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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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Active Chesterfield - Sports Awards 2017

Chesterfield Celebrates Sporting Success

On Thursday 28th September, over 200 local athletes, mentors and school pupils came to the Winding Wheel for the much anticipated 2017 Active Chesterfield Sports Awards. The Chesterfield School Sport Partnership combined community sports awards with those for schools and school teams that have excelled over the past year.

Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager at the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, said: “The Active Chesterfield Awards provided an exciting platform to recognise and celebrate local sporting success and honour the dedication of sports leaders and volunteers. The Awards to recognise the work that schools play in developing opportunities to shine through Sport and Leadership and to celebrate the success of individuals and teams across Chesterfield. Everyone involved in school and community sport in Chesterfield deserves praise and thanks. The Winding Wheel provided the ideal setting to give the worthy winners and highly commended nominees to receive their awards.”

22 awards were presented to athletes, coaches and volunteers from across the community. In the school sport awards, the major winners included Brockwell Junior School, Springwell Community College and St Marys Catholic High School who each picked up a team achievement award. The IAAF World Youth Championship athlete Alicia Barrett was crowned Sportsperson of the Year respectively dominating the community awards.

Alicia Barrett was unable to attend the event, however Jan Brammer was there to collect the Sportsperson of the Year award on her behalf.

Brockwell Junior School were delighted to have received not one but four awards at the event. Jo Lenthall, PE Coordinator, said: “A fantastic event that truly recognises and celebrates all that is great in sport in Chesterfield. It was brilliant to hear so many inspirational stories of young people working hard to be the best they can be and achieve their personal goals. I am so very proud of the Young Leaders of Brockwell Junior and delighted that their hard work in Media and providing us all with an active environment has been recognised and rewarded. Many thanks to the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership for providing us with this platform to showcase our achievements.”

There was also an opportunity to recognise the achievements of school staff with Rachel Bates of Old Hall Junior School receiving the Primary School Staff of the Year, along with Katherine Hollingworth of Outwood Academy Newbold who received the Secondary School Staff of the Year Award. Katherine stated that, “Sport builds confidence, friendships and gives a sense of achievement. I just want young people to have the opportunity to experience this.”

Volunteers and coaches were rewarded too, with Dave Cartawick of Unit 1 Fitness and Martial Arts being awarded both Coach of the Year as well as Club of the Year.

The evening was a great success and something which the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership looks to build upon for the years ahead. As a town, Chesterfield has some exceptionally talented sportsmen and women of all ages, as well as hard working volunteers and coaches. The Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, through initiatives such as Active Chesterfield will continue to promote their success.

 

A full list of winners are found below and images from the evenings events can be found using the link at the bottom of the page.

 

Team Achievement – Primary School 

Winner: Brockwell Sportshall Athletics

Highly Commended: Brampton Girls Cricket

 

Team Achievement – Secondary School

Winner: Springwell Rowing Club

Highly Commended: Netherthorpe Pom Group

 

Team Achievement – Disability

Winner: St Marys Catholic High School

Highly Commended: Whittington Green School

 

Media and Arts contribution to School Sport

Winner: Brockwell Junior School

 

Individual Young Leader of the Year – Primary

Winner: Lucy Graham

 

Individual Young Leader of the Year – Secondary

Winner: Isabelle Kenworthy

Highly Commended: Emily Corker

 

Further Education Sports Leader of the Year

Winner: Mohammed Javed

 

School Sport Organising Crew of the Year

Winner: Brockwell Junior School

Highly Commended: Old Hall Junior School

 

School Sport Organising Commitee of the Year

Winner: Outwood Academy Newbold

Highly Commended: Hasland Hall Commuity School

 

Primary School Staff of the Year

Winner: Rachel Bates

 

Secondary School Staff of the Year

Winner: Katherine Hollingworth

 

Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Winner: Blake McMannus

Highly Commended: Luke-John Nash

 

School Games Mark

Gold Winners:

Hady Primary School

Brampton Primary School

Norbriggs Primary School

Brimington Junior School

Brockwell Junior School

Walton Holymoorside Primary School

Cutthorpe Primary School

 

Manager/Coach of the Year

Winner: Dave Cartawick

Highly Commended: Anthony Payne

 

 

Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Gill Hawketts

Highly Commended: Adrian Foster, Frazer Hipkiss, Colin Allen

 

