27 Sep

The Young Coach Academy for Sussex is back! The Youth Sport Trust have relaunched the programme this year and have aim to target at least 30 young people between 14-19 yrs of age (in particular girls!)  who show promise in leadership and / or coaching in your schools, clubs and / or local sports clubs. The YCA (Young Coach Academy) is about harnessing that passion and enthusiasm shown by your young leaders / coaches and taking them a step further on the coaching pathway.

26 Sep

Thakeham Primary School is in seventh heaven after its A team won the inaugural STARS Primary Schools Girls Football Competition played on two grass pitches at Steyning Grammar School's Rock Road site yesterday. Five teams entered the event from three schools - Thakeham, St Mary's Washington and Ashington. Some super matches were played within the round-robin fixture schedule.

25 Sep

The average UK adult spends more than twice as long making tea as they do exercising, according to new research commissioned by not-for-profit health body ukactive. The study of 2,080 UK adults by ComRes reveals that they spend an average of 40 minutes a day making tea (which equates to four hours and 37 minutes a week), compared with an average of just 14 minutes’ moderate physical activity a day, such as riding a bike, fast walking, playing tennis or hiking (equating to one hour and 38 minutes a week).

Although many home nations fans might find sitting through this year’s Rugby World Cup matches a little too nerve-racking at times, the NHS says watching the sport can actually be good for your mental health and wellbeing. As the world’s top rugby nations prepare for their first matches in Japan, England’s top dementia doctor says watching classic rugby matches can be particularly useful for older sports fans and people with dementia as it can keep the brain active and stimulate memories.

The Horsham Mixed Martial Arts Academy competed in the European Championships both in GI and no-gi walking way with 19 medals from the 11 kids competing. These medals include 12 gold medals , 6  silver medals, and 1 bronze  Some of the Horsham children are now both double world and European champions in addition to winning 1st place as a team for most medals and most submissions. The Horsham Mixed Martial Arts Academy have children as young as 5 to 15 competing.

23 Sep

Dive Hockey are a hockey coaching business, specialising in goal keeper coaching either in groups or 1:1s. Dive Hockey are holding an outfield players and goalkeeper camp on 31 October and 1 November from 10am till 3:30pm for Children aged 7-16 years old. The event takes place at Cumnor House school, London Road, Danehill, Haywards heath, RH17 7HT and will include guest coaches such as Jo Westwood, current Welsh international. For more information and booking form please contact Connor at divehockey@gmail.com or call 07525 030020

21 Sep

There's lots of primary school football action in store this week. On Wednesday at Steyning Grammar School's Rock Road site there's an inaugural STARS primary school family girls football festival with two schools - Ashington and Thakeham - entering a total of three teams between them to make for a simple but fun round-robin. There'll be lots more footballers at the Horsham District Year 5+6 League (mixed teams) starting in Horsham Park on Friday as 17 teams come together to contest three categories of event: small schools league, large school Division A and large school Division B. Bring it on!

20 Sep

Encouraging and inspiring more children to actively get involved in aquatic sports, the Zoggs brand have teamed up with top Olympic athletes to offer up to 150 free spaces (at each event) for children aged 7 to 14 years old to experience different aquatic sports such as mini water polo, synchronised swimming and fast swimming.

Sports England have teamed up with UK Sport and recruitment specialist Perrett Laver to improve the diversity of board members in the sport and physical activity sector. New research into diversity in sport governance reveals that women now account for 40% of board members across bodies funded by either us or UK Sport, but that diversity in areas such as ethnicity and disability remains a challenge. With evidence showing that diverse boards perform better, Perrett Laver is responsible for identifying and developing a pool of senior, experienced candidates from a variety of backgrounds including black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), disabled and LGBT+ to help organisations develop more diverse boards.

National Fitness Day, which is part of the European Week of Sport, takes place on Wednesday 25 September. The event celebrates enjoyment of fitness and there are lots of ways to get involved. Get involved by downloading ukactive's toolkit or sharing on social media using #BeActive.

The UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has updated their physical activity guidelines. The report, launched on 7 September, builds on the 2011 update. The new guidelines emphasise the importance of regular activity for people of all ages and, for the first time, presents additional guidance for being active during pregnancy and for disabled adults. Read the report here.

