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Young athletes shine at Quadkids

Nearly 300 pupils from across Chesterfield primary and secondary school took part in this year’s Quadkids event held at Mount St Marys College.

Quadkids is a new and exciting athletics concept designed to give more children the opportunity to participate in and enjoy the core disciplines of athletics. It is specifically designed to be inclusive, competitive, quick and fun. Primarily a team based quadrathlon competition where individual performances are scored using a points table and the winners are the team with the highest cumulative points score. Quadkids allows all athletes to take part in a sprint, distance run, standing long jump and vortex howler throw.

The day kicked off with our first event, 50m sprint for the Year 1 & 2. Brampton Primary school were eager to get started, and after a practice run, it were the girls to begin the race. After a great run, Evie K took the first place followed closely by Grace. The boys were up and it was Scott who stormed ahead to win the race.

Meanwhile on the grass, the year 3 & 4 were preparing for the standing long jump. There were some fantastic jumps with excellent technique but it was Connor from Brampton Stings won the boys while Gracie T from Old Hall yellow took first place for the girls.

The year 5 & 6 pupils were beginning their first event on the field with the Vortex Howler Throw. Sam from Old Hall Yellow took first place with a whopping 32 metres whilst Lottie from Hasland Harriers won in the girls’ category.

On the track, the year 3/4 pupils were taking their mark for the 50m Sprint race. Grace D from Old Hall Blue stormed ahead to take first place with Nathaniel from Brockwell Badgers winning the boys race adding, “That was so much fun. I’m so glad I won but there were some really good runners.”

Back to the track event and next up was the 75m sprint race for the year 5 & 6. After some very close competition, it was down to video finishes to determine some of the races! Brampton Bees runner Ethan finished with the quickest time with Missy from Hasland Harriers winning in the girl’s race.

On the field, the year 1 & 2 were giving their all in the standing long jump with the year 3 & 4 competing in the Howler throw. First place winner Poppy from Old Hall Yellow described, “I didn’t think I was going to do THAT well in the throwing one but I just gave it my all and threw it as hard as I could, and it went so far.”

After a quick break we moved onto the distance running events, with the year 1 & 2 preparing for their 300m race. It was a tough run but Evie K and Scott both from Brampton Primary School took the first place.

It was a 400m race for the year 3 & 4 and a close one at that with Sam from Brockwell Badgers taking the win for the boy’s race. After an impressive set of races from the girls, both Faye and Scarlett from Brampton finished with the same time to take joint first place for the girls.

Our final race was the year 5 & 6 600m and the first set of girls were up. A fantastic run from Lucy of Brockwell Badgers who took first place, showing great sportsmanship by congratulating and shaking each competitor’s hands.

Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager of Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, announced, “It was a thoroughly enjoyable day at an inspirational venue, providing the opportunity for young people to experience four different athletic events and challenge their own personal best.”

We would like to say a big thank you for the support we received from the sports leaders and Chesterfield College leaders, as well as Mount St Marys College for hosting this event.

Some participants will be invited to represent Chesterfield and compete in the North Derbyshire Quadkids District Finals held in July.

For a full list of results from the primary and secondary school Quadkids competition, please click on the relevant link below.

Primary Quadkids results

Secondary Quadkids results

 

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Watch first-class cricket and 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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Volunteer Week: Young Official India Hollingworth

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, from the 1st to the 7th June, we will be celebrating the fantastic work of our volunteers within the Athletics and Running community whose dedication, commitment and enthusiasm make the sport happen!

On each day throughout the week, we will be recognising an everyday hero who has made a huge impact in Athletics/ Running within their local area, club, region or community group.

It’s day one and today we will be celebrating the great work of India Hollingworth, a young official whose passion and dedication has secured her place as starter’s assistant on the track during the London 2017 IAAF World Championships and call-room assistant at the World Para Athletics.

