Rob Shaw


Three weeks of competition, 10 events, 99 teams across three venues has seen over 1,000 Amber Valley pupils compete in this year’s Sportshall Athletics series!

Students from KS1 & 2 put their hard work into practice by tackling field and track events all battling to score points for their respective teams – we’ve seen some of the closest races and highest field event score ever!

Each and every team showcased outstanding teamwork and determination with a terrific atmosphere created by the hundreds of spectators present!

There were wins for St Johns Belper, Codnor Primary, Curzon Primary, William Gilbert, Riddings Infant and Loscoe Primary with each team run close in some amazing competitions

Huge congratulations to every school who took part and a big thank you to staff who supported their attendance!

AVSSP’s first ever Self Belief festival saw over 100 students experience what it’s like to be a club gymnast with Amber Valley Gymnastics Academy.

Seven specialist Gymnastics coaches put the students through their paces making use of top class facilities and equipment! Aspiring gymnasts were able to use the beams, bars, tumble track, rebound and more taking part in fun, energetic activities alongside the coaches!

The festival was all themed around Self Belief with awards on offer throughout with each coach tasked with selecting Self Belief Champions from their group

Our work with the club also stretched to talent identification with those students showing promise in Gymnastics invited to take part in specialised competition practices with the club

All students showed a fantastic attitude to try new things and embodied Self Belief throughout the session before leaving with a certificate each and an invite to take part in a FREE taster session with Amber Valley Gymnastics Academy

Congratulations to each and every student who took part and thank you to AVGA and their coaches for their hard work!


To find out more on how to become a member of Amber Valley Gymnastics Academy and work with their excellent team of coaches click here

Over 3 nights of intense competition almost 250 students jumped, threw and ran their way to Sportshall Athletics glory in our KS1 competitions

Participants took part in field events and track races to score points for their team with every single score counting towards a team total!

While each event saw a winning team, the level of sportsmanship, determination and teamwork on show was a joy to behold with a school from each venue taking home the Spirit of the Games award for showcasing outstanding School Games Values

Congratulations to each and every student who took part!

In the first set of sports competitions of 2019/20 over 30 teams battled it out to become Football champions in three categories of competition.

Each team showed outstanding determination, respect and teamwork with many awarded School Games Values points.

In boys, girls and small school categories it was clear that Amber Valley has some outstanding footballing talent with some terrific goals, saves and skills on show!

Congratulations to our three winners – Kirk Langley Primary, Kilburn Jr & St Johns Belper Primary

A huge well done to all our participants, we look forward to seeing many of you at future competitions

To check out the results in full head to our results page:

Primary Competition Results


Amber Valley SSP offer high quality sports camps for children aged 5-11 at Swanwick School and Sports College, which offers fantastic facilities and opportunity for a wide range of activities.

A full day of activity (8.30am-3pm) costs only £10 and can be paid via BACC’s transfer or cash on the day.

Camps are delivered by our team of experienced, fully qualified staff with activities such as football, dodgeball, invasion games, archery, fencing, inflatable assault course, bouncy castle and much more on offer for your children. Below are a couple of eye-catching days for your children to get excited about this summer.


Football freestyler and world record holder Dan Magness will join us on a Monday for an exciting showcase and skills session, finished off with a game on our brilliant 3G pitch. 
Wednesdays see us get out the super soakers and slip and slide course, so please send your child with a change of clothes and towel to dry off* 
To finish the week off we bring out the bouncy castles and giant slide for a fun filled Friday.


To make a booking please complete the form below:

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    Oct HT
    Wednesday 30th

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    *please note that our wet activities on a Wednesday will be weather permitted.

    Role: Apprentice Teaching Assistant & Sports Coach

    We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated apprentice teaching assistant/sports coach to join our team to help support children reach their full potential. The successful candidate will be working with children at KS1 (age 4-7) and KS2 (age 7-11). They will be kind, caring and determined to improve outcomes and aspirations for all children. They will also be able to use a range of strategies to support pupils learning and emotional and behavioural needs, working with individuals, small groups and classes as well as assisting at competitions.

