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Government outlines sport strategy progress

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has released a progress report outlining the work it has done one year on from the release of Sporting Future: A new strategy for an active nation. The strategy presented a radical change of direction in sport policy placing five key outcomes at its heart: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development.
The report sets out progress against:

  1. engagement in sport as a participant, volunteer or spectator
  2. maximising international and domestic success and the impact of major events
  3. supporting a more productive, sustainable and responsible sport sector.

One area of progress highlighted in the report is the release of the Childhood Obesity Plan. This outlines the Government’s plans to update the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework for schools and childcare providers in early 2017 to make specific reference to the UK Chief Medical Officers guidelines for physical activity in the early years. The BHFNC manifesto The Best Start in Life, listed this as one of our key asks for government to integrate physical activity into daily life for children under five.

With regards to physical activity, the main areas of progress since the release of Sporting Future: A new strategy for an active nation are:

  • broadening of Sport England’s remit to promote and measure physical activity including walking, cycling and dance
  • release of a new £120 million fund to tackle inactivity over the next four years targeted at people who are least likely to participate in physical activity, eg, women, older people or people with disabilities
  • at least 25% of Sport England funding to focus on tackling inactivity, specific targets are yet to be set
  • a new Clinical Leadership Group set up to work with health providers to promote the integration of sport and physical activity into care pathways which includes exploring the potential for more disease specific evidence and guidelines/resources
  • work by Public Health England to develop sport and exercise medicine and its implementation within mainstream NHS and public health systems particularly through the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • raising awareness through the development of messages and marketing that encourage everyone to be active – these will build on the existing campaigns Change4Life, One You and This Girl Can
  • the release of the childhood obesity strategy which includes actions to help children enjoy 30 minutes of PE in school and the creation of a new healthy rating scheme for schools.

DOWNLOAD: Sporting Future, First Annual Report

Posted in News

Boccia Competition in Chesterfield

Special Olympics Derbyshire are hosting a regional boccia competition for people with a learning disability on March 26th in Chesterfield. The competition will run throughout the day along with a come and try session for anyone wanting to have a go for the first time or just wanting some extra time to play. All details can be found here:


Venue: Queens Park Sport Centre

Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm

Cost: £10 per team or £2 per person (come and try session)


Please encourage people to get involved as it is a great opportunity to play boccia within a local competition.


Posted in Competitions, News, Training
Early Racer 2017 - Queens Park Sports Centre

Schools geared up for Early Racers event

13 schools across Chesterfield had the chance to experience a fun day of cycle-themed activities at the 2017 Early Racer Festival. Delivered by the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership (SSP) and supported by Wheely Fun Wheels, pupils from four years old enjoyed a variety of activities. Spread across 12 stations, there were three cycling activities: Italian pursuit, the team relay and the sprint to stop race. Using the pedal-less bikes, the children could put their prior balance bike training into practice in these fun races. Alastair Meikle, lead bikeability instructor for Wheely Fun Wheels, explained how “using balance bikes helps children’s static and dynamic balance, improves their confidence and gives them their first step towards a cycling future.”

Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager at the SSP, said: “We are delighted to welcome nearly 600 infants to take part in the Early Rider festival. This is much more than a festival of cycling, it is a chance to really excite and engage young people in sport and physical activity though cycling based fundamental skills.

The remaining stations, which were run by Sports Leaders from Chesterfield College, were all closely linked to cycling and road safety. These activities aimed to connect with the wider school curriculum. They included the “Think” and “See” stations, where the infants labelled parts of the bikes and then completed a word search to find words related to cycling.

Lacey, a pupil from Brampton Primary School, said: “I love riding the bike! And the colouring was fun!”

Mrs Pendleton from Highfield Hall Primary School, said: “I like the links to the work we do at school. By having word searches and handwriting activities, they can have a rest and still learn. The kids also enjoyed the station where they labelled the bike parts and the Young Leader running it was excellent.”

The Early Rider programme, delivered as the new Bikeability Balance Plus, is the start of the cycling pathway for young people in Chesterfield schools which leads into bikeabilty levels 1, 2 and 3, skills to ride and cyclo-cross competitions to look forward to.


Posted in Primary

Yr3/4 Sportshall Athletics off to a flying start

What a great start for the Y3/4 Sportshall Athletics event at Queens Park Leisure Centre and Springwell Community College. All teams showed great sportsmanship and team work.

18 teams from across Chesterfield took part in our fun Sportshall Athletics event over the two days.

There were 6 track events and 6 field events to take part in.

The first event was the obstacle relay, which included high steppers, speed bounce and hurdles. All teams showed great determination and were all cheering for each and every person on their team.

The events ran smoothly with the help from Chesterfield College and Springwell Community College leaders. All of the leaders motivated and encouraged the children in their events.

A few children from several schools at the end came up and said thank you and that they had a great time. Abigail from Abercrombie said “I really loved five strides”.

A parent also commented on how well the event was organised and coordinated, “I had a great time watching the event and being here.”

Jo from Brockwell said: “It was a great event and was run really well, I really enjoyed it.”

