Junior Sports

  1. 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 people addicted to it, training day and night to excel?  A classic approach is how “well-established” the sport is, and...
  2. Best Dance Fitness Drills for Beginners

    Best Dance Fitness Drills for Beginners
    Dancing is classified as an art and not a sport, but make no mistake:  Great athleticism is required! From ballet to breakdance you can express yourself wordlessly, but you will undergo movements which are at the very limit of the human range of motion. If you do this for hours a day your chances of injury soar. Since dance is...
  3. Martial Arts Fitness Exercises for Beginners

    Martial Arts Fitness Exercises for Beginners
    If you’re a martial arts fiend, you are trained to react to external threats without conscious thinking. Karate, taekwondo and judo aim to unify body and mind. Add in MMA, and you have four full contact fighting sports where, loosely speaking, you win by disabling your opponent …  For example, the reported injury rate in judo is an astounding 79...
  4. Best Swimming Fitness Drills for Beginners

    Best Swimming Fitness Drills for Beginners
    Swimming is a phenomenal all-rounded activity which helps you develop stamina, strength and agility.   It is a tough endeavour for your metabolism: cooling down is a nightmare, as sweat doesn’t work in water; warming up requires a huge amount of energy if the water is really cold. Plus, water creates a lot more resistance than air. Propelling through it is...
  5. Best Ski Fitness Drills for Beginners

    Best Ski Fitness Drills for Beginners
    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 have to be short even with the best apparel. You don't have the luxury of long warm evenings! Ski instruction...
  6. Best Ski Prep Exercises for Ski Season

    Best Ski Prep Exercises for Ski Season
    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 that will help you keep and improve your ability to ski.  A little science first Alpine skiing is what it...
  7. Best Rugby Fitness Drills for Kids

    Best Rugby Fitness Drills for Kids
    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 by immigrants.  Both rugby and football require an unrivalled mix of strength and stamina, combined with an almost superhuman grit...
  8. Best Volleyball Fitness Drills for Beginners

    Best Volleyball Fitness Drills for Beginners
      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 about two decades after the original game. It found a lot of success during the 1930s as a very inexpensive...
  9. Best Tennis Fitness Drills for Beginners

    Best Tennis Fitness Drills for Beginners
    Tennis is a (mostly) solo sport which tests your body and mind severely. The pace of each rally is pure adrenaline and can last for entire minutes! That requires immense fitness as well as total focus. Plus, there is no way to know in advance how long a match will last, forcing strategy and pacing to adjust in real time...
  10. Best Field Hockey Fitness Drills for Beginners

    Best Field Hockey Fitness Drills for Beginners
    Field hockey is one of the oldest team sports still played, with a heritage dating back more than 4000 years! All you need is a small sized ball, some sticks and an open space. Add some friends to play with, and you have a buzzing game that will enhance your reflexes, team building ability and cardiovascular fitness.* Field hockey does...
  11. Best Soccer Fitness Drills for Kids

    Best Soccer Fitness Drills for Kids
    Soccer is undeniably catchy, doesn’t require much kit and has pretty straightforward rules, characteristics which make it a very inclusive sport for every background. No matter who you are or where you come from, you can become great at soccer! Those are reasons soccer is the most widespread sport in the world, by both number of fans and by people...
  12. Best Basketball Fitness Drills for Kids

    Best Basketball Fitness Drills for Kids
    Basketball is turbulent and great fun, it fuses skills, tactics and instinct. If you’re unable to train with your team right now, I bet you’re frustrated! I’ve got pro tips to ensure you use your forced rest period to come back a better player. It’s easy to focus on the positives of this all-action sport, and the boosts it gives...
  13. Junior Watersports Dos & Don’ts

    Junior Watersports Dos & Don’ts
    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 If your child has had a go at any other sports where balance is key, then they’re already well equipped...
  14. Goalkeeping Tips & Advice for Kids

    Goalkeeping Tips & Advice 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 Terry. – Focus on footwork and you’ll do so much better. It’s also important to stay big – stay upright...
  15. Beginner Wakeboarding for Beginners & Kids

    Beginner Wakeboarding for Beginners & Kids
    – Kids do so well at cable wakeboarding because they harbour no anxieties about looking stupid or hurting themselves, Callum Mark tells us. Mark is Activities Manager at Foxlake Adventures – a cable wakeboard park outside Edinburgh. As sports go this is “extremely progressive” – novices learn the ropes in no time. – Quite a few people have tried traditional...

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