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    The Sportshall Association has lost two of its most dedicated supporters both of whom have given more than 30 years of outstanding service.

     

    Birchfield Harrier, Betty Downs was a prominent official for the Birmingham League and Orien Young, of the City of Portsmouth AC was a founder member of Sportshall and official for the Hampshire League.

     

    Their knowledgeable assistance and enthusiasm at Sportshall events from local and county through to UK Finals will be sadly missed.

     

  2. Updated School Games Resources now available for 2016 – 2017.

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    Sportshall Associates are delighted to announce the release of the 2016 – 2017 school games resources. Sportshall Athletics is now the largest participatory competition programme in the School Games and as England Athletics preferred delivery partner Sportshall Associates are delighted to say that we deliver a large number of the training, Level 2 & 3 competitions to support this.

    Following an extensive review supported by schools, clubs and the national governing bodies in addition to a full trial during last season the resources for 2016 – 2017 include some modifications to the programme. The introduction of a standing start to races where a forward roll was previously the normal starting method is the main change within these races:

    • Obstacle Relay (Primary & Secondary)
    • Over/Under Relay (Primary)
    • 1 + 1 Lap Hurdles Relay (Primary – Year 3/4 only)

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    In all of these races the first runner will start from a standing position and any further athletes in the race should be on their feet and can be moving at the point of changeover.

    All the new resources and full guidance notes are now available to download via the Primary and Secondary Sportshall pages at www.sportshall.org and the School Games organiser network has been provided with copies of the resources too.

    The specific changes are highlighted here – Track Guideline Alterations Sept 2016 Schools UPDATED

    We look forward to see news and results throughout the season and for any support with Sportshall athletics in your school or club feel free to contact the team via team@sportshall.org

     

  3. Sportshall Ambassadors for 2016/17 Season Confirmed

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    Once again Sportshall Associates are delighted to announce that both 2016 All Rounder Champions Radix Mulawarman and Amber Anning will act as Sportshall Ambassadors for the forthcoming season. The roles are being handed over from previous All Rounder winners Kaie Chambers-Brown and Ellie Hodgson.

    Our latest UK Final Under 15 All Rounder Champions will both act as role models at forthcoming Sportshall Schools and UK Championship events, presenting awards and inspiring young athletes to follow in their footsteps.

    Radix built on his impressive performances at the Welsh Sportshall Final in March, where he equalled the Welsh Speed Bounce record of 88 bounces whilst representing Dyfed. The Carmarthen Harriers athlete took the UK Final All Rounder title in April by taking Gold in a very hotly contested 2 Lap race. Radix also claimed Gold in the Standing Long Jump with another Welsh record equalling performance of 2.88m whilst improving on his Regional Speed Bounce performance to 90 bounces to now stand alone as a Welsh Record holder.

    Amber who has been competing in Sportshall since she joined Brighton & Hove AC at nine years old took her title with a Gold Medal in the 4 Lap and a Silver in the Vertical Jump. She ended her Sportshall county career in 2016 with an unprecedented 10 age group records out of a possible 18. At the final league match of the season she spoke to the county’s youngest club athletes and urged them to, “continue doing Sportshall until you are as old as me, because it is fun, skilful and great winter competition and some of the best athletes in the UK started out in Sportshall.”

    Outside of Sportshall Amber won the English Schools Junior 200m final in July and in August, competing up an age group, became the National Under 17 Champion over 300m, breaking Dina Asher-Smith’s record. Amber ran 38.73 seconds and became the first British U15 girl to ever run three successive 100 metres inside 13 seconds. Ambers goals this season are to medal over 300m at the English Schools and, if top two, gain international selection.
    We trust they both embrace and enjoy their new role as ambassadors and wish them a successful future for many years to come.

  4. UK Final Success for Amber & Radix

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    The weekend of April 15th and 16th saw the 2016 Sportshall UK Final take place one again at Sportcity, Manchester. With over 400 athletes involved across the weekend the competition saw the highest ranked individuals and teams from across the UK battle to be crowned UK Champions in both the team competitions and across a range of individual events.

