30 Sep

The Horsham District contains two St Peter’s primary schools, one in Henfield and one in Cowfold. Both got off to a flying start in the first meeting of the Horsham District Primary Schools Football League Year 5+6 first meeting, St Peter’s Henfield winning through a tight Group B in the large schools section and St Peter’s Cowfold winning all four of its matches in the small schools event to head up the halfway standings.

Nominations are now open for the Sussex Sports Awards 2017 which is an annual celebration event of all the high quality sport and physical activity provision across Sussex, from the dedicated volunteers to the top achieving sports people. Southern Water Primary School of the Year 2017 is a fantastic opportunity for primary schools to gain recognition for the hard work and excellent provision of PE, sport and physical activity opportunities for pupils and staff.

An urgent review of cycle safety was announced last week following a series of high profile incidents involving cyclists. The review will follow two phases: (1) Analyse the case for creating a new offence equivalent to causing death or serious injury by dangerous or careless driving; (2) Consultation on road safety issues relating to cycling to consider different ways in which cycle safety can be further improved.

Hot on the heels of the Year 5 and 6 first primary schools football meeting on Friday comes the first meeting of the younger Year 3 and 4 league. Horsham Park 4-6pm is again the venue and time. If the football is half as good as the Year 5 and 6's then it'll be a great watch. May the best team win!

Sport England has launched a new survey to explore how children and young people engage with sport and physical activity. The Active Lives: Children and Young People survey will give anyone working with children aged 5-16 key insight to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and physical activity. The survey will run on an annual basis, each term a number of schools will be randomly selected to take part in the survey, with the aim of getting 100,000 children and young people in Years 1 to 11 to complete it each academic year.

24 Sep

24 teams are set to strut their stuff in Horsham Park in the first meeting of the Horsham District Primary Schools Football League on Friday on 29 September, 4-6pm. Stroll across Horsham Park with your dog on the Superbowl side with care and concentration as one wrong turn and you might just find yourself in the middle of one of six football battles, that number equating to the number of pitches which will be in use for the event. Yes there'll be a football blockade in place in the middle of Horsham on Friday for two hours as Southwater A and St Peter's Cowfold defend their respective large and small schools titles. Bring it on.

They're at it again. Southwater Junior Academy set their stall out for another super year to come as their A teams, in both the year 5+6 and year 3+4 categories, won the new academic year's sporting curtain-raiser at the Horsham District Primary Schools Football Practice Tournament in Horsham Park on Friday. In the older event Southwater A only just negotiated Kingslea's first round challenge coming through 2-1 but come the second knockout phase the Rolls Royce got into gear, beating Shelley before seeing off Heron Way 2-0 in the final. Their younger team's passage to success was similarly not wholly assured, requiring penalties to see off their own B team at semi-stage before also coming up against Heron Way in their final...and winning it by a single goal.

Sports clubs and treasurers are being urged to be wary of online scams and fraudsters. In recent months there have been reports of community sports clubs and charities increasingly being targeted by online scams and fraudsters. Managing your club's money in a safe and organised way will help you to avoid making financial mistakes or falling foul to fraudsters. For example, having a club bank account with two independent signatories is regarded as part of good club governance. Financial Fraud Action UK have created a campaign called Take Five: Stop Fraud and have a number of videos and other resources available to help you spot online or phone scams.

There are a number of workshops taking place in Sussex over the coming months. Every child deserves to enjoy their sport. This workshop will raise your awareness of the telltale signs of abuse and poor practice, and give you the tools you need to deal with any issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively should the need ever arise in your coaching career.

Bubble football, pilates for health and beauty students and a disability sports hub are just some of the great ideas Sport England is funding to help students get active. They’re investing £5 million into 49 further education colleges across England to help them cut the number of their students who are inactive. The figures are stark: nearly 1 in 5 (about 138,000) college students are inactive, college students are typically more inactive than students who go to sixth form or university. Figures show 1 in 6 adults in the UK die as a result of being inactive.

Badminton England suggests competition is the cornerstone of its sport: "It's why most people play, it’s what players love and it’s the environment where most of our volunteers invest so much time." Consequently they're keen to receive views about it. Regardless of how respondents play badminton at the moment, they are keen to hear your views and use them to help shape what competitive badminton looks like in the future at all levels of the sport.

