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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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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Barrett twins lead Chesterfield successes at 2016 DSSA Sports Awards

Sisters Alicia Barrett and Ella Barrett headed the list of success for the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership at the 2016 DSSA Sports Awards, held at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium.

The two Chesterfield AC athletes, from St Mary’s High School, were highly commended in the Sportsperson of the Year category after exceptional seasons.

The same honour was bestowed on the Silver Young Ambassadors from The Outwood Academy, Newbold in the Secondary School Young Leader of the Year section.

The evening was supported by DSSA partners the University of Derby, represented by Vice-Chancellor Kath Mitchell, who said: “We feel that the link between us at the university and the DSSA is very important in helping to develop sport across the county.

“What we have seen in the award ceremony is that we have so many people, particularly in their schools, committed to supporting sport. We’re hoping to work together even more closely in the future so we can deliver an even better service to our communities.”

The event opened with a performance from the Tintwistle Primary School Cheerleaders and also included interviews with Alfreton’s Chris Cohen CBE, who talked about his officiating at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Swadlincote swimmer Lewis White, who won a Paralympic bronze medal aged 16.


Full list of category winners and those highly commended

Sportsperson of the Year

Winner: Lewis White (swimming), The Pingle School.

Highly commended: Alicia Barrett (athletics), St Mary’s High School; Ella Barrett (athletics), St Mary’s High School; Gareth Griffiths (hockey), The Long Eaton School; Daniel Wellbourn Hesp (sailing), Anthony Gell School.

Primary School Sportsperson of the Year

Winner: Charlie Ward (golf), Rosliston Primary School.

Highly commended: Grace Longden (cycling), Buxworth Primary School; Archie Qualtrough (golf), Hayfield Primary School; Lucy Vernon (table tennis), Springfield Junior School.

Individual Achievement – Non-School Sport

Winner: Adam Morewood (bike trials), Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School.

Highly commended: Ben Burley (skiing), Hope Valley College; Lewis Richardson (kickboxing), The William Allitt School; Hollie Smith (archery), Heanor Gate Science College; Jaime-Leigh Whitaker (judo), St Philip Howard Voluntary Academy.

Disability Sportsperson of the Year

Winner: Freya Barry (tennis), St John Houghton Catholic Academy.

Highly commended: Henry Bowe (football/futsal), Allestree Woodlands School; Abbie Breakwell (wheelchair tennis), The Long Eaton School; Billy-Lee Dixon (football), Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School.

Primary School Team of the Year

Winners: Hilton Primary School Football Team.

Highly commended: Oakwood Junior School High 5 Netball Team; Tintwistle Primary School ‘Ignite’ Cheerleading Team.

Secondary School Team of the Year

Winners: Canoeing C2 (Pairs) team Ben Haylett and Finn Reilly-McQueen, Friesland School.

Highly commended: The Long Eaton School Girls U14 Intermediate Trampolining Team; Tupton Hall School U13 Girls Football Team; Lady Manners School Equestrian Team.

Disability Team Award

Winners: Wilsthorpe School Boccia team.
Highly commended: Mapperley Primary School Boccia Team.

Primary School Young Leader of the Year

Winner: Flinn Jones, St Andrews Primary School (Dronfield).

Highly commended: The Ladywood Primary School This Girl Can Ambassadors.

Young Leader of the Year – Disability

Winner: Andrew Hitchcock, Highfields School.

Highly commended: Sarah Lane, Highfields School.

Secondary School Young Leader of the Year

Winner: Annabel MacGregor, Highfields School.

Highly commended: The Outwood Academy, Newbold Silver Young Ambassadors; Grace Pickford, Highfields School.

Adult Volunteer Award

Winner: Sue Crookes, Tintwistle Primary School.

Highly commended: Chris Peach, Parkside Junior School.

Media and Arts Contribution to School Sport

Highly commended: The Anthony Gell School Year 10 BTEC Dance Group;

Charlie Rutter, Ravensdale Junior School.

Service to School Sport

Winner: Barry Parker, DSSA athletics.

Derbyshire School Games Championships Champions

Primary and Small School: Osmaston CofE (VC) Primary School (Rural Derbyshire SSP).

