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Let’s go round again!

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RDSSP Young Sports Leaders from Lady Manners School in Bakewell have hosted a special rounds tournament to develop their leadership and training skills.

More than 130 students from Curbar, Longstone, Bakewell CE Infant, Rowsley CE, Youlgrave All Saints CE and Stanton-in-Peak Primary Schools attended the event at Lady Manners School on Wednesday 24 June, to learn about the basics of rounders, including throwing, catching, batting and fielding.

Young Sports Leaders qualified with a Rounders Leaders award earlier this year and hosted the event to showcase their new expertise.

Eleanor Turner, 13, said: “Usually when we play rounders at school we play against people our own age but it has been great to actually mentor young children and feel confident in being a leader. I think rounders is a really inclusive game, lots of people can play it, it’s a simple game to pick up and it’s great fun too!”

Isaac Parker, 14, commented: “I think it’s great to get involved in activities like this and gain qualifications. It’s nice to help the kids understand how to play rounders and I enjoy spending time with them, teaching them something they didn’t know and developing new skills.”

Lady Manners PE Teacher and RDSSP School Sport Coordinator, Jayne Roach said: “Hosting events like this one allow us to develop sport and PE for young people around Bakewell and the surrounding areas. I am delighted with the Young Sports Leaders; they showed professionalism whilst having a fantastic time alongside local youngsters to push themselves, support each other and lead by example.”

“Being part of the RDSSP allows us to continue to train Young Sports Leaders to coach, marshal and officiate at competitions, developing leadership skills, self esteem and confidence and to act as positive role models for their peers.”



Inclusive sport is the aim of the game in Derbyshire Dales and High Peak

Students across the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak have come together to enjoy two Boccia-focused tournaments aimed at bridging the gap for inclusive sport across the county.

The RDSSP held its annual open Boccia competition for students in Key Stages Three and Four at Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth on Friday 15th May. Boccia is a skillful and tactical game similar to bowling which can be played whilst seated.

Eight teams including from the host school, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Ashbourne, Matlock’s Highfields School, Lady Manners School in Bakewell and Belper’s Alderwasley Hall School came together for the contest.

The competition also saw a school team from Hartington C of E Primary School take part; the first time ever a primary school has fielded a team in the long standing event.

Teams played three pool matches followed by semi-final play offs between the top two teams in each pool. This resulted in an exciting final between Anthony Gell Blue team and Alderwasley’s team, with Gell taking the gold medal by seven points to three. Highfields A team came in third place.

The event was supported by Young Sports Leaders from Anthony Gell who officiated the competitions and nominated several students for ‘Spirit of the Games’ awards. These are given to students who demonstrate the School Games values of honesty, passion, determination, teamwork, self belief and respect.

One of the award recipients was year 8 Lady Manners School student, Fran, who was nominated for her passion for the game and the help that she gave to her team mates. She said: “I played this sport when I was in year 7 and as a team we support each other so much and cheer each other on.”

Highfields PE teacher and RDSSP School Sport Coordinator, Jayne Allen said: “The students certainly enjoyed their practice before they got here, and it is such a great opportunity for them to see opposition and play against other school teams instead of just playing games in their own school. For some of our students, they know other pupils from other schools so they’ll say ‘oh look there’s my friend from Anthony Gell,’ so it’s great for them to be able to catch up with other people and to socalisie as well as enjoy the competition.”

Year 9 Young Sports Leader from Anthony Gell School, Richard Tunnicliff volunteered at the event. He said: “I really like the idea of helping kids and this sport really intrigued me because I have never done it before so I really wanted to help out. I think the youngsters have learnt teamwork and determination; all those skills that help you, not just in sport, but in life too. Volunteering is a really good opportunity to gain vital skills that will help you later in life.”

Teaching assistant at Anthony Gell, Ben Gaskin said: “The competition has been absolutely fantastic; it has been so friendly, the children are all smiling and having a great time. The Young Sports Leaders are fantastic, really good with the children and so encouraging.”