India Hollingworth – Young Official

“Three words that sum up officiating for me are rewarding, fulfilling & enjoyable” 

India was no longer able to continue competing as an athlete but really wanted to stay involved in the sport and thought officiating would be a good way to do this, “The School Sports Partnership in my area were hosting a Level 1 course and I was encouraged to attend and give it a go. I was previously an athlete and when I stopped competing I was already helping out at events so it made sense to do the qualification” This is now India’s 5th year as a qualified official.

Currently in her first year at University, with a job as well as coaching and doing various other voluntary work, India still finds time to attend at least one competition a month, “People appreciate that you are willing to give the time to officiate and you just do what you can to fit in with your other commitments. I really enjoy turning up at competitions and seeing young athletes happy and enthusiastic – athletes start to recognise you and say hello. I also enjoy meeting and socialising with other officials.”

India’s advice for any young people who may feel slightly apprehensive about officiating is to not be afraid to attend meetings and ask questions. “Everyone is really friendly and there to support you and understands that you are a young official” India has gained invaluable skills which are transferable and can be used outside of officiating, including communication skills teamwork and keeping calm in pressurised situations.

At aged just 19 India is set to be a starter’s assistant on the track during the London 2017 IAAF World Championships and, prior to this, a call-room assistant at the World Para Athletics Championships.

Congratulations and good luck India!

Source: England Athletic

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Smiles all around for successful infant festivals

15 schools across Chesterfield had the chance to experience a fun day of Sportshall athletics themed activities at the 2017 Infant Agility Festivals. Ran by the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, Key Stage 1 pupils enjoyed a variety of activities. Spread across 12 stations, the activities were aimed at developing core stability, balance, agility, strength, speed and coordination.

Sarah Evans, Leadership and Physical Activity Officer at the SSP said, “We were delighted to welcome nearly 900 infants to take part in the KS1 Infant Agility festivals. It was great seeing so many young people taking part in the events, not only being active but they were able to interact with other young people from different schools.”

The ‘Striker’ activity proved to be one of the favourite stations, encouraging participants to focus on their accuracy and co-ordination. Albie, of Mary Swanwick, expressed, “The Striker was the best because I got to play two of my favourite games, football and bowling.”

Another popular station, ‘Bowler’, was a target challenge activity, which helps to develop rhythm, focus, accuracy and hand-eye coordination, skills that will transfer into a wide variety of games, challenges and activities. Katie from Temple Normanton said, “The one where you roll the ball to get the skittles down was my favourite because I like knocking them all over and I was really good at it.”

Mrs Plowright of Speedwell Infant School explained how “fantastic it has been for the children. We have seen such an improvement in a short amount of time. The leaders were fantastic with helping them to develop their skills.”

Other stations worked closely on Sportshall Athletics style activities, including a Balance station, Speed Bounce, Jumper, Stepper, Launcher and Runner. The Pitcher station was an excited target based activity that entailed the participant to aim the beanbag into the right coloured section on the mat. Working on accuracy, concentration and hand-eye co-ordination, one pupil from Holmehall Primary School described the activity as “tough, but I’m glad I did it because I didn’t know I could throw that well.”

Miss Hill, of Hady Primary School said, “There’s a good variety of activities. The leaders worked well at getting the children engaged. They were all out of breath which is what you want at events like this.”

Miss Hardy of Cutthorpe Primary School, “I was very nervous about splitting our school up but the leaders and rotations made it a very easy transition and the children loved every minute of it.”

The Key Stage 1 Infant Agility Festivals proved to be a popular event, running over six different days. We would like to give a special thanks to our numerous leaders of Springwell School, Netherthorpe School and Chesterfield College who made the events a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Mrs Carter and Mrs Gale from Temple Normanton described the festival as “engaging and challenging. It was nice to see so many pupils interacting well with each other from different schools. Something our children do not get to do very often. It is nice to have that opportunity.”

 

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Team Up – New free online training module

Between 2017-2019 England are hosting the Women’s World Championships in Cricket, Hockey and Netball. 

