Derbyshire’s 2017 fixtures released


Derbyshire will host more cricket than ever before during the school holidays in 2017, while the county will also compete in two historic first-class day/night games.

Five limited overs fixtures will take place at the height of summer from end of July and into August, while local NatWest T20 Blast derbies against Notts Outlaws and Yorkshire Vikings have once again be handed prime dates.

While in addition to the day/night first-class match versus West Indies at Derby in August, Derbyshire will also face Glamorgan in a day/night Specsavers County Championship at Cardiff and both will be played with pink Dukes balls.
Tickets for all home Specsavers County Championship, Royal London One-Day Cup and Tour Fixtures will go on sale at 10am on Monday 28 November. NatWest T20 Blast games go on sale on Wednesday 1 March.

Membership for the new season is on sale now and offers one great value price for all, with Club Membership only £139.


Click here to view FULL 2017 fixtures list.


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A celebration of dance for our secondary schools

The packed out Winding Wheel audience were blown away by 17 amazing performances involving 9 Secondary schools at our Secondary U.Dance Platform.

It was the 11th staging of the platform and a real opportunity to celebrate the work of the talented young dancers. U.Dance is a programme run by Youth Dance England which seeks to increase the number of youth dance performances and support those who organise them. We were pleased to hold another U.Dance event in Chesterfield and announce that a number of the night’s performances will be put forward for an U.Dance Award.

Nine schools and two local dance companies took part in the festival that was held at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield.

The dance festival was opened by Brookfield Community School with their performance entitled ‘An Essence of Ailey.’ Their excellent performance was a great opening for the event. Netherthorpe School came out next with the upbeat performance ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’, which drew a great applause from the audience.

A beautiful performance from Hasland Hall Community School named ‘Human Nature’ showed the choreography styles using Rosas Danst Rosas as an inspiration. Anthony Gell School were up next with their performance titled ‘Mechanism’. Despite admitting to being nervous, the girls displayed a great routine.

An exciting rendition of the ‘Lady Marmalade’, Netherthorpe School performed the ‘Moulin Rouge’. Introducing chairs as part of their performance, it was a nice variation to the evening which really got the audience cheering. Springwell Community College performed the beautiful routine ‘Infra’ which explored the city life beneath the city. It told the story of different couples and was wonderfully put together.

The first performance from Outwood Academy Newbold ‘If It Ain’t Love’ was an energetic piece which seemed to be a hit with the audience. Lady Manners School’s abstract performance ‘Guernica’ was one of so many highlights in the first half of the platform.

Finishing the first half with a fabulous performance from the Derbyshire Youth Dance Company (Déda). Déda is the only dedicated Dance House in the East Midlands and champions dance locally, regionally and nationally. Their group performance, entitled ‘’Walk On By’, highlighted the characters of each of the dancers and really looked to tell the story of a mix of individuals and their characteristics during their everyday lifestyles. Clare Limb, Head of Dance Development and Learning at Déda, said: “I thought our performers were excellent and brought a new dimension to the evening, showing progression routes for young people in the Chesterfield district and beyond.”

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. Always a popular group, their modern performance drew one of the biggest cheers from the audience.

Netherthorpe School returned for the second performance with a lyrical jazz routine to the acapella version of ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’. An abstract performance from Brookfield Community School followed next with ‘A Lady through Picassos Eyes’. The dancers manipulated their movements to convey the abstract nature of Picasso’s work. Their passion and dedication for dance really stood out during this performance.

Representing Parkside Community School was Kim who performed the only solo of the evening. A beautiful piece entitled ‘Tears’, really showcased Kim’s talent as a dancer.

Brookfield Community School put on an energetic performance in their display entitled ‘It’s A Hard Knock Life’. Coming off the stage, the dancers said: “We had such a good time. This is definitely one of my favourites”. A duet from St Marys Catholic High School performed ‘A Friend Amongst the Trees’, showcasing the girls’ talented skills. Out of breath the girls said: “We really enjoyed it. It was the best it’d gone so far so we’re really happy.”

