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Sports psychology offered to talented athletes

runners_psychYoung athletes will be learning how to harness the power of the mind at a training workshop later this month, as part of Inspire Leisure's talented athlete programme.

The 20 athletes on the programme will take part in a two-hour session led by Eastbourne-based sports psychologist Sarah Murray.

"Sports psychology is brand new to the programme," said Inspire Leisure's Lee Tillyer. "Our athletes already get help in the gyms and injury rehab, but as far as extras, we're looking to things like sports psychology to give them that additional performance."

"The way you think and respond mentally is crucial to performance across all sports, at all levels," said Sarah, who works with both elite and non-elite athletes.

"Two competitors can have virtually identical physical attributes, and yet on any given day, one will come out on top and one will lose. Why is that?"

The battle, she says, takes place in the mind: "Sports psychology can help athletes in two main ways. It can deal with issues and problems, such as concentration. And it can also be used to help enhance performance, in much the same way as a personal trainer will enhance physical function."

Sarah's sport psychology consultancy, Performance Edge, delivers training across a number of sports organizations in Sussex and beyond, including the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Real Tennis Association and East Sussex Golf Academy. It also runs introductory sports psychology workshops for schools, clubs and associations.

For further information on the TAP scheme please contact Lee Tillyer on 01903 890301 or email

For details about Performance Edge, visit or contact Sarah directly on or 07786 835780

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11 July 2011 15:18

Major sports deliver on TV revenues promise

cricketLeading National Governing Bodies of sport (NGBs) have achieved their goal to reinvest at least 30 per cent of TV revenue into grassroots sport.

Charles Flint QC, chair of the Sports Broadcast Monitoring Committee, confirmed that at year end 31 May 2011 all signatories to the voluntary code had fulfilled their pledges.

"Having examined the signatories' existing broadcast contracts and their commitments to grassroots spending, the committee can confirm that the information received adheres to the code," said Charles Flint.

The sums involved are considerable. By reinvesting at least 30 per cent of net revenues derived from selling the UK broadcasting rights to their events, NGBs will channel a total of £250 million a year into grassroots sport.

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07 July 2011 16:40

Phoenix netball win Gold award


East Grinstead's CD Phoenix netball club has become the first Sussex club to be awarded its Gold CAPS accreditation by England Netball.

CAPS is England Netball's sport-specific Clubmark award, recognising the high quality and stewardship of netball teams.

The award tops a successful season for the CD Phoenix, whose U14 team (pictured) overcame tough opposition at the National Club Finals in Loughborough in May to place fifth overall in the country.

"The whole club have worked hard to achieve this England Netball Clubmark award," said England Netball's Hannah Brooks, Development Officer for Sussex.

"A massive well done to the whole team and to the dedicated coaches and team managers: Alan Hemblade, Jo Harrison, Gill Fudge and Julie Hazelton. What a great result for the club and for netball in Sussex."

For more information about netball locally, visit Sussex Netball website

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05 July 2011 13:40

Amex extends its support for community sport


Volunteers co-ordinated by American Express hand out water to competitors at the second Brighton Marathon. Photo: JJ Waller

This summer will not only see the long-awaited opening of the new Amex Community Stadium but, as part of its longstanding support of community sport in Sussex, American Express staff will be volunteering to train with Albion in the Community as assistant coaches for various local children's football courses.

The football courses will take place during the school summer holidays and will be open to children of all ages. The courses will provide an ideal platform to introduce young people to the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

This latest initiative from the Healthy Living team at American Express comes on the back of recent support given by the company to the Brighton Marathon earlier this year. American Express took the opportunity to manage the logistics of all volunteer activities including manning the water stations, handing out energy sweets and providing cheer and support for the 7,000 runners. This is the second year of the event and the second year of Amex as the sponsor of all volunteer activities.

For more information or to book in for the summer football coaching courses, please call 01273 562 611.

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05 July 2011 13:14

Join 'one year to go' Olympic celebrations


A host of events and free taster sessions are taking place across Sussex as part of Open Weekend, to mark a year to go before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Open weekend runs from 22-24 July.

Choose from free synchronised swimming, family fun days or even a roller disco. A small selection of events are listed below. For the full weekend schedule, visit

Friday 22 July


Active Hastings Summer Family Festival

Alexandra Park, Hastings

2-4pm Free Swim Assessments

Seaford Head Pool Seahaven Swim & Fitness Centre

Please telephone in advance to book a space

5-6pm Free Synchronised Swimming*

Lewes Leisure Centre

*must be 8 years plus and at least the level of improver 2 or above

Saturday 23 July

Rye Sports Centre Open Weekend (also Sunday).

Free taster sessions for many activities. Rye Sports Centre

2-4pm Martial Arts Taster Session

Downs Leisure Centre, Seaford

9.30-10.30am and 10.30-11.30am Free British Gymnastics Taster

Peacehaven Leisure Centre

*must be 5 years plus

Sunday 24 July

12-2pm Free Olympic Sports Day

Lewes Leisure Centre

4.15 - 5.45pm Family Olympic Roller Disco

Downs Leisure Centre (half price entry)

6.00 - 7.30pm Advance Olympic Roller Disco

Downs Leisure Centre (half price entry)

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01 July 2011 13:52