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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Consultation on future uses of the old Queen’s Park Sports Centre site in Chesterfield


Consultation on future use of old sports centre site

A six-week consultation is being held by Chesterfield Borough Council to get the public’s views on the future use of the old Queen’s Park Sport Centre site.

Councillors recently granted planning permission to demolish the old building, in Boythorpe Road, which closed when the new £11.25 million Queen’s Park Sports Centre opened in January.

A range of different possible future uses for the site have been considered and tested against four criteria. From these, the council’s preferred option is to have 3G all-weather multi-sport pitches on the site with a surface that can be used for football, hockey, rugby and athletics training and recreational use.

Chesterfield Borough Council is asking residents and businesses for their views on the preferred option – but also seeking alternative suggestions that meet the criteria the council is using to decide what the future use of the site should be.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “The former sports centre sits next to the grade two star listed Queen’s Park so it is important that what goes there is in keeping with that heritage site and the strict planning rules that come with it.

“In an era of council budget cuts whatever goes on the site also needs to generate an income rather than cost tax payers more money.”

The borough currently has fewer 3G all-weather sports pitches than is recommended for a population of its size and the use would be in keeping with the sport and leisure heritage of the site.

Councillor Serjeant added: “While this is our preferred option at this stage no decisions have been taken. So as well as getting views on that option we also want to hear from anyone who has other great ideas and can show us how they would meet the criteria we are working to.”

The consultation runs from today (Monday 12 September) to Friday 21 October and can be found online, along with further information and a map of the site, at

Paper copies are also available from the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre in Boythorpe Road; the Healthy Living Centre in Barlow Road, Staveley; and our customer service centre in New Square.

Drop-in consultation sessions will also be held on:

  • Monday 26 September in Morrisons, Chatsworth Road from 10am to 7pm
  • Thursday 6 October at Chesterfield Market Place from 10am to 3pm

There will also be a session held at Chesterfield College freshers’ fair to get the views of students.

All options have been tested against four principles that the site use should:

  • Generate income and not cost council taxpayers any extra money
  • Support Council Plan objectives to improve the quality of life for local people, support a thriving borough, and deliver value for money
  • Complement Queen’s Park, with its grade two star heritage listing, and other facilities in the town centre and borough
  • Be well-used throughout the year and provide added value for the community

The council has considered various options against these criteria and has provisionally ruled them out for the following reasons:

  • Indoor leisure provision eg ice rink/roller skating/soft play – operators of these facilities usually want ‘shed’ buildings and they would not be appropriate from a planning perspective. The council also doesn’t believe these uses would be financially viable without the council subsidising running costs.
  • Cultural use eg for exhibitions, artist studios, events – this use could complement the park but usually requires significant subsidies to operate.
  • Outdoor leisure provision eg high ropes, climbing, water features – while this type of use would add to the facilities offered at Queen’s Park, it is not felt financially viable without the council subsidising running costs.
  • To add an extension to the existing park – this would add to the cost of maintaining and improving the park and put pressure on already tight budgets.
  • Shopping – given planning policies this is not felt a suitable location.
  • Housing – while there is a need to increase town centre housing the council does not feel this is an appropriate use for the site.
  • Car parking – as there are car parks either side of the site, and spare capacity in other car parks, there is not felt to be demand for more in this location.
  • Restaurant/pub use – the council does not feel this use would complement the park and there are other locations that would be more appropriate
  • Selling the land – the council would have would have far less control on ensuring the use is appropriate to the park’s heritage setting.

Although these options have been provisional ruled out the council is happy to hear alterative views from individuals, businesses or sports groups who can show how they would be viable.

A decision on a future use is expected to be made by early 2017, once the consultation responses have been analysed and considered.


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Around 1,800 primary school children will join forces in Chesterfield this week to kick off this year’s INEOS GO Run For Fun™ event.

Children from primary schools around Chesterfield will take part in the run at Mount St Mary’s College on Tuesday 20th September with support from students and teachers at the high school and the GO Run For Fun mascot, Dart.

