AVSSP delivers a range of competitions and events exclusively targeting students with SEN/D across Amber Valley

These events give students who would not usually represent their school in sport an opportunity to compete against other schools in a fun, safe, developmental environment in a range of different sports and physical activities


Secondary events 2015/16:

KS3 Football

AVSSP coordinate a SEN KS3 Football league open to any of the 11 secondary and special schools in Amber Valley, the league is played across 3 rounds with the winner progressing to the Derbyshire County final later in the year.

2015/16 standings:

1st: Heanor Gate - 19 points

2nd: John Flamsteed - 18 points

3rd: Swanwick Sports College A - 14 points

4th: Swanwick Sports College B - 8 points

5th: Ripley Academy - 4 points


Sportshall Athletics

AVSSP combine both primary and secondary SEN Sportshall Athletics events to allow secondary students to take a leadership role with the younger children while also competing themselves against other schools in various races and field events. This year saw Heanor Gate and John Flamsteed students show fantastic leadership schools to coordinate field events, take down scores, team manage and ensure the primary students had a terrific experience, before getting onto the track themselves to compete.


Wheelchair Basketball To give students  experience of a new sport a Wheelchair Basketball competition is coordinated and delivered at Heanor Gate Science College. The competition takes the form of a festival with each team playing each other at least once to form an overall league table, coaching and tactical advice is also offered with the main aim being to improve students understanding of the game and encourage them to play more in the future with the AVSSP supported Wheelchair Basketball club going from strength to strength on a Monday evening.

2015/16 results:

1st: Heanor Gate B

2nd: Heanor Gate A

3rd: Ripley Academy

4th: John Flamsteed B

5th: John Flamsteed A 



Indoor Rowing

This year, for the first time, SEN students were given the opportunity to compete against counterparts from other schools in an Indoor Rowing event. The competition took place at Ecclesbourne School and utilised software to project the athletes progress in the race onto a large screen infront of them, allowing everyone in the room to see how the positions changed throughout the race making for a great atmosphere! Athletes from 4 schools thoroughly enjoyed the event, one which will definitely be in the calendar again for next year!

2015/16 results:

1st: Ecclesbourne A

2nd: Ecclesbourne B

3rd: Swanwick Sports College

4th: John Flamsteed 5th: Holbrook Centre for Autism



Each year AVSSP put on a Boccia plus competition which attracts fantastic interest from schools across the borough especially with the added carrot of progression to the Derbyshire County final. The competition allows each school to play a number of games against other teams before being put forward into a knock out round, eventually resulting in a final between the best two teams on the day This year was exceptionally well attended with 13 teams from 6 schools taking part to make for a brilliant atmosphere in the venue!

2015/16 results:

1st: Ripley Academy B

2nd: John Flamsteed

3rd: Ripley Academy A

4th: Ecclesbourne A

5th: Ecclesbourne B

6th: Aldercar C

7th: Ecclesbourne C

8th: Aldercar B

9th: Heanor Gate A

10th: Heanor Gate B

11th: Swanwick Sports College A

12th: Aldercar A

13th: Swanwick Sports College B


Cross Country

To allow students to get an experience of long distance running and competitive athletics a Cross Country Plus event is delivered each year open to all schools in Amber Valley. Races are run across a 1000m approx grass track and comprise of relays and individual races which can accommodate large numbers of students allowing for new students to become the latest to represent their school in sport! In April 2016 John Flamsteed, Ecclesbourne and Swanwick Sports College took part in races across Eyes Meadow, Duffield with John Flamsteed coming out on top to take home the medals!


To encourage the development of racket skills and give students an opportunity to experience playing competitive tennis AVSSP facilitate an annual competition at Ecclesbourne School. Games are played in the doubles format on short tennis courts using basic tennis rules. Each game is played to 10 points with the aim being that students get to play as many games as possible to build up their skillset in the sport. This year due to a fantastic level of interest the event was played across 3 groups allowing us to crown 3 seperate winners

Group A winner - Aldercar High School

Group B winner - Ecclesbourne 

Group C winner - John Flamsteed


Go Ride Cycling

Each year AVSSP set up and run a fully inclusive cycling event aimed at SEN departments. The competition is flexible to the needs of those attending and includes races both across a cross country style course and a grass track velodrome. While there is a competitive element to the event the main aim is for all involved to enjoy their time on the bike with staff able to offer support in riding a bike to those in need of it. This year three schools attended the event allowing for some fantastic races and challenges with home team John Flamsteed School coming out on top!

KS3 Football

To end the year we hosted a one off KS3 Football tournament at Swanwick Sports College making use of their fantastic astro turf facility. Six teams took part in a terrific event which saw a great standard of football played in a competitive yet sporting atmosphere, John Flamsteed B took home the trophy and the bragging rights going into next year with Heanor Gate A coming a close 2nd. Full results below:

1st: John Flamsteed B - 15 points

2nd: Heanor Gate A - 12 points

3rd: Heanor Gate B - 9 points

4th: Swanwick Sports College - 4 points

5th: Aldercar - 2 points

6th: John Flamsteed A - 1 point


Congratulations to everyone who took part in an event this year, we look forward to seeing you again in 2016-17!