The Team Up campaign has just launched a new online module in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust. The interactive online workshop will support Key Stage 2 and KS3 teachers to explore how they deliver team sports to girls and how to make it more relevant and appealing to all girls. To sign up and access the workshop please click the button below.

https://teamupengland.com/

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Everybody active, every day two years on

Public Health England (PHE) has published a two year update on Everybody Active Every Day – the national physical activity framework. The framework was published in October 2014 setting out the need for action across four key domains at national and local levels – active society, moving professionals, active environments and moving at scale.

Between 2013 and 2015-17, there has been a 1% increase in the proportion of the population meeting the UK physical activity guidelines, representing half a million people. While this figure appears small, the report acknowledges that mobilising a nation takes years to achieve significant and sustained changes.

The report features our physical activity evaluation and scale up fora, a series of national events to bring together academics, providers, commissioners and practitioners within local areas to discuss how they can collaboratively plan, deliver and evaluate evidence based physical activity programmes and roll out what works at scale.

The report outlines areas of progress since 2014 across the four domains.

Key progress

  • Release of the governments new sport strategy – Sporting Future which set out five new high level outcomes recognising the breadth of the benefits of sport and physical activity.
  • Release of Sport England’s strategy – Towards an Active Nation – which broadens funding allocation away from sport towards projects and organisations that can tackle inactivity.
  • Bangkok Declaration on Physical Activity for Global Health and Sustainable Development – outlining six strategic areas for investment and action at country, regional and global level to help countries progress towards the World Health Organization target of increasing physical activity by 10% by 2025.

Below is a brief overview of the progress against the four key domains:

1. Active society
There has been a visible shift in national policies to incorporate physical activity including those outlined above and the draft cycling and walking investment strategy and the childhood obesity plan. National agencies have also utilised social marketing to create a social movement where being active is the social norm, eg, Change4Life, One You and This Girl Can.

2. Moving professionals
The childhood obesity plan identifies the need to support healthcare professionals to have the skills to engage with families. New Movement for Movement resources have been published to integrate physical activity and health education into the undergraduate medical curriculum. The Clinical Champions programme has seen healthcare professionals providing peer to peer training to support brief interventions in routine clinical practice.

3. Active environments
Publication of active design guidance by PHE and Sport England to target planners, health professionals and developers which outlines ten principles that bring together health, design and planning evidence. There has also been an increase in the realisation of the commonality between environments that support physical activity and addressing air pollution and environmental sustainability.

4. Moving at scale
There is work underway on producing ‘Promising practice 2’ to collate and review local case studies to identify ‘what works’. In addition, a new physical activity data tool was launched to support local areas to connect with the range of physical activity data to look at the trends over the year.

DOWNLOAD: Everybody active every day: 2 year update

source: http://www.ssehsactive.org.uk/home/index.html
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Creating walking cities. A blueprint for change

Living Streets has published a new guide to help practitioners improve cities and streets for walking. Create walking cities: A blueprint for change sets out seven steps to a walking city which will lead to healthier, more economically successful, greener and stronger communities.

The vision is to create walking cities that are safe and inviting for people of all ages, where every child can walk safely to school and communities have quality spaces to thrive. Walking cities mean better cities for everyone.

The seven steps outlined are based on examples of best practice and contain a range of suggested policies and programmes aimed at city leaders and officials to help create walking cities.

Seven steps to a walking city:

  1. Make walking a priority – through strong leadership to ensure ambitious walking targets are embedded in policies
  2. Plan for walking – to enable commuters to access everyday service, eg, schools, shops or public transport stops, without using a car
  3. Create a walking network – to ensure that key destinations are within a network of well-connected routes.
  4. Design streets as places to enjoy – this means they should be designed around people, making them accessible and inviting places to walk and enjoy
  5. Provide attractive alternatives to the car – by improving access to public transport for longer journeys with policies to reduce private car travel
  6. Make walking safe – tackling road safety at source to create safer places without introducing unnecessary barriers to people walking
  7. Change behaviour and celebrate streets – encourage people to walk everyday journeys, such as to school or work to help change behaviour and bring streets to life.

