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Active living

  • Kids' wetsuits for cold water - the science

    Kids' wetsuits for cold water - the science

    Nothing beats a refreshing dive into a crystal clear lake!  But remember, all the conventional ways in which our amazing bodies regulate their body temperature are extremely inhibited in water. They’re almost nullified. That jeopardises how alert and strong you...
  • Are  e-sports legit?

    Are e-sports legit?

    Defining what’s a sport can be tinged with superiority and favouritism! Wait billiard? Is that even a sport? What about darts? Or e-sports? Or car races? Or hunting? They very often don’t look very athletic. So, why are so many...
  • Stretching - a mythbuster

    Stretching - a mythbuster

    Some call stretching a waste of time; some say it is more important than training itself. There are claims that 15 minutes of stretching every day reduces the risk of injury to pretty much non-existent and counter-claims that stretches weaken...
  • Bursting with energy: How to dose your daylight

    Bursting with energy: How to dose your daylight

    Staying outdoors is just as important to your health as being active.  We’ll cover some well-known risks of strong sun later, but first the positives: As you go through your childhood and teens, daylight is a literally brilliant way to...
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Junior sports

  • Best ski drills for learners - the science

    Best ski drills for learners - the science

    Keen skiers normally can't wait for their kids to hit the slopes! Fact is, this is an expensive commitment. Unless you have an amazing mountain home, there won't be many chances to practice either. Finally, the subzero temperatures: Sessions might...
  • Best off-snow prep for ski season - the science

    Best off-snow prep for ski season - the science

    Deep snow, vast spaces, great views…. and costly tickets and kit. Normally you have long breaks between skiing sessions, or maybe only one week’s skiing a year. Here are some science based strength and conditioning drills for grass or tarmac...
  • Junior water-sports: do's and dont's

    Junior water-sports: do's and dont's

    Sailing and paddle-sports instructors often focus on making the dinghy, canoe or kayak a happy environment by throwing balls around. Kids familiarise themselves with the roll of the vessel and the movement of currents through simple games. Learn on land...
  • Goal-keeping tips for kids

    Goal-keeping tips for kids

    We have great tips for wannabe goalkeepers from Danny Terry, who was 18 when he started playing football. He now trains with Albion Rovers so it’s safe to say he’s caught up. – Quick feet is what you’re after, says...
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Motivating kids

  • Siblings: How to harmonise skills gaps

    Siblings: How to harmonise skills gaps

    Holiday happiness doesn’t depend on the amenities of the hotel, the size of the rental car or the amount of sunshine. It depends on your children’s ability to play together. If your sports nut older son is stuck with a...
  • Trusting kids with boats

    Trusting kids with boats

    “Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING–absolute nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” This is Ratty’s poetic words of advice to Mole in Wind in the Willows. How to promote children from passengers to...
  • Coaching kids: Good cop, bad cop

    Coaching kids: Good cop, bad cop

    Successful coaches aren’t charmers. We recognise the toughness required to coach international sides. Of course we prefer generosity and warmth when looking for instructors for our kids. The dilemma is: we all like watching our kids win. We want sport to offer...
  • Hesitant joiners & team sports - parenting do's and don'ts

    Hesitant joiners & team sports - parenting do's and don'ts

    It’s sod’s law that your child won’t tell you that he hates rugby until he has the new boots and the head guard – he might even wait until you’ve had his three-figure mouthguard fitted at the dentist’s. Even parents...
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Outdoors clothing

  • Winter apparel 101

    Winter apparel 101

    The right kit keeps kids outside for longer. Regardless of the activity, you’re likely to go at a slower pace than you would do without kids, assuming they are beginners. So make sure your own patience isn’t impacted by cold...
  • Summer apparel 101

    Summer apparel 101

    Even in milder weather parents need to plan. Beach play, full-on water sports or long bike rides all require back-up changes of clothes. But don't let that stop you! Life is more fun when you’re not scared of getting wet...
  • Base layers for kids - the lowdown

    Base layers for kids - the lowdown

    Southern Europeans love a huge chunky overcoat for themselves and their kids – “Bring on winter weather!” This is only good if your idea of a great day out is standing at bus-stops. But kids love a good run-around any...
  • Dress for success: Layering for winter

    Dress for success: Layering for winter

    It isn’t about the expensive overcoat. It certainly isn’t about the matching hat and gloves. Each autumn British stores are filled with kids’ winter clothing which just doesn’t do the job. The goal surely is to stay outdoors for the...
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Motor skills

  • Sitting is the new smoking

    Sitting is the new smoking

    The gym classes, the new juicer, the cardio apps – it just got old. The thing now is to stand up. If you sit a lot, then more exercise time doesn’t make up for the damage which sitting is doing...
  • The anti-helmet argument

    The anti-helmet argument

    The case for bike helmets isn’t cut and dry. Ticking a box which says safety is very different from increasing safety. There are surprisingly good, well-researched arguments being made against bike helmets. Let’s separate three different helmet debates: Obviously there is...
  • Kids' parkour - healthy, fun and free

    Kids' parkour - healthy, fun and free

    You can build everyday sports skills without equipment or lessons. There’s an industry around parents telling them to sign their children up for endless classes – promising to set their offspring up for a lifetime of sporting success with early...
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Outdoors living

  • Camping for beginners

    Camping for beginners

    Didn't camp much as a kid? It's not a big step to offer your own kids some light adventure! Eating outdoors, organising garden games, a weekend of camping - it's the same mindset. There really are only two essentials to...
  • Quick routines, great gains

    Quick routines, great gains

    Babies teach you how to put your own needs to the side. Family logistics only become bigger as they grow. If you managed to keep your sports up in the free hours you had while your baby or toddler was...
  • Siblings: How to harmonise skills gaps

    Siblings: How to harmonise skills gaps

    Holiday happiness doesn’t depend on the amenities of the hotel, the size of the rental car or the amount of sunshine. It depends on your children’s ability to play together. If your sports nut older son is stuck with a...
  • Sitting is the new smoking

    Sitting is the new smoking

    The gym classes, the new juicer, the cardio apps – it just got old. The thing now is to stand up. If you sit a lot, then more exercise time doesn’t make up for the damage which sitting is doing...
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Strength & conditioning

  • Sports gifts for teens: Home gyms on a budget

    Sports gifts for teens: Home gyms on a budget

    It’s goodbye to half the fun this winter as contact is not allowed in most sports. No live spectators, no fixtures, and gym restrictions... Now is the time to find that inner determination you need in the last minutes of...
  • Best off-snow prep for ski season - the science

    Best off-snow prep for ski season - the science

    Deep snow, vast spaces, great views…. and costly tickets and kit. Normally you have long breaks between skiing sessions, or maybe only one week’s skiing a year. Here are some science based strength and conditioning drills for grass or tarmac...
  • Come back better: lockdown and pre-season drills for rugby

    Come back better: lockdown and pre-season drills for rugby

    American football (we’ll just call it football from now) and rugby have different sets of rules, different strategies and different fan-bases. But they share origins going back a couple of hundred years, with the British game brought to the US...
  • Volleyball - lockdown drills

    Volleyball - lockdown drills

      Volleyball was born on the East coast as a contact-free, lower intensity alternative to the newly rising US sport basketball. American soldiers spread it to Europe during WW1. The most well-known variation is beach volleyball, which originated in Hawaii...
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