New Wheelchair Basketball to hit Chesterfield


A new wheelchair basketball session is starting at Chesterfield College on Tuesday 8th November from 6.00 – 7.00pm.

The sessions are fully inclusive as they are open to any age, all abilities and you can participate regardless of whether you are a wheelchair user or not.

Sports wheelchairs will be available to use so you don’t need to bring anything with you to have a go.

Please get in touch with Jacob Meaton who is coaching the sessions if you have any questions:

07786 144414


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Strategy to get 50,000 more Derbyshire people active by 2021 is launched

‘Towards an Active Derbyshire’, the new strategy for physical activity and sport in Derbyshire, has been launched by Derbyshire Sport.

In Derbyshire only 55.9% of the adult population in Derbyshire are meeting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) recommended levels of physical activity to benefit their health.

The new strategy will bid to engage 50,000 more people by supporting the inactive to become active, ensuring people are supported and encouraged to engage in sport, and enjoy lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

It will also strive to address inequalities by focusing on three priority groups – women and girls, people from lower socio-economic groups, and young people aged five to 18.

Throughout the strategy delivery, disabled people will be supported to become engaged in physical activity and sport.

For more information please read the full article 

The Derbyshire Physical Activity and Sport Strategy ‘Towards an Active Derbyshire 2016 – 2021’ can be downloaded below.

Towards an Active Derbyshire FINAL web (PDF, 6 Mb)

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Recommendations to improve PE in schools

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for a Fit and Healthy Childhood has created a report, making several recommendations for the Government to reflect the work required to ensure that the vital importance of Physical Education (PE) is realised.

The report states that for far too long, PE has been regarded as the ‘Cinderella subject’ of the curriculum and is often diluted by education and policy systems. Key recommendations in the report centre around improving training for teachers, recognising and sharing good practice, curriculum development and an emphasis on the importance of physical activity from birth.

Key recommendations

  • Identify national and international examples of best practice to inform the national curriculum content and to produce a ‘National Directory of What Works in PE’.
  • Align the PE curricula between the four home nations and ensure the role of PE is recognised and developed within the health and wellbeing context of the curriculum.
  • Incorporate opportunities for training to enhance workforce skills by its inclusion in initial teacher training, CPD opportunities and improved placements for post graduate students.
  • Recommendations for the early years include new quality guidelines and Ofsted inspection requirements for physical development and physical activity, training opportunities for the early years workforce and a designated physical development/physical activity co-ordinator in every setting.

DOWNLOAD: The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood: Physical Education

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Derbyshire-born Sophie Baggaley inspired over 70 young girls

The England Women’s U20s Goalkeeper visited the Year 3 & 4 children at a Girls’ Football Week event at Outwood Academy Newbold on Thursday 13th October.

Five schools brought a total of 72 girls to the festival which started with a question and answer session with Sophie before moving into FA Skills drills and ending with mini-matches.

Sophie said: “Girls’ Football Week is very important in promoting the game and demonstrating how far it has developed already. Hopefully the popularity of events such as this can help it to grow further.

“When I was little we had to play with the boys if we wanted to play and not many girls were interested. Here you can see 72 girls playing and having fun, showing just how far the female game is progressing.”

“The pathway is there if girls want to play football and progress through the levels. I’d encourage girls to get involved at their local centres and anything can happen from there if you want to go and do it.”

The event, organised by the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership and Derbyshire County FA, was designed to introduce girls aged 7-9 to football in a fun and friendly environment, harnessing the power of Girls’ Football Week.

Molly, playing in her first football festival, said: “It’s so good. I’ve enjoyed playing in the games and taking shots at Sophie!”

Angie Harper, Football Development Officer (Women, Girls and Inclusion) at the Derbyshire County FA, said: “It was great to see so many young girls playing football, many for the first time in a fun, safe environment. Having Sophie down was excellent for the girls to meet a female footballer and learn more about the women’s professional game. We would like to thank Sophie for attending the event and inspiring the girls during Girls Football Week. We look forward to the next one!”

Girls’ Football Week has yet again been a major success both in Derbyshire and nationally. Derbyshire County FA have supported eight events, engaging 361 girls, contributing to over 18,000 female players getting involved across the UK during the week.

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Engaging young girls in team sports

The Youth Sport Trust has announced a new partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey and England Netball to launch TeamUp – a new campaign to encourage young girls to engage with team sport.

TeamUp aims to capitalise on the momentum gained by three home World Cups to build a fan base for women’s team sport to encourage girls age 7-13 years to take part in sport. T

The campaign aims to:

  • ensure 150,000 girls aged 7-13 have more access to team sport
  • get over 5,000 participating school each year
  • get schools to increase their offer of cricket, hockey and netball with at least 60% providing opportunities for all three sports.

In addition training resources and toolkits have been developed for teachers and participating schools will be in with a chance of winning rewards.

Read more

For more information about TeamUp or to register your school visit:  Pledge your support with #WhyITeamUp @teamupengland.

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PE & Sport Premium, Evidencing the Impact – Guidance & Template

Newly updated template to support schools with the reporting of their Primary PE & Sport Premium funding.

Maintained schools, including those that convert to academies, MUSTpublish, on their website by 4th April 2017, information about their use of the Primary PE and Sport Premium.

Schools should publish the amount of premium received; a full breakdown of how it has been spent (or will be spent); what impact the school has seen on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment and how the improvements will be sustainable in the future. Schools should also consider how their use of the premium is giving pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy, active lifestyle.

The premium must be spent by schools on making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

The Secretary of State does not consider the following expenditure as falling within the scope of additional or sustainable improvement:

  • Employing coaches or specialist teachers to cover planning preparation and assessment (PPA) arrangements – these should come out of schools’ core staffing budgets
  • Teaching the minimum requirements of the national curriculum PE programmes of study – including those specified for swimming

The Primary PE and Sport Premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

The Department for Education commissioned afPE and the YST to create a national template which has been updated to include swimming data. Head teachers, Governors and Subject Leaders will be able to use this simple reporting mechanism to ensure they are compliant.

You can find tools to help you measure and report on the impact of your spend by clicking HERE.

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Chesterfield Celebrates Sporting Success

On Thursday 29th September, over 200 local athletes, mentors and school pupils came to the Winding Wheel for the much anticipated 2016 Active Chesterfield Sports Awards. In association with Chesterfield Borough Council, the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership combined community sports awards with those for schools and school teams that have excelled over the past year.  Continue reading

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Pokémon Go: a parent’s guide

Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go

Well – what happened in the summer? Not only did this craze make Pokémon go but it appeared to make an awful lot of children (and adults) sit still less! However, I imagine we all heard the selection of news reports telling us how certain over-keen Pokémon trainers found themselves in a few risky situations. So if you missed this phenomenon (buried in books all summer or buried in sand!), you can bring yourself up to date, and at the same time brush up on some safety tips to pass on to students to keep them safe whilst throwing their Poké balls and filling their Pokédex, it can be found below.


Please follow the link to Here, we’ll take you through what you need to know about the game and how you can help keep children using the app safe.

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