your work by creating an additional and sustainable new income stream to increase community resilience.

The Horsham and Shipley Community Project needs you to vote for them. A lot of the group have worked incredibly hard to build a new football pitch at entrance-end of the TD Shipley site; you might have watched it develop over the past 2.5 years. This pitch is needed by the community for junior football in particular but also to support walking football, training, 5, 7, and 9-aside games. It is almost ready, but to finish it off they need to install high “catch nets” (required by the planning authorities to stop the balls going into the main road behind the goal). These cost around £9,000 to buy and install.

21 Nov

There were some more excellent matches in Division A of the primary schools netball league tonight. Holbrook were slow out of their blocks falling to leaders St Andrew's Nuthurst, 10-4. However after that their prospects improved markedly with Owen Davies in tremendous form to inspire a bounceback against Shelley although well done to the bottom placed Broadbridge Heath kids for providing a stiff test, in a match that finished 6-3.

20 Nov

Meeting 2 of the Primary Schools Girls Football League was set up to be an exciting one, and it did not disappoint. The teams were split into two groups linked to where they finished after tournament one. They were all aware that two of them would be relegated by the end of the tournament so everyone put in their all to remain in the group. Southwater A continued their great form, which resulted in them topping the group and remaining unbeaten. Despite some great performances from Heron Way and Steyning A, which also saw them remain unbeaten, a number of draws saw them miss top spot.

Horsham Lions Club is inviting teams, into its eighth annual Swimarathon at The Pavilions in the Park Horsham, on Sunday 17 March 2019. Over the last seven years the Swimarathon has raised more than £50,000 for many deserving causes in the Horsham area. In 2019, it is supporting Jigsaw Trust which provides specialist education and support for children and adults with autism. Jigsaw Trust is based at Dunsfold Park in Surrey and serves the Horsham area.

17 Nov

14 players contested the Horsham District Schools Under 13 Individual Championships last night at Collyer's Sixth Form and providing some excellent play. Freddie Marchant from Tanbridge House School finished top of the class going unbeaten to claim the coveted Band A title and Forest School's Sam Mockett took Band B. To match the standards set on the tables the boys were a credit to their schools and themselves through the fair play and gentlemanly conduct they displayed.

Southwater Junior Academy is not letting its hold on the top spot of the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division A slip. Another 69 points bagged in Week 3 against Billingshurst made sure of that. Holbrook continue to improve and put daylight between themselves and Billingshurst in third with a 66-37 big win of their own against Greenway.

Brenda Taylor is showing what the Horsham TT Matchplay process is all about. Coming into the game after many years absent, Brenda, a lady in her senior years, has been a regular so far and is showing the fruits of that commitment with better shots, greater confidence and a more competitive game. Week 5 saw the left-hander gain wins over the also improving Charlie P and Bilal Rehman-Furs and who knows what conquests she’s going to make in the weeks to come!

15 Nov

Volunteering received a financial boost this week as we awarded more than £400,000 from our Potentials Fund to two youth social action groups. To mark #iwillWeek – a focal point to celebrate the benefits of youth social action – the remainder of the fund, which is made up of match-funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the Big Lottery Fund, is being awarded to The Wave Project and UK Youth.

14 Nov

Steyning A and Northolmes A were the only teams to secure maximum points from the opening week of the Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League that took place last Friday at Tanbridge House School. 15 teams arrived on the Astro pitch at Tanbridge House School eager to impress and put into practice the hockey skills they have been learning back at school. The teams were randomly drawn in to three groups with matches played on a round robin basis giving every team four matches in the first of three league meetings that will take place before Christmas and played out in cold but dry conditions.

The fourth of the Horsham Primary Schools netball divisions, Division D, started life for the season yesterday at Collyer's. Leechpool made a welcome return to the netball fray after a few years' absence by recording three big wins over Northolmes' A and B teams and Slinfold taking full advantage of the height advantage they held over those teams but also showing the fruits of some good movement, passing and shooting skills. Not only did they score freely, they've yet to concede a goal.

10 Nov

Another two good matches took place in the Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis League last night. At the end of the second helping of ping play Southwater had reinforced their top spot with another 74 points gained in their match against Greenway and with Holbrook getting their first win against Billingshurst the other three sides stand in the table in very close proximity. Behaviour and fair play among the teams and spectators remained at an excellent level, umpiring and scoring being particularly important aspects for young TT players to learn alongside their on-the-table skills.

Week 4 of the Horsham TT Matchplay evenings process provided some more exciting matches with 15 players battling it out in two streams. Oskar Crook made a spectacular debut by coming out top dog from a field of 11 in the B event. The Weald School 15 year old produced some excellent topspin shots and looks a real prospect along with school mate Matthew who was also impressive. Matthew's dad Colin completed the line up of successful new faces on the scene, all three winning through to context the top group in the second round.

