30 Jan

Warnham are at the top of the Horsham District Primary Schools badminton world after winning two of the divisions, A and B, contested at today's team tournament at The Bridge Leisure Centre. St Mary's Pulborough scooped the Division C winners gong on their debut outing in the annual event. The competition involved 12 teams and 25 players from four schools - St Mary's Pulborough, Southwater, Warnham and Northolmes - and the behaviour, skills and spirit of all the players (all boys for some strange reason!) was exemplary. Waiting players umpired games and there were few problems.

28 Jan

It was a busy scene at Collyer's today as 11 teams and over 200 year 3+4 children convened for for first of this year's sports hall athletics events. With Forest School's sports hall out of action for roof repairs all entries have had to be channelled into the two Collyer's events, hence the packed in approach. However head coach Dave Ingram supported by a brilliantly able and committed crew of Collyer's sports leaders were up to the task and Heron Way was the school that emerged victorious achieving a top total of 520 points, 24 in front of nearest rival Southwater.

Thousands of children will benefit from more sports activities after school and in the school holidays through a £1.6 million funding boost to help schools make better use of their facilities. As part of a national drive to encourage 60 minutes of physical activity per day across the week, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced total funding worth £2.4 million for better sports activities and teaching, including for schools in 19 areas across England to collaborate with sports organisations to increase the opportunities to use school sports facilities outside the school day.

The deep-rooted inequalities that mean people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are far less likely to be physically active have been laid bare in a new report. ‘Sport for all - why ethnicity and culture matters in sport and physical activity’, published by Sport England, is a comprehensive picture of how people from BAME communities are taking part in sport and physical activity.

Families are being invited to take up the Big Pedal 2020 – the UK’s largest cycling, walking and scooting competition for schools. This year’s competition is backed by Dame Sarah Storey, British Paralympian and 35-time world champion in cycling and swimming. Organised by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, Big Pedal 2020 will run from 22 April to 5 May 2020 and will see young people across the UK compete with one another to make the most journeys by bike, foot or scooter.

26 Jan

Another night of super table tennis to finish this year's primary schools table tennis Division A. Proceedings came to a close with a pairs competition involving matches up to 31 points within a 12-minute timeframe and each pair changing over when the score of 15 was reached in the game. A number of new Southwater players attended because some regulars were involved in a singing competition and one of them, Charlie, paired up with the relatively experienced (at nine years old!) Zaib Rehman-Furs to win yet another pot of gold for their school.

25 Jan

Spinners Table Tennis Club is inviting youngsters to make a start in table tennis with two sessional opportunities being run at its home at Slinfold Primary School. They're linking into Table Tennis England's TTKidz programme which offers an 8-week starter programme opportunity to 7-11 year olds and also have an already-running TTE funded free course which still has some spaces available.

23 Jan

The second meeting of the Horsham District Netball League Division B2 turned out to be an almost perfect replica of the first meeting before Christmas with all results going the same way, the only 'imperfection' being Kingslea B gaining a bonus point in the table by virtue of getting five goals in their loss to Kingslea A who scored eight, meaning that they superseded the 50% or more scoring threshold that guides bonus points for losing teams. Leechpool was the chief beneficiary of the status quo maintenance, securing another three wins to finish on maximum points ahead of Southwater B who won all their games except for the ones against Leechpool.

22 Jan

New resources are being rolled out to girls in secondary schools as part of a campaign to empower them to get their peers active. As recent national statistics show that from the age of five up, boys are more active than girls at every age. Sport England data from its Active Lives: Children & Young People survey revealed that boys (51%) are more likely to be active than girls (43%).

The Youth Sport Trust has partnered with Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS) to provide children with the best possible sporting experiences, through supporting parents, coaches and other organisations. Working with parents and families is key to the Youth Sport Trust’s strategy to remove barriers to sport. WWPIS already works with a number of National Governing Bodies and sports organisations around the world. It also supports sports organisations and coaches to help parents effectively engage with their children around sport.

21 Jan

The third and final meeting of the 2019/20 Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League took place on Friday 17th January on a chilly winter evening. 14 teams were scheduled to arrive but an hour before the scheduled start a call was received informing event organiser Paul Taylor that the three teams from Steyning would not be able to attend which resulted in a frantic rescheduling of the fixtures. Fortunately, this exercise was completed just before the teams started arriving at the Tanbridge School Astro pitch and the scene was set for a thrilling conclusion.

