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 500 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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Pupils race to become top runner

Almost 200 year two and three primary school pupils from across Chesterfield got involved in this year’s Fun 2 Run event, held at Holmebrook Valley Park. School teams consisted of five boys and five girls, selected after school ran their own mini ‘Fun to Run’ event in school.

The event had a focus on engaging young people in running, though a fun and positive event focused on participation and personal best.

Starting the day with the year 2 event, we were quick to begin with a warm up before moving onto a series of ‘Olympic themed relay’ races, Agility Run, Cone Collection, Balance Run, Jumping challenge and Hoop Race.

Jack from Hollingwood commented, “I loved the jumping challenge. I didn’t know I could jump that far!”

We soon moved onto our main activity that involved two short cross-country races, one for the girls followed by a separate race for the boys. A 700m course tested the year two runners endurance, with points being awarded to the top four runners from each school.

The girls were up first with a perfect start to the race. Heading quickly towards the finish line were Esme and Amber from Walton Holymoorside Primary School, followed very shortly by Imogen from Hady Primary School.

Our Gold winner Esme were delighted with her run, “I honestly loved running the race, and I can’t believe I won!”

Next up were the boys race, and with the girls cheering them along it was not long before the first runner, Jayden of Hady Primary School, was over the finish line! Following shortly behind him, another Hady pupil, Dyfan, took the Silver with Jack from Hollingwood taking the Bronze.

“I’m glad I came second, especially to someone from my school. It was a close race”, Dyfan, Hady Primary School.

After rounding all the participants up for results and awards, Hollingwood Primary School took the Bronze award with 85 points, followed by Hady Primary School taking Silver on 72 points. Walton Holymoorside Primary School received the Gold Medal for best Overall Team Score with a total of 56 points.

Following a fantastic morning, it was time for the Year 3 event, with over 100 pupils from 10 different schools taking part. After their ‘Olympic themed Relay’ races, they were quick to begin the race.

The girls began the 900m grass course with a speedy start. Keeping close to the hare, it was Jasmine from Cutthorpe Primary School to cross the finishing line first. Marlie from Brampton Primary school took the Silver place followed very closely by Imogen from Hady Primary School who received the Bronze award.

After a moment to get her breath back we asked Marlie how she felt. “I didn’t think I would do very well because I had hurt my ankle during the relay races, but I just kept on running and I’m so happy that I came second.”

The last race of the day were down to the boys, and it was Jack from Old Hall Junior School immediately took the lead and kept his first place position whilst crossing over the finish line. Charlie from Hollingwood Primary School wasn’t too far behind taking Silver place with Mackenzie from Hasland taking the Bronze.

Jack described, “I’m so happy I won. I like running anyway and always do it at home.”

With a short break to finalise the results, we were delighted to announce that Brockwell Primary School took third place with 137 points. On 114 points were Silver winners Hasland Junior School, but taking the Gold medal back with them, on 78 points, were Old Hall Junior School.

Overjoyed by the result, Mrs Hoole of Old Hall Junior School added, “I’m so proud of how well these girls and boys have done. We knew they were great but never expected to come away with the highest Overall Team Score. The event was ran brilliantly and I couldn’t ask for a better day. Thank you to everyone who were involved, my students have had an absolute blast!”

We would like to thank the leaders of Chesterfield College for all their help in supporting the Fun2Run event.

Photos from the afternoon races are available below.

Year 3 Boys

Year 3 Girls

Year 3 Relay Races

Year 3 Winners

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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.

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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

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walking to school

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

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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;

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County Quadkids Competition


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


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:

quadkids event

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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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Opportunities in Dance

Boys’ Only Experience Day

A day aimed at boys aged 11–17 who are interested in finding out more about dance. Whatever your previous experience of dance, come and take part in a day of workshops with inspiring Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance professionals.

This will be a great opportunity to come and find out more about the Centre for Advanced Training in Dance and ask any questions you might have.


This event is FREE but booking is essential.

For more information about Dance4’s CAT programme or this event, please follow the link below.–bm5bl-1hyvn9c8

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Chesterfield Primary U.Dance Platform 15th March 2017

Over 700 Young Stars WOW crowd at the Primary Dance Festival

700 Infants and Primary School children from across Chesterfield wowed capacity crowds at the Winding Wheel Theatre over our two-day 2017 Primary Dance Festival.

100s of spectators were treat to 35 performances from 24 schools across the four sessions, including special guest performances from two secondary schools and a community dance company.  Due to the popularity of the event, we held our ninth festival over two days with the inspired theme of Music through the Ages.

After an opening performance from special guests, Netherthorpe School, Old Hall Junior took to the stage to perform ‘Street Cool’. Kitted out in street style clothing, the young dancers were excellent and it was a great way to start this year’s festival.