A final performance from Anthony Gell School ‘Fosse’ drew the evening to a close. A wonderful Jazz piece beautiful demonstrated by the girls drew a large applause from the audience.

Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager at the Chesterfield SSP, said: “Tonight was a fantastic celebration of dance and the impact dance has on the lives of young people.”

Once everyone had showcased their dances, all the performers returned to the stage for the grand finale, taking the much deserved applause from the crowd. Well done to everyone that took part and made the event such a success.

Full selection of the events photos and videos can be found below.

Anthony Gell – Mechanism – video

Anthony Gell – Fosse – video

Lady Manners – Guernica – video

Hasland Hall – Human Nature – video

Outwood Academy Newbold – If It Aint Love – video

Parkside – Tears – video

Springwell – Infra – video

St Marys – A Friend Amongst The Trees – video

Netherthorpe – The Nicest Kids in Town – video

Netherthorpe – Moulin Rouge – video

Netherthorpe – KS3 AND 4 Jazz video

Brookfield – An Essence Of Ailey – video

Brookfield – A Lady Through Picasso’s Eyes – video

Brookfield – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Derbyshire Youth Dance Company – Walk On By – video

Crystal Cheer and Dance – Fun. – video

UDance Finale

UDance Extras



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Running success for the Secondary Cross Country

Over 380 runners from eight secondary schools took to the cross country circuit at Mount St. Mary’s College for the annual Chesterfield Schools Secondary Cross Country events.

There were eight races, each split by year group and gender, making for some close contests towards the finish line.

In each race the top ten runners had their times logged with the first three getting a podium finish and a bronze, silver or gold medal, and the rest contributing to the overall team points.

Brookfield Community School dominated the early races, winning the team event in the Year 7 Girls and Year 7 and 8 Boys events.

Hasland Hall Community School were not far behind in those races with runners coming in the top 3, and finally taking first place in the Year 8 Girls event. Jasmin who run the race for Hasland Hall said “I really enjoyed the course. I just pictured the finish line and aimed for it.”

The Year 9 Girls event was won by Elise from Outwood Newbold, followed very closely by Abbie who was the only runner to come from Whittington Green. “My school was off today but I didn’t want to miss the chance of taking part as I love running. I’m really glad I did.”

Never far behind were St. Mary’s Catholic High School, also regularly finishing in the medal positions. They took an overall lead by winning the Year 9 and Year 10/11 Boys events as well as the Year 10/11 Girls event.

Totting up the final scores it was St. Mary’s (pictured above) who took the overall team championship trophy for their consistent victories and top six finishes. Despite Brookfield regularly finishing in the top three, St. Mary’s edged them out to take top spot due to having a number of runners in the top six of every race.

As well as the overall team placings, individually there were some exceptional performances and some excellent times recorded.

At the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership we would like to thank everyone for their help, particularly Mount St. Mary’s College, the PE organisers from Parkside Community School and the Young Leaders from Chesterfield College who were fantastic marshals and hares for the races. Also congratulations to all of the runners who made the day a fantastic one.

Photos can be found on the links below.

Full list of winners:

