Inspiring conference for our Bronze Young Ambassadors

Schools from across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire began their journey into Sports Leadership at our Bronze Young Ambassador Conference.

The 176 students descended on the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield for the all-day conference which is designed to prepare them for the leadership programmes ahead.

Coming from 20 schools in Chesterfield and 22 in North East Derbyshire, the children have taken the first step into sports leadership by forming School Sport Organising Crews within their school group. The Crews will now go back to their schools and plan an intra-school competition and club that can maximise engagement and inspire the whole school to get involved.

This involves meeting with the Head teacher to discuss potential ideas that can be delivered, deciding on a sport or multiple sports, then running an intra-school competition as well as an extra-curricular club. The Crews will need to demonstrate how they have been inclusive in organising the events and maximised the potential number of participants. They will also need to publicise, promote and celebrate their success. This will involve writing reports and taking photographs that can be used on the school website as well as notice boards.

The day began with an introduction from Chesterfield Gold Young Ambassador Emily and North East Platinum Young Ambassador Emily. An inspiring speech from former Team GB Volleyball captain, Ben Pipes. Back in a venue in which he used to train, Pipes used his personal experiences to motivate the children and get them enthused about the day of games and leadership activities.

Once everyone was geared up for the day ahead, the crews took part in three role-playing activities, designed to give them ideas of sports clubs they can run in their schools. These included Boccia, Dodgeball and Volleyball.

Sam from Walton Holymoorside said “I really enjoyed doing the workshop with Ben! It was really noisy but so much fun learning the different games.”

Prior to the conference the Crews decided on individual roles, which include: a Head Mini Leader, a Spirit of the Games Head Mini Leader, a Media Leader and a Photography Leader.

Each Crew member then went on a tailor-made workshop to equip them with the skills needed to fulfil their role. Spirit of the Games Leaders learned about what the Spirit of the Games is all about as well as taking part in Orienteering and Triathlon. The Head Mini Leaders discovered what New Age Kurling involved before having a few games themselves.

The Media and Photography Leaders took part in a practical workshop before teaming up to stage a mock press conference with Pipes, asking open questions and taking interesting and useful photos.

Lucy, of Brockwell Junior School, said “It was quite fun asking him questions. It felt like a real interview with all the cameras flashing.”

Rounding off a fun-packed day the students jotted down notes and next steps as the planning process begins.

Mr Melleney, of Hollingwood Primary School, said: “The kids have really enjoyed it today and they’re already busy planning the events they’re going to run.”

Before heading home, there was one last surprise in store for the young leaders. As they all piled onto the indoor running track at the EIS, each leader took the 250m run towards the finishing line for an incredible finish of the day.

Jack, from Highfield Hall, said “The finishing run was definitely my favourite part! It was so much fun and I actually ran on the same track as Jessica Ennis!”

Sarah Evans, Chesterfield School Sports Partnership, said “It was great to see so many young people taking on the role of Bronze Young Ambassador, planning to inspire other young people in their school. “

As with every Bronze Young Ambassador Conference, it was great to see the young leaders fully embrace the day and leave motivated to lead their own sports clubs and competitions. They could not have done this without the help of their teachers, those running the workshops and the current Gold and Platinum Young Ambassadors who did a fantastic job.

Check out the images from the days event.

Posted in Awards, Education, News, Primary, Training

Level 2 in Dance Leadership

Book yourself onto our 2017 Level 2 in Dance Leadership!


The qualification has been designed to develop generic leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of dance situations as well as contributing to the personal development of the learner. This is a practical qualification where learners must demonstrate their ability to lead simple dance activities.

  • Age: 13 and over
  • Guided learning hours: 39 hours (including 10 hours demonstration of leadership)

Date: Commencing Tuesday 21st February 2017 (held every Tuesday)

Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Venue: Springwell Community College, Staveley, Chesterfield S43 3NG

Price: £30 per person


Includes a FREE Tshirt!!


Click on the following link to apply.

Application form 2016.17

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Athletics Assistant Official Course

Book yourselves onto our 2017 Athletics Track and Field: Assistant Official Course!


What will I learn?

• The responsibilities and roles of an Assistant Official, including following procedures and applying basic rules.
• Ensuring safety, reporting concerns and communicating with athletes and other officials.
• Measuring and recording times and distances as well as making, sharing and recording judgements.

Available for ages 14+ years

Date: Monday 13th February 2017

Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Venue: Tupton Hall School, Station New Road, Chesterfield, S42 6LG

Cost: £20 membership (attend additional National Governing Body leadership courses for FREE)

Get a FREE t-shirt!!!

 Click on the following link to book on!

Application form 2016.17

Posted in Awards, Education, Training

INTO Officiating Award Netball

Book yourselves onto our 2017 Netball INTO Officiating Course!


Key Course Objectives

• Introduce the principles of umpiring and the rules of netball
• Introduce officiating to young people, to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the role that the official plays in netball and sport as a whole
• Offer opportunities for students to umpire matches within their own school or other appropriate environments


Date: Friday 17/02/2017

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: Brookfield Community School, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, S40 3NS

Cost: £20 membership (attend additional National Governing Body leadership courses for FREE)

Get a FREE t-shirt!!!

 Click on the following link to book on!

Application form 2016.17


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Chesterfield School Sport Partnership delivered the Chesterfield Badminton Finals, on 26th January 2017

Queens Park Sport Centre hosted the Chesterfield Badminton finals in a thrilling event featuring 16 teams.
After 8 qualifying rounds with a total of 42 teams, our finalists represented the following schools; Brookfield Community School, Outwood Academy Newbold, Hasland Hall Community School, Springwell Community College, Whittington Green School and Netherthorpe School.
Teams of 4 played 5 games in each match, featuring 2 singles and 3 doubles games. The whole event was played in great spirit.