21 Sep

On Saturday 11th November Tennis Sussex will be hosting the Annual Tennis Sussex Awards event to recognise and reward local achievement over the past year. Venue will be the American Express Community Stadium in Falmer, Brighton. All people interested in attending need to email nikki.palmer@tennisinsussex.co.uk for a form which needs to be submitted to receive a pass on the day for security reasons.

19 Sep

Do you know a sportsperson that has had a remarkable year? Perhaps you know an organisation that is doing amazing things in their community? Or a volunteer that goes above and beyond to help others enjoy sport? Throughout Sussex we are lucky to have many local sportspeople that make us really proud and, although they never ask for it, every now and again they deserve a huge pat on the back! So why not spend ten minutes nominating them for the Sussex Sports Awards? After all, they deserve it!

18 Sep

Junior Parkrun started in Horsham Park yesterday. It attracted 194 young people aged between 4 - 14 and involved 29 volunteers. As a comparison this week Crawley Junior Parkrun had 75 runners and Haywards Heath 93. It's running every Sunday at 9am so the area has a fantastic new addition to its sport and physical activity landscape. Spread the word!

16 Sep

Good Governance benefits all sport and recreation organisations, regardless of their size and circumstances. With that in mind, Sport and Recreational Alliance have prepared eight top tips, based on The Principles of Good Governance for Sport and Recreation, for grassroots groups and clubs to help them begin implementing good governance. View their 8 tips for achieving a high standard of governance within a grassroots setting.

Eight out of ten school leaders report that many children arriving at primary school are not ready to take part in classroom activities. Of these, 86 per cent were concerned that children’s school readiness is worse than five years ago. The findings come from a new survey of school leaders published by National Association of Head Teachers and the Family and Childcare Trust. Almost a quarter said that more than half their intake was not ready for school.

Sport England has awarded the National Alliance of Sport for the Desistance of Crime (NASDC) £100,000 of National Lottery funding to look into how sport can be used to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. The investment will help the project gather fresh insight into the lifestyles of young people at risk of anti-social behaviour and offending.

On Friday 22nd September and Saturday 23rd September Bluecoat Sports Health & Fitness Club are hosting their third annual Fitness Showcase. Across two days the club invite members and non-members to experience the best of their facilities all free of charge, including the launch of a new season of Les Mills fitness classes.

The Horsham area primary schools primary school sporting calendar kicks off in Horsham Park on Friday 22nd September, 4-6pm with a football practice competition for age categories year 3/4 and year 5/6. This will be a prelude to leagues running for the subsequent four weeks - two meetings for year 5/6 on 29 Sept and 13 October and two for years 3/4 on October 6 and 20. Much fun is set to be had.

Active Sussex held its annual conference on Thursday 14 September at the The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton. The conference - themed as 'Collaborate, Share, Learn' - aimed to provide a platform to drive greater collaboration among local partners. Headline speakers were Svend Elkjaer, founder of The Sports Marketing Network, and Martin Perry, Executive Director, Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Chair of Albion in the Community.

9 Sep

The European Week of Sport takes place between 23rd and 30th September and aims to support and promote the benefits of an active lifestyle. The week is based on a key message to be active, using grassroots initiatives to inspire people to take part in regular activity and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to be happier and healthier through physical activity.

4 Sep

A new research study of over 1,000 General Practitioners across England has found that 80% are unfamiliar with the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines for physical activity. As a result, GPs lack confidence to discuss inactivity and exercise with patients who could benefit from it. Online questionnaires were sent to GPs in March 2016 consisting of six multiple choice questions. Only 20% of responders were broadly or very familiar with the national physical activity guidelines.

Public Health England has recently released a new Active 10 app to encourage adults to walk briskly for at least 10 minutes per day, to gain health benefits and work towards achieving the physical activity recommendations. The app is part of Public Health England's latest One You physical activity campaign to encourage adults age 40-60 to build in 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking into their day. The figures published alongside the app reveal that 41% of adults aged 40-60 walk briskly for less than 10 minutes each month.

Cycle to Work Day takes place on Wednesday 13 September, and workers across the UK are being encouraged to get on their bike and give two-wheeled commuting a go. Now in its fifth year, the event celebrates those who are already passionate commuters as well as encouraging people to give it a go for the first time to reap a huge variety of benefits. British Cycling has provided some reasons why you should consider getting involved....read on to see them.

You don’t have to be a fully-trained mechanic to keep your bike in good working order according to British Cycling. They've identified what they think are the most important things to get right when checking and maintaining your bike. Follow these simple steps, and they say you’ll soon be well on your way.