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.




Amber Valley School Sport Partnership recently hosted a Multi-Sport Festival at Alfreton Leisure Centre during the run up to the Christmas holidays. Around 50 young people with a range of physical impairments and learning difficulties joined us to take part in a range of inclusive activities.



The afternoon consisted of the children trying out 5 different activities with focus on teamwork and self-belief. The games were Boccia, Polybat, Goalball, New Age Kurling and Seated Volleyball with relevant adaptations used to ensure all participants could take part at an appropriate level. Adapting the activities accordingly meant everyone could be included regardless of their physical capabilities.








Each activity helped children develop a wide range of skills such as teamwork & communication through Goalball, self-belief through progressively more challenging activities in Seated Volleyball while Boccia was a test of children’s precision and concentration.








The event also provided a wonderful opportunity for sports leaders from David Nieper Academy to plan and deliver the activities, many of whom were working with children with additional needs for the very first time. The group were supported to design progressive activities making use of specific inclusive sports equipment to ensure the pupils had a fantastic experience.



We hope everyone enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did, a huge thank you to everyone who attended!

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.

With COVID-19 forcing us to cancel our ever popular Sportshall Athletics events in the Autumn term AVSSP launched its very first Virtual Competition on 14th September.

Running for two weeks and tasking school staff and AVSSP coaches to deliver four simple athletics based challenges the competition helped bring physical activity to life and instil some competition into school sport once again.

So much so that over 4000 children across Amber Valley got involved, a frankly incredible number we never thought possible! Pupils were scored on Speedbounce, Chest Push, Shuttle Sprint and Track challenges with an average score then allocating to each school for mainstream and SEN/D pupils.

4000 entries meant 4000 certificates, 150 medals, 22 rosettes and countless ‘Spirit of the Games’ awards to help bring the AVSSP competition experience to each school in its own way.

A massive congratulations to every pupil and school who got involved, we can’t wait to see how you do on the next Virtual Competition challenge – Fencing!


To view Sportshall Athletics results click here