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As from December 2012

The Sheffield Federation for School Sports, in existence in various forms since 1889, is essentially the umbrella organisation that oversees the provision of sporting competition for all Sheffield schoolchildren. At present we have eleven associations performing that function; namely Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Table Tennis,Trampolining and Cycle Speedway.

We are a registered charity and exist thanks to an army of mainly teacher but also parent volunteers who strive year in year out to facilitate sporting opportunities for the schoolchildren of Sheffield.

Financially we receive an annual grant from Sheffield City Council and an annual membership fee from schools.

Schools must pay an annual membership fee to the Federation. On payment of this their pupils are allowed to enter all Federation run competitions that school year. As of 2017-18 for primary schools the charge is 45 pence per pupil for each Y5 and Y6 pupil on roll, with a minimum fee of £70. For secondary schools the cost is 50 pence per pupil for their Y7 to Y11 population inclusive, with a minimum fee of £350. Schools with a sixth form pay an extra £80.

 Association Contacts

SFSS Secretary - Pete McLeod - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Athletics Primary - Craig Malkin - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Athletics Secondary - Hannah Mitchell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Badminton - Vicki Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Basketball - Richard Downs - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Cricket - Richard Griffiths - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cross Country Primary - Steve Moran - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cross Country Secondary - Mark Bennehan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cycle Speedway - Craig Malkin - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Football Girls Primary -

Football Boys Primary - Tom Wilson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hockey - 

Inclusive Sport - Helen Solly - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Netball - Sarah Wilson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orienteering - Pauline Tryner - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Rounders - Laura Vickers - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Rugby League - Martin Shaw - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Ruby Union - Tom Grantham - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Trampoline - Helen Raynes - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

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History

The Sheffield Schools' Athletics Association was born in 1889 when the various Church Schools and New Board (Elementary) Schools began to organise friendly games of football with each other.

Among these schools were Crookes C.E., Walkley C.E., Philadelphia Board School and Crookesmoor Board School. Stones were used as goalposts and a full size ball was used. There was no offside rule and a free kick was given when the ball went out of play. Each side had to provide an umpire.


The masters who played in these games were a Mr. Davis, son of a school inspector, Mr. T. H. Muxlow, son of the Headmaster of Crookesmoor and Mr. J. Harvey of Philadelphia who became secretary of the Sheffield Football Association.


Mr. T. W. Quine and Mr. F. Bye were the founders of the Association and it was Mr. Quine who called together a few of his fellow teachers in 1888 to discuss the question of helping the Teachers' Charity funds and improving the physical and mental development of the schoolboys

As a result the Sheffield Schools' Athletics Association was born and the meeting decided to inaugurate it by arranging a match with the only Schools' Association in existence-South London.


The match, which did not take place until Saturday 3rd May 1890, was played at Olive Grove by kind permission of Sheffield Wednesday. The gate was �74 and Sheffield lost 1 - 0 to the "bigger boys" from London.


In 1889 Alderman W. S. Clegg presented the Clegg Shield for a football competition for the Elementary Schools of the City. Thurlstone were the first winners in 1890 and when they brought home the Shield the villagers and a brass band went to the station to meet the "conquering heroes". The captain was H. Depledge

In the Summer of 1889 the committee initiated a General Athletics Sports' Day held at the Bramall Lane Ground. There were over 400 entries. A shield, presented by Sir John Bingham, was awarded to the winner of the 1/4 mile championship.


Excellent gates were being taken at football and "the sports" and the Association decided to give the proceeds to the Firs Hill Orphanage For Girls. Fred Bye. the first Association Secretary, later regretted this and wished the money had been spent on a plot of land at Queens Road which would have been of immense value to the Association Both Sheffield Wednesday and United were praised by Fred Bye for their assistance in getting grounds.
A handicap cycling event was included in the Sports but this was quickly eliminated because the winner came in 200 yards in front. Seven-a-side football was played In the early 1890s with St. Mary's School being particularly successful.

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Sponsors

The Sheffield Federation For School Sports is a registered Charity and we are grateful for the continued support we receive from our Sponsors.

If you are interested in sponsoring an event or specific sport association, please contact Karen Leaver - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The following organisations currently support our work:

 

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Annual Awards Evening

Every year we hold an annual awards evening where we acknowledge the sporting achievements of a diverse range of students from across all areas of the city in a variety of awards.  

For further information on each of the awards please see the files section at the bottom of this page.

Our 2016-17 Awards Winners were:

  • Alderman Sewell Secondary Sports Personality - Hannah Bolderson - Sheffield High School
  • Primary School Sports Personality - Alex Flanagan - Monteney School
  • Volunteer Award - Mick Steele - Watercliffe Meadows School
  • Endeavor Award - Ben Sowden - Ecclesfield School
  • Pauline Filder Football Award - U15 Sheffield Schools Football Team (Declan Thompson, Sonny Wilson, Chandler Gibson, Callum Foster)
  • Frank Scholfield Cricket Award - Owais Bhatti - Fir Vale School
  • Dave Aizlewood Award - Nethergreen School
  • Primary Cross Country Award - Westways Primary School
  • Harold Whitham Athletics Award - Ana Garcia (Silverdale School) and Amy Gellion (King Ecgbert School)
  • Within Reach Award - Shaun Barker and Jenny Grafton-Whittle (Seven Hills School)
  • Primary School Sports Award - Mundella School
  • John Moss Award - Tapton PE Department
  • Chairman's Award - Brian Adams for service to Athletics
  • Special Awards:
    • Notre Dame Junior Girls Cross Country Team - for performance in National Schools Competition
    • Eve Crownshaw - Bradfield School - for achievements within Cross Country
    • Alfie Manthorpe - Tapton School - for achievements within Cross Country
    • Jodie Hill - Tapton School - for achievements within Cross Country
    • Owen Bradshaw - Westfield School - for achievements within Race Walking
    • Grace Sacheva - Lydgate Junior School - for achievements within Badminton
    • Jay Rathi & Harry Walker - Tapton School - for achievements within National Schools Badminton
    • Hunters Bar Orienteering Team - for achievements within SFSS Orienteering
    • Westfield School Sports Leaders - for contribution to school sport within the local community
    • Niyaab Shah - Abbeyfield School - for contribution to whole school sport
    • Key Stage 3 Badminton Team - Tapton School - for performance within National Schools Badminton
    • Key Stage 4 Badminton Team - Tapton School - for performance within National Schools Badminton

 

 

 

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