Find Your Fit is a brilliant new tool from This Girl Can designed to help women find a physical activity that’s right for them. It filters different options by considering three key factors that can affect a workout: how much time you have, who you want to exercise with (by yourself, as part of a group or even with children) and how you want to feel afterwards. Learn more on This Girl Can Website.

19 Sep

From 18 September to 15 December the Horsham District Indoor Bowls Club will be running rollup sessions on wednesday evenings from 7:00pm- 9:30pm. Visitors are welcome to join their club members for 2 free taster sessions. Subsuquent visits are £3.50 per Session. Find out more information on their Website

17 Sep

Sporty Parents Netball is a  unique netball event hosted by England Netballers designed  to get sporty parents to impress their kids and seize their chance to play for the school team one last time. Serena Guthrie and Rachel Dunn are coming to Brighton on the 29th September. This is an excellent opportunity for your netball loving kids to enjoy an excellent day with their parents.

16 Sep

The next Horsham and Shipley Community Project Health Walk is taking place on Wednesday 18 September starting at 12:00 midday. The Walk will start at the Shipley site and take place over 7 to 8 miles acros Knepp Estate.  Bring a sandwich and drink, and suitable shoes! Learn more on The Horsham and Shipley Community Project website.

15 Sep

Children will have a greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of daily sport and physical activity, whether that be in school, after school or during weekends and holidays, under new Government plans revealed recently. The School Sport and Activity Action Plan, outlined by Education Secretary Damian Hinds, Sport Minister Mims Davies and Minister for Public Health, Seema Kennedy, will set out a range of new measures to strengthen the role of sport within a young person’s daily routine, explain how teachers and parents can play their part, and promote a joined-up approach to physical activity and mental wellbeing.

12 Sep

Horsham District Sports Development are working in partnership with Sussex cricket to run the Lord's Taverners Super 1s Horsham Disability Cricket. This provides free cricket sessions for people of all diabilities aged 12-25. These sessions take place at Collyers, 82 Hurst Road Horsham, RH12 2EJ on Thursdays from 4:45pm-6:00pm. The autumn term sessions start on Thursday 26 September and run through until 12 December (excluding 31 October). For more information and to book a place please contact Aroop Tanna at aroop.tanna@sussexcricket.co.uk or visit their website

11 Sep

The ‘Horsham Hawks’ are a community based Junior & Ladies Basketball club run by volunteers passionate about basketball. They are looking for new players aged 9 to 11. Come along for a free trial. The Horsham Hawks meet up every Wednesday from 6.30 to 7.30 PM at The Bridge Leisure Centre in Broadbridge Heath. Prices are £15 per month or £100 for the whole season (8 months) Bring plenty of drinking water and wear proper sports kit. For details more visit their website or email gianluca@horshamhawks.co.uk.

9 Sep

Horsham Indoor Bowls Club are having an open day on Saturday 28 September from 10am to 4pm. The open day will be free to new members and their restaurant will be open for tea, coffee, light snacks and lunches. There will also be various stalls including arts, crafts, plants and a bottle Tombola. This event can be found at the bottom of Tesco's car park next to The Bridge Leisure Centre with plenty of free parking available. Learn more on their website.

The Horsham Memory Walk is organised by the Horsham Rusty Brains, a group of people living well with dementia, the Horsham Memory Walk will again take place in Horsham Park this year. The route will start at the Conservatory Café in Horsham Park. Friday 13 September from 12:00 to 14:00.  For more information please call Alzheimer’s Society on 01403 213017

4 Sep

New research with parents shows the impact that the sharp decline in outdoor play facilities is having on their children’s physical and mental health. The survey of 1,111 parents with children aged between 2 and 12 has revealed that 72% of parents of children with health issues such as obesity said that the lack of outdoor play facilities in their area has played a role in their children’s problems. Over a quarter of parents surveyed with children experiencing mental health problems said that the lack of outdoor play facilities in their area has played a role in their children’s difficulties. 26% of parents with children who have sleep problems say that a lack of outdoor play facilities in their area has played a role in their children’s sleep difficulties.