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Brighton Half Marathon 2015 launched and open for registration

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The 2015 race will take place on Sunday 22 February, starting and finishing on Madeira Drive on Brighton’s seafront. 2015 will be the 25th anniversary year of the Brighton Half Marathon, which has been growing in both size and popularity over the last few years with the 2014 race sold out in record time.

Voted ‘Most Improved Race’ at the 2013 Runner’s World Personal Best Awards, the Brighton Half Marathon is now one of the most popular races on the national running calendar. It is also the first major half marathon of the new year and perfectly suited as a warm up for all spring marathons. The race attracts runners of all levels, from local club runners to beginners and seasoned runners, who want to take part in an iconic race on the South Coast. 

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Plumpton Tennis Club takes a giant step forward

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Plumpton Tennis Club's plan for a much needed upgrade to the club's facilities is now beginning to take shape. Last Summer they won a £50,000 Sport England grant to build their new clubhouse, and courts will be upgraded thanks for a further £50,000 grant from BIFFA Award.

Plumpton are promoting tennis in the community through running introductory free lessons in schools including Plumpton, Wivelsfield & Chailey to promote their After School Clubs, and inviting local playgroups for introductory mornings.

They are holding an Open Day on Sunday 4 May from 11am-4pm for members & non-members alike, where there will be free playing sessions, a chance to meet with LTA-approved coaches, and racquet demonstrations & advice. The summer will see free lessons for 14-25 year olds.

For more information visit the Plumpton Tennis Club website.

Pictured is Dave Collett, LTA II coach, giving some playing advice to a young visitor to Open Day 2013. Dave received a bursary through Active Sussex to do his part 2 coaching





Satellite clubs reach 2,000 club milestone

Sport England is celebrating the creation of 2,000 satellite clubs across the country; making it easier for young people to get into and stay in sport once they leave school.

In Sussex, Rye College has partnered with Rye Town Boxing Club to set up a successful satellite club, attracting both boys & girls from the school & local community. In just three weeks, over 30 participants have already enrolled at Rye's satellite club, with six going on to join Rye Town Boxing Club.

Satellite clubs are formed when an existing sports club links with a community hub where young people already meet, bringing new expertise and enthusiasm in the form of experienced coaches, and introducing the young people to a new sport they might not have necessarily have considered otherwise.

'Reaching this milestone only five months after hitting the 1,000 club mark is testament to the demand for a new approach to helping young people transition from school sport into club sport,' said Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport.

Have a go at sailing as Sussex prepares to 'Push the Boat Out'

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People of all ages and abilities across Sussex will be invited to ‘have a go’ at sailing and windsurfing when the counties' sailing clubs and watersports centres open their doors for national RYA Push the Boat Out weekend next month.

Whether you’re completely new to the sport or looking to get back on the water after a break away, clubs in Sussex, including Felpham SC, Chichester YC, Bognor Regis YC, Arun YC, Worthing SC, Pevensey Bay SC, and Newhaven and Seaford SC, will be amongst hundreds of sailing clubs and centres nationwide welcoming all-comers as part RYA Push the Boat Out on 17-18 May.

Open days, have-a-go sessions and family fun events are all taking place as part of the Push the Boat Out, with many of the events absolutely FREE! 

Andy Hooper, RYA Regional Development Officer for the South East, said: 'We are delighted clubs in Sussex are taking part in RYA Push the Boat Out. We want the local community to get down to a club, have a go at sailing and windsurfing, see what the club has to offer and get involved. Who knows you might just get hooked!'

Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, said 'This is the perfect chance for people to discover their local sailing club, meet like-minded people, have a go at the sport, find out how much fun it is, and how easy it is to get involved.'

RYA Push the Boat Out coincides with National Watersports Month. To find your nearest RYA Push the Boat Out event, and what activities they are running for Push the Boat Out, visit the RYA website

Freedom Leisure Training launches new Suspended Movement course


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Freedom Leisure Training have announced their course programme for 2014/15. The programme, which is made up of over 200 courses, will include a brand new offering; the ActiveIQ level 2 certificate in Suspended Movement Training. 

Suspended movement training which involves the use of a strap trainer to facilitate a range of bodyweight exercises has become an increasingly popular way to workout.  The course, which is open to qualified fitness instructors, teaches participants everything they need to know to deliver a training session on this functional kit.

'Most gyms now offer suspension training as part of their functional training offering so it’s important for fitness instructors to have a thorough knowledge of this type of training,' says Julia Cooper, Freedom Leisure Training’s Course Manager. 'A suspension trainer is also a fantastic tool for personal trainers working with clients in outdoor locations as it’s easy to transport and can be rigged up just about anywhere.'

The new Suspended Movement course is the latest in a wide range of courses offered by the training organisation which include first aid, lifesaving, swimming teaching and personal training. For a full list of courses and upcoming course dates visit the Freedom Leisure website.


Get into Golf in Sussex

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Leading up to National Golf month in May, golf clubs all across Sussex are running low-cost incentives to get more people into golf: from free taster sessions at Cuckfield Golf Centre & Rustington Golf Centre to an Open Day at Hollingbury Golf Club, and Junior Golf lessons at Mid Sussex Golf Club.

Whether you're completely new to golf or looking to dust off your golf club and return to the sport, there are opportunities from juniors to adults, and from coaching to playing.

National Golf month will see further opportunities & offers - see the Get into Golf website for more details. For more information about Golf in Sussex, email Matt Warwick, Sussex County Development Officer for Golf. 

Community Sport Champion: Councillor Chris Dowling

Active Sussex is pleased to announce that Councillor Chris Dowling has been appointed as a Community Sport Champion for Sussex.

An East Sussex County Council Cabinet member, Councillor Dowling in this voluntary role, will help to raise the profile of the work of Active Sussex through his network of key decision makers and influencers. He will also look to champion sport, as well as the advocating the value of community sport in Sussex to local government, community and business stakeholders.

Councillor Dowling is an active member of the Uckfield and East Sussex Chambers of Commerce, and is the local councillor for Framfield & Horam in East Sussex.

Outside of work, he gets involved with a variety of sporting activity: he is a keen supporter of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and a member of Sussex County Cricket Club. 

Buy a Women's World Cup ticket - Win an England shirt!

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England is taking on Montenegro in a FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier on Saturday 5 April at Brighton's AMEX Community Centre, with a 12.55pm kick off.

By securing your tickets now, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 10 England shirts. Buy your ticket here to be in with a chance.


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