Community Award

Winner: Chesterfield Junior Blues

Highly Commended: Ellie Simpson

 

Club of the Year

Winner: Unit 1 Fitness and Martial Arts

Highly Commended: Crystal Cheer and Dance

 

Young Sportsman of the Year

Winner: Aaron Cobley

Highly Commended: Tommy Sherwood, Alex Ediker, Oliver Hoban

 

Young Sportswoman of the Year

Winner: Chloe Stennett

 

 

Active School of the Year

Winner: Brockwell Junior School

Highly Commended: Springwell Community College

 

Sportsperson of the Year

Winner: Alicia Barrett

 

School Sport Lifetime Achievement Award

Winners: Jan Brammer, Denise Howard

 

 

 

Active Chesterfield Sports Awards 2017

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Parkfest 2017 - Key stage 1 & 2 Holmebrook Valley Park 10.7.17

Sport England Launch ‘Active Lives: Children and Young People Survey’

A new survey providing a world-leading approach to understanding how children and young people engage with sport and physical activity has been launched by Sport England.

The Active Lives: Children and Young People survey will give anyone working with children aged 5-16 key insight to help understand children’s attitudes and behaviours around sport and physical activity.

Schoolchildren across England will be asked to take part in this new survey, which sits at the heart of Sport England’s vision that everyone in England, regardless of their age, background and level of ability, should feel able to take part in sport and activity.

Compiled on behalf of the Department for Education, the Department for Health and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the survey will run on an annual basis.

Each term, a number of schools will be randomly selected to take part in the survey, with the aim of getting 100,000 children and young people in Years 1 to 11 to complete it each academic year.

With a sample of this size, Sport England will be able to produce estimates down to local authority level, meaning the results will shape and influence local decision-making as well as inform government policy on the Primary PE and Sports Premium, Childhood Obesity Plan and other programmes.

Schools selected to take part in the survey will be contacted by their County Sports Partnership (CSP) and asked to participate. Sport England has designed the survey to be as easy for schools to administer as possible and simple and enjoyable for pupils to complete.

Each school that takes part will be given a bespoke report summarising their own results from the survey, which will cover measures of children’s activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust.

The reports will give staff evidence and insight into how their school is performing in terms of engaging its pupils in sport and physical activity. In addition, Sport England will offer each participating school at least £100 to thank them for their involvement in the study.

Robert Goodwill, Minister of State for Children and Families, said:

“We want to encourage all pupils, regardless of their background, to develop a healthy and active lifestyle and a real and long-lasting love of sport

For more information about the survey, visit www.sportengland.org/activelivescyp.

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Active Chesterfield Sports Awards 2017

Nominations for school and community awards are now open!

It’s time to get your nominations in for the Active Chesterfield Sports Awards 2017. In its third year, the grand awards ceremony is delivered by the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership and aims to recognise and reward Chesterfield’s sporting heroes. Details of all categories are available Awards summary.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Winding Wheel Theatre in Chesterfield on 28th September. Split into separate school and community categories, there are 32 awards to acclaim junior stars, school teams, volunteers, coaches, community clubs and much more!

Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager at the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, said: “The Active Chesterfield Awards provide an exciting platform to recognise and celebrate local sporting success and honor the dedication of sports leaders and volunteers.

Nominations are accepted online at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ChesSA2017

The nomination form can also be sent by email to m.tournier@brookfield.derbyshire.sch.uk or by post to: Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, Brookfield Community School, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 3NS

Last years’ community awards were dominated by 2016 Rio Olympian Liam Pitchford and Deaf Golf World Champion Lydia Ingman who were crowned Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively.

Lydia Ingman said: “Though totally unexpected, I am truly honoured to have received this accolade, and would like to thank my family and all others who have supported me over the years, for making it happen.”

Liam Pitchford was unable to attend the event as he was competing in Europe. His proud father was there to collect the Sportsman of the Year award on his behalf. In a video message, Liam said: “It’s a real honour to receive the award after what has been an amazing year.”

Volunteers and coaches were rewarded too, with Tim Sadler being awarded the Lifetime Achievement award, which caps of an incredible summer for Tim, having been awarded the People’s Award Outstanding Contribution to Community Football by Derbyshire FA in July.

2017 is set to be another fantastic year for sporting stars from across Chesterfield.

To nominate your sporting star please download a Nomination Form or Nominate Online and make sure our local sporting stars receive the recognition they deserve.