Year 7 Girls Individual

1st – Amber – Brookfield

2nd – Isobelle – Outwood Newbold

3rd – Gracie – Hasland Hall

Team – St Marys


Year 7 Boys Individual

1st – Owen – Brookfield

2nd – Keyon – Hasland Hall

3rd – Harry – Hasland Hall

Team – Netherthorpe



Year 8 Girls Individual

1st – Jasmin – Hasland Hall

2nd – Jasmine – Netherthorpe

3rd – Gemma – Brookfield

Team – St Marys


Year 8 Boys Individual

1st – Finlay – Brookfield

2nd – Sam N – Springwell

3rd – Sam J – Springwell

Team – Brookfield


Year 9 Girls Individual

1st – Elise – Outwood Newbold

2nd – Abbie – Whittington Green

3rd – Chloe – Netherthorpe

Team – Springwell


Year 9 Boys Individual

1st – Samuel – St Marys

2nd – Callum – Netherthorpe

3rd – James – Brookfield

Team – Joint Winners – St Marys and Hasland Hall


Year 10/11 Girls Individual

1st – Elsbeth – St Marys

2nd – Chloe – St Marys

3rd – Lydia – St Marys

Team – St Marys


Year 10/11 Boys Individual

1st – Alexander – St Marys

2nd – Alex – Brookfield

3rd – Mikey – Brookfield

Team – Brookfield


Year 7 boys   Year 7 Girls   Year 8 boys   Year 8 Girls   Year 9 Boys   Year 9 Girls   Year 10/11 Boys   Year 10/11 Girls   Presentation


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BNF Healthy Eating Week 2017 – registration is open!

This year’s BNF Healthy Eating Week will run from 12 to 16 June 2017.

The Week is open to all UK schools, universities and organisations wishing to take part.

Registration only takes a few minutes and is a great way to show your support for, and raise the profile of, healthy, active lifestyles.  It also means you will be the first to hear about our exciting plans for BNF Healthy Eating Week 2017 and have access to some fantastic, exclusive resources to help you plan activities for your Week.

The aim of BNF Healthy Eating Week is to promote:

– healthy eating and drinking;
– being active;
– food provenance;
– and cooking.

All registration details provided will be kept confidential and only used to send you information relating to BNF Healthy Eating Week.

If you work for a Council and would like to register multiple schools, please contact Kim at

Last year, BNF Healthy Eating Week had 6,842 registrations from the education sector (reaching over 3.1 million young people) and 80 registrations from workplaces!



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Celebrating 2,000,000 children Bikeability trained

In a letter from Department for Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP, it was announced that 2 million young people have been trained through Bikeability – a programme designed to give young people the skills and confidence to ride, especially on roads.

With funding from the Department for Transport, the programme is being delivered through support from the Youth Sport Trust and a range of partners, including School Games Organiser host schools, local authorities and freelance instructors.

In a letter from Department for Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP, said: “Bikeability is proven to increase the road safety awareness of children taking part and over half of the children cycle more after doing Bikeability.”

Earlier this year, the Government announced £40million investment in to cycle training for young people – to allow over a million more children the opportunity to receive free cycle training over the next four years.

Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager at Chesterfield School Sport Partnership said: “We are proud to be part of an incredible and successful programme, that develops so many skills beyond cycling.  We are delighted to manage the bikeability programme across Chesterfield and with our delivery partner Wheely Fun Wheels we have set an ambition to train 10000 young people 2016-2020.”

Supporting the culture, ethos and environment of a healthy school, Bikeability can contribute to: attainment, personal, health, social and economic education (PHSE), citizenship and British values, emotional health and wellbeing, school sport and physical activity, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) as well as cross-curricular opportunities. The programme also aims to sustain participation in cycling activity in England.

To find out What can Bikeability do for your school link

Letter from Department for Transport link

There are three core levels of Bikeability training in addition to a number of additional Bikeability plus modules. Have a look at the fantastic films below showcasing Bikeability:

– Completing Level 1, you will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip and undertake activities safely in a motor traffic free environment. Watch this video to find out more about the Level 1 Journey.


– Completing Level 2, you will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on quiet roads. Watch this video to find out more about the  Level 2 Journey.


– Completing Level 3, you will be able to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip safely to school, work or leisure on busy roads and using complex junctions and road features. Watch this video to find about more about the Level 3 Journey


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Volunteering in an Active Nation

Volunteering in an Active Nation is Sport England’s first ever volunteering strategy which aims to encourage people from all backgrounds to enjoy the benefits of volunteering.

The new strategy, and associated funding opportunities, puts the experience of the volunteer and a drive to increase diversity at the heart of efforts to support volunteers. The strategy aims to increase the number of disabled people, women, black, Asian, minority ethnic and young people aged 10-20 involved in volunteering.

Volunteers who give their time to community sport and physical activity enjoy many of the benefits associated with actually participating in sport and physical activity. Giving your time can reduce stress, build confidence and improve skills. In some cases their experience fulfils all the Government’s outcomes for sport: physical and mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development.