Having encouraged more than 160,000 children to get running through over 250 events so far, the GO Run For Fun campaign is already the biggest children’s running initiative in the world. By the end of this year it aims to encourage many more kids to get off the couch, give the TV a rest and get active.

Mark Tournier, Chesterfield Partnership Development Manager, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the GO Run For Fun campaign to Chesterfield and welcome schools from across the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire School Sport Partnerships. The event is a fantastic opportunity to inspire young people to enjoy physical activity with their friends, promoting a healthy active lifestyle and hopefully encouraging them to take up running.”

Last week, GO Run For Fun celebrated as they had their first ever event in Norway with 630 runners joining together in Stathelle.

The GO Run For Fun campaign is the idea of Jim Ratcliffe, owner of INEOS, one of the UK’s largest manufacturing companies, which announced a £1.5m donation spread over three years to encourage children to run for fun via the GO Run For Fun charitable foundation.

He explained: “I’m passionate about getting as many children running early in their lives. The idea is simple – to get children out of the house having fun. It is not rocket science.  Running is the basis of so many great sports. If our children can catch the running bug early, they’re more likely to stick to it, and this can only lead to them having more active and healthier lifestyles in the future.”

GO Run For Fun will continue to tour the UK throughout 2016 with other events planned.  For more information and to enter your child for INEOS GO Run For Fun events happening near you, or to register your local club or school’s interest in joining our campaign, please visit:

You can also visit the GO Run For Fun Facebook page, or find them on Twitter @_GRFF  and @chesterfieldssp.

Photo: Chesterfield SSP

GRFF 2015

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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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KS3 & KS4 North Derbyshire Indoor Rowing Chapmionships at the the new Queens Park Sports Centre, Chesterfield

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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Active Chesterfield Sports Awards NOW OPEN!

Nominations for school and community awards are now open!

It’s time to get your nominations in for the Active Chesterfield Sports Awards 2016. The grand awards ceremony is delivered by the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership and Chesterfield Borough Council and aims to recognise and reward Chesterfield’s sporting heroes.


The awards ceremony will take place at the Winding Wheel Theatre in Chesterfield on Thursday 29th September. Split into separate school and community categories, there are 26 awards to acclaim junior stars, school teams, volunteers, coaches, community clubs and much more.

 Active Chesterfield Sports Awards Criteria

Nominations are accepted online

The Chesterfield Sports Awards Nomination Form 2016 can also be sent by post to:

Mark Tournier, Partnership Development Manager, Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, Brookfield Community School, Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 3NS

Cathy Hinde, Marketing and Communications Officer, Sport and Leisure, Chesterfield Borough Council, Chesterfield Town Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1LP


Last year’s Sportsman of the Year, Liam Pitchford, will be in contention again this year, following an impressive performance at the UK championships that saw him reach the semi-finals.


Collecting the award on his behalf last year, his father said: “Liam left for Germany aged 17. He’s given up a lot and you could say he’s missed out on some things but he’s achieved so much more. He’s put the effort in and still has things he wants to achieve.”


Last year we received a great many nominations for hundreds of deserving candidates. The past year has seen more sporting success for Chesterfield’s teams and schools, as well as dedication and hard work from coaches and volunteers. If you think this hard work needs to be recognised, send your nominations in before the closing date on Monday 1st August.

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World Record Attempt Achieved

Hosted by the Proact stadium and backed by the British Heat Foundation, hundreds of School children from across Chesterfield smashed the World Record for the number of people taking part in a First Aid lesson.


The lesson was a combination of practical and video delivery to teach people valuable life saving skills. It included;

– D.R.S.A.B.C

– Recovery position

– Bleeding



Sarah Evans, Leadership and Physical Activity Officer said ‘This is a great way for everyone to learn the basics that one day will save someone’s life. All of the school children and public that are here today will now have the confidence to help someone in need’


Miss Lenthall, Teacher commented ‘A really well organised event that not only brought together a community but delivered life saving skills to us all. The children enjoyed the practical skills and say they feel more confident in helping someone who needs it. They also loved bring part of a record breaking attempt. The children were very proud of their medals and a huge roar erupted when they found out the record have been awarded to Chesterfield’


Watch the video

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