Brookfield Community School’s girls came out on top in today’s Key Stage 3 district Badminton Finals, losing only 2 games, closely followed by runners up Hasland Hall Community School.

It was Outwood Academy Newbold who claimed the title in the Key Stage 3 finals, undefeated winning 3 from 3 with Hasland Hall Community School runners up.

Winner a second final for the evening, this time the Key Stage 4 boys final, Brookfield Community School were undefeated without losing a single game. Netherthorpe were runners up.

Undefeated and dropping just a single game, Hasland Hall Community School came out on top in the Key Stage 4 girls final. Brookfield finished off a fantastic evening as runners up.

Brokkfield Community School, award winning coach, Mr Andy Petty, said: “Really enjoyed a well organised final. The highlight was the extremely high standard on display in the Key Stage 4 girls final and the fantastic spirit all the players displayed”.
Spingwell team captain Josh, said: “Well run, enjoyable and competitive tournament. I’m pleased with how the team have played, the standard was high”.

We would like to congratulate all the teams who took part. All four winning teams will go on to represent Chesterfield at the County Finals. We wish them all the best.

Winning team images via the link below;
Badminton Finals 2017

Posted in Competitions, News, Secondary

Festival of joy in our All-Inclusive Boccia

Over 180 primary school pupils from across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire turned out for our Key Stage 1 and 2 Boccia Festival.

Boccia is a disability sport that tests muscle control and accuracy. Related to bowls, players propel balls to land close to a target ball, and work together as a team to win points or ends. It is fully inclusive and players can use ramps and other aids should they be necessary.

Part of the numerous SEN events we deliver yearly, the Boccia festival was immensely popular, with 16 teams taking part in the Key Stage 1 event, 18 teams taking part in the Key Stage 2 event and 6 teams participating in the Key Stage 2 competition event.

The Key Stage 1 area held 4 different activities that introduced the skills to play Boccia, which were fantastically led by the Chesterfield College leaders.

Ryan from Mary Swanick broadcasted how enjoyable his experience was, “The one where I had to aim for the skittles was my favourite! I knocked down 4! It was so much fun!”

Over at the Key Stage 2 area stood 7 courts filled with talented young athletes battling it out against each other. An incredible and fun atmosphere with many students encouraging one another during each game.

“These kids have had an absolute blast! One of the teams had even given up their go so another team could have a second round! It’s wonderful to see that.” Spire Infants Teacher.

After lots of close matches in the Key Stage 2 competition, it was down to Brockwell and Brimington to work towards that first place trophy. Keep your eyes peeled on how the finals go down!

Sarah Evans, School Games Organiser and Leadership Officer at the Chesterfield SSP, said: “It’s so great to see these many kids engaging with today’s event. Many of them will not have been to other competitions before so this is a great way to introduce them to a fun and inclusive sport.”

The event was supported by Sports Leaders from Chesterfield College who were encouraging and motivating whilst organising and refereeing the matches.


Posted in Competitions, Primary

Is your school food smart?

Do your pupils know what’s in their food?

Give your pupils a healthy start to 2017 with the new Be Food Smart resources from Change4Life. Pupils will find out how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in their food and drink and how they can make healthier choices through films and curriculum-linked English and Maths activities. The printed teaching packs are being delivered with the School Fruit and Veg Scheme now. You can also find the contents of the printed pack, along with supporting resources, including an Assembly presentation, films, KS1 and KS2 activities, a parent pack and a campaign guide for pupils on the School Zone.

Download Resources here!


How to get started!

  • Display the be food smart posters in your school.
  • Send home the parent packs.
  • Take a look at the Key Stage 1 and/or Key Stage 2 teacher guide to help you run English and Maths Be Food Smart lessons.
  • Run a 10-20 minute Be Food Smart assembly using the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Run a pupil-led Be Food Smart campaign.
  • Get started with the Our Campaign – teacher guide.
  • Watch these fun Be Food Smart films to help pupils find out what’s in their food.


Download the new Be Food Smart app!

To help bring your lessons to life download the free Change4Life Be Food Smart app today from the App Store or Google Play. The app enables you to scan everyday food and drink to reveal how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in them. Use the app to accompany the Key Stage 1 and 2 lesson activities in which pupils will discover the sugar content of everyday products and how to make healthier food swaps.

Be Food Smart App


Watch the new Be Food Smart films!

What’s in our breakfast? And how can we find out? Watch two young reporters investigate how much sugar is in our breakfast and how we can make it healthier. The films will help your pupils to see how everyday food can contain surprisingly high amounts of sugar, saturated fat and salt, meaning most of us are eating more than we realise. You’ll also get to see how the Be Food Smart app works in action!

Be Food Smart Films


Posted in Education, News

Lets Go Ride A Bike

Wheels for All are running a project funded by Derbyshire Sport called ‘Lets Go Ride a Bike’. There will be a workshop in early March for volunteers to help run sessions in the Queen’s Park (also at Parsley Hay, Carsington, Rosliston & Derby). They also have funding to provide 1:1 sessions in the Queen’s Park with up to 3 hours per trainee (3 x 1 hour sessions) for children aged 11 – 17.


Please take a look at the flyer attached and should you have any questions please get in touch. Please note that all training within the project is free of charge.




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