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View image | gettyimages.com   Cycling Paralympian Mark Colbourne MBE World Cycling track Gold Medalist Olympic Silver and Gold Medalist London 2012 World record holder in 3km pursuit. Why & how sport helped me to focus again: I became so embarrassed and lacked confidence after my near fatal Paragliding crash in May…Read more

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It started in 1964, but I still remember it well. Learning to swim at the Aldershot Command Baths with Tom Kennedy – an intimidating teacher with techniques you probably wouldn’t use today, but certainly one of the best coaches in the country in his day. My sister Jane and I…Read more

I have had to go back many a year to remember the impact my parents had on my sporting life. The memories pretty much revolve around me sitting in the back of the car asking how much longer was left until we reached the match. They were, as many parents…Read more

What sports were you involved in as a kid? As a child I played football and cricket and was a member of the Coventry Swimming Club before I became an athlete. Did you choose your sport or did your parents choose it for you? I chose running because I made…Read more

Denise_Lewis

We talked to Denise Lewis OBE – Olympic Heptathlon Gold medalist to ask her what it was like for her when he started out in sport… Did you choose your sport or did your parents choose it for you? No, I absolutely chose my sport. I watched athletics, I loved…Read more

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We talked to Libby Clegg – Double Paralympic 100m Silver Medallist to ask her what it was like for her when he started out in sport… Did you choose your sport or did your parents choose it for you? It was my decision. I chose to do Ballet and dance…Read more

Nigel_Levine

We talked to Nigel Levine – European Under 23 Champion / European Indoor Silver 400m to ask him what it was like for him when he started out in sport… Did you choose your sport or did your parents choose it for you? I chose it for myself. Were they…Read more

Kath_Merry

We talked to Katharine Merry – Olympic 400m Bronze Medallist to ask her what it was like for her when he started out in sport… Did you choose your sport or did your parents choose it for you? My decision, I chose to get into Athletics as a neighbour, a…Read more

Parental Support

Changing the game in youth sports: John O’Sullivan at TEDxBend  John O’Sullivan is a former U.S soccer player and coach who has spent almost 3 decades involved in the sport.  After working as a youth coach for the Portland Timbers, O’Sullivan created the ‘Changing the Game’ project, its mission being…Read more

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If your child starts to show promise in a sport, finding the cash to support them can be a problem. Training, coaches and clubs cost money. So does travel, particularly if your son or daughter starts competing across the globe, and that can happen sooner than you think. “I got…Read more

Parasport

View image | gettyimages.com   Cycling Paralympian Mark Colbourne MBE World Cycling track Gold Medalist Olympic Silver and Gold Medalist London 2012 World record holder in 3km pursuit. Why & how sport helped me to focus again: I became so embarrassed and lacked confidence after my near fatal Paragliding crash in May…Read more

Coaching

Changing the game in youth sports: John O’Sullivan at TEDxBend  John O’Sullivan is a former U.S soccer player and coach who has spent almost 3 decades involved in the sport.  After working as a youth coach for the Portland Timbers, O’Sullivan created the ‘Changing the Game’ project, its mission being…Read more

Youth football in England is changing. From facilities to pitch sizes to player needs, the Football Association (FA) overhauled its approach in 2012 following their youth development review. As well as the major changes such as reducing the number of players on teams, age appropriate pitch sizes and laws of…Read more

Why be a coaching assistant? When we questioned children and their coaches on parental involvement in sessions, this was generally welcomed, as long as the involvement was appropriate. Children’s responses indicated that they’d welcome doing different things with their parents and would like to share more experiences with them. Many children said they liked it when…Read more

Commonwealth Games 2014

Some random facts about the Commonwealth Games 2014 you might like to know… 50,811 people put their names forward to volunteer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh will feature in its third Games having been involved in 1970 and 1986. Athletes are expected to…Read more

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Olympic medallist, Sharron Davies is right in the heart of the action this week, reporting poolside at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She will be taking time out in between her busy schedule to answer questions live and poolside on our forum. Feel free to register and post in advance…Read more

Tonight sees the Opening Ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games and Glasgow is hoping that it will be the best games yet. 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 countries. 17 sports from Aquatics to Wrestling including Netball, Squash and Lawn Bowls. #452568794 / gettyimages.com The home nations get to complete…Read more

