30 Aug

Tickets for the new weekly online Horsham District Community Lottery are now on sale. At £1 a ticket you have the chance to scoop a £25,000 jackpot, AND 60% of ticket sales goes to support local community groups. It’s a win win!  The first weekly draw of winners will take place on Saturday 28 September.

29 Aug

In 1919 a strip of land fronting West Street in Storrington was bequeathed by a Mrs Knight for the purpose of creating a Social Club for service men returning from the Great War. Today, the Bowls Club boasts one of the highest memberships in West Sussex and it’s clear to see how they maintain this. A beautiful setting, warm welcome and lovely lawn tucked away in the village. The club have big plans afoot in honour of the club’s upcoming centenary, celebrating players past, present and future. So now is a great time to get involved. Learn more here

A major new campaign has been launched to support the 15 million people who live with one or more long-term health conditions in England.  We Are Undefeatable aims to help those with conditions such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis and Parkinson’s to build physical activity into their lives. The campaign is led by a collaboration of 15 leading health and social care charities and benefits from our expertise and insight, along with National Lottery funding. One in four people in England live with a long-term health condition, and they're twice as likely to be inactive despite evidence that being active can help manage many conditions and help reduce the impact and severity of some symptoms.

27 Aug

Don't forget to nominate the great coaches you know so they have a chance to feature at this year's UK Coaching Awards. There are several categories ranging from high performance to children and disability. The awards will take place in December in London. Nominate here

Do you love sport? Would you like the very best offers and competitions sent through direct to your inbox? If you're a fan, then don't forget to make sure you sign up for Be Inspired to receive the latest opportunities to watch, play and volunteer in sport.  Sign up here.

Sport England have awarded national charity Sense more than £1.3 million to help thousands of people with complex disabilities to access sport for the first time.  The National Lottery money will allow the charity to expand its sports provision and work with local partners to run accessible sessions at locations across the country.  The sessions will support more than 2,500 people with high-level support needs, aged from five to over 50, to access sport and physical activity over the next three years.

22 Aug

The seventh Sussex Junior Player Series event took place at Mid Sussex Golf Club yesterdayon Wednesday 21st August 2019. We had 10 boys and girls taking part in this event and I hope everyone enjoyed the afternoon. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Mid Sussex Golf Club for hosting this event and Alastair who helped set up the holes and teed off the groups. Congratulations to Morgan who was the Shot of the Day winner in the Reception to Year 2 group, Micah in Year 3-5 and Neil in Year 6+. There is one more Sussex Junior Player Series event this year taking place on Sunday 15th September at Haywards Heath Golf Club. If you are interested in playing please ensure you book before the deadline which is 72 hours before the start time of the event by booking online here.

19 Aug

The Horsham and Shipley Community Project are holding their next 'Health Walk' on Wednesday 21st August and Last Summer BBQ and Pentaque is taking place on Friday 30th August. Everyone is Welcome!

14 Aug

The University of Sussex are hosting a Volleyball Referee One Day Grade 4 Course on Monday 23rd Sep 9:00-17:00 at the University Of Sussex Sports Centre, Sport Centre Road, Brighton, BN1 9RB. This course is for anyone who has an interest in Volleyball and is the first step on the officiating ladder with Volleyball England.  The sign up deadline is Friday 13th Sep at 3pm and you can sign up online here.

13 Aug

NHS England is inviting applications from voluntary organisations with proven examples of patient, service-user or carer involvement work that has improved healthcare services in their community. The good practice being shared must focus on how involving citizens and/or patients or carers has made improvements to health care services.

Over 90 community groups across the District have already expressed an interest in participating in the Horsham District Community Lottery.  Have you signed up yet? This new weekly online lottery will raise vital funds to support community groups such as yours whose work benefits residents of Horsham District - and will also give ticket buyers the chance to win up to £25,000!

The Board of Trustees at local, independent charity Age UK Horsham District have appointed Simon Dowe as their new Interim CEO.  Simon replaces outgoing CEO, Sonia Mangan, who had been with the charity for 3 years. Simon will be working with Age UK Horsham District for up to 12 months, and his main focus will be to review the charity’s strategy and direction to ensure that the services older people living in Horsham District need are in place and accessible.

Booking is now open for the Active Sussex Conference on 18 September 2019. Born Barikor, who is founder and CEO of Our Parks, - the visionary initiative that brings group exercise classes to all ability levels and ages, will be the keynote speaker. The conference will also feature Marie Burgess, Head Teacher at St. Leonard's Church of England Primary Academy, whose presentation will focus on engaging families in physical activity. Rosie Sadler, Physical Activity Coordinator at Albion in the Community will also be discussing physical activity through and after cancer. Book Online here

8 Aug

Sport England has teamed up with the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) to launch the Active Practice Charter. The charter inspires and celebrates GP practices that are taking steps to increase activity in their patients and staff. One in four people saying they would be more active if it was recommended by a GP or nurse, and the charter includes a toolkit that will support GPs to raise the subject of activity with patients and achieve Active Practice status.

7 Aug

West Sussex County Council are searching for a Local Offer Officer to help  West Sussex County Council’s SEND Information, Advice and Support Service champion  the West Sussex Local Offer to parents, young people and professionals. The Local Offer Officer focuses on the development and maintenance of the Local Offer website, providing clear and accessible information for children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities age 0-25 and their families about the services and support available to them.

5 Aug

Ali Oliver, chief executive of  Youth Sport Trust, said: “We would like to congratulate the new prime minister. His recent acknowledgment of the importance of giving everyone the opportunity to engage in sport could not be more timely. “The wellbeing of young people is in decline and only 18 per cent are active for the recommended 60 minutes every day. This will have profound consequences for this and future generations.

A new government plan to increase the amount of sport pupils do at school aims to improve pupils’ "physical literacy" and enjoyment of activity so that girls and groups who are less active develop a positive view of sport. The School Sport and Activity Action Plan includes a range of programmes, such as the introduction of regional pilots to trial approaches to getting young people active; a commitment to raising awareness among teachers that young people should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day; and the creation of teaching hubs to support primary schools in making the best use of the PE and sport premium.

The push for better-quality grass-roots pitches has been boosted by a groundbreaking Football Association survey that outlines the vast social and economic benefits of the game, especially in improving women’s confidence. The new FA survey of around 9,000 amateur players has shown the huge importance of grass-roots football. Measuring not just the direct spend of more than £2 billion on amateur football it also calculates the wider impact on social wellbeing. Using what is called the “Wellbeing Valuation”, which is measured as the equivalent income a person would need to make up for the wellbeing they gain from playing regular football, the FA valued the additional social benefit of grass-roots football at a further £8.7 billion.

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. It comes after the latest data from Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People survey showed that a third of children are currently doing fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

2 Aug

Launching in September 2019 Sussex Bears Wheelchair Basketball team is proud to be partnering up with Collyer’s and Horsham District Council to run taster sessions in wheelchair basketball. The Collyer’s sports hall is a fully accessible venue that is already used by other inclusive sports.