Secondary School: Lady Manners School (Rural Derbyshire SSP).

Competition Plus: The Pingle School (South Derbyshire SSP).

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Time to apply for School Table Tennis Grants

Today, we launch the School Table Packages and Activity Grant Scheme for the 2016/17 season, making it even easier for schools to introduce or expand their table tennis provision.

The School Table Packages scheme allows primary schools to apply for grants of £300 to help meet the cost of our indoor and outdoor table tennis packages.

And for those schools which want to set up their own table tennis club, or build links with a club in their community, Activity Grants of up to £400 are also available.

To apply for the School Table and Activity Grant schemes, schools will need to complete and submit an application form. Please note that the Table Grant Scheme is currently available to Primary Schools and Special Schools in England only.

Applications will close at 5pm on Wednesday 28th September, 2016.

Schools that are not eligible for the grant schemes can still benefit from our indoor and outdoor table tennis packages, which are offered at a fantastic rate to all schools in England catering for ages 5-16 years.

Simply choose your package, read our FAQs and complete our order form

If you have further questions please contact us on or 01908 208893.

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New Station Link Opens in Chesterfield

A week of events kicks off on 14 September, Cycle to Work Day, to celebrate the official opening of a new walking/cycling link to Chesterfield station. Schoolchildren, adults with disabilities, representatives from Chesterfield College, East Midlands Trains, local employers, Derbyshire County Council members and officers, national charity Sustrans and local walking and cycling groups will all join a ribbon cutting ceremony at the station on Friday 16th September. The route, built by Derbyshire County Council with a government grant administered by Sustrans, provides an important missing link in the local cycle network. Residents and visitors can now walk or cycle safely off-road to the station all the way from Somersall via Queen’s Park.

Events being held to mark the opening include:

• Wednesday 14 September, 7-9am: Chesterfield Cycle Campaign (CCC) stall at the station giving out their new, free Chesterfield Cycle Map and promoting the route to station commuters. This is also Cycle to Work Day, an annual national event which encourages everyone to cycle to work.
• Thursday 15 September, 7-9am: CCC will be joined by Derbyshire County Council at the station promoting their County Rider adult cycle training, free to anyone living in the Chesterfield area
• Friday 16 September, 11am: Official ribbon cutting by Cllr Dean Collins, lead member for transport at Derbyshire County Council, to formally open the route.
• Saturday 17th September, 10.30am. Chesterfield ‘Cycle in Style’ ride organised by Chesterfield Cycle Campaign. Leaving from Nonna’s on Chatsworth Road at 10.30am for a short ride along the new station link and back through town to finish at the Vintage Tea Rooms. A prize is given for the best dressed rider!

Matt Easter, Regional Director for Sustrans who administered a £1 million government grant to build the route said

“This is a fantastic project which will be a great asset to Chesterfield, providing a safe, healthy and pleasant alternative route to the station for residents and visitors and helping to relieve traffic congestion. Sustrans are delighted to have been involved in the project which was catalysed by a local Chesterfield volunteer.”

Chris Allen, Chair of the Chesterfield Cycle Campaign who have produced 5,000 colour cycle maps to coincide with the opening of the route said:

“We welcome the opening of the new link and hope it encourages more train commuters to think about walking or cycling to the station. There are many local employers along the route that can take advantage of a fast, free transport alternative that benefits their health.”

Studies have shown that each additional hour spent in a car per day is associated with an increase in the likelihood of obesity. Public health experts have suggested the NHS could save up to £6 billion a year by 2025 through increased levels of spending on cycle provision.

For more information please contact Alastair Meikle, Secretary CCC on 07834 838076 or

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The volunteers of Chesterfield & District Athletics Club received royal recognition when the Lord Lieutenant of the County, Mr William Tucker, the Queen’s representative, presented Brian Larder, Club President, with a commemorative crystal to mark the ‘Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service’ – equivalent to an MBE  He also presented Kerry Baker, Membership Secretary with the official framed citation and commented very favourably on the quality of the original nomination and the strength of the Club’s volunteer workforce since it started in 1978.  Frank Gorman, Club Secretary, introduced the principal guest and later thanked him on behalf of the Club.  The Club can now include the official QAVS log on their website and any printed material.

