Latest Sports News from across the Schools
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:28
On Tuesday 26th April, Campion School hosted the School Games Level 2 Year 8/9 Boys Hockey competition where 4 teams from across South Northants and Daventry competed for the chance to represent the SSP at the School Games Level 3 Finals in July.
Teams from Campion, Sponne, Moulton and Magdalen attended the event and competed in a round robin with matches officiated over by school staff. In the first round of matches, both Campion and Sponne claimed 3-0 victories over Moulton and Magdalen respectively. The second round of matches saw Campion claim a 2-0 victory over Sponne and Moulton edge a close game against Magdalen 1-0. The final round of matches saw Moulton claim overall second place with a 1-0 victory over Sponne and Campion confirm their competition victory with a 6-0 win over Magdalen.
The School Sport Partnership would like to thank all of the children who competed during an evening which saw matches played in sunshine, wind, rain and even snow at one point. Special thanks are also reserved for the members of staff from the competing schools who supported with the officiating. We wish Campion all the best as they progress forward to represent the Partnership at the School Games Level 3 County Boys Hockey Finals at Moulton College on the 7th July.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:05
Moulton School hosted the Daventry South Cluster Year 3/4 Quicksticks Hockey competition on Wednesday 20th April with 6 teams from 5 local primary schools competing for glory.
The competition, played in cold, windy conditions, saw teams from Overstone, Moulton, Boughton, Crick and The Bramptons take part in a round robin competition supported by the Sports Leaders from Moulton School with the winners progressing through to the South Northants and Daventry Level 2 Quicksticks Finals at Caroline Chisholm School on Thursday 19th May.
Early victories for Boughton B, Crick and Overstone put them as early favourites to stake a claim for the competition victory but a defeat and a draw for Boughton B and Overstone allowed Crick to claim a hold of the top spot, which they would hold on to for the rest of the competition - finishing unbeaten with 4 victories from 4.
Overstone finished 2nd with just the one loss, with Boughton A, Boughton B and Moulton finishing 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively on 16, 15 and 14 points. The Bramptons rounded of the table in 6th place with 5 points.
Well done to all children competing and thank you to all staff and parents who attended the event and supported their schools. The School Sport Partnership would like to wish Crick and Overstone good luck at the next round next month at Caroline Chisholm School. Special thanks are also reserved for the Sports Leaders of Moulton School who supported the officiating of each match.
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:22
The 2016 Northamptonshire Schools Combined Events Championships will take place at Oundle School on the 16th May 2016. Organised by the Northamptonshire Schools Athletics Association the children will compete over a series of athletics events to look to qualify on to the next round in June 2016.
The Schools Athletics association has a strong history of success over resent years with athletes such as Niamh Bailey going on to represent GB in the sport.
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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:46
The Corby, Oundle and Thrapston School Sports Partnership hosted it's Year 4 & 5 Arrows Archery competition which saw over 60 children from 7 different Schools from across the partnership come to compete in the competition which took place at Lodge Park Academy.
The teams took turns to compete in four different skills stations where they would try and score points to be added to their schools total with the two teams with the highest overall score going on to represent the COTSSP in the county round.
Young leaders from Lodge Park Academy ran the event and were responsible for the four stations. They did a fantastic job of making sure that the children remained safe and ensured that all participants understood what they had to do at each station.
The young leaders were also given the task of observing the schools to see which team they felt deserved to take home the Schools Games Values Award for Teamwork. They decided that Cottingham C of E Primary deserved the award as they helped each other by encouraging their team mates as well as archers from other schools.
At the end of the competition it was Hazel Leys who emerged victorious narrowly beating Cottingham C of E primary who were 2nd just one point behind the winners.
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:30
A local triathlete took the first step into one of the many sports he trains in. Bruce Dee, aged 9, from Desborough has dwarfism but that didn't stop him completing a 50-metre swim, an 800-metre bike ride and a 400-metre run at the Duston triathlon.
Bruce is an active participant in both the dwarf games and the mainstream sporting opportunities where he trains alongside other triathletes at Corby Triathlon club.
Bruce has collected over the last year numerous medals in athletics, archery, and swimming and is an all-round sportsman and takes part in shot-put, discus, football and basketball. His aim is to go to the Dwarf World Games in Canada next year.
After the triathlon, Bruce said: "I was exhausted and proud because I was the only little person there."
His mum, Mo, said: "I don't know of any other dwarf athlete like Bruce who has completed a triathlon.
"I was so proud. I don't get upset but his other family and his friends were a bit teary."
Bruce, who lives in Desborough, goes to Cottingham Primary School.
Mrs Dee said: "I just want this to raise awareness that children with dwarfism are just like anyone else."
Mrs Dee said: "This has been great for Bruce but to represent his country would be fantastic."
