Motor skills

  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. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Sports injure, sofas kill

    What's a broken ankle anywayA protective parent is a good parent, no? There’s a great deal of maternal anxiety about sharp tools, about speed and about general shenanigans off the ground – in trees and on walls. Tools can injure fingers and going fast or climbing high can damage knees, elbows, wrists and ankles. Yes, sure. I like well-functioning...
  5. 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...
  6. The anti-helmet argument

    The case for bike helmets isn’t cut and dry. Personally I don’t like the smugness that often goes with purchasing safety kit. 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 the protective value of helmets to...
  7. Toddler parkour over organised sport

    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 years football coaching, gymnastics or racquet sports. The logistics of organised sports for a family with two or three children...
  8. Kids, knives and chainsaws

    Only the strong can belong, is the motto on the Isle of Berk, where the hairy Hooligans live in the “How to Train Your Dragon” series. Well, I hate to boast, but in my home country of Norway full-on four-inch knives, complete with carbon-rimmed stainless steel blades, are a bog standard christening present. I was reminded of this when I...

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