Rob Shaw


AVSSP’s ‘post pandemic’ PE & School Sport conference took place on the morning of Friday 10th June at Alfreton Hall attended by both AVSSP staff and PE Coordinators (PECO) from our affiliated schools. After a couple of years of virtual conferences it was fantastic to spend time with our inspiring PLT network once again.

The aim of the conference is to upskill PE leads to increase confidence and competence in managing the subject area. Our team of PE specialists work in unison with school staff to set out their curriculum for the next academic year and examined how to implement our student progress tracking within lessons. We take pride in knowing that we have a fantastic group of schools & staff in Amber Valley and appreciate the time and effort that they put into ensuring the children receive the best possible provision.

AVSSP’s first ever Junior Athletics Club “ATHLETI-KIDS” has been a big success since we first started it in early May. Every week more and more budding sports stars are joining us in improving their skills and learning new techniques for different athletic events.






The club takes place on Friday evenings with two separate sessions for KS1 and KS2 and is ran by a Level 3 British Athletics Coach accompanied by an AVSSP member of staff. Children get involved in a variation of running, jumping and throwing events that test their skills and encourage them to use new techniques they have learnt over the weeks. It’s so great to see children getting involved in extra curricular sports after such a long time without them during the pandemic. We have lots of happy faces turning up every week and we are delighted to give participants the chance to burn some energy and have some fun in the sun (mostly). AVSSP are very grateful to those who continue to show up every week, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

If you think your child would be interested in coming along and having a go at our athletics club then book your place  here



On the first Friday back after October half-term, AVSSP staff delivered an all-day Junior Leadership Conference to a total of 21 groups of KS1 and KS2 across 17 schools.Coach delivering sport specific activities to school children in amber valleyCoaches delivered a range of different activities that leaders can replicate when in their school environment. Activities to develop teamwork, communication and leadership, competitive skills stations, fundamentals games that can develop skills like jumping and throwing and playground games to engage a wide variety of students.








The purpose of the day was to upskill our network of sports leaders in games, activities and skills in order to create a more active school environment. Children could gain an insight on how best to deliver activities and adapt their sessions to suit their younger peers.

As well as taking part in activities, our sports leaders got involved in an action planning activity in which they spoke about ways to create a more active school and to deal with situations that may occur when delivering to a group. For example, if a child is physically incapable of completing a task, leaders must adapt their session so that everyone can join in and enjoy the game.







Schools across Amber Valley will be supported to put in place a programme of sports leadership in their schools. This will consist of a group of identified children working on a rota system to deliver lunchtime activities, support curriculum PE and assist with sports teams. Each leader will record their hours of delivery and after completing 10 hours, they will receive a certificate. They can then go onto completing 20 hours, 30 hours and so on.


We’re very proud of the sports leaders and how much they have learnt and got stuck into delivering so far, keep it up ♥

This summer we were able to run our popular Holiday Camps programme again, 5 weeks of fun activities that we truly missed in 2020. The camps were offered at 4 different sites: Alfreton Leisure Centre, Ripley Junior School, Aldercar High School and William Gregg VC Leisure Centre with support from Mundy Junior School. Each day of the summer saw up to 350 young people aged 5-14 attend a full day of activity.

The days were filled with fun and engaging activities that helped develop children’s skills and character by boosting confidence and forging new relationships through part in sport and activity. Staff from across Amber Valley worked to support AVSSP and did a fantastic job at making sure holiday camps were as fun, safe and inclusive as they could possibly be. Children continuously returned to the camps week after week and were eager to begin their days with us.

Camps benefitted from a range of sports, discos, inflatables, dance, martial arts, arts and crafts, fitness sessions, drama, games, wheelchair sports, obstacle courses, rowing and even swimming with many children being able to swim with their peers for the very first time!

Dodgeball has as ever a big favourite with plenty of competitive sides coming to light with children up against their friends in team sports and challenges. Many of the children showed a massive amount of determination and motivation when getting their team mates involved in the games. Sometimes the coaches would even get involved and let’s just say, we didn’t let the children win on purpose!





Identified families across Amber Valley were able to access our camps FREE of charge with lunch, snacks and even transport provided for pupils who may have struggled to access the venues.

We hope everyone who attended our summer camps had a fantastic time and we’re looking forward to seeing you all throughout the coming year.

This years Dodgeball events for KS1, Y3/4, Y5/6 and Plus students have already seen almost 950 students compete in a friendly, inclusive environment

With one event remaining we fully expect to top the 1000 pupil mark – a great example of the amazing support we receive from our affiliated schools and students

Sites in Belper, Heanor and Alfreton have seen a terrific standard of play but above all some amazing sportsmanship from so many participants. The events have been competitive but have also seen one team per event presented with a sportsmanship award while one individual per event has been named our honesty champion for demonstrating honesty above all other values

We’d also like to thank all parents and spectators for adopting AVSSP’s code of conduct and setting a great example to their youngsters!

Congratulations to every school and student who took part – we look forward to seeing you all at future events

We are pleased to announce that after a successful 2019 AVSSP’s Gambia coaching programme has been extended for 2020 after an agreement with partner organisation Cosy!

The project started in 2018 with the aim of inspiring and upskilling Gambian children in sport, PE and physical activity. Our aim was to encourage local boys and girls to take part in fun, inclusive activity to ensure a lifelong habit of physical activity in a country where poor diet can regularly lead to health complications. By instilling a habit of physical activity we hope to have a positive impact on the lives of local Gambian children.

Not only that the programme also provides vital paid employment to 4 Gambian coaches who are tasked with increasing participation in clubs, schools and recreational areas in their locality – much like our staff in Amber Valley!

