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Mini Soccer Final 18.10.17 - Chesterfield School Sport Partnership

UEFA EUROPEAN UNDER 17 CHAMPIONSHIP – coming to the Midlands and Yorkshire in May 2018

England will proudly host the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in May 2018. The tournament is a unique opportunity for your school to see the next Pogba, Rooney or Ronaldo on your very own doorstep and we know the Midlands and Yorkshire will give the 16 competing teams a warm welcome.

The tournament will be played between Friday 4 May and Sunday 20 May, across 10 match days at six venues: Rotherham United, Chesterfield, Burton Albion, Walsall, St. George’s Park and Loughborough University.
On the back of recent success across our development teams, including England Under-17s and England Under-20s both winning World Cups in 2017 – the tournament presents us with a fantastic opportunity to inspire and capture the imagination of young people across the region.
We are delighted to announce a range of opportunities for schools to get involved in the tournament:

Early kick-off times and tickets just £2

Win free coach travel or a player visit

Adopt a nation

Champions Flag competition

 

We are very excited to be sharing these opportunities with you and other schools across the region. We very much hope that your school would like to get involved, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email U17EURO@TheFA.com or visit TheFA.com/U17Euro for more information.

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Inclusive Boccia Take Over

Over 100 Key Stage 2 pupils from across Chesterfield took part in the Boccia festival held at Queen’s Park Sports Centre on Wednesday 17th January 2018.

Boccia is a disability sport that tests muscle control and accuracy. It became a Paralympic sport in 1984. 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.

21 teams participated in the festival and 8 teams taking part in the competition. It was an incredible and fun atmosphere with many students encouraging one another during each game.

Hannah from Brimington Junior School was part of the festival team, adding; “I really enjoy playing Boccia. It doesn’t really matter whether you have played it before or not because we’ve been taught how to play today so everyone knows what they are doing.”

“I am absolutely in love with this. I just think it’s such a fantastic event. It is definitely something we want to bring into our school.” Christ Church Teacher.

After a number of close matches in the Key Stage 2 competition area, we are delighted to announce that Brimington Junior School, New Whittington Primary School and Dunston Primary School will progress to the district final.

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.”

We would like to thank Gill Hawkins and the Sports Leaders from Chesterfield College who were encouraging and motivating whilst organising and refereeing the matches.

 

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Inclusive Boccia – A festival of joy

Over 140 primary school pupils from across Chesterfield turned out for our Key Stage 1 Boccia Festival held on 16th January 2018, at Queen’s Park Sports Centre.

Boccia is a disability sport that tests muscle control and accuracy. It became a Paralympic sport in 1984. 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 our inclusive competition calendar we deliver yearly, the Boccia festival was immensely popular, with 7 schools taking part in the Key Stage 1 non-competitive event.

With a carousel of activities that introduced the skills to play Boccia, led by the Chesterfield College sports leaders, the activities included Boccia Golf, Into the Scoring Zone, Hoop Shot and King of the Cones. After the development activities, everyone had the opportunity to play Boccia.

Owen from Hady Primary School broadcasted how enjoyable his experience was, adding; “The one with the bullseye was my favourite. I kept trying to get the ball in the red middle, then when I finally did it, it felt really good. I think I’d be really good at Boccia now!”

“It’s nice to see these children in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoying something different. I don’t tend to see often the students interact with other schools so it’s a wonderful sight.” Mrs Harold of Mary Swanwick Primary School.

Mrs Dilks of Walton Holymoorside Primary School announced; “Seeing the children engaged on each activity is quite fascinating to watch. It’s not often we can just sit back and observe them getting on with it, but I think because they’re having to listen to the instructions carefully and having to pay attention to what they need to do, they seem to be more focused.”

Sports Leaders from Chesterfield College, who were encouraging and motivating whilst organising each activity, supported the event.

Ben, a sports leader, explained how he found the event. “The mixture of different activities, although Boccia related, seemed to really keep them engaged. They seem to be enjoying themselves and how they interact with each other is great considering they’re all from different schools. It makes being a sports leader enjoyable.”

We would like to thank the sports leaders of Chesterfield College for their support in delivering the activities.

 

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Chesterfield Panthers kick-starts 2018 with Warrior Camp

The next wave of England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign has launched today, and Chesterfield Panthers Rugby Club is delighted to announce a Warrior Camp on 14th January.

