28 Feb

Leechpool School won the Year 5+6 sports hall athletics event today at Forest School coming out on top of a three school field of teams. 30 points separated them in the overall standings. Leechpool topping the pops with a total of 229, Castlewood finishing just 10 points off and Northolmes a further 20 adrift. Well done to the contingent of Forest year 8 sports leaders who did sterling work in officiating proceedings under the direction of Event Director Dave Ingram.

The Horsham Primary Schools Netball League has slowed up in recent weeks with some weather cancelled meetings but it got back on track this week with the first meeting of Division B Phase 2. Southwater and Shelley schools joined the second tier fray having been relegated from Division A at the halfway point and both set about showing the regulars in their midst who was boss. Southwater smashed St Andrew's Nuthurst B 12-1 and then did a similar hatchet job on Plaistow and Kirdford by sinking eight goals. Shelley were also impressive in beating Greenway B 14-0 but only just squeezed past All Saints A 4-3.

26 Feb

Heron Way School is on sporting fire at the moment. Winners of the year 3+4 Collyers sports hall athletics a month ago and winners of yesterday's dodgeball tournament at Farlington School they scored another hit today by taking the year 5+6 Collyer's sports hall athletics title, coming out on top of six teams in conclusive fashion. Well done to Greenway for achieving second place and Southwater for coming third.

25 Feb

Report written by Milais Sports Leaders. The tournament of the year… this was the Millais School New Age Kurling Festival 2019! With weeks of planning, dozens of excited primary school children from six schools across the Horsham District joined us at Millais School on the 14th February, ready to have lots of fun.

Heron Way retained their title in the annual Horsham Primary Schools Dodgeball Tournament earlier today. Nine teams from five schools battled it out in Farlington School's three-badminton court sports hall which offered three pitches to accommodate three initial groups of three feeding to a final second round of three groups of three to decide all placings from bottom to top.

22 Feb

Horsham TTC's National Junior League tasted glory at the latest meeting (Day 3), winning Division 3 in a tight battle with Brighton TTC's C team. Teammates could have been forgiven for regaling the tune 'Wiggert it, just a little bit' after the side's Dutch maestro, Wiggert Vermeer, turned in a promotion winning performance by winning all 10 of his singles matches. Shibu brothers, Alain and Aalrin, made vital contributions too, both with six out of nine records. They drew their big game with Brighton C 3-3 to set up a tense final round of matches with both of the top two being level on games won.

21 Feb

West Sussex County Council has provided some funding to put on some training for Walk Leaders/Walking Sports Leaders. The training serves to equip walk leaders with words/language to raise awareness of strength and balance and its role in helping people continue to enjoy the Health Walks/Walking Sports. Attending this brief training (4 hours) provides more knowledge, information and means to extend your sessions to better support people - a strength and balance booklet is provided for participants to take at their own choice.

19 Feb

Join us at the Health and Wellbeing Market Place event being held in the Parksuite and Main Conference Hall at Parkside, Horsham on Thursday 14 March. Drop in any time between 10:30 – 1:00 pm. With 65 market stalls promoting local council, health and voluntary services, this is a brilliant opportunity to come along and find out how local organisations can help you to live well.

16 Feb

Week 3 of the Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division B and shock, horror and amazement Southwater A found themselves of the receiving end for once with Greenway being the team to curtail their unbeaten run. Greenway's points tally now lies only five behind Southwater A but in an ironic twist the biggest beneficiary of the slip ended up being Southwater B who moved into top spot, coming through on the rails after a default 40 point haul against no-show Kingslea C and another maximum against lowly and partially complete Holbrook B team.

There was a merger of the Horsham District Secondary Schools League with the Horsham TT Matchplay at Collyer's this Friday night with a competition that served both processes. A total of 16 players participated together in a monrad system, 11 for the purpose of the schools league and five for the matchplay. With one more week set to run in the schools league after half term odds-on favourites for the team titles look to be Forest School despite the Weald's Chris Goodier stamping his quality on the second instalment to win and make up for a surprising loss at the first group stage of last week's opener.

