Boxing consistently punches above its weight. Just as Muhammad Ali is often described as a sportsman who transcended boxing, so boxing has the power to transcend sport, with its unparalleled ability to transform troubled lives. Here, Q Shillingford MBE draws on countless examples from his own experiences as a top amateur fighter and elite coach to show how boxing consistently packs a powerful and positive punch….
We review 1st4sport’s PE Confidence Series – a suite of six courses designed to improve the teaching practice of those timetabled to deliver physical education, school sport or physical activity to primary school children….
The growing scourge of urbanisation is stifling our children’s physical, mental, creative and social development. The more it invades our communities, and the more green spaces are destroyed, the less chance there is of our young generation making physical activity a staple part of their daily lives. Here is my personal take on why we must protect our open spaces, with some inspirational examples of how the sector is doing a fantastic job of mitigating the problem….
Leading researchers and practitioners from across England who specialise in physically active learning congregated at Leeds Beckett University for a seminar and workshop to discuss the development of strategies aimed at increasing physical activity levels in schools – with children in the UK among the least active in the developed world. Presentations showcased the current research into; knowledge on; potential of and the barriers to implementing physically active learning in lessons….
2017 has been an outstanding vintage. Our premier crew of women’s sports stars took the summer by storm and the nation was gripped, cheerleading them from the terraces and their armchairs in record numbers. Their exploits captured the attention of the media like never before, and broadcasters were forced to sit up and take notice. The recently established TeamUp campaign aims to ride this wave of publicity and capitalise on the achievements before these golden memories have time to fade….
UK Coaching’s Liz Burkinshaw provides advice to youth coaches on how to support young people during the transition from adolescence to adulthood so that sport and physical activity is not traded out of their lives. Knowing how to reach out to this key audience is crucial in terms of growing and sustaining participation….
Former teacher Bryn Llewellyn discusses Tagtiv8, his bespoke active learning resource that builds children’s confidence in key areas of the curriculum through physical activity. A research study evaluating the impact of Tagtiv8 lessons on physical activity and academic performance was carried out by Leeds Beckett University, and provided evidence to support the assertion that exercise improves brain function….
Gloucestershire Squash and Racketball Association chairman Mark Toseland is taking a proactive approach to growing participation and boosting coach development and believes county associations of other sports should follow suit. That means starting to offer more support to governing bodies and stopping relying so heavily on them to stimulate interest. …
We shine the spotlight on the pioneering Doorstep Sport Club Programme. StreetGames Strategic Lead James Gregory tells us how the charity has attracted more than 102,000 14-25 year olds into sport by supporting a network of community organisations to provide informal sports and physical activity opportunities delivered ‘at the right time, in the right place, in the right style, at the right price, by the right leader’. …
The first ten years is a defining decade in life – a critical development period when behaviours and values are most easily learned and established. Professor Richard Bailey advocates why positive exposure to physical activity and sport during the early years increases the likelihood of staying active through life and provides a blueprint for nurturing the next generation and maximising childhood potential….