DOWNLOAD: Creating walking cities: A blueprint for change

Provided by http://www.ssehsactive.org.uk/home/index.html

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NATIONAL SCHOOL SPORT WEEK

We are currently developing a set of resources for all schools taking part in NSSW, including downloadable PJ Masks activities, a planning guide packed full of ideas, and certificates to recognise your students who took part.

 

The first 500 early years providers that register for the Early Years day as part of NSSW will also win an activation pack.

 

Link to sign up; https://www.youthsporttrust.org/national-school-sport-week?dm_i=1ZLF%2C4W34V%2CDYVA3U%2CIITSR%2C1

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County Quadkids Competition

DERBYSHIRE ATHLETICS & NOTTINGHAMSHIRE A.A.A.

U11’s QuadKids Competition

As part of the Joint Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire COUNTY TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

At Moorways Stadium, Moor Lane, Allenton, Derby. Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th May 2017

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The exciting athletics quadrathlon competition for young athletes is being held at the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Championships. For boys and girls in school years 4 and 5 (must be aged 9 or 10 years on the day of the competition). Open to all – you do not have to be a member of an athletics club.

Each athlete competes in a 75m sprint, a 600m run, long jump and a howler javelin throw. Athletes rotate around all 4 events. Points are gained decathlon-style – the faster you run and the further you throw and jump the more points you get. Medals for top boys and girls (total of the four events) in each county.

Saturday 13th May 2017 Nottinghamshire Girls and Boys

Sunday 14th May 2017 Derbyshire Girls and Boys

For more information or to fill out the entry form please click on the link below:

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New framework to help young Derbyshire people to engage in more active and healthy lives

A renewed push to help young people in Derbyshire engage in more active and healthy lives has been outlined with the launch of Young Active Healthy – A Physical Activity and Sport Framework for Young People 2017 – 2021.

Physical activity levels for young people are alarmingly low across England, with the vast majority failing to meet minimum daily guidelines, and lifetime physical activity levels declining from the age of nine.

This new framework, launched by Derbyshire Sport, looks to address these challenges in Derbyshire, and aims to engage everyone from birth to 25, with a core focus on building positive attitudes to physical activity and sport in those aged five to 18.

The framework’s 27 outcomes will also aim to ensure young people remain active and address participation inequalities for girls, lower socio economic groups and disabled young people.

At an event to launch the framework, invited guests heard from Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health, Derbyshire County Council; Andy Knowles, Head Teacher, Tupton Hall School; Mark Tournier, Development Manager, Youth Sport Trust; Hayley Lever, Director, Derbyshire Sport; and Craig Homer, Sport Development Manager, Derbyshire Sport.

Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health at Derbyshire County Council, also challenged those in the room to engage with a wider cross section of professionals and work with those in the NHS, housing, planning and other sectors to achieve the outcomes in the plan.

He also said the emphasis should be on encouraging young people to live active lives, rather than doing 60 minutes of physical activity per day and then being sedentary for the rest of the day.

He said: “We want people to sit less and do more. Physical activity is important throughout life. If we can get it right at the start it is much easier later in life and the positive impact on the NHS would be massive.”

Mark Tournier, Development Manager at Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, said: “We recognise there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure all young people lead a healthy active life. The Young Active Healthy framework outlines much of this work and will help shift the direction of travel for like-minded organisations.”

According to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) guidelines, once able to walk children under five should be physically active every day for at least 180 minutes, spread throughout the day. All five to 17 year olds should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day, and for 18 to 25 year olds this figure is at least 150 minutes per week, in bouts of ten minutes or more.

Young Active Healthy was launched at Horsley Lodge Golf Club on Wednesday, March 8.

Young Active Healthy Framework

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