Teacher at Alderwasley Hall School, Jade McGee said: “Students are able to engage with pupils from other schools and it is building their confidence and teaching them how to be competitive and how to lose gracefully.”

A second Boccia inspired event took place at the Devonshire Dome in Buxton on Wednesday 20th May aimed at Key Stage One to Five students from across Derbyshire.

The event was a joint festival between the RDSSP and the High Peak School and Sport Partnership, based around a Boccia tournament with other activities youngsters could try their hand at too including mini golf, Taekwondo, athletics and information on scuba diving.

RDSSP member schools attended including from Wirksworth, Grindleford, Matlock, Longstone, Hartington and Rowsley.

Teaching assistant at Longstone C of E School, Judy Dilks said: “I think events like this are great for students to improve their own personal targets, work as a team and improve fitness. We’ve made a banner with our school logo and incorporated all the things we think sporting events help to improve for example team work, confidence and making friends, being proud of achievements, leadership and inclusive activities.”

Toby, 8, from Longstone C of E School: “I have played similar games like bowls but never Boccia before. I have really enjoyed the day.”

Sadie, 10, goes to Rowlsey C of E Primary School, she said: “I have really enjoyed the day and I also like swimming and running.”

Kieran, 8, from All Saints Junior School in Matlock: “I have played Boccia before with my granddad and I really like playing it. I would like to have a go at all of the other sports here as well including golf, scuba diving and athletics.”

Fellow Matlock pupil, Ewan, 9, said: “If you throw the ball too far it will go passed the white jack so you have to be quite tactical when you throw it.”

RDSSP Manager, Janice Price concluded: “Events like these allow students from across the county to come together, socialise and enjoy each other’s company whilst taking part in inclusive-focused sports and games. The activities on offer showcase the range of sports available to people with disabilities who may have thought they weren’t able to take part or didn’t know the opportunities were open to them. It is great to see so many smiling faces and youngsters enjoying the events when they realise their potential and they’re having such good fun with friends old and new.”


Bakewell students are Top of the Table

Students from Lady Manners School in Bakewell, part of the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, are celebrating after finishing first in the Derbyshire School Games Table Tennis Competition.

Zeta Graham, Ellie Turner, Pippa Bradstock and Maddie Hendry were victorious in the Under 13 Girls category, during the contest at Springwell Community College in Staveley (Chesterfield) on Thursday 27th of November.Lady Manners U13 Girls TT.jpeg






40 school teams across Derbyshire took part in the competition held over 3 days in November and December, with 160 participants in different age categories.

The team won its first game against Eckington, showing a determined and competitive edge, before playing Springwell, where they were victorious again.

Their final match was against Long Eaton – a team with a player ranked third in the country. Zeta battled to win five points and the team won four out of six games.

Other RDSSP member schools performed well in the competition too:
• Osmaston C of E (VC) Primary School came in second place in both the Under 11 Boys and Girls competitions.
• Ashbourne’s Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Under 13 Boys got third place.
• Lady Manners came third in the Under 16 Boys and Girls categories.

Lady Manners School Curriculum Leader for PE, Rachel Pownall-Jones said: “Our Under 16 boys team progressed through to the county final last year so I knew if I had strength and depth in the U13 girls’ team we would be in with a good chance of winning. Table tennis is an up and coming sport for our school and with the U16 boys’ and girls’ teams winning bronze in the county finals this year, it shows what great talent we have.”

Lady Manners U13 girls team are now County Table Tennis Champions and go onto represent Derbyshire at the Regional Finals in Bradford on Sunday 1st February 2015.

Derbyshire School staff have big appetite for lunchtime training

Midday supervisors from RDSSP member schools across the Derbyshire Dales are taking part in training and exercise sessions, in a bid to encourage local youngsters to be active and eat well.

Support staff met at The Arc in Matlock on Friday 21st of November to discuss how their role can help schools demonstrate they are providing opportunities for children to enjoy sports and physical activity, and receive health messages.

