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Give Archery a Go with Archery Big Weekend

Budding bowmen and aspiring archers are invited to try out archery at their local club on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend of the 24-26 May – even if they have never picked up a bow and arrow before.

Archery GB’s Big Weekend, in association with Foresters Friendly Society, will see more than 60 clubs across the country open their doors to potential archers. In Sussex, Shipley Bowmen, near Horsham & Chichester Bowmen are offering Open Days.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to get involved in their local community and meet new friends – there will be plenty of current club members to lend a hand and chat about how they got started in archery. Archery is a fun and friendly sport for both young and old to take part in together, and with many clubs providing facilities for disabled archers too.

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Sussex-based iRide wins prestigious sports award

Equestrian training company iRide has won the ‘Best Technology in a Single Sport’ category at the 2014 Sports Technology Awards, held in London on 4 April.

The downloadable ridden audio lessons from iRide beat off tough competition from established worldwide sports brands, including Wilson. Olympic medal-winning athlete Tessa Sanderson, Times Sports Editor Gary Jacob and Sir Clive Woodward CBE were among those on the awards judging panel.

Simon Hughes and Alison Short from Equiweb UK, who founded iRide, were there to collect the title: 'iRide was selected by the judges based on its simple, user-friendly site and its proven effectiveness in allowing riders to train with their horses at home through audio lessons with recognised coaches,' said Simon. 'It was brilliant to see our equestrian product triumph over technical innovations from the worlds of football, golf and tennis'.

iRide has grown from strength to strength since its launch in 2011. Riders can listen to expert tuition through MP3 or iPod headphones as they ride – whatever their budget, location and current level of training. Lessons by top dressage trainers including Isobel Wessels, Amy Stovold and Sarah Millis, are available for instant download, along with sessions on event riding, confidence building and horse-care essentials such as bitting and basic saddle fitting. Prices start at £7.99

To find out more about iRide visit their website

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. 

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