All teams were awarded certificates at the closing ceremony to reward them of their hard work, dedication and respect towards others.

Written by Leanne and James

Posted in Competitions, Primary

Young Leaders at Brockwell Junior

The following piece was put together by the Young Leaders at Brockwell Junior School as part of the Reward and Recognition Scheme. It is a fantastic example of the School Games values, as well as the ability to reflect on past accomplishments and plan for the future…

“We are the Young Leaders, and are working hard to make sure that every child is involved in as many physical activities as possible. We have five groups of Young Leaders in school that target a wide variety of children’s needs and activities. The Bronze Young Ambassadors lead some of our Intra-school competitions; so far we have had competitions for two Paralympics running events and a Boccia tournament. As a direct impact of their dedication and enthusiasm, every child in school signed up to play Boccia, that’s 252 and a lot of teams! It was organised as a knockout tournament with the games being held every playtime. Taya, a wheelchair user, says that, ‘Boccia allows her to play the game with her friends, just like her friends.’ She also feels that, ‘playing intra-school competitions has made her feel more confident in the inter-school Boccia competition.’ The Bronze Young Ambassadors also organise a whole school sports day and lead our media publications of the physical activities in school.

“We also have our Change4Life Crew who are doing a fantastic job of increasing children’s physical activity during play times. They are using a brilliant programme called Go Noodle, which includes fun dancing, stretching and relaxing videos for the children to follow. Their numbers of participation, since using Go Noodle, have increased from around 10 a session to over 45, which is nearly the full year group that is invited to any given session. As so many are now attending, the Change4Life Crew are having to double up on duties to ensure that the children are being well supervised and managed. This means they are all working twice as hard, for the benefits of all others. Working with the Obesity Plan, the Change4Life Leaders make themselves available at snack times, armed with iPads and the Change4Life ‘Be Food Smart’ App to help children understand better, the foods they are choosing to eat. This is proving to have a positive impact on the children’s healthy eating choices.

“It came to light, through discussion, that many of our girls do not join in what is traditionally considered ‘boy’s sport’ as they feel ‘it is too rough’ for them. This, together with the high profile This Girl Can movement, instigated the coming together of another group of dynamic Young leaders. Brockwell’s own This Girl Can Team is run by girls for girls. Their aim is to promote the participation of girls in all sport and to provide them with the experiences, skills and confidence to play these sports, not only for pleasure but also at competition level. As a result of the This Girl Can Team, Brockwell Junior put together their first girl’s only football club, entered their first girl’s football tournament and enjoyed success at county level by achieving a magnificent Bronze medal.

“Our largest group of Young Leaders are the Mini Leaders, who can be found throughout the day, engaging and encouraging children to participate in a wide variety of sporting activities, team games and physical movement. They also support the other young leaders in delivering their activities, such as the whole school New Age Kurling tournament. New Age Kurling was recently introduced at Brockwell Juniors after 50 children attended a festival and ‘discovered’ this new sport. William said, ‘Kurling is my all time favourite sport,’ so who were we to deny him the chance to continue playing it?

“We believe that small changes to lifestyle can have a big effect on the health and well-being of young people, which is why we are working with the Modeshift STARS accreditation scheme to encourage children (and staff) to travel actively to school. During the first year of implementing these changes it became clear that the teachers needed help from some young leaders, hence the introduction of the Travel Smart Ambassadors. This set of leaders implements many competitions that run through the school holidays as well as during term time, such as Active Summer and Active Winter. These competitions require children and their families to ‘Tweet’ in their activities and have really helped to form and build upon home-school collaborations for active lifestyles. A great number of Tweets are received during the competitions, and have proved to be very popular. Most of these photos are of children being active with their families. This shows that the leaders are having an impact in the wider community not just with the children of Brockwell.

“As a collective group of over 60 Young Leaders, we attend regular meetings to discuss new ideas and achievements, attend training sessions, such as lessons in photography, green screen reporting and how to blog our efforts. The Young Leaders of Brockwell (under the watchful eye of the P.E Coordinator) operate our own Twitter account to hold competitions, as well as inform and report regularly on the activities happening in school. Each leader promotes the Spirit of the Games and each has the power to award children with Spirit of the Games bands when these values are shown – this has had a huge impact on how the children work with each other and conduct themselves around school, not just in P.E sessions.

“Our plans for the future are evolving and growing to a scale that is unusual in most settings. Our leaders are phenomenal in their roles and truly believe in what they do. They are passionate and proactive in passing their enthusiasm on to others, with outstanding results. ‘Keeping up with the demands of the young leaders is a full time job,’ said the P.E Coordinator, ‘but as a school, we could not be prouder of the work they do.’”


Brockwell Junior School has also been awarded the SCHOOL OF THE MONTH for February!


Posted in Awards, News, Primary
Bronze Young Ambassador Conference - EIS Sheffield

Inspiring conference for our Bronze Young Ambassadors

Schools from across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire began their journey into Sports Leadership at our Bronze Young Ambassador Conference.

The 176 students descended on the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield for the all-day conference which is designed to prepare them for the leadership programmes ahead.

