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The sun has started to shine and Horsham Ladies Rounders Club is responding by getting back into flow with its first session of the season planned for Wednesday 26 April, 6-7.30pm at its Collyer's home base. Ladies aged 14 and over of all abilities are welcome to come along and as the Rounders England mantra goes: Chuck It, Whack It, Leg It, Smile! Cost is £3 pay-as-you-go.
Touch rugby became the latest sport to receive the Set4Success treatment as five business-based teams visited Horsham Rugby Club on Friday night to compete in a tournament organised by the club’s touch rugby section, Horsham Tigers. Touch is a small-sided, minimal-contact, non-kicking version and mixed sex version of the sport but if any participant thought it was going to be a gentile and comfortable experience they were soon having to re-think as what it lacked in tackling and booting it more than made up with running and ball handling. It was not for the faint hearted and once they’d been briefed on the rules and got into the swing of things all teams gave a good account of themselves to provide a highly competitive spectacle.
Women’s Sport Week (3-9 October) is a fabulous opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK. The objective of Women’s Sport Week is to celebrate and showcase women’s sport at every level, from the grassroots to the elite, and highlight the amazing contribution that women make to sport. The overall aim is to get more women and girls physically active and playing sport.
Earlier this year, the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Horsham saw local people running one, three or six miles in aid of Sport Relief. The money has been counted up and ‘The Horsham Park Mile’ raised a total of £6,733.41 for charity. This year’s Sport Relief was a record breaking year with the campaign raising a total of £72.5 Million. The money raised will help disadvantaged people living incredibly tough lives, across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.
The Horsham Central Table Tennis League is back in business, and there was plenty of action in the first week. There was a good standard of play demonstrated thought the matches. A strong Horsham Spinners team played well to win 7-2 versus Horsham A. Mark Weston and Jacob Evans were too strong on the night for Ed Cozens, who had to settle for one win. Owen Brown and Will Michell won all 3 of their matches, and will be ones to watch out for. Seb Dunkley will undoubtedly be determined to improve his match sharpness in coming matches, but did not register a win on this outing.
Two HDC staff enjoyed an air rifle shooting session courtesy of Salvo Rifle Club at their Holbrook Club based range in a lunch hour recently. Originally seven staff signed up for the session but illness and work commitments saw a number drop out as the day of the opportunity came round. As usual Salvo's volunteers did their club proud by turning out in force and must have made the two beneficiaries - Peter Baker and Kerry Killner feel like royalty with all the attention they received.
Horsham's new ultimate frisbee group, the Horsham Hippos, had its first beginner tournament over the weekend in Hyde Park, London. They came second out of 12 teams, losing in the final to LSE after 10 minutes of extra time in the rain taking the final score to 8-7. Not bad for a group that's only been running for four months.They won't be attending beginner tournaments for much longer!
Another good night of table tennis action. A strong result from Horsham A putting them into 2nd in the league table, after winning 9-0 against Horsham C. There was a well contested match between Chris Goodier and Seb Dunkley, and Seb fought back well after losing the first two sets. Good signs from Chris though for his future matches. The Storrington vs Horsham B match had some competitive games. Harry Yip was player of the match, winning all his games, backed up by Linus Li with two and a debut performance from Kai Damalie with one win. 3-6 final score.
Brace your 'elves' for St Catherine's first Santas Vs Elves fun run sponsored by London Gatwick Airport! The festive fun runs are back with a brand new twist. Sign up and choose Team Santa or Team Elf. Want to shoot straight to the top of Santa's "nice" list? Sign up for Team Santa! Or fancy 'snowing' your support for Santa's little helpers? Then choose Team Elf! And why not indulge in some festive competition and go head-to-head with family, friends or colleagues?
Over 10 Horsham District Council employees per week are benefitting from a lunchtime staff tennis session on the courts in Horsham Park. The group was sparked from an initial taster session run by HDSD coach Steve Denman as the four ladies that came together that day decided to continue the group under its own steam. A number of the group come from the Council's legal team which means that line call disputes can take quite a while to resolve.