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Year 6 was the age group to complete this year's series of football cups in Horsham Park and it was Southwater A playing with great form who took the honours as the curtains closed. 13 teams lined up on the start line, being split into four groups, one of four teams and the other of three each. The Red Group of four produced some high scoring encounters. Castlewood made a good start by beating St Peter's Henfield 2-0 with stand out performances from Nat R in goal and Jasmine S on pitch.
The Friday TT Matchplay season closed at Collyer's last night with another super-grid of players getting in as many different matches as possible. Alain S reinforced his hardworking reputation by completing all his matches again and winning about two-thirds of them. James Anderson was one of his conquerers 21-19 and achieved a similar win percentage. Little Adrika S was at her bubbly best to the end using her points advantage to good effect to force close encounters in most of her games. Chris Goodier was generally dominant but found Adrika too hot to handle with her head start.
Heron Way won the Horsham District Year 2 Football Festival champions coming out on top of seven competing teams yesterday afternoon on Horsham Park. The Herons were in control from start to finish winning all of their games, scoring 21 goals and conceding none. Shelley came second and gave Heron Way their closest game, one that finished 2-0. They also won a brilliant game with Holbrook A that was instrumental in securing their runners-up status, although quite strangely they suffered at 5-0 hammering at the hands of sixth placed Leechpool.
Enjoyment is the single biggest factor in motivating children to be active, new analysis from our Active Lives Children and Young People Survey has revealed. More than 130,000 children and young people were surveyed in the academic year 2017/18, with participation figures published in December, The report measures children's physical literacy.
Southwater A have won the Horsham Primary Schools Division B title with a meeting to spare. After thumping All Saints A 11-1 they faced Shelley A in the key game and won it 6-4 in a match that lived up to its billing. With Shelley A drawing its other game on the night, a 4-4 cracker versus Plaistow and Kirdford it means that as long as they turn up to the re-arranged third and final meeting on 1st May they can’t be caught.
The network of County Sports Partnerships launched the new brand name 'Active Partnerships,' at the annual convention in Nottingham earlier this week. Active Sussex is now one of 43 'Active Partnerships' across England. They work collaboratively to create the conditions for an active nation and use the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives. The Active Partnerships national team is the improvement and innovation agency that leads, supports and represents Active Partnerships. The team is focused on learning what works locally and driving collaboration and impact across the network.
This year, for the first time, Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone in the area – women, men and children - to join the Race for Life. You don’t have to be sporty to take part. You don’t need to train or compete against anyone else. All you need to do is go to the Race for Life website, pick an event, sign up and then have fun raising money in whatever way you like. To sign up to our local 5k event in Horsham Park, please visit: po.st/RFLSouth
The first planned Sporting Challenge for local businesses in aid of Set4Success in 2019 is tenpin bowling on Tuesday 9th April at the Rec Rooms Bowl in Horsham. Teams of two or four people will play three games of 10 frames each. Cost per person to be £12 of which £7 will go to the Set4Success charity.