Sport, Euro 2022 and inspiring a generation
Aug02

Sport, Euro 2022 and inspiring a generation

Do you remember the slogan for London 2012? Inspire a generation. Part of London hosting the Olympic games was that it should have a legacy, in terms of its transformation of the local area, but also in participation rates of sport. All those cyclists, swimmers, athletes and gymnasts were supposed to inspire us all to get off our backsides and get active. There was certainly a spike in cycling for a while, but that has tailed off. Can...

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How do you know if your child is talented at sport?
Aug31

How do you know if your child is talented at sport?

The other day, I saw a tweet about a webinar for parents of children aged 8-12 who are talented at sport. And I thought, how do you know that your child is talented at sport at that age? My own son is 17. He came fourth in the long jump at English Schools national athletics championships. He is also very high on the UK rankings. He is, without a doubt, talented at sport. But did I know that he was talented when he was 8? Or 12? No, I...

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The FA Cup final: A dream come true
May19

The FA Cup final: A dream come true

The FA Cup Final 2021 was an official government test event, to check the effects of running big events again as the Covid-19 pandemic eases. It was also a dream come true for my dad. My parents grew up in Warwickshire, not far from Leicester. Which makes my dad a lifelong Leicester City fan. It also makes me and my brother lifelong Leicester City fans (although I must admit I do dip in and out of football a bit). Leicester City have...

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Doing GCSE PE
Nov25

Doing GCSE PE

If you have a child who is good at sport and loves it, GCSE PE is a fantastic thing to study. But they really do need to be good at a number of sports. My son is considered to be one of the top sportsmen in his year at school. He is a real all-rounder when it comes to sport, so GCSE PE is perfect for him. It isn’t all practical sports lessons. The majority of lessons (I think 60% of them) are theory lessons. GCSE practical...

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The avulsion fracture and recovery part 3
Nov18

The avulsion fracture and recovery part 3

Back in June, my son suffered an avulsion fracture on his pelvis. Avulsion fractures are usually related to sport and are more common in young people who are growing quickly. My son’s fracture was caused by pulling a muscle while doing long jump in competition, which pulled his bone away. He was in a lot of pain and was taken to hospital by ambulance. He has made a remarkable recovery since then, but was told he would need to go...

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