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16 Feb

It's been on the cards for a while but Southwater Junior Academy's A team confirmed its winning of the netball Division A title this week with two more resounding wins in Week 4 of the process. They weren't due to play in the final meeting anyway but 18 points ahead with one meeting to go means they don't have to worry about results to come. In their final showing they swept aside closest challengers Heron Way A 13-2 and then put away Plaistow and Kirdford A with similar ease and going over the 100 goals for the season mark. Yes they've just been too good this year.

Another super Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division B week at Collyer's with eight more team matches contested. Holbrook's Amy S produced the biggest smile of the day winning the first match of her recently started TT career against Greenway's Tabitha K and here's hoping it's the first of many more. Holbrook is one of the youngest teams in the field and undoubtedly the experienced gained now will receive payback in future seasons, so wins for the present have been thin on the ground...all making the sight of a young girl running to her dad and celebrating like she'd just won the world championships all the more joyous.

15 Feb

Storm damaged pitches and facilities could be back in use sooner than expected thanks to our new emergency flood relief fund.  The effects of Storm Ciara are still being fully assessed but, in an attempt to rectify the damage as soon as possible, local authorities and community sports organisations are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to pay for emergency repairs.

Sixteen projects aimed at engaging women and/or Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) communities in coaching or volunteering will receive a share of £1 million. Sport England is awarding the National Lottery funding to projects who applied to our Workforce Diversity Great Ideas Fund, last summer. Launched during Coaching Week 2019, the fund aims to address the barriers faced by women and those from BAME communities when trying to get started in coaching and volunteering.

The government has announced all children in England will be taught the skills for a lifetime of cycling, as its Bikeability training programme is significantly expanded. The commitment will see an additional 400,000 training places offered on the scheme each year, providing children with the core skills to cycle safely and confidently on the road. More than 80% of children aged between 8 and 10 years old own a bike and since its launch in 2006, more than 3 million children have taken part in the Bikeability scheme.

11 Feb

The Set4Success Inter-Business Sports Challenge got back on the road last Friday at Collyer's Sixth Form with a table tennis competition after a hiatus in which the charity took the opportunity to re-organise after the sad passing of its leading light John Le Rossignol last summer. Six teams signed up and engaged some excellent matches in the round-robin format supervised by HDSD staff member Natalie Jagota.

10 Feb

Sussex Clubs for Young People is looking for passionate, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, young people and community focused team player who can help to develop universal open-access youth provision. Based in Arun/Chichester area for 10 or 15 hours a week (dependent on candidates) you will show an enthusiasm for working with volunteers and partners to build an effective service.

Voluntary Sector Support invite you to come along and meet representatives from both local and national grant funding bodies at this whole day event taking place at the Drill Hall in Horsham. The event is running on 25 March 2020, 10am to 4pm

Age UK will be in the Ping Pong Parlour, in the centre of Horsham, near the swans, on a range of springtime dates - Thursday March 5th, Thursday April 2nd and Thursday May 7th, all 10.00am –1pm. If you would like to come and talk to them and find out more about Age UK services or if you are feeling energetic and just fancy a game of table tennis, then you can do that too!

8 Feb

The Stoolball England Horsham Indoor Stoolball League has just finished. The teams have been playing at Millais School throughout the winter. Seven teams represented nine clubs - Alfold, Barns Green, Broadbridge Heath, Dorking, Loxwood, North Holmwood, Oakwood Hill, Winterfold and Wisborough Green.