32 teams competed across four cluster competitions for the chance to progress to the Amber Valley Borough Finals in December!
Belper, Heanor and Alfreton clusters saw almost 200 students get a taste of competitive Basketball whilst the small schools event had 6 teams battling it out for the trophy!
Congratulations to our cluster champions, spirit of the games winners and all participants for your superb efforts!
Belper cluster:
1st: St Johns Belper
2nd: Kilburn Jr
3rd: Long Row Primary
4th: Duffield Meadows
Place: William Gilbert

In our inaugural Y4-6 Golf Competition Denby Free Primary took the team title with an outstanding score of 86, just pipping Mundy Jr into 2nd place
Teams of 6-8 took part in both a driving range and golf course activity with every player having the opportunity to hit shots and sink putts for their team!
Each team was split into two groups with one group practising on the driving range while the other completed a 9 hole golf course in as few shots as possible

Riddings Junior claimed a fantastic victory in the Alfreton cluster High 5 Netball seeing off Swanwick Primary in the final
Two groups of four teams competed with the group winners playing off in an overall final whilst our two second place teams playing off to decide who took the remaining borough finals place
In group A Swanwick Primary dominated winning all 3 games top top the group, ahead of Leys Junior who finished 2nd with two wins from three. Shirland Primary then finished ahead of Ironvile Primary in 3rd place

In our High 5 Netball competition open exclusively for small schools it was Denby Free Primary who came out on top at Alfreton Leisure centre
Denby Free performed brilliantly in each game to finish the competition with a 100% record taking home the trophy in the process
Fritchley Primary took a terrific 2nd place just ahead of both Horsley Primary and Morley Primary who finished the evening in joint 3rd position
Players were required to rotate their position each half of a game testing their skillset in a range of different positions throughout the competition

In February 2018 Amber Valley SSP visited The Gambia in West Africa to launch a brand new sports and health programme with the aim of impacting young people in schools and townships across the country.

Jobs were provided to four highly motivated local people who were tasked with engaging and inspiring The Gambia’s next generation through sport and activity.

Sam, JG and Yaya were previously unemployed but had a real passion for and knowledge of sport and its ability to change lives. Ali, who works as a teacher, provides a tangible link between AVSSP’s African coaches and the team in the UK.

Working as the training provider on behalf of Cosy Direct, AVSSP trained staff, provided equipment and resources as well as engaging with schools ahead of the programme’s launch.

Schools across Amber Valley have been incredibly supportive of the work done out in Africa with many organising ‘Gambia Days’ where students and staff have researched information on the country, worn the red, blue and green of The Gambia flag or even tried cooking up some Gambian cuisine!

Both St Johns Primary (Belper) and Holbrook Primary performed brilliantly on Monday evening to book their place in the Amber Valley High 5 finals
The Belper cluster competition was played across two sites with both Belper School and Ecclesbourne School in use
Players were tasked with playing in a different position for every half of a game played in keeping with the High 5 Netball guidelines

Riddings Junior followed up their success in the Alfreton cluster competition to claim the Amber Valley Tennis title by once again pipping Curzon Primary in the closest of competitions
The four schools in attendance qualified for the finals through their excellent performances in the cluster competitions hosted at Belper, Heanor and Alfreton with Riddings Jr and Curzon Primary joined by Codnor Primary and Pottery Primary at the finals
Once again players competed against one another in singles matches with their results contributing towards a team score

Nine school teams competed for the Amber Valley Y5/6 Gymnastics title on Thursday evening with the standard of performances incredibly impressive all evening!
Students performed on the floor, the body management and the vault stations with their performances judged out of 35 on each before being added together to form a team score
It was evident from the fantastic performances how much work had gone into them from both students and staff which was remarked upon by all the judges!

After a fantastic standard of Y3/4 Gymnastics it was Breadsall Primary who came out on top just pipping Codnor Primary by 3 points
Students were expected to learn and practice three different routines – a floor routine, a body management performance and a vault jump. These three performances were then judged out of 35 with the scores added together to form a team result
The standard was amazing across all the stations with students showing off what they'd learnt in school across the half term