From 2017 to 2021 Sport England will work with community organisations, sports clubs, local authorities and volunteer groups to:

  • invest in improving the volunteer experience
  • make volunteering more enjoyable and meaningful
  • inspire and recruit people from more diverse backgrounds
  • work with new partners as well as existing ones to reach a more diverse audience.

From 2021 to 2025 the focus will expand to involve a larger proportion of the population in engaging and helping out in sport and physical activity. To support these aims in January Sport England is launching two new funding streams:

  • Opportunity Fund – £3 million for projects that create volunteering opportunities for black, Asian and minority ethnic people, women and disabled people, reaching into communities where there is higher unemployment and crime, lower education and poorer health. At least 50% will be awarded to projects run by partners who are new to Sport England or even new to sport and physical activity.
  • Potentials Fund – support for volunteering opportunities for young people. Sport England will work with the #iwillcampaign, investing up to £3m in projects which benefit 10 to 20-year-olds and their communities.

DOWNLOAD: Volunteering in an Active Nation

More information:

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Resources to promote active schools

Schools will shortly be receiving a poster and leaflets for parents outlining the importance of physical education, school sport and physical activity. The Association for Physical Education (AfPE) has been commissioned by Sport England to produce these complimentary resources as part of the implementation recommendations from several recent national strategies.

Poster for schools

The poster for schools highlights the difference that physical education can make to the pupils in schools including being productive, enterprising, successful, vibrant, inspired, positive and outstanding.

DOWNLOAD: AfPE poster for schools

Leaflet for parents

The leaflet outlines to parents why it is so vital for children and young people to be active. It outlines the skills that children can develop through sport and physical activity and defines what is meant by school sport and physical activity. It also gives parents ideas on how to help their children to experience the benefits of school sport and physical activity which include being a positive role model, offering encouragement for participation, discussing progress with teachers and providing children with the appropriate kit.

The leaflet highlights the five reasons why children and young people need regular physical education, school sport and physical education:

  1. Achievement: Pupils improve in all subjects.
  2. Personal development: Pupils are more confident and positive.
  3. Social Skills: Pupils have more developed social skills.
  4. Health and emotional wellbeing: Pupils have a better outlook on life.
  5. Leadership: Pupils will be able to make informed decisions.

DOWNLOAD: AfPE leaflet for parents

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Chesterfield trio honoured at 2016 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards

A trio of Chesterfield sporting heroes were recognised for their excellence at last night’s (November 10) 2016 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards, held in Association with Derbyshire Sport and Champions UK.

Liam Pitchford, Tim Sadler and Alicia Barrett were category runners-up at the prestigious ceremony, staged at The Roundhouse in Derby, which brought together the leading contenders from across the county in elite and grass roots sport.

Table tennis player Pitchford, who represented Great Britain at this summer’s Olympics in the singles and doubles, made the final three in Sportsperson of the Year, along with fellow Rio stars Adam Peaty and Lewis White.

But it was swimmer Peaty who got the nod to win the award for the third year running after the City of Derby star won gold in the 100m breaststroke in emphatic style out in Brazil with a new world record.

Liam, a former Netherthorpe School pupil, began his table tennis career at Colin Deaton Table Tennis club, based in Staveley. The former ICON bursary programme athlete also picked up a silver medal in the 4x100m medley relay, where Great Britain were narrowly pipped for top spot by a Michael Phelps-inspired Team USA.

The race for the Young Sportswoman of the Year title was keenly fought, with Newbold’s sprint hurdler Barrett, a finalist at the World Junior Championships this year, edged out by with North East Derbyshire heptathlete Niamh Emerson, who beat the British age group record twice and won a European Junior heptathlon bronze medal.

“It’s great to be nominated again, even if I didn’t win,” said Chesterfield Athletics Club member Barrett, 18. “If I was going to be runner-up to anyone it would be Niamh because I’ve known her for a really long time and we are good friends.