Coming from 20 schools in Chesterfield and 22 in North East Derbyshire, the children have taken the first step into sports leadership by forming School Sport Organising Crews within their school group. The Crews will now go back to their schools and plan an intra-school competition and club that can maximise engagement and inspire the whole school to get involved.

This involves meeting with the Head teacher to discuss potential ideas that can be delivered, deciding on a sport or multiple sports, then running an intra-school competition as well as an extra-curricular club. The Crews will need to demonstrate how they have been inclusive in organising the events and maximised the potential number of participants. They will also need to publicise, promote and celebrate their success. This will involve writing reports and taking photographs that can be used on the school website as well as notice boards.

The day began with an introduction from Chesterfield Gold Young Ambassador Emily and North East Platinum Young Ambassador Emily. An inspiring speech from former Team GB Volleyball captain, Ben Pipes. Back in a venue in which he used to train, Pipes used his personal experiences to motivate the children and get them enthused about the day of games and leadership activities.

Once everyone was geared up for the day ahead, the crews took part in three role-playing activities, designed to give them ideas of sports clubs they can run in their schools. These included Boccia, Dodgeball and Volleyball.

Sam from Walton Holymoorside said “I really enjoyed doing the workshop with Ben! It was really noisy but so much fun learning the different games.”

Prior to the conference the Crews decided on individual roles, which include: a Head Mini Leader, a Spirit of the Games Head Mini Leader, a Media Leader and a Photography Leader.

Each Crew member then went on a tailor-made workshop to equip them with the skills needed to fulfil their role. Spirit of the Games Leaders learned about what the Spirit of the Games is all about as well as taking part in Orienteering and Triathlon. The Head Mini Leaders discovered what New Age Kurling involved before having a few games themselves.

The Media and Photography Leaders took part in a practical workshop before teaming up to stage a mock press conference with Pipes, asking open questions and taking interesting and useful photos.

Lucy, of Brockwell Junior School, said “It was quite fun asking him questions. It felt like a real interview with all the cameras flashing.”

Rounding off a fun-packed day the students jotted down notes and next steps as the planning process begins.

Mr Melleney, of Hollingwood Primary School, said: “The kids have really enjoyed it today and they’re already busy planning the events they’re going to run.”

Before heading home, there was one last surprise in store for the young leaders. As they all piled onto the indoor running track at the EIS, each leader took the 250m run towards the finishing line for an incredible finish of the day.

Jack, from Highfield Hall, said “The finishing run was definitely my favourite part! It was so much fun and I actually ran on the same track as Jessica Ennis!”

Sarah Evans, Chesterfield School Sports Partnership, said “It was great to see so many young people taking on the role of Bronze Young Ambassador, planning to inspire other young people in their school. “

As with every Bronze Young Ambassador Conference, it was great to see the young leaders fully embrace the day and leave motivated to lead their own sports clubs and competitions. They could not have done this without the help of their teachers, those running the workshops and the current Gold and Platinum Young Ambassadors who did a fantastic job.

Check out the images from the days event.

Posted in Awards, Education, News, Primary, Training
Dance Leaders

Level 2 in Dance Leadership

Book yourself onto our 2017 Level 2 in Dance Leadership!


The qualification has been designed to develop generic leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of dance situations as well as contributing to the personal development of the learner. This is a practical qualification where learners must demonstrate their ability to lead simple dance activities.

  • Age: 13 and over
  • Guided learning hours: 39 hours (including 10 hours demonstration of leadership)

Date: Commencing Tuesday 21st February 2017 (held every Tuesday)

Time: 3:30-5:30pm

Venue: Springwell Community College, Staveley, Chesterfield S43 3NG

Price: £30 per person


Includes a FREE Tshirt!!


Click on the following link to apply.

Application form 2016.17

Posted in Education, News, Training
athletics offical

Athletics Assistant Official Course

Book yourselves onto our 2017 Athletics Track and Field: Assistant Official Course!


What will I learn?

• The responsibilities and roles of an Assistant Official, including following procedures and applying basic rules.
• Ensuring safety, reporting concerns and communicating with athletes and other officials.
• Measuring and recording times and distances as well as making, sharing and recording judgements.

Available for ages 14+ years

Date: Monday 13th February 2017

Time: 9:30am – 2:00pm

Venue: Tupton Hall School, Station New Road, Chesterfield, S42 6LG

Cost: £20 membership (attend additional National Governing Body leadership courses for FREE)

Get a FREE t-shirt!!!

 Click on the following link to book on!

Application form 2016.17

Posted in Awards, Education, Training
into netball

INTO Officiating Award Netball

Book yourselves onto our 2017 Netball INTO Officiating Course!


Key Course Objectives

• Introduce the principles of umpiring and the rules of netball
• Introduce officiating to young people, to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the role that the official plays in netball and sport as a whole
• Offer opportunities for students to umpire matches within their own school or other appropriate environments


Date: Friday 17/02/2017

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: Brookfield Community School, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, S40 3NS

Cost: £20 membership (attend additional National Governing Body leadership courses for FREE)

Get a FREE t-shirt!!!

 Click on the following link to book on!

Application form 2016.17


Posted in Education, News, Training