The 2018 campaign theme is ‘New Year, New You’, encouraging women to kick start their fitness routine for the new year and challenge themselves to take up a new sport. The 2018 Warrior Camps kick off on January 12th and run until January 28th with 185 rugby taster sessions taking place at clubs across the country.

Ambassador for the campaign, England international Katy Daley-Mclean commented, “It can be hard to stay motivated to get fit during winter. Team sports, such as rugby, provide support and encouragement, making fitness fun and social. The Warrior Camps give women the opportunity to try rugby, often for the first time, and it’s fantastic to see so many feeling inspired to take up rugby.”

Since its initial launch, over 10,500 women have attended Warrior Camps nationwide; and of those women, 3,500 had never picked up a rugby ball before. The number of camps available to women has continued to grow to meet demand and the influx of players saw 41 new female contact rugby club teams established in 2017.

Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director, said: “Female participation in rugby has seen unparalleled levels of growth in recent years, with a massive 215% increase since 2013. It’s now one of the fastest growing team sports for women in England.”

“As part of the 2017-21 funding agreement with Sport England and our new Women and Girls’ Action Plan, the RFU is looking to significantly expand the number of women and girls participating in grassroots rugby across England, and the Warrior Camps are instrumental in supporting this growth.”

The Inner Warrior campaign aims to encourage more women and girls to play contact rugby, teaching participant’s key introductory skills and drills for rugby within a non-committal, social and fun environment.

Click HERE to register for the Chesterfield Panthers Warrior Camp or to find other camps near you.

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Bronze Young Ambassador Conference 2017/2018

A blast for the Bronze Young Ambassadors

Children from 22 primary schools in Chesterfield began their journey into Sports Leadership at our Bronze Young Ambassador Conference.

On Tuesday 21st November 2017, over 220 Year 5&6 children descended on the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield for the all-day conference which is designed to prepare them for the Young Ambassador programme. The Young Ambassadors will now go back into their schools as advocates for school sport, healthy lifestyles and active travel.

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

We were delighted to welcome back our inspirational speaker, 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 in team building games. After setting the scene and confirming their roles as a Bronze Young Ambassador, they split into their groups ready for their workshops.

Our Young Active Travel Ambassadors were focussed on finding ways of increasing the number of young people actively travelling to school and raising awareness of the benefits of active travel. They created posters and active travel maps for their schools with key challenges and solutions.

Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager at Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, said “We have an opportunity to change the culture of young people and families, in how they travel to school. The impact will not only provide the physical start to the day we all need; it will also have a positive impact on the roads around our schools.”

The Young Media Ambassadors worked hard on learning how to take photographs and developing their interview techniques. As a Young Media Ambassador, their aim is to increase the awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle through media, including interviews, news articles, press conferences and videos. A new feature of the day, was the ‘green screen’ workshop in the afternoon, delivered Mrs Lenthall from Brockwell Junior School.

Luke, from Old Hall Junior School, said; “I really enjoyed the Green Screen. Although we didn’t do very well on it, it was good to know how to do it because we have never done it before.”

The Young Health and Sports Ambassadors started their morning with the inclusion workshop, which focussed on using the STEP principle (Space, Task, Equipment, People) to deliver inclusive activities and competition in their school.

Poppy, a Young Ambassador at Mary Swanwick Primary School, said “I love how easy it is to make the same game work in loads of different ways. I would never have thought of that before.”

The afternoon looked at how the Young Health Ambassadors could help increase the number of inactive young people. They identified some key messages by working together to create eye-catching posters before exploring different ways to create fun and engaging activities.

The Young Sports Ambassadors spent their afternoon understanding how to deliver competitions and challenges in their school. These workshops included dodgeball, Sitting Volleyball, Sport Stacking and Athletics.

Mrs Ross, of Highfield Hall Primary School, said; “The kids have really enjoyed it today and they’re already busy planning the events they’re going to run.”

Mrs Bates, of Old Hall Junior School, said; “I thought having all the ambassadors together is a fab idea.”

The day was a resounding success and 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.

 

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Chesterfield School Sport Partnership - Chesterfield Dance Platform 2017

Chesterfield Celebrates Dance

The packed out Winding Wheel audience were blown away by 17 amazing performances on Tuesday 28th November.

It was the 12th staging of the platform and a real opportunity to showcase and celebrate the talent and creativity or the young dancers. UDance is a programme run by One Dance England which seeks to increase the number of youth dance performances and support those who organise them.

