30 Nov

Pride Sports UK has launched a new tool to help people find LGBT and inclusive sports clubs. Users can filter clubs by their location and the type of sport or physical activity they'd like to take part in. The project has been Sport England funded and the search engine provides the scope for new clubs to add their opportunities.

Swimming is helping to save the health and social care system more than £357 million a year, according to new research. The cost of savings to the NHS are revealed in Swim England’s Value of Swimming report, which outlines how water-based activity is making a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of the nation. Now Swim England is calling on the Government and healthcare professionals to ‘maximise the benefits’ swimming can offer to ‘help people live longer, better, happier lives’.

Major sports organisations and charities from across England have joined a nationwide campaign to thank National Lottery players for helping to fund grassroots sport.  Since it was launched in 1994, the National Lottery has invested more than £5.7 billion into community sport and helped people live active lives.  Representatives from organisations such as the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board and England Netball and Sport England chief executive Tim Hollingsworth, have signed an open letter to National Lottery players highlighting some of the things that wouldn't have been possible without the investment.

28 Nov

50 primary school children in school years 3+4 took part in a badminton skills festival on Tuesday at Collyer's Sixth Form College. Southwater Junior Academy, Northolmes and Holbrook each brought 10 children and Kingslea brought 20. After an opening all group warm-up children split into groups of five and undertook a carousel of 10 skill stations. After that the fives were combined into tens to go around another five stations. Then it was a few fun games and proceedings finished up with the Horsham Performance Centre coaches giving a demo of high level play before encouraging youngsters to follow-up their enthusiasm by coming down to their programme at The Bridge.

Leechpool Primary School zoomed ahead in the first meetin Division B2 of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League. They opened up with a big win over perennial large school rivals Southwater Junior Academy whose B team took a 10-1 opening hit. Then Kingslea's two teams took the brunt of their goalscoring power to the tune of 8-1 and 10-0. Southwater recovered from their early setback to claim two wins against the Kingslea teams, although Kingslea A made them work hard for their 2-0 victory. Kingslea A sit in third after winning the bragging rights against their own B team.

27 Nov

Meeting 2 of the Primary Schools Girls Football League went ahead last week and the third and the climax to the process is now in sight. We saw another close competition with some exciting football and tight score lines which has us looking forward to tournament three. Meeting 2 saw three teams remain unbeaten and the top two in both leagues being separated on goal difference. In Division 1 Southwater A and Heron Way fought it out for the top two spots. Although Heron Way won the head-to-head 1-0, it was Southwater A who finished top on goal difference. Steyning A will join them in the top tier at the final meeting.

23 Nov

12 players entered the Horsham District Secondary Schools U18 Individual Table Tennis Championships on Friday at Collyer's. There were some fabulous games played, a third of them going to a deciding set. Tanbridge lad Freddie M ended up to of the pile. Benefiting from a first round bye he ended Weald pupil Jude L's hopes in straight sets to lay up a semi with schoolmate Rahil RF which he proceeded to win with surprising ease. The Fredster's opponent for the final was another Wealder, Chris G, who had also negotiated his semi against Alain S (Forest) without trouble and indeed had had more difficulty in his quarter-final versus tennis playing pal Ollie P (Weald).

22 Nov

Division B1 of the Horsham District Primary Schools Netball League got underway at Collyer's on Wednesday with four teams participating from three schools. Northolmes' two teams enjoyed contrasting fortunes. Their A team won all its games convincingly and did not concede a single goal. Their B team struggled throughout the night though losing all matches heavily with their only crumb of comfort coming with a goal scored against St Andrew's Nuthurst in response to the 10 they conceded. When the two Northolmes teams met the gulf was a 12 goal one.

Week 3 of the Horsham District Primary Schools Table Tennis League Division A brought some more good matches. Blaise W was on good form for Greenway as part of their lower half, winning three of his four close encounters of a ping pong kind. An improved points haul for Greenway on the night but they still lie well adrift of third place Holbrook. Holbrook slipped back as a consequence of two tight matches against Greenway, one drawn and another lost courtesy of a single bonus point. Oliver Bilotto continues to impress in the Holbrook lower half.