“It’s really nice to get the recognition because you don’t expect to be chosen from all the talented young athletes in the county – it’s really cool.”

The Service to Sport award saw Chesterfield’s Sadler make the final three for his sterling work with Brampton Rovers, Chesterfield Town and Newbold Community Football Training.

However, he was pipped to the top prize City of Derby’s Lesley Sturgess who has volunteer in sport for nearly 40 years at Derby Ladies Hockey Club and then in Derbyshire squash.

“I was really excited when I first found out I’d been nominated for the county awards,” said Sadler. “I was lucky enough to win that and it’s great to be here with so many other great sports people on this stage.

“As a player my career was halted by injury, but I‘ve continued to get involved as a secretary, manager and coaching. It’s the love of the game, a bug. I love to see the young players, from under-privileged areas in some cases, develop and then themselves become coaches, and I also like to see people of all abilities enjoying the game.”

The evening was hosted by television presenter and sports reporter Gary Newbon and weather presenter Emma Jesson and saw around 300 guests in attendance, with money raised for Rainbows Children’s Hospice.

Full list of winners tabled below:

Category Winner Runners Up
Sportsman Adam Peaty Lewis White, Liam Pitchford
Sportswoman Hollie Webb Caroline Povey, Sophie Baggaley
Disabled Lewis White Phil Hogg, Ryan Taylor, Ryan Cowling
Team Derbyshire’s Women Cricket Team Derbyshire Disabled Cricket Team, Swadlincote Swifts
Coach Mel Marshall Alan Cooke, Gareth Pilkington
Volunteer Matthew Dalley Helen Watts, Tracy Parker
Community Long Eaton Parkrun Neville Hardy, Steve Summer
Club PEAKSUP Darkstar, Glossop North End
Service to Sport Lesley Sturgess Tim Sadler, Mark Hallows
Junior Team M1 Racing Academy Denby Cricket Club U13s, Buxton Athletic Fell Runners
Young Sportsman David Hong Cameron Orr, Gareth Griffiths
Young Sportswomen Niamh Emerson Alicia Barrett, Isobel Brown
Junior Sportsperson Ella Rush Charlie Ward, George Cooper, Archie Qualtrough
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U.Dance Platform returns for another year


Tickets for this year’s Secondary Dance Festival are now on sale at the Visitor Information Centre in Chesterfield (01246 345777). Delivered by the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, the ever-popular event takes place on Monday 5th December at the Winding Wheel Theatre, starting at 7.00pm.

With tickets priced at just £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, it really is a must see for all parents, friends and family. For many pupils, this will be the first time they have performed on such a stage and it is a very proud moment.

At least 9 schools across the region are set to take to the stage and deliver outstanding performances. There will also be guest performances from local dance companies.

The County Dance Platform enables more people to take part in all types of dance, as audiences, participants and practitioners. Various local dance festivals will allow performances to be judged and earn entry into the County Dance Platform festival

To give you a taste of what to expect, here’s last year’s performance from GCSE Y10/Y11 Springwell Community College pupils with their performance “Anti Bullying Dance.”

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Key Steps Gym comes to Netherthorpe

Over 60 Key Stage 1 pupils from Norbriggs Primary, Speedwell Infant, Hollingwood Primary and Poolsbrook Primary school made their way to Netherthorpe School for this event.

The sports hall was packed with excited children as they took part in 11 different activities, all aimed at introducing them to basic movement and gymnastics techniques. The activities included jumping from springboards, balance beams and floor mat exercises.

The event was well received by both the teachers and pupils. Ben Roberts said: “The kids all loved it. It was really well organised.”

The packed event was allowed to run smoothly by the excellent work of our Young Leaders from Netherthorpe School. Many of them on the partnership’s Sports Leaders UK course, they were eager to instruct and help the young children through the different stations, whilst always making them fun and active.

One leader from Netherthorpe said that her favourite thing about this event was, “Watching them all having fun and engaging in the activities!”

There are more Key Steps Gym events scheduled for the next few weeks and already well over 100 pupils have been signed up for the jam-packed fun afternoon!

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