Just a few days later Bruce was part of a school team that has qualified for the county archery finals and Bruce showed his excellent archery skills by being one of the top scorers.
On the 4th May, the Corby Kids of Steel triathlon will take place in Corby Town Centre where over 1200 triathletes will participate in one of the largest competitions in the County for school aged children. Off the back a new primary triathlon club will be running from Studfall Jnrs to train athletes in the sport and feed them into Corby Triathlon club.
For more info on the dwarf sports association please visit https://www.dsauk.org/ or visit the Northamptonshire Sport website http://www.northamptonshiresport.org/disability-sport
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:30
Northamptonshire as a county boasts hundreds of inspirational, qualified, active female coaches but this number is still vastly disproportionate to the number of coaches in total currently leading sport in the county.
As part of our #NorthantsGirlsCanCoach campaign, and today in celebration of our Female Priority Coach Scholarship; every week we are releasing profiles of female Northamptonshire Coaches to inspire other women to get involved!!
Week 13 - Liane Higham!!!
Name: Liane Higham
What is your highest level of qualification?
NSIQ (National Standard Instructor Qualification) and Bikeaility.
What coaching are you currently doing?
I am currently offering Bikeability in Primary Schools through Northamptonshire Sport and also work on the British Cycling programme Go-Ride as a Level 2 Coach in Secondary Schools in the county.
How did you get into coaching?
I got into coaching by starting off with a Ride Leader Qualification and volunteering with British Cycling Breeze network. I have also had some support through Northamptonshire Sport.
Did you come across any barriers to becoming a coach?
No not really, I've found being a female coach beneficial. I work mainly with other female coaches and know many Breeze Champions across the UK who also give their time as volunteers and coaches, so have a great support network.
What do you think the best thing is about coaching?
Helping women and children become more confidents in a variety of disciplines, seeing Bikeability kids gain confidence and understand road traffic conditions and their safety. I really like the massive grin on a Go-Ride kid who's covered head to toe in mud!
What are your coaching aspirations for the future?
Helping establish a local Go-Ride club to offer more children accessibility to cycling activities, working with Learn2Be to offer the 'Feel Good' factor of outdoor exercise for mental health. Continuing to offer Breeze and Skyride social rides across Northamptonshire.
Having ridden with various clubs and worked in a cycle shop environment as well as led many rides for Breeze and Skyride, in addition to coaching I think an understanding and empathy of the participant is key, and perhaps women can be more intuitive with this. Technical information is great at that level, but a new cyclist needs to build those learning blocks more gradually so being able to break down technique into smaller goals can enable less confident riders.
Has this inspired you to become a coach? Then check our Northamptonshire Sport's new programme - Northants Girls Can Coach! We can help support you to realise your coaching potential!!
Northamptonshire Sport launched Northants Girls Can Coach at the beginning of January 2016 to encourage and support more women into coaching. If you would like to get involved, please see our Northants Girls Can Coach pages.
Support will include:
- A 'Come Into Coaching session that took place on 27th January 2016. This workshop was offered free of charge for all aspiring female coaches and any women and girls that would like to learn a little more about what being a sports coach is all about.
- A Female themed Coach Scholarship round in February (NOW OPEN!!) and a
- Female Coaching Forum on 24th May 2016 offering a networking and training opportunity to female coaches across the county regardless of current level or experience. From this Northamptonshire Sport will look to establish a network of female coaches in the county, providing ongoing support via an online platform and annual meetings.
This programme will look to inspire and enthuse women from all backgrounds, whether they have thought about coaching in the past or not. It is just one of the ways Northamptonshire Sport are trying to break down the current barriers to more women becoming sports coaches.
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Or contact Coach Development Officer, Lucy Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:34
Sportivate is a Sport England Olympic Legacy fund targeted at 11-25 year olds and is designed to be easy for groups to access. The application process is simple; with only a one page form to complete. There is dedicated resource within Northamptonshire Sport to support you throughout the process of the application. Please visit http://www.northamptonshiresport.org/try-sportivate for Sportivate guidance notes, the application form and other useful Sportivate information.
The application deadline is Friday 29th April 2016, for projects running between July 2016 - September 2016.
Not convinced?... well over the last five years almost 7,000 11-25 year olds have signed up to a Sportivate project in Northamptonshire and over 50 Sport Clubs, FE/HE institutions, National Governing Bodies of sport, Charities, Local Authorities, Youth groups, Sea Cadets, and more have taken up the offer receiving anything from £150 to over £13,000 to deliver a 6-8 week Sportivate project(s). As a result clubs have been formed, sessions made more viable, new people are accessing new sports, there is increased awareness of activity and coaches and volunteers have benefited through free access to Safeguarding Courses and Coaching Qualifications.
Applications received after the 29th April will not be considered.
