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1 Aug

Summer is a great time to get moving and tennis is the perfect way to get active and healthy outdoors as a family. Did you know you can play and play at a number of tennis venues across the Horsham District without being a member? You can #PlayYourWay using LTA Rally. LTA Rally is a nationwide tennis booking website. The website is an easy way for tennis players to find, book, access and pay for tennis courts online. You don’t need a membership, just book online, turn up and play, although please ensure that you are following the latest government guidelines when booking a court.

22 Jul

South Coast Sport has announced it is running three x three-day football camps at Tythe Barn, Pondtail Road in Horsham in August. Maximum 18 places per camp and £50 for all 3 days. Children must be booked on for the three days and they have use of two courts and the grass in order to adhere to government guidelines. 10.00am - 3.00pm each day

20 Jul

When the Ready and Able Disability Sports Club started in 1991, a 36 year old man called Robin Ayres offered his time to volunteer with the weekly sessions. I am sure he never imagined that almost 30 years later he would still be helping out each week. Robin enjoys all sports and gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing the members having the opportunity to take part in the different sports that are available each week and this enjoyment has contributed to his continued involvement as a volunteer for such a long time.

3 Jul

Every year, during the month of June, Pride Month is celebrated across the world. Pride is about communities coming together in celebration, unity and solidarity with the LGBT+ community. British Athletics is proud to support and work alongside the LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Biexual & Transgender) community in the sport through the Athletics Pride Network which was launched in April this year.

1 Jul

Cleaner air, improved community spirit and a better appreciation of physical exercise have all been considered as significant benefits coming out of the coronavirus lockdown period. Horsham District Council’s Sports Development team has embraced all of these benefits recently by supporting a new scheme which recycles old bicycles and gives them to NHS key workers and community hub volunteers, helping them to go about caring for the vulnerable in our local communities at this difficult time.

People often believe that exercise can make you hungrier, so they may therefore eat more during subsequent meals. But for the typical person, single sessions of land-based moderate to high-intensity exercise (such as running, resistance exercise and intermittent sprint cycling) have been shown to temporarily decrease appetite and do not commonly lead to increased food intake on the same day.

ukactive and Community Leisure UK have warned that nearly half of all public leisure facilities in the UK face permanent closure by the end of the year, unless local authorities receive urgent ring-fenced funding from the Government. Public leisure centres, swimming pools and community services which are funded via local authorities, and delivered either in-house or by trusts and management providers, face a shortfall of more than £800m this financial year (2020–2021).

28 Jun

Horsham District Sports Development has a small number of cycling turbotrainers available for three-month free loan to residents in the district who are currently either shielding in the coronavirus or classed as vulnerable perhaps by virtue of a disability of extended age. A turbo trainer is a static device which your bike attaches to, allowing you to ride your own bike, in one place, whenever you want to. The rear wheel sits in contact with a roller which is connected to a resistance unit and, as you pedal, the back wheel turns the roller and generates resistance. Cycling with a turbotrainer is fun and a great way to be active, particularly when other options might be limited.

26 Jun

Sport England have produced several new resources to help the sport and physical activity sector start to reopen, as and when restrictions ease. In recent weeks Sport England have been consulting with partners to get a sense of would be helpful.

25 Jun

The Youth Sport Trust has published a new research report ‘What About the Boys’ which sets out the potential for sport to play a greater role in improving boys’ mental health. It comes amid increasing worries about mental health, anti-social behaviour and lack of achievement and aspirations among boys.