Over 120 young people took part in the dance platform from 6 secondary school and a community Dance organisation, in the magnificent Winding Wheel Theatre in Chesterfield.

The dance festival was opened by Netherthorpe School with their KS3 Pom Team performance. Their excellent and energetic performance was a great opening for the event. Outstanding performances from Brookfield Community School, Outwood Academy Newbold, Springwell Community College and St Mary’s Catholic High School filled the first half of the event with excitement and really showed their dedication and hard work into these routines.

After a short break, it was local company Crystal Cheer and Dance to open up the second half of the evening with a mash up of different street dance pieces.

An excellent display of talent from all the secondary schools during the second half, including a beautiful duet performance from St Marys Catholic High School.

A final solo performance from Netherthorpe School ‘Goodbyes’ drew the evening to a close. A wonderful contemporary piece beautifully demonstrated by a GCSE student drew a large applause from the audience. All the performers returned to the stage for the grand finale, taking the much deserved applause from the crowd.

Clare Limb, Head of Dance Development and Learning for Derbyshire Youth Dance Company said: “Dance is a cultural entitlement for all young people. These young people are the future of dance in and out of school, young choreographers in their own right. I encourage them to run their own clubs, make their own dancers and find ways of performing them.”

Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Maureen Davenport described how proud she was adding, “I’m particularly pleased to see so many schools are taking part, almost every secondary school in the borough has been involved and it’s brilliant.”

Well done to everyone that took part and made the event such a success.

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Brookfield Community School

Never Had A Friend Like Me

Dulce Et Decorum Est

A Helping Hand

Hasland Hall Community School

What About Us

Netherthorpe School

KS4 Jazz Team

KS3 PomTeam

KS3 Dance Team

Goodbyes

Outwood Academy Newbold

Wives of War

Neverland

Hit The Road Jack

Don’t Blame It On The Boogie

Springwell Community College

Plunging Into Water

St Marys Catholic High School

Twinkle Twinkle

Alive

Crystal Cheer and Dance

Senior HipHop

 

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Even Pink Duck Swims

The first of a series of books, Even Pink Duck Swims takes children through the stages of learning to swim, following guidelines set by ASA. The author, Pina Hannan, is an ASA Level 3 Swimming Club Coach, ASA Level 2 Adult and Child Swimming Teacher.

Take a look what others had to say about it.

“I’m really impressed with this magical little book! One of the most effective tools for teaching young children is through story-telling, and the great thing about these stories is the messages within. The youngsters will not only learn about key water skills through play, but also hear about friendship, working with other children, helping each other, sharing, aspiration and listening to instruction.

Pina is a very experienced and successful swimming instructor, specialising in children who may have had traumatic experiences in the water or have phobias, and has written a really unique and intelligent text that young children will love and be motivated to learn how to swim.  I recommend this highly.”

Russ Barber – Director of Coaching – City of Sheffield Swim Squad and 3x TeamGB Olympic Coach.

 

“We liked that the book was the first in a series – we thought it would be really nice to follow the characters as they progressed through the different swimming levels in the subsequent books.”

 

“The book is aimed at 4-7 year olds – we thought the language, story content and swimming ability of the characters was appropriate for this age group.”

 

 

 

“We liked the quiz at the end of the story – this would have been fun to try out practically with younger children.”

 

 

“As a parent, I would have used this book to introduce my child to the idea of swimming lessons before they started.  By following the group of children through their swimming lessons, the book illustrates how the ASA programme works in practice. The book is informative, and introduces concepts such as swimming aids, technique, basic technical terms and water safety. Most importantly, the book emphasizes that learning to swim can be fun.

As a parent, learning to swim for my two children was not optional. Initially, I saw swimming as a skill necessary to preserve life in the case of an emergency, but as my children progressed through their lessons, I saw that learning to swim offered much more than this. It gave them opportunities to make new friends, have fun and develop their confidence, fitness, strength and stamina. It offered a series of goals, and a sense of achievement and pride when these were reached. My children now have a skill that will last them a lifetime.

The experiences and emotions that myself and my children encountered through the learn to swim programme are reflected in the story of ‘Even Pink Duck Swims’. I strongly believe that all children should learn to swim, and that this beautifully written book will help introduce even the most reluctant of children to the idea of learning to swim.”

