Sportshall athletics is an indoor mix of fun and competition during the winter months for U11, U13 and U15 athletes. Sussex AA supports two Sportshall leagues which take place at Horsham and Worthing. The Horsham league fixtures are presently held at Tanbridge School, with six clubs taking part (the maximum possible for the size of the hall) and the Worthing league fixtures are held at the Lancing Leisure Centre and involve five clubs. From the results of the league fixtures, teams are selected to represent Sussex in the regional inter county events for under-11s and combined under-13s/under-15s which are held at Burgess Hill. The events bring the most talented youngsters from each county league programme together to create an exciting culmination to young club athletes winter season.
The Sportshall League at Tanbridge School in Horsham, organised by John Linfield, began in 1981 when the Blue Stars promoted two demonstration meetings. In the early days there were only four or five clubs in the county interested in this form of competition but in recent years there has been more widespread interest since UK Athletics adopted Sportshall as a grassroots scheme – a first step into the sport for young people. Many current and former GB Team members started in the Sportshall programme including Mark Lewis-Francis, Kelly Sotherton, Denise Lewis, Jade Johnson and Morgan Lake.
In 2016 Brighton & Hove’s Amber Anning ended her Sportshall career by winning the UK Under 15 All Rounder title, to add to the two individual titles she had won as an Under 13. Amber is the county’s most successful ever Sportshall athlete and finished her time having broken ten out of a possible 18 County Sportshall Records.
In 2017 Horsham’s Seb Wallace won the Under 13 boys Standing Triple Jump title.
View the Sussex Sportshall League Records by clicking here:
See Sportshall in action https://www.youtube.com/user/EvequeSportshall
You can view Individual Sportshall Events via these links:
Speed Bounce – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhfsEgE9asI
Standing Long Jump – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoirCTr8wi4
Standing Triple Jump – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoJEXxm1pjY
Vertical Jump – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNl8ijnm-y8
Balance Test – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C25YVomk2aM
Target throw – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpAsPEN3k9g
Hi Stepper – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KZbc7qxp3s
Obstacle Relay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhhPc1HOKJ0
4X1 Lap relay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEyvv2xCIj0
Over Under Relay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzuyNCJlCso
1+1 Lap relay – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1t9L5uq6NY