The second performance kick-started the Music through the Ages atmosphere with Spire Infant performing ‘Decades of Dance’. I think it was safe to say the audience were well and truly in the mood!

The remainder of the session were full of excellent dances from the likes of Highfield Hall Primary, who danced ‘ABCs Through Time’, Norbriggs Primary who bought some 21st Century music with ‘Dance Today’ and Spire Junior, who included some great work with bells and hoops as part of their performance ‘Brave’.

We had some lovely performances throughout the morning, including Hasland Junior School who took us back through time with their performance ‘Dancing through Time’.

The morning session was brought to a close by Hollingwood Primary’s second performance, ‘Hand Jive Hollingwood Style’. Emelia, a pupil at Hollingwood, exclaimed how excited she was: “We’ve been practicing for ages ready for today! Now it’s finally here it doesn’t feel real!”

After a quick changeover, it was time for the afternoon performances, this time opened by local dance group Wallace Dance Academy, who performed a lyrical acrobatic routine. Poolsbrook Primary were first to perform their routine ‘Thriller’. An outstanding performance involved an entire class kitted out in their scariest outfit.

Staveley Junior were next to perform their well-coordinated routine to ‘Jailhouse Rock’. After finishing the dance, the pupils reported they: “absolutely loved it….wish we could do it again!”

After another guest performance from Outwood Academy Newbold, Cavendish Junior School also embraced the theme with their epic battle dance to ‘Jackson through the Ages’. Brockwell Junior kept the audience mesmerised on their beautiful performance of ‘Stay’. Day one came to a close with a final guest performance from Netherthorpe School.

Mrs Stevenson, a teacher at Netherthorpe School said: “It’s incredible to see so much amazing talent in one space. Having an event such as this really does give new opportunities to young people.”

The morning of day 2, with 11 performances from seven schools. Hady, Brampton and Westfield Infant all performed two dances to songs such as Jackson 5, Bugsy Malone and Grease.

Dunston Primary performed a street dance which wowed the capacity crowd with their version of ‘Beat It’. Newbold C of E and Temple Normanton both performed a ‘Rock n Roll’ Style routine which definitely got the crowd up on their feet.

Thea, the dance teacher at Temple Normanton said: “I can’t believe how much fun it has been watching these dancers perform on stage. They just look like they love being on there.

Cutthorpe Primary bought two groups to take part in the primary dance festival. Their all-boy group, who had recently performed earlier in the morning, cheered on for their all-girl group who performed a beautiful Charleston to close the morning showcase.

The final session was a fitting finale as eight more performances took to the Winding Wheel stage.

Mr Macnamara, a teacher at Walton Holymoorside said: “Thanks for organising the festival today, the kids had a great time performing and watching the other schools. We have also had some great feedback from parents.”

The event was a great success and the dancers showed great courage performing on stage, many of whom for the first time.

Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager at the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, said: “The primary dance platform provides an opportunity for every young person to perform and showcase their personal best. It takes a huge amount of courage and determination to take the steps onto the stage and perform, and to see the self-confidence, pride and smiles as they leave the stage is why we do it. “Our dance festival is an annual event and to see it grow over the past few years to run over two days with four performances is testament to the support of the primary schools across Chesterfield and to the hard work of teachers and parents.”

Congratulations to all the schools who performed, everyone was excellent and fully embraced the theme ‘Music through the Ages’. We hope to see you all again next year, whether that be at the Primary or Secondary Dance Festivals.

Also a big thank you to the Leaders from Netherthope School, Outwood Academy Newbold and Chesterfield College for their help throughout the festival.


Wednesday performances

Old Hall Primary School     Video

Netherthorpe School    Video

Poolsbrook Primary School     Video

Wallace Dance Academy     Video

Cavendish Junior School     Video

Brockwell Junior School     Video

Spire Infant School     Video

Hollingwood Primary School Dance 1     Video

Hollingwood Primary School Dance 2

Highfield Hall Primary School    Video

Norbriggs Primary School     Video

Spire Junior School     Video

Hasland Junior School     Video

Staveley Junior School     Video

Outwood Academy Newbold School     Video


Thursday performances

Newbold C of E Primary School     Video

Temple Normanton Primary School     Video

Cutthorpe Primary School Boys    Girls     Video

Westfield Infant School Dance 1     Video

Westfield Infant School Dance 2     Video

Brampton Primary School     Video

Brampton Primary School Infants     Video

Dunston Primary School     Video

Walton Holymoorside Primary School Dance 1     Video

Walton Holymoorside Primary School Dance 2     Video

Brimington Junior School     Video

Brimington Manor Infant School     Video

Mary Swanwick Primary School Dance 1     Video 

Mary Swanwick Primary School Dance 2     Video

Calow Primary School     Video

Hasland Infant School



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