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NEC WHEELCHAIR TENNIS MASTERS 2017

The NEC Masters is the culmination of the 2017 wheelchair tennis season and is the most prestigious event on the ITF’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.  The event is organised and hosted by the Tennis Foundation, Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, as a platform to get more people playing tennis and promote it as a sport that is inclusive and accessible to all.

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters will be based at Loughborough University from 29th November -3rd December and will be the top 8 men, women and quad players in the world competing, including those who won medals in the Rio Paralympics and many hold grand slam titles.

In previous years the event was hosted in Lee Valley Tennis and Hockey Centre, Stratford, London. It has been very successful and has created a lot of opportunities for local groups to engage in the event and follow on activities.

Now moving to Loughborough we are starting all over again and are really looking to get the local community involved and benefiting from it. We have various opportunities for the local community to get involved including day trip packages, ball crew and volunteer opportunities.

 

GENERAL TRIP PACKAGE

Register your school or college now to enable a whole class to watch the world’s top wheelchair tennis players in action at the NEC Masters at Loughborough University from 29 November – 3 December.

Your school or college will be able to get active themselves and play tennis in our activity zone, where we have inflatable games and qualified coaches at hand! Then take your group through to the main event and watch Grand Slam champions and Rio Paralympians battle it out at the end of year championships!

Tickets to attend the event, including access to the activity zone, cost just £1 for each child, with teachers free.

To register your schools interest complete our form by clicking on the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NECMasters2017

 

Community groups can also register for tickets by clicking the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CommunityG

For more details about the event see wheelchairtennismasters.com

For further information please contact Claire McCulloch Claire.McCulloch@tennisfoundation.org.uk

Disability Competitions Coordinator.

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Girls Mini Soccer Final - Chesterfield School Sports Partnership

Gold for the Hollingwood Girls Football Team

We were delighted to welcome Mary Swanwick Primary School, Brampton Primary School, Hollingwood Primary School and Old Hall Junior School to our U11 Girls Mini Soccer Final hosted by Springwell Community College.

One teacher, from Mary Swanwick Primary School, said; “These girls have absolutely love it today. I think it’s fantastic how many young girls are demonstrating some incredible skill and teamwork, especially in such a male dominated sport.”

The Springwell Community College sports leaders, our match officials, explained the decisions to ensure the young players understood and developed. With great refereeing from all leaders, it was obvious how encouraging they were towards the players throughout. One of the leaders, Ryan, said; “I’m really blown away with how good they are considering how young they all are. It’s nice how friendly they are towards the other team as well as the referee.”

After a fantastic few matches, Hollingwood Primary School took the Gold for the Year 5&6 Mini Soccer Competition and will be attending the Derbyshire County Finals to represent Chesterfield.

One pupil from Hollingwood, said; “I’ve really enjoyed myself today. I can’t believe we won. There were some awesome players but we just kept pushing and trying.”

Thank you to Springwell Community College for a fantastic venue and the help and support of the sports leaders.

 

For the full list of results please click here.

 

Year 5/6 Girls Mini Soccer Finals

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Mini Soccer Final 18.10.17 - Chesterfield School Sport Partnership

Victory for the Boys in Red

It has been an exciting but tough journey during our qualifiers and we were delighted to welcome our six finalists to the year 5/6 Mini Soccer Final hosted by Brookfield Community School.

On the pitches, we welcomed Spire Junior School, Hady Primary School, Brockwell Junior School, Brimington Junior School, Inkersall Primary School and Walton Holymoorside Primary School.

It was an exciting, competitive event with strong competition. One spectator stated, “It’s incredible to see how many of these young people are involved. The amount of talent in one place is unbelievable. Some of these children have got great skill and are bound to go far!” The sports leaders of Brookfield Community School (our match officials) were quick on their feet, ensuring the young players we keeping to the rules of the game. It seemed there wasn’t much to pull up as the players demonstrated great sportsmanship and respect to the other teams, as well as the decisions being made.

One pupil from Spire Juniors said; “Even though we didn’t do very well I still had a great time! It was hard playing against the other schools as they were really good but it was so much fun! And I think it’s the best we’ve ever played.”

After four rounds of matches it all came down to the final match. Brimington Junior School were victorious in taking the Gold and will be heading to the Derbyshire County Final.

We would like to thank Brookfield Community School for hosting the final and the sports leaders from Brookfield Community School for their support and demonstrating great leadership, ensuring they were encouraging throughout each match.

 

For full list of results please click here

Year 5/6 Mini Soccer Finals

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