Easter 2022 brings with it a return of AVSSP’s popular Holiday Activity Camps working in partnership with Places Leisure.

All places are now fully booked with a waiting list system in operation to try to offer the opportunity to as many families as possible across Amber Valley and surrounding areas.

General Info:

Drop off: 8.30am*

*Bowls Hall at Alfreton LC, Main Reception at Ripley LC, Basement entrance at Heanor LC

Collection: 3pm*

*Bowls Hall at Alfreton LC, Main Reception at Ripley LC, Basement entrance at Heanor LC


I didn’t receive a confirmation email: Check your junk/spam mail folders – all successful bookings will show a ‘Booking Confirmation screen’ if you saw this screen you will have your places.

What should I bring: Sports clothing & footwear (PE kit is ideal), a drink and swimming kit

What not to bring: Please do not bring food with nuts in.

What do AVSSP provide: A free lunch, snack and drink as well as all equipment for the activities

What if I can’t come anymore: Please text 07555 697591 with child name, venue and date of booking to cancel and allow us to offer your place to another family.

Can I send my child with his/her own food: Yes, as long as there are no nuts.

Should I tell you about any Teaching Assistant support my child receives at school: Yes, please call 07555 697591 so we can look to put support structures in place

What if I missed some medical/disability/allergy info from my booking: Please inform AVSSP staff when signing in.




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 ♥

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!


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



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.


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

    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 – https://www.ambervalleygymnastics.co.uk