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22 staff members from seven RDSSP member primary schools took part in the session, including South Darley C of E Primary School, Kniveton C of E Primary School, Middleton Primary School, Matlock’s All Saints’ C of E Junior School, Kirk Ireton C of E Primary School, Carsington and Hopton C of E Primary School and Lea Primary School in Matlock.

The training was run by RDSSP Manager, Janice Price alongside Management Assistant, Eliot Martin-French and Sports Apprentices James Bates and Sam May.

Participants were encouraged to share ideas and their own experiences and Janice talked about ways to forge links between playground games and academic achievement working well in the classroom, including to Ofsted standards; something Ofsted are keen to see in schools. Eliot hosted a team building exercise before James and Sam introduced staff to playground games including Minefield, to inspire them to set up with youngsters.

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Sports Apprentice, James Bates oversees a task where participants had to identify the characteristics of the perfect midday supervisor

Hayley Gill, Pam Amos and Chris Challoner from Lea Primary gave the training day the thumbs up.

Hayley said: “I thought was very good – with some very good ideas. The apprentices – Eliot, Sam and James – were very good. It would be great if they could come out to the school.”

Pam said: “I had a great time and enjoyed the day and I’d now like some new sports and games equipment to introduce new ideas.”

Chris said: “I enjoyed today – it was very good.”

RDSSP Management Assistant, Eliot Martin-French, said: “We run these midday workshops to inspire, support and empower the midday supervisor staff to take control of their lunchtime space, making it a safe, active and happy learning environment for all pupils.”

The next Midday Supervisor Training sessions are taking place on Friday 9th January and Thursday 12th of March at The Arc in Matlock.


For more information on the sessions, which are free to SSP affiliated schools, email Janice on or Eliot on

To find out more about the local schools mentioned above including contact details, visit and

Rural Derbyshire SSP Student Reports on Volunteering at ‘Mini-Olympics’

Earlier this month eight lucky students and two staff from Rural Derbyshire SSP member schools Highfields and Anthony Gell were picked to volunteer at the 2014 National Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester to help deliver the competitions for the under 18 student squads competing for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

manchester national school games July 2014 RDSSP 17 year old Andy Brough, a platinum Young Leader and member of Highfields’ Sports Leadership Academy, who last week was highly commended for his volunteering work at the Derbyshire School Sports Association Awards, reports back:

“This was great opportunity for us all to see venues and sports up close at high level standard. We were lucky enough to stay in a 4 star hotel. We helped out at two sports – Athletics and Volleyball which was amazing.”

School Games Manchester Highfields July 2014“It was brilliant to help out with the running of such a huge event which is like a mini-Olympics and to know we were really appreciated and that it could not have happened without us. The London 2012 Games Makers were so motivational and helped make the games what they were and it was the same for us at Manchester.”

“It was my second year attending the Games and I felt privileged to be going again and seeing some fantastic sports up close and being able to interact with such high level athletes. We got the chance to meet some amazing volunteers from a variety of places including Ireland and it was great to make friends with them and trade stories between us.”

What other staff and students made of the Games:

manchester national school games volleyball July 2014 RDSSPCallum Rose said, “It truly was great to see some fantastic venues and be so close to some very high standard players in a variety of sports. The management team were so helpful and always full of energy to keep us all motivated and make sure we were having fun.”

Annabel Macgregor said, “I really enjoyed the four days we were there, especially meeting new people from all over the nation and learning new things about the sports. I would definitely love the chance to go again to experience some amazing memories.”

Grace Pickford said, “We had the chance to become Olympic standard ‘Moppers’ on the volleyball court. We wore our new kit with pride – whenever anyone saw us they knew who we were and that we were there to help and motivate people.”

Emily Hancock said, “We saw the volleyball teams use a special hand shake or high 5 routine which we loved and used it ourselves to keep motivated and really show we were having fun.”

James Bates said, “I would definitely recommend the event to others. If they weren’t there, they don’t know what they were missing out on.”