A 57-year-old man has been given a new lease of life thanks to Sport England’s TIED fund awarding £100,000 to Wigan-based Groundwork. The group supports the uniformed services and provides an employability programme called Roots to Wellbeing. This funding has allowed them to add elements of physical activity to their programme and one participant, Stephen Hook, is already feeling the benefits of Groundwork’s efforts.

The FA is recruiting new organisers to operate an SSE Wildcats centre and support its mission of providing football opportunities for girls aged 5-11 years. They believe coaches like you are the perfect candidates to help inspire the next generation. Moving into its second full year, SSE Wildcats now has over 800 centres nationwide and has attracted over 17,000 new girls to play the game for the first time. The sessions take place on a weekly basis, either evenings or at weekends, subject to each local organiser. They provide a safe environment where girls can have fun engaging with sport, make new friends, develop fundamental skills and create foundations for a lifelong love of sport.

8 Nov

The Primary Schools Girls Football League is up and running for 2018 and it looks like it could be an exciting one. Fourteen teams are involve in this year’s event, all of which showed great skill, attitude and perseverance throughout the first meeting. Tournament 1 saw the teams randomly grouped into two divisions. All were aiming to finish in the top half of their league to earn them a place in group A for tournament 2. Due to two late entries turning up to the tournament with no warning the format was changed slightly. Teams were still trying to earn as many points as they could but this would then be divided by the amount of games they played to give them a score for their overall placing.

Division C of the Horsham Primary Schools Netball League took its turn to open up at Collyer's this week with seven teams battling it out. Thankfully after a day of bad weather there was a small clearance to allow outdoor play on two courts to proceed. Things were cut fine however as rains started to fall again towards the finish of the meeting. St Robert Southwell were most impressive on the first night recording two spanking victories over Shelley and Southwater B teams

3 Nov

Horsham Primary Schools Netball Division B got underway at Collyer's this week with an excellent meeting of six teams. Two village schools, Warnham and St Andrew's Nuthurst B, started with two wins each and top the table. Warnham top the standings courtesy of superior goal difference established with heavyweight performances against All Saints A and Heron Way in which their movement of the ball through the thirds was nothing short of superb. St Andrew's weren't quite as dominant and Plaistow and Kirdford forced them to go to the wire with a late odd goal in nine winner.

Millais girl Amy Rawlinson has been shortlisted for the Young Volunteer of the Year award at this year's Sussex Sports Awards. A significant amount of her volunteering has been on HDSD activities. It's a remarkable achievement for her to be proud of given that word is that it has been incredibly difficult for the judges to split a record number of nominations, and some of the long-standing judges on the panel have commented that the standard of nominations is the highest that it has ever been. The winner will be announced at the Sussex Sports Awards 2018, held at The Grand Hotel, Brighton on Friday 23 November.

EMD UK the National Governing Body for group exercise, owns and manages Class Finder the largest directory of group exercise classes in the UK. Over the last year EMD UK, supported by Sport England, and working alongside Open Active, have invested heavily in the development of the site to improve functionality, user experience and incorporate open data. Before the search gets launched to the public in the new year, we need to encourage as many instructors as possible to register and add their classes.

The 2018 Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League is set to start Friday 9 November, 4.00pm - 6.00pm on the Astroturf pitch at Tanbridge School. For this first meeting there will be 15 teams split in to three groups. Finishing position in the first league meeting will determine which group each team progresses to for meeting two that takes place on Friday 23 November. The third and final meeting will take place on Friday 7 December 2018.

The Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport has announced extra help for schools to make sure every child knows how to swim and be safe in and around water by the end of primary school. Working in partnership with Swim England and the Department for Education the initiative is supported by the £320 million PE and Sport Premium. The extra support will help deliver the government’s sport strategy Sporting Future, which committed to ensuring that every child leaves primary school able to swim.

Sony A are this year's Set4Success inter-business table tennis champions after winning through some tough competition at Collyer's last night and beating Anderson and White insurance brokers' team in an exciting final. The old Sony site in Southwater is no longer operational but such is the enjoyment their teams derived from playing in Set4Success competitions colleagues still re-unite for these events and on this occasion Marcus Deacon and Paul Vedamuttu reaped the rewards of their commitment.

Division A of the Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis League got underway at Collyers in fine style last night. Southwater Junior Academy is always strong on the tables and it looks like this year will be no different after they went to the top of the table from the off with a confident win over Holbrook. Greenway will fancy their chances too however after getting off to a good start with a win over Billingshurst.

Week 3 of the Horsham TT Matchplay Nights competition process saw all players involved in a Super 16 format designed to give everybody a similar amount of games irrespective of success level. Some players were given handicap advantages to help them against more experienced opponents. A number of good games ensued.