Latest Sports News from across the Schools
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:40
With another fantastic year of sporting achievements in the county to reflect upon, the 14th annual Northamptonshire Sports Awards, are set to take place on Thursday 8th November.
Alongside the county awards, there are district awards in Daventry, Northampton, Corby and Kettering and now is the time to get nominating.
Nominations are open in the following categories:
- Community Club of the year
- Community Team of the year
- Community Coach of the year
- Sport School of the year – Primary
- Sport School of the Year – Secondary
- Active Workplace
- Young Leader of the year - Sponsored by Moulton College
- Volunteer of the year
- Young Sportsperson 2018
- Local Sportsperson 2018
- Disabled Sportsperson 2018
- Primary School PE and School Sport funding - Impact Award
- Lifetime Contribution to Sport - Sponsored by Hewitsons LLP
- Northamptonshire Sports Personality of the Year 2018*
*The Sports Personality of the Year award will now be an online vote, with nominees announced at a later date.
Go to www.northamptonshiresport.org/sportsawards for full details of how to nominate, nomination forms and terms and conditions. We would welcome nominations from any sport and activity groups across the county, workplaces, community groups, inspirational stories and projects; you name it, we want to hear about it.
Nominations are open until noon on the 24th September 2018
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:31
Activity Alliance is adding to its bank of resources with a series of new factsheets that support providers to be more accessible and inclusive in their communications. Written in partnership with Big Voice Communications and Sport England, each factsheet is bursting with bitesize tips and better practice guidance. If applied effectively, the resource can help providers to reach a wider audience, including more disabled people.
Since the first Inclusive Communications Guide launched in 2014, Activity Alliance is proud to be considered a leader in sport and active recreation on this important topic. As well as producing the Guide and its complementary film, Activity Alliance regularly advises partners and delivers workshops to raise awareness of the key principles. The impact has been notable with many local and national partners, leading to changes in their communication processes and promotions.
One in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition - around 11.5 million people. However, currently, disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people. There is a long way to go to address this imbalance, and accessible and inclusive communications play an important role in this.
As with any other large population group, there can be no one-size-fits-all approach to how or what is communicated with disabled people. Despite the advances in technology, a number of different factors or barriers can still prevent audiences from accessing communications.
Updated with the latest insight, these new ten factsheets aim to address the main communication barriers that many people experience when accessing opportunities. They provide clear guidance and practical tips on effective planning, design and delivery of accessible and inclusive marketing communications. The factsheets cover a range of subjects, channels, tools and platforms, including:
- Social media
- Promoting your events
- Digital communications
- Language and terminology
- Accessible communications on a budget
- Marketing campaigns
- Accessible design
- Writing news stories
- Inclusive communications checklist
Sarah Brown-Fraser, Marketing and Communications Manager at Activity Alliance, said:
"Whilst there are lots of people working hard to make their activity accessible to everyone, we know it can be a challenge for many to get the message across effectively through inclusive marketing and communications. Many people, including disabled people, continually miss out in sporting communications- sometimes for reasons that would only require small changes to campaigns.
"Understanding people's needs and preferences in communications can dramatically improve everyone's engagement with their audiences. It can also open the door to new audiences, not reached before. These new factsheets are a fantastic addition to our inclusive communications offer and we hope more providers can maximise their opportunities with this new guidance."
Adam Blaze, Strategic Lead for Disability at Sport England, said:
"Sport England welcomes Activity Alliance's updated inclusive communications guidance, which builds on their extensive bank of existing resources. Our research shows that disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people, and that's why resources like this are so important in removing barriers to participation.
"Enabling providers to improve their communication with disabled people will lead to better access to and experience of sport and physical activity, helping to close the activity gap that exists between disabled and non-disabled people."
To access the new series of inclusive communications factsheets in accessible PDF format, please visit the inclusive communications page on our website.
Find more information on Activity Alliance on www.activityalliance.org.uk
Thu, 26 Jul 2018 15:35
Nominations are now open for this years Daventry Sports Awards!
Daventry Leisure Centre, operated by Everyone Active, will be hosting the annual Daventry Sports Awards ceremony on Thursday 18th October in partnership with Daventry District Council.
A total of 13 awards will be presented on the night, which include the following categories:
1. Community Club of the Year
2. Team of the Year
3. Coach of the Year
4. Volunteer of the Year
5. Primary Sport School of the Year
6. Secondary School of the Year
7. Young Leader of the Year
8. Young Sportswoman
9. Young Sportsman
10. Disabled Sports Person
11. Local Sportswoman
12. Local Sportsman
13. Lifetime Contribution to Sport
Each of these will be judged against the following points: level of achievement, strength of competition, level of participation, personal achievement and sportsmanship. You can see the full awards criteria here.
