Inspiring future athletes at the Muller Anniversary Games

You could feel the anticipation and excitement in the air as the children gathered on their school playground. Reporters and camera crews milled around waiting for the doors to open. Then a cheer went up from the children as a door swung open and their heroes walked towards them. Gearing up for the Muller Anniversary Games It was 2012 and my new baby was just eight weeks old. We bundled her into a baby carrier and packed so many items of baby equipment you could have been forgiven for thinking we were going away for a month. We’d been lucky…

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The power of sport

This is a collaborative post. The weather wasn’t the greatest on Tuesday and Lia and I ended up watching some television after lunch. As usual, she asked to watch Paw Patrol and I grumbled a bit and turned it on for her. But then something brilliant happened. Something went wrong with Netflix and Paw Patrol froze. As I was trying to get it back for her, I flicked the channel over to Wimbledon. And miraculously, Lia decided she’d rather watch the tennis than Paw Patrol. I’ll take that as a parenting win. A few facts about Wimbledon Wimbledon is where…

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10 benefits of childhood sport that stay with you into adulthood

I wrote recently about the benefits of exercise for children. I thought it would be an interesting follow-up post to look at the benefits of childhood sport that stay with you into adulthood. 1. Enjoying sport As adults, we are encouraged to stay healthy and active. But if there’s no particular sport that we enjoy, this can be difficult. Let’s face it, going to the gym can be soul destroying – unless you love it. And it’s hard to motivate yourself to participate in any sport if you don’t enjoy it. So knowing that there is a sport you loved…

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10 cheap outdoor activities to get children interested in sport

I read an article only the other day about the fact that children are starting to do insufficient exercise from the age of just 7 years old. I found this surprising because when I was a child, I’m pretty sure this was the age when children started to get really into a particular sport. How will we ever encourage the olympians of the future if they’ve already grown out of sport by such a young age? Here are 10 ways to get outside and encourage a love of sport. Park run Did you know that children could take part in…

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What are we doing with our energy?

My lack of free time at the moment makes me seriously envious of people who have time on their hands. That’s why I was interested to hear about a survey done by First Utility about what Britain puts its energy into. I say interested, actually I was a bit horrified by some of it. So, let’s start with the good bits. 37.5 per cent of people enjoy gardening. That’s great to hear, and I hope to be able to do some myself one day. I know the girls would love to be able to spend more time outside. I was…

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