Winter Training Tips

Winter Training Tips

It’s no secret that winters in the U.K are pretty miserable 90% of the time, and that those long, dark months coincide with the middle of most of our sporting seasons. So, preparing for exercise during this time isn’t as simple as a grabbing a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, it involves sensible planning to ensure that children get the most out of their time out on the pitch and avoid freezing at all costs – so stay prepared with our winter training tips.

It’s not as easy as just layering up and wearing gloves, though, as you should always take the conditions into consideration when planning your sessions. The cold brings an increased risk of injury and any contact definitely hurts more when muscles are contracting and getting tighter. On top of this, standing around in the cold is not fun, so it would be easy for participants to lose interest and avoid getting involved.

To counter the negatives, we’ve come up with a handy guide of winter training tips on how to continue to get the most out of sessions whatever the weather. Ultimately, the aim has to be maintaining enjoyment levels for children and lower the risk of injury, so read on for some key winter training tips…

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Nutrition for Young Athletes

Nutrition For Young Athletes

Nutrition for young athletes                       Nutrition for young athletes

Nutritional Needs

A growing child will always need regular, balanced meals for a healthy lifestyle but children taking part in strenuous or endurance sports will need that little bit extra to maintain growth and even give them a competitive edge. All day activities and endurance sports such as cross country, athletics events or all day competitions inevitably increase the amount of refueling required – especially in comparison with activities that run for an hour or less. This is why nutrition for young athletes is so crucial.

A child athlete needs a variety of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, protein and carbohydrates.

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Tips For Developing Talent

Tips For Developing Talent

Tips For Developing Talent        Tips For Developing Talent

When looking at the world’s most successful sports men and women, it’s easy to forget that they came from the very same small grassroots organisations that we know and love. They seem superhuman, godlike and just out of reach from people like you and I – not many people even know these sportspeople, maybe just a friend of a friend’s cousin. So how did they make it to the levels of sport that we can only dream of? Put simply: grassroots sports. If you want to get the best out of your young upstarts, read on and check out our tips for developing talent.

Developing Olympic level talent isn’t an overnight job and, more importantly, shouldn’t be the focus of training sessions for young players at grassroots level. The biggest task is engaging participants, promoting fun and instilling values that will last a lifetime. Afterall, the chances are that a child’s first experience of organised sport is with you, so creating an environment that they’ll want to come back to is essential. In this article, you’ll be able to find some key pointers on how to nurture that young talent and ensure their passion is sparked and grows.

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