Welcome to the New Forest School Sport Partnership website.  High quality PE and sport play an important role in our young people’s lives. They can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing, build self-confidence, leadership skills and competitiveness. Sport and physical activity can also play their part improving citizenship and community cohesion as well as supporting a reduction in anti-social behaviour.

Our vision is that all young people should receive high quality physical education (PE) lessons as well as have access to an outstanding range of extracurricular sport and physical activity opportunities both on their school site and within their local community.

The New Forest School Sport Partnership has been funded and supported by its stakeholders to ensure that PE and school sport is well coordinated, delivered in abundance and to a high standard to our students within the New Forest district.

The New Forest School Sport Partnership is managed by Rob Crocker.  Rob started as the Manager for the School Sport Partnership in September 2013 and is relishing the chance to sustain and develop the sporting opportunities the School Sport Partnership brings to it’s youngsters.  He was previously employed as a Competitions Manager across the School Sport Partnership and as a School Sport Coordinator for both the Applemore and Testwood clusters, since September 2008.  Prior to this Rob worked for the sports development departments at Fareham Borough Council, New Forest District Council and Sport Hampshire & IOW.  Rob gained his First-class honours degree in Sports Studies with Business at Solent University in 2005 as well as obtaining a Distinction with a commendation for his HND in Leisure Management.

Rob enjoys sport himself, playing rugby and football as well as managing and coaching teams for Southampton Schools Football Association and Romsey Rugby Club minis.



A brief history

The New Forest School Sport Partnership (NFSSP) is based at Testwood Sports College in Totton within the New Forest National Park. The New Forest is located on the south-central coast of England and lies within the county of Hampshire.

NFSSP was established in September 2005 through the government funded national PE School Sport & Club Links programme (PESSCL). The Partnership is formed of 55 primary schools, 9 secondary schools and 3 special schools / pupil referral units (PRUs).

In September 2008, the PE and School Sport Strategy for Young People (PESSYP) was introduced. Building on the success of the PESSCL strategy, PESSYP’s aims were to improve the quantity and quality of PE and Sport undertaken by young people aged 5-19 in England.

In September 2011, the NFSSP reduced in size and became funded via a range of avenues but predominantly through its key stakeholders; The Sainsbury’s School Games initiative and New Forest state schools & academies. Since then, the Partnership has gradually expanded to provide an enhanced PE and school sport service to its schools within the New Forest.