Junior sports

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

    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. Putting effort into swimming definitely ensures a confident start to all kinds of boat and board sports. Learn on...
  2. Siblings: How to harmonise skill gaps

    Siblings: How to harmonise skill gaps
    Holiday happiness doesn’t depend on the hotel amenities, the rental car or the weather. It depends on your children’s ability to play together. This can be particularly hard when Self-proclaimed Football Star is stuck with his piano-playing brother for a fortnight.   So how to minimise squabbling during some easy summer football, rounders or - if you have a frisbee...
  3. 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 Terry. – Focus on footwork and you’ll do so much better. It’s also important to stay big – stay upright...
  4. 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 time of year. And they’re on the ground much more than us – inspecting leaves and bugs, comparing puddle depths...
  5. The ideal first water-sport

    – 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...
  6. Learning skiing - do's and don'ts

    Look no poles Customers keep telling me that it’s important to get the kids skiing first, only introducing them to snowboarding once they’re competent with their slaloming. Personally I don’t think techniques get in the way of each other, so this wouldn’t be a bugbear of mine. I would rather follow the kids’ enthusiasm, because enthusiasm saves a lot...
  7. Coaching kids: Good cop, bad cop

    Successful coaches aren’t charmers. We recognise the sheer toughness required to coach international sides, but we prefer generosity and warmth when looking for instructors for our kids. The difficulty is that we all like watching our kids win.That isn’t the same as encouraging gloating – we just want sport to offer our children that sense of pride and achievement. Maybe that red-faced...
  8. Family paddling: Kayaks v canoes

    Whitewater or quiet ponds - the real challenge is transporting the kitA kayak or canoe sitting in your back garden is perfectly chic, so storage isn't the challenge. It's the hauling around. Swedish car accessories maker Thule’s slogan is “Bring your life” which I find rather lovely. If you’re already in the business of dragging family bikes around the country then you’re...
  9. Got the kit, now keep the interest

    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 who weren’t the keenest joiners during their own school days love to see their offspring engaging with a sport. We...
  10. Join Team Magnus

    Messing about Team Magnus loves mucking about outdoors. Company founder Kristine Moody has always been happy to give any sport a go. Based in Perth, Scotland she's honed her skills at rustling up popular outdoors activities for kids whatever the weather. She writes for you and other active families - the families who get out early and stay out late.  

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