If you know of a sports person, club, team, school, volunteer, coach, or leader that you feel deserves to win one of these prestigious awards, then why not put them forward?
For more information on the Daventry Sports Awards contact Megan Whittingham of Everyone Active either by phone on 01327 871144, or email MeganWhittingham@everyoneactive.com.
Fri, 04 May 2018 15:43
Primary school teachers across South Northants and Daventry are being encourage to ditch the tables and chairs and revolutionise the way children learn as part of Active Schools Week at the end of May.
The Active School Challenge tasks schools across the two districts with looking at different ways in which they can reduce sedentary activity in children by adapting their approach to teaching and learning during the school day and encouraging children to sit less and move more. The current Chief Medical Officers guidelines state that all children and young people should be engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day, of which schools are encouraged to deliver at least 30 minutes as part of their PE and School Sport Premium Funding.
Launched at their annual Sports Crew Leadership Days, the South Northants and Daventry School Sport Partnership are challenging schools to plan and deliver 'active lessons' which involve their students becoming active and on their feet for a minimum of 50% of their normal classroom lesson time. David Hanson, School Sport Manager, said,
"We have launched the Challenge as part of a drive to raise awareness that there is a lot more that can be done to increase activity levels in our school aged pupils and reduce sitting time besides running clubs and attending sports events. You can deliver active lessons, incorporate active breaks as well as encourage active travel to school. I don't think we consider how much of a positive impact it can have on concentration, attendance and attainment in the classroom".
The Challenge itself asks schools to sign up and pledge to deliver a number of active lessons throughout Active School Week (21st – 25th May) and contribute towards a combined district target of 500 active lessons. Schools are also encourage to share their progress on social media using the #SNDGetActive. In addition to this, children are also being encouraged to take part by completing their own Active Child Challenge where they aim to complete a checklist of different activities and tasks designed around being active both before and after school.
Schools interested in joining the Active School Challenge are asked to contact David Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can follow the progress during the week by following @SNDSchoolSport.
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:45
A medal-winning member of England's Commonwealth Games team will be the special guest at a series of events in Daventry District starting today to inspire the next generation of bowls players.
David Bolt, a member of the lawn bowls men's fours who won bronze on the Gold Coast, will visit bowls clubs and schools in Daventry as part of activities supported by Northamptonshire Sport and Bowls Daventry.
'Bolty', as he is known within the sport, overcame disappointment in the triples competition at this month's Games as a member of the England fours side that beat Wales 15-9 to claim a place on the podium.
Back on home turf, David will take part in a number of initiatives in Daventry District to promote bowls and support the work at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club to develop its new junior bowls section, including the offer of free coaching for juniors.
The tour starts today 24th April with a visit to Daventry Community Centre Short Mat Club during one of their regular Tuesday sessions, which run from 9.30-11.30am. David will then head to the Whyte Melville Outdoor Bowls Club in Moulton between 3-5pm for the launch of new free beginner coaching sessions.
The day will conclude with a visit to Daventry Town Bowls Club, off Western Avenue, when David will play his first ever game of Short Mat Bowls against Northamptonshire's Edward Sawbridge, the number 6 ranked player on the national Short Mat Players Tour and a National & British Isles triples and fours winner.
Then on Friday 27 April, David will attend a disability bowls session at Desborough Indoor Bowls Club from midday, followed by a special event at Daventry Indoor Bowls Club, at Brown's Road.
The event will see David offer free coaching for juniors between 4.30pm and 6pm, followed by a coaching session for older players between 6pm and 7pm. Daventry's MP Chris Heaton-Harris will then launch an Evening of Bowls from 7pm to 9pm, offering a chance for visitors to try the sport, play fun games, and even take part in a bowls world record attempt.
The event has been organised by Mark Courtney of Bowls Daventry, an initiative to promote the sport of bowls in Daventry District and beyond. It follows a visit to Daventry by David and New Zealand carpet bowler Avon Compton in January.
For more information about these events, or how to get involved in Bowls visit the Bowls Daventry website and contact Mark Courtney on 07714 290828/07767 457063.