After a training visit from AVSSP staff in 2018, Allie has a led the team of Yaya, Sam and JG throughout 2019 and has seen excellent participation figures across all areas with a huge upturn in engagement in girls, one of the key initial aims of our project!

Close to 9000 young people have participated in activity as a result of the programme with almost 2000 of those girls – a real achievement in a predominantly Muslin country.

We would like to thank Cosy Direct for their continued funding support and most of all our talented, dedicated team of coaches who are constantly improving the lives of young people across The Gambia!


Close to 300 students took part in 6 Futsal events trying their best to score goals and points for their teams!

Using terrific close control, passing and shooting players from Y5/6 were able to show amazing development and progress in both boys and girls competitions.

39 teams attended the events, 6 of which coming from SEN/D departments with every event played in a great spirit!

Congratulations to all those who took part, we look forward to seeing you all at future events!

AVSSP Champion Schools is a participation based award recognising those schools who have provided the most competitive opportunities for their students to take part in sport against other schools.

The competition runs throughout the academic year with an on-going league table published regularly. This allows schools to see how they compare to others locally in terms of participation and acheivement in inter-school competition

Schools are awarded points for attending any of the competitions on offer to every school in Amber Valley (borough finals are not included in the award), additional points are then awarded for finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd as well as for being presented with the School Games Values award at an event.

Additional teams at events are not counted towards schools points total with only the highest placed team being awarded points.

Schools are separated into categories according to school size with an additional Infant award. The top 3 schools in each category are presented with Bronze, Silver or Gold awards for their efforts at the beggining of the following academic year.

Approximately the top 50% of schools in each category are shown below, if you would like the details for your school please contact


Infant Schools:

P School Participation Bronze Silver Gold School Games Total
Infant Value 50 10 20 30 20
1 Croft Infant 3 1 170
2 Riddings Infant 2 1 1 150
3 Copthorne Infant 2 1 130
4 Marlpool Infant 2 1 120
5 Somercotes Infant 2 1 110

KS1 Primary:

P School Participation Bronze Silver Gold School Games Total
Primary KS1 Value 50 10 20 30 20
1 William Gilbert 2 1 1 150
2 Richardson 2 1 1 150
3 Little Eaton 2 1 1 140
4 Loscoe 2 1 130
5 Codnor 2 1 1 130
6 Long Row 2 1 120
7 Swanwick 2 1 120
8 Shirland 2 1 120
9 Kirk Langley 2 100
10 Ambergate 2 100
11 South Wingfield 2 100

KS2 Micro schools:

P School Participation Bronze Silver Gold School Games Total
Micro Value 50 10 20 30 20
1 Ambergate 6 1 1 330
2 Mugginton 4 2 1 260
3 Kirk Langley 3 1 180
4 Fritchley 3 1 1 180
5 Street Lane 2 100
6 Morley 1 50

KS2 Small schools:

P School Participation Bronze Silver Gold School Games Total
Small Value 50 10 20 30 20
1 Loscoe 10 2 2 1 590
2 Curzon 4 3 290
3 Breadsall 4 1 1 240
4 South Wingfield 4 2 240
5 Denby Free 3 1 1 180
6 Milford 3 150

KS2 Medium schools:

P School Participation Bronze Silver Gold School Games Total
Medium Value 50 10 20 30 20
1 Codnor 9 4 570
2 Kilburn 9 2 510
3 William Gilbert 4 2 2 260
4 Waingroves 4 2 1 260
5 Little Eaton 4 2 1 240
6 Herbert Strutt 4 1 220
7 Heage 4 200

KS2 Large schools:

P School Participation Bronze Silver Gold School Games Total
Large Value 50 10 20 30 20
1 St Johns Belper 9 3 5 660
2 Mundy Jr 11 2 2 610
3 Duffield Meadows 9 1 2 1 1 550
4 Leys Jr 10 3 1 550
5 Riddings Jr 9 1 1 2 540
6 Swanwick 9 2 1 520
7 Langley Mill Acad 8 1 420


If your school falls outside the selection presented here please get in touch via to find out more information

Three weeks of events in Handball and Basketball has seen over 700 young people represent their school and demonstrate outstanding skill, determination, teamwork and hard work

Cluster events in Belper, Heanor, Ripley and Alfreton have resulted in incredible progress from both a technical and tactical standpoint with huge numbers of children showing great understanding of our School Games Values and principles of competition.

Handball players in KS1 learnt to play as a team and respect their opponents while trying to score goals and achieve, the same was evident in Y3/4 with those students using tactical knowledge to overcome their opponents and win games, while in Y5/6 Basketball’s demonstrated outstanding technical skill in an extremely difficult sport all whilst showing outstanding honesty and self belief to while trying to achieve their goals.

Congratulations to every school, team and individual who took part and we can’t wait to see you again in 2020!

Two evenings of competition saw well over 300 students and 35 teams take part in this year’s TAG Rugby events at Belper Rugby Club.

In three fast paced, high quality competitions teams were tasked with showing their skills in a series of TAG games and skill station activities all aimed at developing rugby skills and inspiring students to participate.

The Development event saw 16 teams take part with incredible progress shown by all teams, Thursday’s Elite event saw seasoned rugby players battle it out to claim the overall trophy.

While our 5 a side Girls only event saw a mix of those new to the sport and many who were passionate about playing rugby compete and learn in a friendly, sporting atmosphere

Congratulations to all teams and students who took part!

If you loved playing Rugby at the recent TAG events and would like to know more about joining Belper Rugby club simply click the link below, open training is on Sunday’s at 10am