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Gold for Brockwell Badgers

It has been an exciting but tough journey during our qualifiers nonetheless we were delighted to welcome seven teams in the year 3 and 4 Mini Tennis Final held at Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club.

Mini Tennis is fun, great for fitness and for developing hand eye co-ordination. It can be played by all ages and abilities and this is a mixed boys and girls competition. Each individual boy will take it in turns to play their opposition whilst the girls play their double game. From there, they will alternate. Each point is recorded when there is an unsuccessful second serve, the ball is out of bounds or there is a double bounce. The player with the most points gained will win the game.

On the courts, we welcomed Brockwell Badgers, Beavers and Bears, Hollingwood, William Rhodes and Walton Holymoorside Aces and Whales. A strong competition that saw many close matches.

One teacher, from William Rhodes Primary School, said; “These kids absolutely love it today. They have learnt so many new skills and I think it is great that they get a chance to play against different schools who are all at different levels. There are some incredibly talented young people.”

The Chesterfield College leaders were quick to explain the rules to ensure the young players understood. Doubling up on each court, they recorded the scores and encouraged the players throughout. One of the Sports Leaders, Imogen, of Chesterfield College, said; “I’m really blown away with how good they are considering how young they all are. They are so polite and encouraging towards each other also, which is a nice thing to see.”

One pupil from Walton Holymoorside, said; “I’ve really enjoyed myself today. I tried my best and managed to win a few games, but there were some really good players which I lost to.”

After a fantastic final with incredible spirit shown throughout the day, Brockwell Badgers took the Gold for the Year 3&4 Mini Tennis Competition and will now represent Chesterfield in the Derbyshire School Games event on 11th July. We wish them all the best.

Thank you to the Chesterfield Tennis Club for a fantastic venue and the help and support of the Chesterfield College leaders.

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New Swim England Report Shows Health Benefits of Swimming

 

England has released a new report detailing the health benefits of swimming for individuals, communities and population health. Swimming regularly has considerable health and wellbeing benefits in comparison to people who do not engage in swimming.

Key findings

  • Water-based activity has specific advantages over land-based exercise alone.
    Swimming regularly is associated with a 28% reduced risk of all cause mortality and 41% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease mortality.
    People who swim for recreational or competitive purposes are eight times more likely to meet the physical activity guidelines compared to those who don’t.
    Long term swim training can improve cardiorespiratory fitness or endurance in several populations including women during pregnancy, children with asthma and adults with osteoarthritis.
    The report is divided into seven chapters, each containing an evidence review for the health benefits of swimming.

The individual health benefits of swimming and other water-based activities

  • Swimming and mental health benefits
    Physiology of swimming and health benefits
    Benefits of swimming for communities within a framework of delivering community capacity
    The public health benefits of swimming
    Benefits of swimming as a sport
    The economic case for swimming.

Click HERE to read the full report, or HERE for the Executive Summary

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Get active at the Custom Solar Chesterfield Festival of Cricket

Cricket Derbyshire are offering local schools the opportunity to inspire students and promote an active lifestyle by attending the Custom Solar Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council, at Queen’s Park this July.

The Club is offering FREE tickets for students and teachers to attend the Specsavers County Championship match versus Durham; which runs from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 July. Schools who attend will gain free entry to the ground and be able to watch first-class cricket, featuring international players including the world’s number one limited overs bowler Imran Tahir, South Africa fast bowler Hardus Viljoen, and former England duo Paul Collingwood and Graham Onions, right on their doorstep.

Schools can arrive from 10.00am and watch both squads warm up before performing a guard of honour as the players take to the field at 11.00am. During the lunch interval, pupils will get the chance to go on the outfield and play small games of Kwik Cricket and other fun cricket activities.

Following the lunch interval, the pupils will also have the opportunity to take part in a second guard of honour as the players retake the field. Other opportunities with the Derbyshire players may also be available.

Dates available

Monday 3 July – 11am start; lunch interval 1pm to 1.40pm.

Tuesday 4 July – 11am start; lunch interval 1pm to 1.40pm.

Wednesday 5 July – 11am start; lunch interval 1pm to 1.40pm.

 

There is only a limited number of places available for each day, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

To book, or for more information, please contact Mark Tournier at the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership on;
Email     m.tournier@brookfield.derbyshire.sch.uk

Tel          01246 565825

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