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    Saturday 15th saw the winners of the under 13’s Regional UK Championships events take to the track and into the field to work hard and earn points for their team. On their way to success in the girls competition Norfolk secured victories in almost half of the track events and performed strongly across the board in the field events too with a particularly impressive winning Speed Bounce performance of 88 from Ellie Morgan (Great Yarmouth AC). In other events Bekki Roche (Liverpool Harriers) was selected to compete in the Shot as the best individual from across all the Regional events that took place between January and March. Bekki threw an impressive 11.44m which was over a metre ahead of second place. Bekki now ranks 31st on the under 15’s Power of 10 All Timers list since moving up into the under 15 age group for this year’s track & field season.

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    Birmingham were victorious in the under 13 boys team competition winning both the Obstacle Relay and 4 x 2 lap relays in an emphatic style. Individuals who weren’t part of qualifying teams were selected for a number  individual events after outstanding results during the qualification events. Many of these showed their strength and justified their invitation including Marcus Austin of Surrey (Dorking & Mole Valley AC) winning the Standing Long Jump with an impressive 2.63m winning jump.

    Sunday 16th April saw the under 15’s descend on Manchester for their UK Final. Under 15’s compete for their team but also in the All Rounder competition in which they choose one track event, one jump and one of either Shot or Speed Bounce. Former all rounder champions have gone on to achieve international success in Track & Field Athletics including Morgan Lake (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) who has recently represented Great Britain in both the High Jump and Heptathlon.

    With almost 80 athletes competing in the under 15 girls competition the strength of Birmingham was ever-present across the board with five of the six scoring athletes being placing in the top ten individuals. Birmingham and Donegal took the team titles respectively in the girls and boys competitions and Radix Mularwarman of Dyfed and Amber Anning of Sussex (Brighton & Hove AC) took the girls titles. The boys’ competition was closely run with Radix narrowly beating William Adeyeye (Thurrock Harriers). In the girls competition Amber took the title ahead of Cassie Ann Pemberton from Birmingham (Birchfield Harriers) Since the UK Final Amber has moved into the under 17’s for this summer’s track and field season and is currently ranked in the top 10 UK rankings for 100m, 200m & 300m.   

    Almost a month on from the UK Final we look forward to witnessing many of the successful Sportshall UK Final competitors from this year and previous years compete in athletics across the summer Track & Field Season. England Athletics Championships take place in Bedford during August and we have no doubt there will be representation during the English Schools Track & Field Championships in July at Gateshead Stadium.

    Details of the 2017 UK Championships will be available during the summer months and the Sportshall development team are also looking forward to heading back to Manchester in August where teams from the local area will be invited to compete in an outdoor version of the Tom Pink Relays. This will take place before the brand new England Athletics Manchester International match which welcome teams and elite international athletes’ from England, Scotland and Wales.

    For more information on the Sportshall Athletics programmes contact the development team via team@sportshall.org

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  5. Top Young Athletes’ set to compete at the Sportshall UK Final 2016

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    Budding Young Athletes’ from across the UK are set to compete in Manchester’s Regional Indoor Athletics Arena at the Sportshall Athletics UK Finals on the weekend of April 16th & 17th. The most promising young athletes will battle it out to be crowned UK champions at the flagship athletics development event of the year.

     

    Many current members of the GB & NI Athletics Team experienced their first taste of Athletics  through Sportshall competition including High Jump UK Junior record holder Morgan Lake who completed her Sportshall career winning the Under 15’s All Rounder competition in 2012. Athletes such as Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Kelly Sotherton and Mark-Lewis-Francis also took part at this event in previous years. Dina Asher Smith also competed in Sportshall and is now amongst a strong generation of young British sprinters.

     

    William Adeyeye (Essex, Thurrock AC) unfortunately couldn’t attend last year after a strong regional performance so will be looking to replicate his dominating display in taking the East Regional under 15 Boys title with particularly impressive performances this year. We will see a new Under 15 girl take the All Rounder title this year after Ellie Hodgson (Hampshire, Southampton AC) bowed out in 2015 after winning two consecutive titles. There are some strong contenders for the girls title with Amber Anning (Sussex, Brighton & Hove AC) amongst those in with a chance after recording the best Vertical Jump this season!