Please note, the Sportivate deadline following this (29th July 2016 for Quarter 3 September - December) will be a women & girls and 19+ themed round. Projects not targeting these groups will be considered, however projects aimed at targeting women & girls and 19- 25 year olds will be given priority if the number of applications exceed the total amount of funding available.
If you have any questions regarding Sportivate please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:26
This summer term our School Sports Partnerships will be hosting four Change4Life celebration festivals for schools in our county that host a Change4Life club.
Change4Life clubs are targeted at less active pupils in primary schools and aim to promote the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle. A Change4Life club allows children to participate in fun activities that help to develop their confidence and fundamental skills that can support them to be more active and participate in PE, wider sports and activities. Clubs help to provide children a sense of belonging, promoting regular attendance in an exciting, inclusive environment that children might not have previously experienced or enjoyed.
The purpose of the festivals is to celebrate the children's achievements this school year and to showcase some of the opportunities local clubs and organisations can provide to inspire children to be more active in school and life.
We have secured the services of some of our local clubs in the county, from sports such as golf, boxing, tennis, karate and more, to provide children with the chance to have a go at sports that they may have never tried before. The events will not only focus on sporting activities, children will also have the chance to try healthy eating, gardening and fire service activities to help inspire them to lead a healthy active lifestyle.
When and where are these festivals?
Corby Oundle & Thrapston - 20/05/2016 - St. Patricks Primary School
Northampton - 27/05/2016 - Overstone scout camp site
South Northants & Daventry - 30/06/2016 - Towcestrians rugby club
Wellingborough & East Northants - 01/07/2016 - Wellingborough Old Grammarians Sports Field
If your school has a Change4Life club please look out for the invite from your school sports manager this term and book your place early!
We are always looking for support from local clubs and businesses. If you feel that you could support us at any of our Change4Life festivals please get in touch.
Simon Fowler - Northamptonshire Sport: 01604 366976 email@example.com
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:51
On Wednesday 23rd March 2016, Northampton SSP hosted the Year 3/4 Quicksticks Competition, at Moulton College. The initial registration for the competition attracted a record number of schools hence the move to a new venue, which proved to be very good decision as the playing facilities were exceptional.
With selection for the Level 3 Summer School Games on the cards, every game and goal was important. We were grateful to the Umpires from Northamptonshire Sport and Moulton College for their time and they umpired some great games.
The results were
1st: Weston Favell Primary School*
2nd: Boothville Primary School*
3rd: The Arbours Primary School
*Schools qualify for the Level 3 School Games
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:30
In partnership with Youth Sport Trust and the Lead School for Leadership, Coaching and Volunteering – Manor School in Raunds, Northamptonshire Sport once again supported the delivery of the County Young Coach Academy.
The programme finale took place at Grendon Activity Centre on Sunday 10th April as a celebration of all the attendees had achieved throughout the previous months – enjoying a hilarious day of abseiling and swamp challenges as a final farewell to their coaching comrades!
Northamptonshire Sport would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of this year's Young Coaches from the Academy and wish them well on their coaching pathway!
The County Young Coach Academy initiative was run as a pilot scheme in 2014 and has since gone from strength to strength with our most successful programme yet, boasting long term engagement, seven well attended workshops, partnership working, transition of young coaches into club environments and a mentoring programme!
The Academy began on 1st November 2015 at Brixworth Country Park where Young Coaches experienced a 'Come into Coaching' introduction and coaching philosophy workshop in the morning followed by Team Building on the reservoir with Northampton Sailing Club in the afternoon! This worked particularly well this year in bonding the group and encouraging continual engagement throughout the course of sessions.
Follow on sessions have included facilitated mentoring meetings, warm up activities and the multi-ability cogs, effective communication and inclusive coaching workshops. The penultimate session of this years' programme provided an opportunity for the Young Coaches to 'Observe a Professional Coach' who took the form of Head S&C Coach with the Saints – Marc Finney. It took place at Franklins Gardens on 22nd March where young coaches were able to learn about using observation as a learning tool, as well as finding out about the life and work of a professional coach!
Young Coaches attended from across the county, with representation from all five of the SSP's – Northampton, South Northants and Daventry, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants and Corby, Oundle and Thrapston which is a first! These young coaches had preferable sports which varied from Swimming to Gymnastics, from Rugby to Netball (10 different sports in total). 17/23 attendees were female and all were aged 14-18.
16 of the 23 engaged are currently coaching or assisting within Northants community sports clubs or an after school club session. They have been assisted by their mentors who were nominated by the Young Coach themselves, trained (scUK A Guide to Mentoring Sports Coaches) and deployed to support these young coaches within their sporting environment. Mentors varied from club coaches to parents and teachers!
Support for coaches within the county (whether starting out or established) is offered through the Coach Development Officer, Coach Education programme and open Scholarship funds. For more information on any of the above, please see the 'Coaching' tab at the top of the web page!