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:21
Northampton Leisure Trust have a couple of new Health Walks starting from Lings Forum Leisure Centre and Duston Sports Centre; Enjoy the fresh air and chance to explore the park with a relaxing walk. Enjoy a drink afterwards
For more information about the newly launched Health Walks or to organise a walk from your School please contact;
Sports, Health & Play Development Team | 01604 837774 | www.trilogyleisure.co.uk
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:17
Northampton School for Girls are offering FREE basketball sessions for girls in school years 5 & 6.
Sessions are open to ALL girls who might already play basketball or have shown an interest in playing and want to learn more.
Karen Goodrich, the NSG Basketball Coach will lead the sessions and she will be assisted by Young Leaders who play basketball for the successful NSG Basketball Teams.
The sessions will take place on Mondays from 5.00pm until 6.00pm in the sports hall at NSG, Spinney Hill Road, Northampton, NN3 6DG.
Sessions dates are:
19th & 26th February, 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March 2018
Following the sessions there will be an opportunity to play in a Tournament on Saturday 21st April at NSG.
Additionally, if any girls want to take their basketball further they will be given the opportunity to join a Basketball Club.
If you know of any girls who would like to take up the opportunity of the FREE sessions please email their names and their school to email@example.com or telephone Karen Goodrich on 01604 679540.
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:59
British Judo's local Development Officer, Laurence Kenyon, is currently working with 3 Judo clubs in Northampton to develop their links with schools and help them in attracting new members.
As part of this Laurence Kenyon would like to offer Primary Schools in Northampton the opportunity to have FREE Judo Taster days in the period immediately after the Easter Break (Term 5).
The format for these days would be fairly simple, a day of Judo Taster sessions for Yr 1-6 pupils. Each session can accommodate 30 pupils; if the school is large this can be done over 2 days.
Each session would be approximately 45minutes long, although they are generally arranged to fit into the normal timetable and running of the day so can be a little less or a little more (max 1 hour).
Session covers – Introductions, Warm Up, Breakfall, Throw, Hold and transition between throw and hold. All done from a kneeling position to lessen impacts and ensure safety. At the end of each session the pupils would be given information about the 3 local clubs (see attached flier).
The school needs to have Gymnastics mat that cover c24sq metres, and be willing to photocopy sufficient fliers for a distribution of one to per pupil.
Laurence Kenyon will deliver the sessions. He has the following qualifications/insurances, however it is the responsibility of the school to check his qualifications and insurances prior to him delivering any sessions in your school.
- UKCC L2 Judo
- BJA Licensed Coach
- DBS through British Judo
- Insured through BJA Coaching License
If this is something you are interested in please contact:
Laurence Kenyon | 07854 244337 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:43
Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics Competition
1st: Delapre Primary School (183 points)*
2nd: Millway Primary School (170 points)*
3rd: St James Primary School (156 points)
* Qualify for the Level 3 Winter School Games
Year 3/4 Key Steps Gymnastics Competition
1st: The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School (71.625 points)*
2nd: Weston Favell Primary School (69.375 points)*
3rd: Lings Primary School (68.500 points)
* Qualify for the Level 3 Summer School Games
KS2 Inclusive Goalball Competition
1st - AM Session: Queen Eleanor Primary School*
1st- PM Session: Abington Vale Primary School*
* Qualify for the Level 3 Summer School Games
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:56
We have had a busy term of activities. Many of the cluster schools thoroughly enjoyed the Yr 3/4 Badminton Festival and the opportunity to have some high quality coaching delivered in their school as a result of attending the Festival.
I have been into St Andrews Primary and Boothville Primary School to undertake Young Leader Reviews. It is always a pleasure to see the Young Leaders utilising and putting into the practice the skills they were given at their Young Leader Training on Term 1. In both schools there were some exceptional Young Leaders. During the review the Young Leaders are asked to share 'What Went Well' with their peers as well ask discussion aspects of their sessions that could be 'Even Better If...' their ability to be honest and reflective of the sessions they are delivering was commendable and they came up with innovative ways of how they could change their practice to make the experience for their peers even better.
Vernon Terrace Primary School need a special mention...they sent 4 pupils to the Pre-Level 2 Goalball practice and had a great session, fully engaged and demonstrating progress just within the 1.5 session they had. They arrived for the Level 2 Inclusive Goalball competition full of beans and raring to go. They won their competition pool which meant that they progressed to the medal play-offs and finished 2nd overall. What was incredible though is that very member of their Goalball Team had a hearing impairment, so not only were they unable to see anything their hearing was also impaired, something you are very reliant on in Goalball. These were the first School Games medals that the School have ever one...Well Done to all involved.
Natalie Lawrence, SSCo