     

    Teams from across the UK will be looking to win titles and after combined Yorkshire & North East Competitions in previous years it was great to see the establishment of separate events for these regions in 2016. It is particularly pleasing to see teams from Merseyside and Leicestershire & Rutland qualifying for a place in the UK Final. Both these teams have not previously been represented at the UK Final for many years.

     

    In the Under 13’s Team Competition, Greater Manchester will represent the North West after their best result for a number of years. They will be challenged by teams from across the UK including a Hampshire Girls team aiming for their fourth successive title and an Avon Boys team searching for their fifth win in sixth years. There is no doubt Donegal will also be looking to challenge for the Under 13 boys title after seeing two new Ulster Records in their qualifying competition.

     

    Sportshall as a programme was created 40 years ago and now engages over a million children in athletics each year through club and school games programmes. The event is supported by Eveque Leisure Equipment, Eastlands Trust, the Amateur Athletic Association, British Athletics and all the Home Country Governing Bodies.

     

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    For more information including a full list of qualifiers or to attend the event please contact Mike Frost at mike@sportshall.org or 01606 353 550

  6. World Marathon Challenge Success

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    On Wednesday October 7th headline events were held in London, Manchester & Birmingham with teams from across the UK and the rest of the world joining in running a complete marathon in 200m sections.

    Currently at the top of the Any Age leader board are the team from Rushcliffe AC Antelopes who completed their marathon challenge on Tuesday 6th October during their training session clocking a time of 1:50.08. The under 13’s who completed the marathon were also joined by seven teams of 8 athletes who took on the role of pace makers for the Under 13’s whilst completing their own 5000m challenge with the fastest team completing the 5000m in 16:20.

    The race between London & Manchester is always exciting and this year saw Thomas Tallis & Southend (London) finish within 40 seconds of each other. The race was well and truly neck & neck all the way and the encouragement provided by Teachers, Students and staff at Lee Valley Athletics Centre was inspirational. Thomas Tallis are currently the fastest school team in the world having clocked 1:51.11 beating Southend who clocked 1:51.45. It was particularly pleasing to see new teams competing in London and in Manchester. Helsby High who have been involved in the World Marathon Challenge since its inception clocked yet another fast time finishing in 1:55.04.

    Outside of the UK teams from Ireland, Estonia, France, Czech Republic & Canada have already completed their Marathon Challenge and results are still coming in.

    There is still time to submit your results for the World Marathon Challenge which is simple and inexpensive to set up. Here’s how the event works:

    • Stage your event on a running track or field. The marathon distance is divided into sections of 200m.
    • Teams are made up of 26 to 36 runners – each person completes up to 9 sections.
    • Results are logged on our World Leader board.
    • The challenge: try to beat the world marathon record!

    You can keep up with the results and news by sharing your photos and race results on social media @EvequeWMC & @SportshallUK using the hashtag #WMC on both Facebook and Twitter.

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    The World Marathon Challenge is supported by the AAA’s and there is still time to submit your results throughout October online at www.competitioncentre.net For clubs and schools where it may be tricky to get a full team of Under 13’s there is the option available to compete in the Any Age category.

     

  7. School Games Update

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    We have been busy over the summer months updating and refreshing our resources and with the proven popularity of the Sportshall of Fame for the Primary Competition we are excited to now be offering a Secondary Sportshall of Fame which will be updated with all the 2016 Level 3 Secondary results.

    The website is undergoing continual improvements and has been updated with the new resources for the coming season. To help teachers and SGO’s all the resources are now available at sportshall.org/resources-downloads  and the new quick links page has also been added to the site to assist with usability.

    In the first part of the season we still have some availability for events and leadership/teacher training. After Christmas we still have limited dates available for schools and SGO’s wishing to book Level 2 Primary or Secondary Sportshall competitions in addition to any of our other exciting programmes including Sportshall infants and inclusive Sportshall competition for all abilities.

    FAQ’s Are also now available here to help with common queries or alterntively please dont hesitate to Contact Us should you wish to enquire about a booking or Sportshall Services.

    We are looking forward to another fantastic year of School Games Competition & Activity across the UK.