    Applicants must be aged between 16 and 18 having graduated secondary school

    The role of Apprentice Teaching Assistant/Sports Coach will include:

    Implement agreed range of activities with individuals/groups of children

    Management/preparation of resources to support an enabling learning environment, both indoors and outdoors

    Assist the teacher to deliver lessons and make assessments

    Supervise children during play activities

    To support the localised and centrally coordinated delivery of the national PE and Sport Premium funding

    Work with AVSSP to develop local schools with their PE and School Sport Development

    Help to improve the quality of teaching and provision of school sport locally

    Support the delivery of competitions within the borough

    Apprenticeship job description

    Amber Valley SSP CIO Application form

    Across a full week of high quality gymnastics competition 240 Gymnasts from 38 school teams showed off their routines in the hope of taking home the trophy

    With the support of coaches from Amber Valley Gymnastics Academy students were under the spotlight in Body Management, Floor and Vault routines with criteria such as timing, body control, extensions and creativity counting towards some seriously impressive team scores

    While competition was fierce the level of respect and sportsmanship shown by each team was fantastic to see with every performance given a hearty round of a applause

    Congratulations to every gymnast who took part and school staff for their efforts in preparing their routines!

    Key Steps 1 Champions – Breadsall Primary

    Key Steps 2 Champions – Ambergate Primary

    Key Steps 3 Champions – Mundy Jr

    If you’ve been inspired to take part in more Gymnastics check out the Amber Valley Gymnastics Academy –


    If your 2-6 year old loves football or you’d like to give them a chance to try the sport Ozzy the Octopus wants to meet them!

    Amber Valley SSP are once again running Infant Football sessions for 2-6 year olds every Saturday morning at The Genesis Centre, Alfreton

    Give your little boy or girl their first experience of football in a fun, safe, inclusive setting. Children will be taught the basics of football while enjoying a variety of different activities themed around the sport.

    They might also get the chance to meet and play football with Ozzy the Octopus!

    4-6 year olds:

    Where: Genesis Centre, King Street, Alfreton, DE55 7DQ

    When: 9.30-10.30am

    Cost: £4.50

    2-3 year olds:

    Where: Genesis Centre, King Street, Alfreton, DE55 7DQ

    When: 10.45-11.30am

    Cost: £4

    Please note sessions must be paid for a term in advance

    To book your place please complete the form below:

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      Age 4-6
      8th June (£13.50)15th June (£9)22nd June (£4.50)

      Start date: Age 2-3
      8th June (£12)15th June (£8)22nd June (£4)

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      After more than 50 fixtures across three dates John Flamsteed Community School became Y7 Football Champions for 2018/19!

      Four teams progressed to the finals night after two games against each opponent with Belper School topping the league table

      John Flamsteed took 2nd spot ahead of Swanwick Hall whilst David Nieper Academy grabbed the all important 4th spot marginally ahead of Heanor Gate and Ripley Academy with Aldercar High and Ecclesbourne in 7th and 8th respectively

      Onto the finals night where Belper School took on David Nieper in the first semi-final winning the a tight game 4-1 with two late goals adding gloss to the scoreline

      In the second semi-final John Flamsteed booked their place in the final winning a hard fought game against Swanwick Hall 2-0

      The 3rd placed playoff saw local rivals David Nieper Academy take on Swanwick Hall with the latter winning 2-0

      The final was incredibly closely fought between two very strong sides, the midfield battle proved key with both teams battling for control of the match. The game swung in John Flamsteed’s favour when Alfie broke away through midfield to score a terrific goal. Belper applied the pressure throughout the 2nd half but JFCS held firm including a brilliant save from Isaac late on to secure the 1-0 win.

      Congratulations to John Flamsteed and well done to each team for participating

      Over three weeks of intense competition across age groups ranging from Y1-6 our cluster Dodgeball competitions in Belper, Heanor and Alfreton saw over 900 young people represent their school!

      113 teams competed for the title of Dodgeball champion of their area leading to some fantastic play and plenty of terrific sportsmanship and honesty

      Competitions were hosted at local sites Belper, Alfreton and William Gregg VC Leisure centres as well as Aldercar High School and were supported brilliantly by volunteer sports leaders from secondary schools at Belper, Heanor Gate, Aldercar High, David Nieper Academy and Swanwick Hall

      Thank you to all staff, students, volunteers and spectators in supporting one of our most successful set of events ever!