Jobs for the Girls – or else

11 June 2014, 14:57

Helen Grant Football, rugby and cricket could all face cuts in government funding if their governing bodies fail to appoint more female directors, according to sports minister Helen Grant.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, her first since being promoted to what she still describes as “the best job in Government”, she made it clear that getting more women into decision-making roles was a top priority.

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Download our free World Cup Wallchart

11 June 2014, 09:56

2014 World Cup WallchartTwelve stadiums, 32 teams, 64 matches, 736 extraordinary athletes, billions of spectators. The world’s biggest single-sport tournament brings the excitement of the “beautiful game” to everyone.

The Human Kinetics’ World Cup Wallchart is packed full of information about the venues, the fixtures and the teams to keep you informed and ensure you don’t miss a game.

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Teach, play and enjoy baseball

5 June 2014, 15:45

Successful coaches know the importance of drills. They form the cornerstone of most practices and are essential in developing player skills and team execution.

For younger players however, the best drills go one step further. They engage the player, promote teamwork and establish a lifelong love of the game.

Youth Baseball Drills is a comprehensive collection of more than 100 of the very best team drills for young players and their coaches. Developed specifically for players aged 6 to 18, the drills teach and reinforce fundamental skills.

Normal Price: £12.99 I €16.90
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Football coaching for primary schools

4 June 2014, 11:28

Youth Soccer Drills is an indispensable tool for coaching young footballers aged five to twelve. It contains over 100 drills and games to make training sessions more fun and productive.

Through these practice activities, even novice coaches will soon have young players mastering the essential skills of movement, dribbling, passing, shooting and heading.

Youth Soccer Drills will make practice more productive, put the fun back into fundamentals and help young players execute skills and tactics at the appropriate stage.

Normal Price: £12.99 I €16.90
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Exercise no sweat for girls

22 May 2014, 15:01

netballA new survey conducted on behalf of health club operator Virgin Active reveals that a third of young girls don’t think leading an active life is important and believe it is socially unacceptable to get hot and sweaty.

The survey of more than 2,000 schoolchildren aged between eight and 16 found that many held worrying attitudes about exercise, especially young girls, a third of whom said they avoided playing sport because they felt self-conscious and embarrassed while taking part.

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Schoolchildren put off by competitive sport

22 April 2014, 14:47

school sportsdayMost children would be happy to see the competitive element removed from school sport, according to a poll conducted on behalf of the MCC and cricket charity, Chance to Shine.

Almost two thirds (64%) of the 1000 eight to 16-year-olds questioned said they would be “relieved, not bothered or happier” if winning or losing were not a factor.

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Strength-building exercises help adolescents reduce health risks

4 April 2014, 09:59

Weight training The treatment for adolescent obesity and associated health problems has focused mostly on diet modifications and aerobic exercise such as walking or swimming.

But a recent research study concludes that adding strength-building exercises will help adolescents reduce the risks of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.

The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, show that strength capacity is strongly associated with lower cardiometabolic risk in adolescents, even after controlling for the influence of BMI, physical activity participation and cardiorespiratory fitness.

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Step it up for Sport Relief

13 March 2014, 14:50

Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, have fun and raise life-changing cash and it’s back from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March. Schools throughout the Uk and Northern Ireland will be taking part in a whole range of fundraising efforts while getting active and having fun at the same time.

To get you in the mood here’s a catchy little number that has been specially written and produced by Out Of The Ark for TES. A word of warning though, it’s one of those songs that you’ll struggle to get out of your head once it’s in there.

Good luck with your own fundraising efforts.

£750m extra for primary school sport in England

6 February 2014, 13:32

school sportsdayPrimary schools in England are to share an extra £150m per year sports funding until 2020, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced.

The direct funding scheme for school sport, announced last year, is going to be extended for a further five years.

Each year primary schools will continue to receive £8,000, plus £5 per pupil.

As well as promoting good health, Mr Cameron says, school sport has an important role in building “confidence and a sense of achievement”.

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Tournament planning made easy

5 February 2014, 11:56

Take the headache out of planning and organising tournaments and competitions with Organizing Successful Tournaments.

It provides access to over 2,600 web-based Microsoft Word templates which form the framework for virtually any type of tournament – from a simple five-a-side competition to a multi-league, season long event.

These templates are programmed to automatically create draw sheets in minutes for competitions based on your input of divisions, seeds, locations, dates and times.

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