14 Feb

A super annual Horsham Primary Schools Swimming Gala ran at Pavilions in the Park last week. Andy Lobley from Atlantis SC oversaw proceedings supported by crews of young officials from Collyer's Sixth Form and Millais School. A strong entry of nine schools participated with six teams in the A event designated for club and non-club swimmer-based teams and 11 in the B event for non-club swimmers only, necessitating two heats in the 8-lane pool. Well done to St Mary's Pulborough for an excellent performance to win the A event with a total of 45 points, eight more than nearest rival St Mary's Horsham. Southwater won the B event with a total of 90 points, St Mary's Pulborough 1 team being their nearest challenger on 77.

13 Feb

The Sussex Junior Player series returns for 2019 as a way for boys and girls aged 5 and over to start playing golf in a fun and relaxed environment. To book please go to our website's online booking and for further information please contact Paul Taylor at paul.taylor@horsham.gov.uk or call 07764 146339.

12 Feb

Working in conjunction with the developers Berkeley Homes we are pleased to announce the opening of an exciting new pump track - the first of its kind for the Horsham District. The construction was delivered in conjunction with Berkeley Homes as part of the new Highwood Village development between the A24 and Hill Farm Lane in Horsham. The track provides a whole new sporting experience for our District and features lots of hills and jumps on a 200 metre track. It is suitable for both beginners and experienced riders alike of all ages.

9 Feb

The Horsham District Secondary Schools Table Tennis Short League started last night at Collyer's in fine style with teams from three local schools - Forest, Tanbridge and Weald - battling it out in the under 16's process encompassing school years 7-11. The 13 lads attending on the first of three meetings were split into three first round groups that were played on a best of three basis. In Group 1 Chris Goodier (Weald) was the favourite to come through but Forest's Aalrin Shibu pressed him into a final set salvage operation in his first match and this was a precursor to him falling to a shock defeat to Tanbridge's rising year 7 star Rahil Rehman-Furs in straight sets.

Another positive day's play from Horsham TTC's NJL team to report as they came a creditable third out of six teams in Division C. Top two, South Croydon D and Darenth B, hit them hard with 6-0 and 5-1 defeats respectively but those matches aside they administered some batterings of their own at the expense of Horsham Spinners B, Brighton D and a Brighton Spinners hybrid outfit put together 'for one night only'. Dutch maestro Wiggert Vermeer led the line with five wins from his five singles, Aalrin was top Shibu for the day with three from eight, achieving a full 15% more than bro, Alain, on 22% with two from nine. Well done boys!

With a lot of the usual TT Matchplay players involved in the new secondary schools league in the other half of the Collyer’s hall it was a small collection of players that contested a round-robin on Friday, in good and friendly spirit, as ever. Colin McAlpine and Harry Llewellyn were two players to do well winning two matches each in straight sets before coming head-to-head to see who could claim to be top player of the night. McAlpine just had too much experience to bring to bear against the youngster on this occasion winning 3-0 but the Billingshurst left-hander is as keen as mustard and no doubt there’ll be more opportunities to scale the Alps in the future.

It was a full turnout at the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis Division B in Week 2; all 10 teams had a complete complement of four players meaning that a total of 80 matches would be completed on the night. Clearly the message about missing players costing vital points from Week 1 had hit home. Greenway started the evening at Collyer's sharing top spot with Southwater A. They opened with a big win over mid-table Kingslea C 37-16 with Harry Long, Oscar Swatton and Louis Stehle all winning doubles and only Nick Meinertzhagen dropping a point to Louis Oakley.

Day 3 of the National Cadet League in Brighton and the matches for the 11 Horsham TTC teams involved came thick and fast again. After finishing bottom spot in Division 1 at the end of Day 2 the week before Horsham A was given a relegation reprieve virtue of a request by the organisers linked to the strength of teams present. They made good use of their fortune by winning three, drawing one and only losing to eventual top team Brighton A. Rahil Rehman-Furs and Zack Bull were both magnificent in recording 80% win rates and Ishaan Patil improved significantly to secure a 40% level.

