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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Chesterfield U.Dance Platform - The Winding Wheel 2.12.15

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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Year 5 Boys ... Primary Cross Country, Mount St.Mary's 4.11.16

Running success for our Primary School Champions

Over 400 primary school pupils across three year groups took part in six cross country races at Mount St Mary’s College.

Split into boys’ and girls’ races, year 4, 5 and 6 students from schools across Chesterfield descended on the course at Mount St Mary’s College to take part in this year’s Primary Cross Country event.

The year 4 boys started the event with the first race, running the 1,000 metres on the fairly mud-free course. Leaders from Chesterfield College guided the runners around the grounds of Mount St Mary’s, with Harrison from Old Hall Primary coming through for first ahead of the chasing group.

As the event got into full swing, those waiting to race grouped around the finish line to cheer everyone on as they sprinted the final straight. Although they were individual races, the top four runners from each school had their positions count towards the team event in each race. The children, teachers and volunteers showed a great spirit and encouraged each and every runner as they gave their all, approaching the finish line.

The second race saw the year 4 girls follow in the footsteps of their classmates up over the hill and behind the trees. Coming back into view, Lydia from Walton Holymoorside Primary had an early lead which she held for the remainder of the race, sweeping into the home straight for a sprint finish. She was closely followed by a large group, including a number of girls from Brimington Primary who were cheered on by the boys returning from their race.

Setting off third were the year 5 boys, taking a slightly longer route as part of their 1,200m course. Cornering first and pulling away into a clear lead was Charles from Brockwell Primary, closely followed by Elliot from Brampton and Alex from Walton Holymoorside respectively.

The year 5 girls set off just behind the boys. Three girls had detached themselves from the group by the time they reappeared from behind the trees a quarter of the way through the course. Hannah and Sky from Brimington Juniors and Jessica from Old Hall extended their lead and it was Hannah that came through first after a burst of energy was enough to get her across the line in the gold medal position.

Hannah, who ran the race alongside her friend, said: “We really enjoyed it. It was so much fun!”

The penultimate race of the afternoon was the year 6 boys. Tackling the longest course, this time 1,500m, the boys were fantastic as they sprinted away over the first hill. Following the fields around the back of the rugby pitch and emerging alongside the running track, it was Oliver of Old Hall who pressed on to take the first place ahead of Toby from Brampton Primary, followed very closely by Corey of Brimington.

Oliver said: “I can’t believe I won! It was such a good race. I can’t wait to see where the rest of my school finished.”

The event was rounded off by the year 6 girls, who by that time was ready to go out with a bang. The girls showed fantastic spirit and determination as they tackled the same course as the year 6 boys. In true cross country fashion there were a few minor tumbles but everyone completed the race and recorded impressive times in front of the cheering crowd. Winning by a fraction of a second and taking the gold medal was Elizabeth from Walton Holymoorside ahead of her friend Kady.

We would like to congratulate the winners as well as everyone who took part, and thank all the teachers and volunteers for their help during the event. 

Full list of winners:

Year 4 boys individual:

1st – Harrison, Old Hall

2nd – Alex, Walton Holymoorside

3rd – Joshua, Brockwell

Team winners: Walton Holymoorside


Year 4 girls individual:

1st – Lydia, Walton Holymoorside

2nd – Megan, Brimington

3rd – Caitlin, Walton Holymoorside

Team winners: Brockwell


Year 5 boys individual:

1st – Charles, Brockwell

2nd – Elliot, Brampton

3rd – Alex, Walton Holymoorside

Team winners: Brockwell


Year 5 girls individual:

1st – Hannah, Brimington

2nd – Sky, Brimington

3rd – Jessica, Old Hall

Team winners: Brockwell


Year 6 boys individual:

1st – Oliver, Old Hall

2nd – Toby, Brampton

3rd – Corey, Brimington

Team winners: Brimington


Year 6 girls individual:

1st – Elizabeth, Walton Holymoorside

2nd – Kady, Walton Holymoorside

3rd – Missy, Hasland

Team winners: Walton Holymoorside


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Chesterfield College Wheelchair Basketball

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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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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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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