19 Jan

The 2020 Horsham District Health Rides programme has just been announced. Health Rides, volunteer-led and free of charge, will kick off its third year of delivery on Wednesday 12th February with an on-road ride to Sumners Pond, Barns Green from the start and return point of the Broadbridge Heath Village Centre. Between then and November there will be another 12 rides encompassing previously popular rides such as ones to Southwater Country Park, the Down's Link to Rudgwick, Pedlar's Way, Warnham and the Shelley route. The Steyning to Shoreham section of the Down's Link is a new offering as the programme branches out a little out geographically. Full information is available here.

TTKidz is the new table tennis based product taking the country by storm and Horsham Table Tennis Club is planning another programme of it following the highly successful programme it ran at Greenway Academy in the autumn term which attracted 28 children to make it the most populous initial course in the country. TTKidz is designed to give 7-11 year olds a fun and progressive introduction to the game. Children get a bat, a T-shirt, balls and a sticker-based workbook packaged in a branded drawstring bag to support them through their 8-week journey.

18 Jan

This Girl Can is back with a brand-new TV advert to inspire more women and girls to take part in sport and physical activity.  The advert, which will premiere nationally this Friday, shows the raw, unfiltered reality of women exercising in whatever way that works for them.  Lisa O’Keefe, Sport England director of insight, hopes the advert will convince women they don’t need to be in shape or super confident in their bodies to take part.

Holmbush Events, just off the A264 connecting the towns of Horsham and Crawley, has just launched its new 'Lazer Combat'. This involves the very latest generation, light weight infra red laser guns to make participants feel like they're gaming for real.

Adrian R made a spectacular debut at the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division A Individual Championships on Friday at Collyer's. The individual competition opened the way for year 5 North Heath School pupil to make his entry and he did so with a full house of six wins to come through as champion within the top Tier A, edging out the much fancied Chloe R (Southwater) 21-18 in the key match which proved to be one of the highest quality with some super rallies. Well done too to Jason B (Southwater) for a fine showing to secure third spot just in front of school colleague Zaib RF

16 Jan

Southwater A continued their dominance of primary school netball league Division A last night at Collyer's with two more big wins putting them out into a clear lead in the table after the second of five meetings. Nearest challengers Heron Way A were no match for their power falling to a 13-2 defeat and Greenway B remain winless after suffering 16-1 against them. Greenway B had put up a good fight against Plaistow and Kirdford A, falling to a solitary goal and Heron Way bounced back from their first match trouncing to beat back the P+K crew from stealing their second place berth with a 6-1 win.

13 Jan

The second Horsham District Primary Schools Hockey League meeting took place on Friday 10th January on the Astro pitch at Tanbridge House School. Following the first meeting in November, teams were split in to two divisions with further promotion and relegation issues to be decided in advance of the third and final meeting on 17th January.

11 Jan

The Horsham Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division A got back on the road for 2020 with a doubles competition on Friday at Collyer's. Teams of four for the main team event were split down into twos and allocated between A and B event sections. Southwater 1B pair Sam A and Zaib RF threw up a shock by winning the A event by beating their school colleagues at hot favourites  Southwater 1A, Chloe R and Dan P, by 21-17, fittingly in the final match round of the evening.

9 Jan

New figures show that Sport England has protected or improved sports provision in 94% of planning applications affecting playing fields. It's a statutory consultee for local councils on any planning application that would affect or lead to the loss of a sports playing field. Unless a developer can prove their proposal will improve or protect sports provision at the site, then they object to the plan.

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back. Traditional sports facilities where people spend time getting active are an important part of this, but it can be much wider too. It doesn’t have to be a traditional space – or a traditional sport. Sport England's Community Asset Fund is a programme dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community that give people the opportunity to be active.

Shelley School took advantage of Northolmes' absence from the second and final meeting of netball Division B1 to surpass them in the final table. They only had one match to play, an extended one versus St Andrew's Nuthurst, which they won at a canter 17-3. Despite their loss the Nutties still went up the tables themselves courtesy of default wins awarded as a consequence of both Northolmes teams being absent. All teams in this division will feed into end of season play-offs based on their final position.

7 Jan

In an historic first, all 32 Emirates FA Cup third round fixtures last weekend were delayed by one minute. A new film narrated by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge was played before the matches, encouraging football fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to start taking action to look after their mental health and that of their family and friends.

An active commute to work is linked to a lower rate of heart attacks according to a new study part-funded by the British Heart Foundation. In areas in England where walking or cycling to work were more common in 2011, the rates of heart attacks were lower for both men and women across the following two years.

Children from some of the poorest areas in England will have the chance to get physically active by trying a wider range of sports that may not have traditionally been accessible in their area. Sport England has awarded £500,000 of National Lottery funding to UK charity Sport Inspired to help more than 9,000 children, young people and families live happier, healthier lives through sport.