Harry Hurst said, “It was brilliant to experience some sports we may not have seen before, at least not played at such a high standard.”

Sam May said, “It was great to be part of something so big.”

Katy Gigg from Anthony Gell said, “It was incredible seeing different sports performed at elite levels and having the opportunity to visit some pretty big sports facilities around Manchester.”

Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership Management Assistant based at Anthony Gell, Eliot Martin-French said, “I enjoyed meeting other volunteers from around the nation. The standard of all athletes and staff as well as the volunteers made the Games very special. The best thing was the general relationships and attitudes between all involved, most people were happy to talk no matter their role within the event.”

Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership Manager Janice Price said, “It was exciting to be part of a big games event. We really got a feel that they were the stars of the future. To be working as a team with our schools and all the all the volunteers was an unforgettable experience for myself and the students.”


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Press Release: Monday 22nd September

September Newsletter

RDSSPnewsletterSummer2014September issue includes:

  • Sainbury’s Derbyshire School Games Results
  • Gifted & Talented Academy Report

Plus nominations open for:

  • University of Derby Young Adventurer Awards, Buxton Adventure Festival
  • Sainsbury’s School Games Mark

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Derbyshire Descendant of Acclaimed Glaswegian Wins Return to Glasgow for Commonwealth Games

The Great Great Great Granddaughter of the acclaimed Glasgow shipbuilder, John Macgregor is attending the Commonwealth Games, including last night’s opening ceremony.

Annabel (centre) at Derbyshire School Games

Annabel (centre) at Derbyshire School Games

Annabel Macgregor from Highfields School in Matlock – part of the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Network – is captain of the UK team which has won the BBC and British Council’s “Commonwealth Class” programme.

Over the past few months Annabel and a group of Year 11 GCSE students from Highfields have been taking part in weekly online debates and working on collaborative projects within a team other schools from Africa, Canada, the Indian subcontinent, and the Caribbean.  (Read previous news article).

The students have been mentored by Paralympic swimmer, Susie Rodgers, who won three Bronze medals at her Olympic debut at London 2012 and recently got to meet the Commonwealth Secretary General in Glasgow.

Highfields Yr 11 Commonwealth Project Class RDSSPTen teams won from countries including Nigeria, Australia, Malaysia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Highfields was the school picked to represent the UK. As the captain, Annabel was invited for the whole 12 days of the Commonwealth Games. She will be joined by a representative from each other nine teams.

During this time they will visit a number of events in Glasgow. A key interest for Annabel will be a visit to the Mitchel Library. This is where John Macgregor’s papers are stored.

Highfields Commonwealth Games Glasgow June 2014 RDSSPJohn Macgregor was born in 1801 and became Glasgow’s premiere shipbuilder between 1850 and 1858, when he died. With his partner David Tod, he built “The City of Glasgow” in 1850. This was the first, commercially successful, iron screw ship constructed in the world.

Tod and Macgregor’s shipyard in Meadowbank Partick produced ships for the “Inman Line”. For period of twenty years, these ships transported more immigrants to the USA than any other liner.

Annabel said, “We put a lot of work into the competition and are so honoured to win. It is a real opportunity to be invited to spend the whole 12 days as a member of this international group.”


Notes to Editors:

The group will be visiting:
•    Celtic Park for the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony
•    BBC at the Quay and taking part in the “World Have Your Say” programme
•    Empire Café, Glasgow and be part of the Poetry workshop with Dorothea Smartt and Malika Booker
•    Merchant City Festival, a stone’s throw from George Square
•    Glasgow Green and take part in the Traditional Commonwealth Games with UNICEF
•    The Mitched library and take part in Future News
•    Shawlands Academy for an Art Workshop
•    The Emirates Arena to watch Badminton

For exact details please contact Lindy Owen-Davies-Davies on 07767 787592 or Jana Kuncova 07886 133 012

For more information, call School Sports Coordinator, Mrs Jayne Allen on 07734 600 712 who is with Annabel in Glasgow or email

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