Welcome to the New Forest School Sport Partnership website.  High quality PE and sport play is an important role in our young people’s lives. They can have a positive impact on health and well being, 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 James Cross.  James started as the Manager of the School Sport Partnership in February 2016.  He was previously employed as a qualified school teacher for five and half years and was also PE Coordinator for five of those years. James has over 20 years coaching experience in a range of sports and has experience of the whole PE provision including; lesson planning and teaching, PPA, extra-curricular, staff CPD, leadership and competition planning and coordinating. James worked closely with the previous NFSSP manager and was instrumental in launching the first Key Stage 1 competition in Hampshire. This led to producing a competition calendar in a range of sports for Key Stage 1 the year after.

James has relished the chance to sustain and develop the sporting opportunities the School Sport Partnership brings to it’s youngsters til this day with over 80 primary competitions taking place within the 2019-20 academic year and over 6,000 participants from New Forest schools.



A brief history

The New Forest School Sport Partnership (NFSSP) is based at Testwood School 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, 8 independent schools and 6 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 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.