24 Jul

The Government’s new School Sport and Activity Action Plan has been hailed as a great step forward by Sport England chief executive Tim Hollingsworth. With the Active Lives Survey showing that a third of children are currently doing fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day, the Government has developed a plan to give children greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of daily sport and physical activity. The new plan sets out a range of new measures to strengthen the role of physical activity within a young person’s daily routine, to explain how teachers and parents can play their part, and to promote a joined-up approach to physical activity and mental wellbeing.

New planning guidance hopes to make it simpler and easier for local authorities and planning bodies to provide facilities that enable people to get active. Sport England have produced the Planning for Sport Guidance that focuses on 12 principles which seek to help the planning system offer opportunities for all to take part in sport and physical activity. Learn more here.

Sport and physical activity are being used to try and help tackle serious violence and knife crime this summer. Sport England are awarding 49 projects in London, the north west, west midlands and Yorkshire, a total of £400,000 in National Lottery funding to help more than 3,000 young people get places on sport and physical activity programmes. Learn more here.

The Prime Minister’s head of news and deputy spokesperson Alison Donnelly has been appointed as Sport England's new executive director of digital, marketing and communications and will join Sport England in November. The Executive director of digital, marketing and communications is a newly created role that will see her bring together Sport England's existing digital, marketing, campaigns, communications and external affairs teams. Learn More here .

18 Jul

The fifth Sussex Junior Player Series took place at Dale Hill Golf Club on Sunday 14th July. 12 boys and girls took place in this event hosted by Dale Hill Golf Club who helped organise things on the day. . Congratulations to Morgan and Oliver who were joint winners in the Reception to Year 2 group, Ezra in Year 3-5 and Max in Year 6+. There are still three more Sussex Junior Player Series events this year with the next one scheduled to take place on Wednesday 7th August at Horsham Golf and Fitness that can booked online here,

16 Jul

Struggling to get to grips with social media? Finding writing for your website a challenge? Then look no further! Voluntary Sector Support are working with ByJove Media to deliver 3 sessions over the autumn Beginners Social Media, 1 October, Intermediate Social Media, 16 October, Writing for the Web, 13 November. For more details on these training sessions and to book go to their VSS Eventbrite page.

Voluntary Sector Support have corporate volunteer teams looking for practical volunteering projects to get stuck into over the next few months. Volunteer teams, of up to 10 people, are looking to spend a day offering unskilled manual labour to local charities and community groups.  All we need is to link them with some of you who might have a painting, digging, sorting, marshalling or cleaning job to get done. This is a great opportunity to link with individuals and businesses who might decide they enjoyed themselves so much they’d like to continue to volunteer for you. For more information contact VSS on 01403 215191 or at volunteering@horsham.gov.uk

15 Jul

The wooden skate park in Horsham Park has been a popular and well-used facility, however in the past five years substantial investment has been made in the maintenance and upkeep of these ramps.  Horsham District Council is now unable to meet the financial demands of maintaining the park in wood and will be installing a new concrete skate park at the same location by Spring 2020. The concrete park will require minimal on-going maintenance and will be less susceptible to damage.

12 Jul

Youngsters stole the show at this year's Specsavers Sussex School Games.The exciting ‘mini-Olympics and Paralympics,’ in its eighth year, took place at the K2 Crawley, a state-of-the-art competition venue operated by Everyone Active, on Wednesday 26 June 2019. Over 1000 young people, aged 7-16 years old, from 119 teams across the county, enjoyed the prestigious occasion, taking part across 14 different sports including Athletics, Gymnastics and Stoolball - the only event of its size for school children in Sussex.

A children’s sports charity has revealed that more than two-thirds of UK adults are unaware that children should do 60 minutes of physical activity per day. In new research recently published, carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Youth Sport Trust, 68 per cent of adults either believed the target – based on government guidelines from the chief medical officer – was lower than 60 minutes, or did not know about it. When asked how many minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity young people should engage in every day, 49 per cent of all adults thought it was less than 60 minutes, and 7 per cent thought it was more. Only 25 per cent correctly said 60 minutes. The remaining 19 per cent said they did not know.

It was B-teams day on the third Friday of District Sports Quadkids events at The Bridge today. Five schools entered teams for the day designed to extend the pupil reach of the area's largest and most prestigious primary school sporting process. So another 200 children undertook the same four events - run, howler throw, standing long jump, sprint - that 600 children had undertaken in the previous two weeks.