How old do you need to be to compete? Well the Commonwealth Games organising committee thought 13 was too young. That was until Team England appealed for potential future superstar diver Victoria Vincent to be included. She won her first senior national 10m platform title this June, and Victoria has burst…Read more

Cricket

I have had to go back many a year to remember the impact my parents had on my sporting life. The memories pretty much revolve around me sitting in the back of the car asking how much longer was left until we reached the match. They were, as many parents…Read more

Cycling

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Sky ride logoBritish Cycling and Sky have created a range of ways for people to get out together on two wheels. They come in three different formats: big traffic-free cycling events for all ages and abilities, guided group rides supported by a British Cycling Ride Leader, and social rides organised…Read more

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With the Tour De France starting in Britain this week, cycling has never been more popular. With the success of the British Olympic cycling team bringing home numerous gold medals, it’s inspired a whole new generation of cyclists, be it competitively or purely recreationally. More and more families are also…Read more

Dance

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Football

Youth football in England is changing. From facilities to pitch sizes to player needs, the Football Association (FA) overhauled its approach in 2012 following their youth development review. As well as the major changes such as reducing the number of players on teams, age appropriate pitch sizes and laws of…Read more

Funding

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Sport doesn’t have to be an expensive pastime but as many parents discover, as soon as your child starts to pursue it seriously, it can quickly become so! So what do you do if you’ve got a budding champion of the future in the household? The good news is that…Read more

Gail Emms Blog

I was incredibly fortunate and played badminton professionally. I travelled the world, competed in major tournaments and won a few medals doing so. If I had told my teachers at 16 years old that I was going to be a professional sportswoman, they would have laughed at me. Now, that…Read more

Giveaways

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Just because the weather has turned chilly, doesn’t mean you can’t still keep the kids active! Sign up now to Parents4Sport and get the chance to win some of these lovely goodies from Zoggs…    Read more

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Parents4sport have some bobble water bottles to give away. Register now on Parents4sport for the chance to win a bobble! bobble’s eco-friendly water bottle with it’s iconic design is now available in three tri-colour options, perfect for stocking up before the back to school rush. The back to school bobble holds…Read more

Nutrition

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There’s no doubt that what young athletes eat affects their health as well as their performance in sport. If they eat a poor quality diet then they not only risk illness but they will not be able to train and compete to the best of their ability Eating the right…Read more

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It is impossible for young athletes children (and adults!) to perform at their best when they are dehydrated. Even small degrees of dehydration can cause a drop in performance and make them feel unwell. If the warning signs of dehydration are ignored, youngsters can overheat rapidly and develop more severe…Read more

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Anita Bean BSc R.Nutr One of the most common questions I get asked by parents is how can they help their swimmer gain weight. Understandably, many become concerned when their child looks underweight compared with their peers or struggles to keep their weight up. This is a very common scenario…Read more

Pentathlon

Never before has there been a sport where the Parent has to be so much. In no particular order: coach, trainer, logistics, fun provider, secretary, taxi, chef, buyer, psychologist, support crew, clothing provider, financier, physiotherapist, timekeeper, groom, armourer, safety pin collector, water supplier, sleep protector, tutor, game keeper, scorer, analyst,…Read more

Rising Stars

Talent ID Schemes are the buzzword in high performance british sport. Designated pathways to identify talented individuals and nurture them through to olympic glory have been producing a number of olympic and paralympic champions for team GB. However the idea of talent ID is nothing new, in fact it seems…Read more

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If your child starts to show promise in a sport, finding the cash to support them can be a problem. Training, coaches and clubs cost money. So does travel, particularly if your son or daughter starts competing across the globe, and that can happen sooner than you think. “I got…Read more

School Sports

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With the Tour De France starting in Britain this week, cycling has never been more popular. With the success of the British Olympic cycling team bringing home numerous gold medals, it’s inspired a whole new generation of cyclists, be it competitively or purely recreationally. More and more families are also…Read more

Sports Medicine

#479283999 / gettyimages.com   Most parents are very careful about what medicines or supplement they give their children, especially as we all become so more conscious about what we put in our bodies. The level of scrutiny becomes increasingly important when your child gets to a level in their sport…Read more