19 Nov

The number of people who are obese in England has almost doubled in the last 20 years from 6.9 to 13 million. In England 29% of adults and 20% of 10 to 11 year olds are living with obesity and, although it’s not the only factor, obesity is the most significant risk factor for new cases of type 2 diabetes, accounting for 80 to 85% of someone’s risk. It’s the main driver behind the leap in type 2 diabetes cases over the last 20 years. There are an estimated 2.85 million people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in England, and more than 850,000 living with the condition who don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed − bringing the total number up to 3.7 million.

16 Nov

The Horsham District Secondary Schools U13 Individual Table Tennis Championships took place at Collyer's on Friday, attracting a field of 11 competitors. A monrad tournament was used to ensure that competitors continued to play games even if they lost at any point. Rahil RF was the one player to avoid losing at any stage and thereby take the gold medal. After a bye in the first round the Tanbridge year 8 student dealt with Henry S and brother Zaib in ruthless fashion before negotiating a tough challenge in the final versus Forest School year 8 lad Billy J. In a best of seven set encounter Rahil went 3-0 up before Billy struck back by winning the next two to deuce. Rahil showed his experience in the sixth however, taking it 11-7 to win through.

Southwater A consolidated themselves at the top of the A division of the Horsham District Primary Schools League on Friday at Collyer's with four more wins in the second week of the competition. Holbrook are on the rise though as their nearest challengers after picking up three team wins themselves, two against Southwater B's halves who they overtook in the standings, and the other at the expense of Greenway. Greenway and Billingshurst both played out intra-team friendlies as well as matches against the top two teams so they didn't add many points to their total on the night although the fixture schedule should get easier over the remaining weeks. Mind you I've been saying the same about the weather recently and look how that's turned out!

13 Nov

The 2019 primary schools girls football league got underway last week with 12 teams involved in this year’s competition. The teams were randomly organised for meeting 1 into two groups and were competing for their place in the top group going into the second meeting. Leechpool A set the bar high  after managing to go unbeaten in the first outing, not dropping a single point or conceding a single goal. Tournament two will see them compete in league 1 along with Kingslea and Steyning B who finished second and third in the group.

The ninth annual Swimarathon will run at The Pavilions in the Park Horsham, on Sunday 15 March 2020. Over the last 8 years the Swimarathon has raised more than £56,000 for many deserving causes in the Horsham area. In 2020, we are supporting Horsham Matters, a small charity making a big impact in the Horsham community. Horsham Matters currently provides emergency food for individuals and families through the Horsham District Foodbank, in addition to running the Horsham Night Shelter which provides homeless people with a bed and food in the winter months.

8 Nov

Southwater's two teams made a powerful start in the Horsham District Primary Schools League Division A opening at evening at Collyer's. Southwater A's crew went undefeated and their B team were not far behind just suffering two individual match reverses at the hands of Greenway Lower's Blaise W by the narrowest of margins. Greenway emerged from a double helping of Southwater treatment with a creditable 18 points and look forward to some easier evenings ahead.

6 Nov

The FA’s Shooting Stars initiative has launched in 1,200 primary schools across England to inspire girls to get active and learn the fundamentals of football. There are different levels of the programme to cater for different ages: 4-7 year olds and 7-11 year olds. The FA’s Shooting Stars initiative is available in over 1,200 primary schools in the first year of the programme but has ambitions to increase the number of schools taking part year-on-year. It is an integral part of the FA’s ‘Gameplan for Growth’ strategy for women’s and girls’ football, where they have the ambition of doubling participation by 2020.

The Horsham Primary Schools Netball League got underway for the season at Collyer's tonight with four Division A matches taking place. Southwater A made an impressive start to their campaign putting both Greenway A and B teams to the sword with great ruthlessness, 15-1 and 18-0 respectively. Heron Way also completed a similar Greenway double to get their season up and running successfully but they were far more gentle in their treatment, beating the A team 5-3 and the B team 6-1.

4 Nov

A new £250,000 fund's been launched to provide training and equipment aimed at helping disabled people to become more active. 'Parasport, powered by Toyota' – an online hub to empower disabled people to increase their activity levels – has today launched the fund. It'll see Sport England invest £100,000 of National Lottery funding a year into it. The Toyota Parasport Fund will be delivered by Sport England, and the other respective home sports bodies, in association with the British Paralympic Association (BPA).  Activity providers can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to improve the quality and quantity of equipment available to disabled people.

The Football Association has launched its new SuperKicks app.  Available free of charge, the app encourages children of any ability to take part in football.  There are more than 100 challenges to get kids involved in football, whatever their level. Watch the video below.