11 Jul

Southwater Junior Academy showed the depth of its cricketing ranks this morning in the inclusive cricket festival held at Kingslea School in Horsham. It’s girls team more than held its own by coming sixth but its boys team blasted allcomers en route to becoming the winners. More teams arrived at the festival than planned for but a hastily re-arranged schedule saw the eight teams split into two initial groups of four to be contested on a knockout basis to establish first to fourth place order in each.

'Horsham District Health Rides' are free social rides for adults who enjoy, or want to start enjoying, cycling. Horsham District Health Rides are holding a starter cycle ride on Wednesday 7th August at 10am. In order to attend please meet in the Jubilee Car Park RH12 1AB - just off Albion Way, drive past the doctors surgery and into the car park in the park. The ride will be for approx 1 hour. and will stay in the park and ride for about 2.5 miles. The ride leaders will be Jill Shuker and Chatter Cheema.

10 Jul

Castlewood School is the champion cycling skills school in the Horsham District after winning the annual championship. Four teams of six riders, one from hosts Kingslea, one from Castlewood and two from Northolmes entered the event jointly run by HDSD and British Cycling through coach Keith Reed. Eight skills stations were negotiated by all riders and teams to produce an overall team score list at the end of which Castlewood sat on 29 points, four in front of next team Kingslea. Well done to all participants.

The first Sussex Junior Player Series event that took place at Piltdown Golf Club on Sunday 30th June. 25 boys and girls took part in this event hosted by Piltdown Golf Club  who helped organise things on the day. Congratulations to Morgan and Oliver who were joint winners in the Reception to Year 2 group, Amelia in Year 3-5 and Ben Gaskell in Year 6+ There are still four more Sussex Junior Player Series events this year with the next one scheduled to take place this Sunday 14th July at Dale Hill Golf Club that can booked online here,

8 Jul

Millions of schoolchildren will be inspired to get physically active this summer thanks to the latest phase of the groundbreaking partnership between Change4Life and Disney UK. New 10 Minute Shake Ups, films and activities featuring a host of popular Disney characters from the hit films Frozen, The Lion King and Toy Story 4 will be distributed to primary schools to help teachers get children moving more.  Packs will also be given to children to take home so they can continue to keep active over the summer.

With unpaid carers reporting lower levels of wellbeing than the general population, we've teamed up with Carers UK to better understand how to use sport and physical activity to combat it. The project awarded £100,000 of National Lottery funding to Carers UK and aims to tackle loneliness. Learn more here

This Girl Can has teamed up with British Cycling to target the historic gender gap in cycling participation and get more women on two wheels. The national governing body’s HSBC UK Breeze campaign is specifically aimed at women and provides hundreds of free rides. Learn more here

I Am Team GB returns in August 
aiming to inspire people to take part in sport and physical activity in the build up to Tokyo 2020. The event builds up to the Nation’s Biggest Sports Day which is being held on Saturday 24 August, and will see lots of local events across the country. Learn More here

6 Jul

Around 27000 points were accumulated at yesterday's year 3+4 large schools District Sports Quadkids event at The Bridge's athletics stadium. Just over 400 points difference in the final scores separated the 10 school teams which competed. The sun shone nicely as the 200 young athletes, 20 per school, assembled to be marshalled over the four events - howler throw, 50m sprint, standing long jump and 400m run - by staff and volunteers drawn from the participating schools.

Castlewood School, Southwater has won the Year 1+2 Quadkids Competition beating Kingslea School in Horsham. The event was run on a virtual basis whereby schools tested their own children in the different disciplines - howler throw, standing long jump, 300m run and 50m sprint - and submitted scores for recording and comparison based on the average points scored per child. Well done to all the pupils from both schools who gave it their all...and we look forward to seeing you at the big District Sport Quadkid events at The Bridge in coming years!

2 Jul

The annual Horsham Primary Schools Rounders Tournament took place at Millais today. Fine weather greeted the 14 participating teams from seven schools, a contrast to the wet weather of three weeks ago which resulted in the original date for the competition being scratched. The teams were split into four first round groups, two of four teams contested on a knock-out basis and two of three formatted as round-robins.

1 Jul

Over 110 year 2 pupils drawn from Holbrook, Warnham, Farlington, Kingslea and Leechpool schools enjoyed a multisport day at Farlington School near Broadbridge Heath today. There was lots on offer with eight stations spread around Farlington's astroturf - archery, athletics challenges, Active Play Zone, skateboarding, Shoretrax ramp cycling, racquets zone, dance and wheelchair football.