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Sadly for me drugs have played a big part in my sporting history, having been beaten by East German swimmers to every major title, so it will come as no surprise that I am very anti any drug use and for strong deterrents or ideally a life time ban. The…Read more

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Heart palpitations are common in athletes and are usually felt as a regular pounding or racing of the heart in the chest, throat, and/or neck. Some athletes describe it as the heart stopping and then restarting, or a rapid fluttering. Many of the causes are innocent but some require further…Read more

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The human body has amazing powers to heal itself. Sports injuries are no exception to this rule , many sports injuries occur through overuse, poor technique or poor training. Here follows a few sports injuries and how best to manage them for yourselves Achilles tendonosis Most Achilles injuries are overuse…Read more

Sports Psychology

 Enhancing Performance Understanding Sports Performance In an evenly matched game, once engaged, the main thing that differentiates great athletes is their ability to remain focused on their goal during the course of the activity. We often see that it isn’t necessarily the most talented athletes who win. Being aware of…Read more

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In my article about parenting in sport, it was concluded parents should support, praise and encourage their child’s involvement in sport. What failed to be detailed however, is when praise should be given and where it should be directed. Therefore I shall attempt to answer these questions in the current…Read more

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We’ve all seen that one parent on the sideline, shouting out inappropriate comments at the top of their voice that are not only directed at their own child, but often at their teammates, teachers or coaches and the referee. How much does this behaviour influence the sporting experience of their…Read more

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As a football coach you are always looking at ways to improve the performance of your players and maintain the highest level of coaching. I would like to put forward a proposal of how parental involvement can be encouraged in football. Cote (1999), found that children who become experts before the…Read more

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The role of parents in youth sport has recently been thrown into the media limelight following Gary Lineker’s article for the Newstatesman. He apportions part of the blame for England’s lack of international footballing success to a negative culture at grass roots level, specifically involving “pushy parents”. It is Lineker’s…Read more

swimming

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Just because the weather has turned chilly, doesn’t mean you can’t still keep the kids active! Sign up now to Parents4Sport and get the chance to win some of these lovely goodies from Zoggs…    Read more

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It started in 1964, but I still remember it well. Learning to swim at the Aldershot Command Baths with Tom Kennedy – an intimidating teacher with techniques you probably wouldn’t use today, but certainly one of the best coaches in the country in his day. My sister Jane and I…Read more

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It started in 1964, but I still remember it well. Learning to swim at the Aldershot Command Baths with Tom Kennedy – an intimidating teacher with techniques you probably wouldn’t use today, but certainly one of the best coaches in the country in his day. My sister Jane and I…Read more

Tennis

Tennis is fun, great for fitness and for developing hand eye co-ordination. Because it can be played by all ages and abilities, and boys and girls can play together, it’s the ideal school sport. The Tennis Foundation works closely with the Lawn Tennis Association to increase tennis across schools, further…Read more

What's On

BBCGetInspired

Get Inspired is a pan-BBC initiative to promote participation and encourage individuals to get involved in grass-root sports activities. Plans for coverage of the summer’s key events include highlighting Get Inspired to the large broadcast and online audiences and pointing them towards athletics activities taking place in their local area.…Read more

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As we know kids learn by example, so if you are looking for a Challenge for yourself or want to have active fun as a family, check out www.findarace.com.  It covers a huge range of Events, nationwide so definitely worth a look.Read more

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Looking for a free workout? Check out the National Parks website which provides information on how you can enjoy our national parks, spend time with your family and get some exercise without even being aware of it.  There are so many great ways to get outdoors and enjoy your own…Read more

skyride

Sky ride logoBritish Cycling and Sky have created a range of ways for people to get out together on two wheels. They come in three different formats: big traffic-free cycling events for all ages and abilities, guided group rides supported by a British Cycling Ride Leader, and social rides organised…Read more

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Change4Life and Disney have teamed up to help your kids get active and have fun this summer. There are lots of FREE exciting events and roadshows all over the country this summer – come and enjoy the fun with Change4Life and Disney! The activities are all free – get the kids…Read more

LondonYouthGames

The Balfour Beatty London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sports event and offers an incredible sporting experience to all young Londoners aged 8-18. Over 100,000 young people take part in the event every year representing one of 33 London borough teams across 30 sports from archery to sailing…Read more