The event took place at the Proact Stadium when other dignitaries present were Mrs Tucker; Mrs. Elizabeth Fothergill, the High Sheriff of Derbyshire; the Vice-Chair of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Janet Hill and husband Dave, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, Councillor Steven Brunt and Mrs Jill Mannion-Brunt.

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Sport England Strategy 2016 – 2021

Recently, Sport England released their new strategy for 2016-212, Towards an Active Nation.  This follows the launch of the Government’s new Sports Strategy at the end of last year, as well as a detailed consultation process (which the Youth Sport Trust contributed to).  Their strategy is available on their website (

I draw your particular attention to some specific highlights:

  • Dedicated funding to get children and young people active from the age of five, including a new fund for family-based activities
  • Offering training to at least two teachers in every secondary school in England to help them better meet the needs of all children, irrespective of their level of sporting ability
  • Working with the sport sector to put customers at the heart of everything they do, using research and the principles of behaviour change to inform their work
  • Piloting new ways of working locally by investing in up to 10 places in England – a mix of urban and rural areas
  • Investing up to £30 million in a new volunteering strategy, enabling more people to get the benefits of volunteering and attracting a new, more diverse range of volunteers
  • Helping sport keep pace with the digital expectations of customers
  • Working closely with National Governing Bodies of sport and others who support people who already play regularly, to help them become more efficient, sustainable and diversify their sources of funding.

Equally, they have released very top line information about the review of their investment programmes which, for 2016-2021, have been reduced in number to the following 7, with more detail expected over the coming months:

  • Tackling inactivity – to help the 28 per cent of people in England who don’t do any sport or physical activity
  • Children and young people – to work with children from the age of 5 to increase children’s basic competence and enjoyment
  • Volunteering – focusing on the motivations and needs of the volunteers so that volunteering in sport attracts more people from a wider range of backgrounds
  • Taking sport and activity into the mass market – focusing on the sports and activities that have mass appeal and can get large numbers of people active
  • Supporting sport’s core markets (including talented athletes) – supporting those who already have a strong affinity for sport in a more efficient and sustainable way
  • Local delivery – exploring new ways of working locally by investing in up to 10 specific areas to pilot new, more joined up approaches to getting people active
  • Creating welcoming sports facilities – with a new Community Asset Fund, and continuing its successful Strategic Facilities Fund, prioritising multi-sport facilities and, wherever possible, co-locating them with other local services.
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FREE ONLINE COURSE Outstanding Physical Education Lessons

UNESCO have stressed the urgent need for schools to address physical inactivity, by improving young people’s experiences of physical education. Couple this with the regular external inspections that schools in many countries receive, and there are growing pressures on all PE teachers to reach the highest levels of performance.

This free online course is designed to help PE teachers achieve and sustain these levels. It defines an “outstanding” physical education lesson as one that meets the diverse learning needs of all of its students at a point in time and in a specific context.
Become an “activator” and deliver outstanding PE lessons
The course begins with a guided, expert analysis of students’ needs, local and national curriculum requirements, and teachers’ personal readiness to deliver outstanding PE lessons. Throughout, PE teachers will be positioned as “activators” – practitioners who activate new, inclusive learning possibilities for their students.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • understand the characteristics of an outstanding physical education lesson;
  • know and be able to engage with the process of being an activator of learning;
  • develop the capabilities to engage in self-directed continuous professional development (CPD) using a range of digital tools.

Join NOW Course starts 4th July

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Sugar Tax Features in the Queen’s Speech

On the 18th May, at the state opening of Parliament the Queen announced the Government’s legislation for the year ahead.
Featured within her speech is confirmation that the sugar tax levy will be included in the 2017 Finance Bill.

The money this will raise will be used to double the Primary PE & Sport Premium and to provide up to £285 million a year to give 25% of secondary schools increased opportunity to extend their school day to offer a wider range of activities for pupils, including more sport.

Click HERE to view the BBC article outlining a bill by bill summary (the sugar tax features as the final item at the bottom of the page).

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