7 Feb

More year 3+4 sports hall athletics competition fun today at Forest School in Horsham, hot on the heels of the recent Collyer's hosted event. No sports hall in the town is big enough to accommodate 12 schools in this popular version of the sport and getting planning permission in view of the highest of noise levels would be difficult too, hence the split of seven schools at Collyer's and five today. Forest sports leaders bore the organisational brunt of making sure around 125 children were well marshalled and cared for in their pursuit of glory. Event Director, Dave Ingram, brought his usual calm panache to the proceedings, the conductor of an 150 piece orchestra.

5 Feb

Local residents of Horsham have been invited to join the Highwood Village Community Open Day featuring the official opening of the Pump track and launch of public art sculpture project on Sunday, 10th February 2019.  The public event will be held between 11am – 2pm and visitors will be able to enjoy many activities on the day. At 11.30am and 1pm there will be an exciting demonstration on the pump track which shouldn’t be missed and with a selection of 30 bikes, visitors can take to the track to ride the ramps, half pipes and drops on the new track.

The Reaching Higher Dance group have been busy practicing their routines over the last few weeks ready to perform at  nightclub next Wednesday. They will be on stage at 7.15pm at The Drill Hall in Horsham and doing two dances (Hairspray and Reach). The Reaching Higher Dance group meets weekly on Mondays at QEII school and is an inclusive Dance group for Children and young people with disabilities and siblings/friends aged 5 -18 , with opportunities of performance. No experience necessary. All abilities welcome. For information please visit our website

New Age Kurling Festival is set to take place Next Thursday on the 14th February. The event is being Organised by Year 9 Sports Leader of Milais School who will be in charge of 19 teams. For information please visit our website.

There are 15 teams entering from 9 different schools that will be competing in the Primary Schools Year 3 and 4 Introductory Tag Rugby Festival that will be taking place at Collyers, Horsham on Tuesday 5th March from 12.30-2.30pm that is being organised by some Collyers Sport Leaders.

4 Feb

Horsham Youth Bowling Club bring home an amazing haul of 13 trophies from the first tournament of 2019. A massive well done to everyone who competed, coaches say your behaviour was impeccable, and huge thanks to the fabulous team of coaches!

3 Feb

Division A of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League returned this week with four exciting games. Holbrook made a cracking start  winning both their games, a 13-1 smashing of Heron Way followed by another punishing 11-3 scoreline over Greenway A. St Andrew’s A were just as powerful however. In their two matches this week they scored more than Holbrook, but also conceded more, on their way to an 18-6 victory over Greenway A and an 11-2 success versus Heron way.

Heron Way Primary School won the annual year 3+4 sports hall athletics competition run at Collyer's last week. Over 200 children from seven schools participated to provide a super show for their teachers. Coach Dave Ingram marshalled proceedings with his accustomed aplomb supported by a hardworking officiating crew of Collyer's sports leaders. Girls competed among themselves across a number of track and field disciplines and so did the boys. 2060 points were scored across the day with Heron Way taking the biggest slice, 412, followed by Southwater Junior Academy 49 points behind and Greenway another 46 points on.

A super Horsham primary schools badminton team tournament ran at The Bridge last Saturday with three teams from Warnham primary school and two from Northolmes making up a field of five two-man outfits. Some great rallies ensued testament to the fantastic preparatory work both schools must have done for it. Northolmes teams shaded most, but not all, of their encounters with the slightly younger Warnham opponents. The exception was Warnham B's win over a Northolmes A team that actually managed to beat eventual champions Northolmes B and showing that success was not to be taken for granted at any stage. Well done to all 10 children involved for playing with great skill, endeavour and sportsmanship.

The Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division B is underway at Collyer's and two of the traditional big boys - Greenway and Southwater A - made an early statement of intent by winning their opening two fixtures to stand joint top of the first week table on 74 points each. However they weren't the only initial double winners, West Chiltington also looked impressive and lie only six points off the top and Heron Way also impressed albeit only just only overcoming stubborn resistance from Kingslea A 28-28.

What the latest Friday TT matchplay night lacked in quantity it made up in high quality and fine spirit at Collyer’s in the latest meeting of it. Inevitably very cold weather, allied to the threat of snow, worries about roads in rural feeder area and the prospect of National Junior and Cadet Leagues in Brighton next day contributed to the moderate turnout but well done to those who kept the ping fires burning.