     

  8. The 2015 World Marathon Challenge is Coming!

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    Simultaneous International Race: 7th October 2015

    Join hundreds of other schools & athletes around the world and enter the World Marathon Challenge, a simultaneous relay in which teams of 26-36 children race against each other over the full 26.2 mile marathon distance. The World Marathon Challenge is aimed at Secondary Schools with a separate 5000m Challenge specifically for Primary Schools.

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    The World Marathon Challenge and the 5000m Challenge events are easy to organise and fun to take part in. Choose a date to suit your school or join teams from 40 countries around the world for our simultaneous grand finale on Wednesday 7th October 2015.

    Both the marathon challenge and the 5000m version help young athletes know how it feels to run at the speed required to run a world class marathon or 5000m time. The races also provide opportunity for teams to qualify for a British Athletics Endurance Team Award.

     

    ‘The highlight of the year and one of the best things I have done with my students. They went out of their way to raise money. I was very, very proud.’ 

    Andy David, Sir John Colfox School British Athletics PE Teacher of the Year 2012

     

    In 2013 over 50,000 young people were involved from over 50 Countries so join us today and help us make the World Marathon Challenge the biggest children’s run in the world and enter your teams and set up your event today by visiting visit

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  9. Sportshall Associates announce new Ambassadors!

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    Sportshall Associates are delighted to announce that Kaie Chambers-Brown and Ellie Hodgson have agreed to become our first Sportshall Ambassadors.

    Our latest UK Final Under 15 All Rounder Champions will both act as role models at forthcoming Sportshall Schools and UK Championship events, presenting awards and inspiring young athletes to follow in their footsteps.

    Kaie took his title at the UK Final in April by winning the 2 Lap race, coming second in the Standing Triple Jump with 8.67m and fourth in the Shot with 12.65m.

    Ellie defended her Under 15 Girls title at Sportcity in Manchester by finishing third in the 2 Lap race, winning the Shot with 11.38m and joint first in the Vertical Jump with 68cm.

    Both athletes are also placing very high in the Power of 10 rankings and have promising futures in Athletics ahead of them.

    Kaie who competes for Birchfield Harriers under the tutelage of Head Coach Sharon Morris has risen to the top ranked Under 17 Boy in the 100 metres indoor.

    Ellie who represents Southampton AC is placed 11th and 5th respectively in the Under 17 Girls 100 metres and Shot rankings (new PB 13.38m).

    We trust they both embrace and enjoy their new role as ambassadors and wish them a successful future for many years to come.

  10. Young Athletes Shine at 2015 UK Final

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    Sportcity in Manchester was host to a fantastic culmination of the 2015 Sportshall Athletics season over the weekend of 25th/26th April. The event, which sees young athletes from across the UK representing their Counties, provided a wonderful finale to a journey which for most athletes started in County Leagues in October. Nearly 500 athletes took part over the weekend with 18 Counties represented.

    The final was formally opened via video message by a series of former Sportshall competitors and current GB Athletes including Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Martyn Rooney and Sportshall All Rounder Champion 2011 and world Junior Gold Medallist, Morgan Lake.

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    The U15 All Rounder Competitions, were won by defending champion Ellie Hodgson from Hampshire and Kaie Chambers-Brown from Birmingham. Ellie is only the fifth athlete in the history of the championship since 1991 to successfully defend the U15 title. Our 2015 All Rounders join an illustrious group of recipients which includes Mark Lewis Francis, Kelly Sotherton and Jade Surman.

    In the Team Competitions  Surrey claimed both U13 Girls and U15 Girls trophies, whilst the Avon U13 Boys secured their fifth trophy in six seasons. Berkshire took their first ever U15 Boys title with an impressive Hertfordshire team placed as runners up.

    After a thrilling set of final relays, presentations were made by Sportshall’s creator George Bunner MBE and the crowd of parents, athletes, coaches, young and experienced officials went home to plan their next campaign.

    The Sportshall Team would like to thank all competitors, officials, team managers and in particular the City of Manchester, AAA, England Athletics, British Athletics and Eveque for their support in making the event possible.

    Our UK Final Page including results & Galeries is linked here – Click Here

     

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    For full results or more information on the programmes please visit www.sportshall.org or follow on twitter @SportshallUK for regular updates.