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28 Mar

Like so many others, the sport and physical activity sector has already been significantly challenged by coronavirus (COVID-19) and this is only likely to accelerate in the weeks and months ahead. Sport England has two key priorities during this period:
The first is supporting the sector to ensure that it comes through this period in as strong a position as possible. The second is doing everything it can to encourage people to stay active, wherever possible, which we think is now more important than ever.

18 Mar

Following Government advice that people should maintain social distancing to help slow the spread of coronavirus, we regret to announce that all Horsham District Sports Development sport and physical activity sessions and events are cancelled with immediate effect from Wednesday 18 March and for the foreseeable future. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to update the public as the situation changes, sharing current government and NHS advice. For updates on the situation as it develops and information about Council services visit: www.horsham.gov.uk/coronavirus

14 Mar

Greenway's A team scooped the Year 5 Football Cup last night on the astroturf at Tanbridge House School. They emerged from a group that included Southwater A but didn't have it easy, St Mary's Horsham notably holding them to a goalless draw in their third match. That earned them the right to take on St Peter's Henfield A comprehensive winners of Group 3 in a semi that looked a formality as they went 3-0 up but looked anything but as the Henfielders embarked on a brave comeback that just fell short at 3-2.

12 Mar

Leechpool won the top tier play-offs of Division B of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League yesterday at Collyers. They negotiated Shelley in their semi-final to earn the right to take on St Robert Southwell, conquerers of Warnham in the final. The final produced some good play but eventually Leechpool ran out convincing winners, 5-1. Shelley took third place with an 8-2 win over Warnham.

11 Mar

Shelley School won the year 3 and 4 basketball competition at The Bridge yesterday attended by eight teams from four schools: Southwater, Arunside, Shelley and Holbrook. There was some excellent play in the three-a-side format. Shelley's two teams, A and B, topped their first round groups with Arunside A and Southwater taking second spots to join them in second phase Division A. The lower teams fed into a Division B which Arunside topped by virtue of beating Southwater B in the head to head between them after they finished level on points. Shelley A took the Division A title after beating main rivals Southwater A in a great final game 8-4 in a game that stood at 4-4 at half time. Great spirit and fair play from all children involved.

7 Mar

The last meeting of Division A of the netball league concluded on Wednesday at Collyer's. The title had already been decided the previous week, champions Southwater weren't due to play and both Greenway teams were absent due to other commitments. So there was every excuse for a damp squib but as it turned out Heron Way A and Plaistow/Kirdford A contested an extended match and it turned out to be a cracker, 17-12 in Plaistow/Kirdford favour, just enough to tip the runners-up claim their way level on points but goal difference deciding.

Division B of the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League ended at Collyer's yesterday with four individual events providing the focus, the team event having wrapped up last week. Players were allocated according to quotas dictated by entry level per school. Jason B (Southwater) swept through the top tier like a dose of salts. Caleb B from Greenway met him in the final but was powerless to restrain him in a game that finished 21-10.

Like the biblical scene of the Red Sea being parted, only a bit more dramatic, primary schools football in Horsham was able to finally resume with the year 4 cup yesterday. Swap in the Tanbridge House astroturf for Noah's Ark and you have a re-write of the Old Testament on your hands. Familiar rivals Southwater A and Heron Way A took advantage of the rain break to emerge through the field of 15 teams to contest the final. Both negotiated their groups without too many problems before the Herons beat off Greenway A's semi-final challenge 2-0 and Southwater did likewise with a St Mary's Horsham gallantly fighting above their weight category.

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6 Mar

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