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    Mark, father of Dylan & Luke - S4K Kickers, Farnborough

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    Christine, mother of Tristan - S4K Tots, Camberley

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    Emma, mother of Jessica - S4K Kickers, Old Windsor

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    Sarah, mother of Daniel and Harvey - S4K Strikers, Egham

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    Patrick, father of Tommy - S4K Strikers, Windsor

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    Paul, father of Lilly - S4K Kickers, Kingston

  • The highlight of our little one's week! Coach Mark and Coach Charisse are always enthusiastic and... View More..
    Emma, Karen & Jessica - mothers of Maddox, Ciara & Sebastian - S4K Kickers, Old Windsor

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    Ian, father of Robert - S4K Kickers - Egham

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    Rachael - mother of Claudia and Joshua - S4K Kickers, Guildford

Sport4Kids Football Coaching, Child Development & Girls Football Blog!

We are passionate about everything to do with sport and child development. We have a number of authors who love nothing better than to post about their passions, thoughts and feelings around the sports that they love. Take a look at our posts below and remember to link in with your favourite authors via email and social media!
The aim of this category is to look at how children develop cognitively, physically and socially and how sport can be a large part of this. 

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When Puberty Hits - 8 Tips To Keep Your Kid Motivated In Sport At Vulnerable Age

When your child hits puberty, it is a sensitive age. They aren't as enamored in the same activities that they once were. Sports is the perfect outlet to allow your child to express themselves on the field or court while staying interested in healthy activities that can keep them out of trouble during these impressionable years. But, how exactly do you make sports a priority in their life and keep them motivated at the same time? These tips can ensure your child excels at sports in their own right and stays down the straight and narrow during those pubescence years. 1. Find The Right Sport At an early age, you may have been a parent that encourages your child to participate in every type of sport that is available to them. At the time, this may have been a great idea as it gave them a flavor of new experiences to participate in.As your child gets older, you need to allow them to discover the sports that are most meaningful to them. They may not want to continue on with soccer or rather prefer to only perform in basketball. Let them make the choice as to what sports they want to continue on with. When you make sports your child's idea, you give them the confidence and support they need to discover their true interests and succeed at doing what they enjoy. 2. Get Them Excited About Sports There is nothing more thrilling than being an attendee at a professional sports event. These events can engage your child and let them see exactly how the pros do it. When you get your child excited about seeing their favorite teams play, they are more apt to mimic these role models and look to emulate their moves.Your child will want to work to improve their skills and will really look forward to seeing their favorite players reach new sport accomplishments. Get your child excited about seeing teams that matter to them, so they can progress in their own personal sports career.  3. Have Some Fun Sports doesn't always have to be about winning and losing. Sometimes, you jus...
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Kids’ sport boosts self-esteem, learning and life skills

​Sport for physical and mental fitnessIt is common knowledge that regular exercise gained through playing sport is great for kids' developing bodies and their physical fitness. In fact the NHS guidelines state, "to maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5 to 18 need to do at least 60 minutes of [moderate to vigorous] physical activity every day." These recommendations tell us that vigorous activity, which makes you breathe hard and fast, "is linked to better general health, stronger bones and muscles, as well as higher levels of self-esteem."Let's look at that again: listed along with the other benefits is 'self-esteem'. Not only can vigorous activity improve physical fitness (the NHS recommends playing chase, dancing, swimming, running, gymnastics, football, rugby, martial arts and cycling), these activities can improve a child's mental fitness as well. In this blog I'll be looking at psychological techniques including mindfulness, positive thinking, intelligent performance, purposeful practice and ways to nurture a growth mindset, which can all help to develop this mental fitness. Caring about confidenceFor a child to achieve a level of proficiency in any kind of sport requires an emotional commitment; participating in group activities from an early age helps children to develop and control the emotional, behavioural and social skills that are needed to operate as part of a team. This generates self-esteem and is valuable when transferred to other areas in life, especially when the youngest children start school. Poor self-esteem resulting in a lack of confidence, on the other hand, is one of the main factors that inhibit learning, along with fear of failure and learned helplessness. Sport for Kids recognises the importance of promoting a healthy mind, body and active lifestyle and their philosophy is simple: "We aim to build confidence in children through engaging them in sport and physical exercise."Confident children learn that sa...
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There's A Toddler or Kids Sport Class to For Every Child

There's A Toddler or Kids Sport Class to For Every Child
Parents often take their children to a toddler or kids sports class and they don't quite get it or feel comfortable and don't settle. This may be any kids class, whether they be a rugby class, a football class or a dance class. It may be the coach, the activity, the environment or even the type of sport it is, that just doesn't suit certain children. I often hear children say..."I am no good at sport"…"I don't enjoy exercise"...I have heard it so many times My reply is "You haven't tried the right sports class yet" That's why at S4K we offer classes in so many sports from such a young age. From tots to teens. We need to give the full range of experience for our children. Not everyone can enjoy playing the same sport, we believe that exposure to many sports allows the child to find their niche. To find something they feel at home with, suits their physique and their temperament. Each child has their own natural movement style and footprint, which is often suited to certain sports and specific classes. The S4K Way and child development philosophy is embedded in the Montessori method of the prepared child and the prepared environment. The prepared environment is crucial as the emphasis is on creating a fun entertaining environment which engages the children. Whilst having fun, laughter and encouragement children are developing core and natural movement skills whilst playing. This builds skills whilst having a great time, they almost develop and progress without knowing. This gives them the skills to grow in confidence and gain transferable skills that will allow them to feel comfortable and even thrive in multiple sporting disciplines. There is considerable evidence that shows many sportsmen and women at the very top of their game played multiple sports in their teens before narrowing their field of expertise. Exposure to many sports gave them a well-rounded development, both physically and mentally, giving them an advantage over thei...
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Changing The Face of Children's Sport in Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire

Changing The Face of Children's Sport in Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire
As the new Network Partner for Sport4Kids Beaconsfield Bucks Territory, I would like to introduce myself, tell you a bit about my background and passion for encouraging children to take part in Exercise and Sport.  I would also like to welcome you to a free taster in one of our wonderful toddler and kids football and rugby classes. I have run a successful sports coaching business for more than 10 years, working mostly in Primary Schools in and around High Wycombe. My team of coaches currently work together to instil a love of sport in more than one thousand 4-11 year olds a week. Our focus is of course skill development but we are driven to make PE inclusive and fun for all abilities. It is so important to leave Primary School with a positive attitude towards Physical Exercise and to set the ground stone for the teenage and adult years. It is my belief that sport not only benefits children physically but also in their mental well being. The World Health Organisation is clear on the value of sports and physical activity; "...... participation in physical activity can assist in the social development of young people by providing opportunities for self-expression, building self-confidence, social interaction and integration. It has also been suggested that physically active young people more readily adopt other healthy behaviours (e.g. avoidance of tobacco, alcohol and drug use) and demonstrate higher academic performance at school".We advocate introducing children to sport as young as possible, that's why we have toddler football and toddler rugby classes to help them feel at home in a sporting context as they journey through their childhood years and embed good, healthy habits from the start. These classes help them to grow in all sorts of ways whilst having fun. They develop core motor skills and build confidence - being in a sporty environment with their parents and a fun and caring S4K coach is just the best start to their s...
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Why the path to football stardom is easier than ever for children to follow

Why the path to football stardom is easier than ever for children to follow
If you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, it's highly unlikely that they'll profess aspirations of middle management. Instead, they're likely to share their dreams of becoming the next Beyoncé, Steve Jobs or Ronaldo. The sky's the limit for many children and that's exactly where they're aiming.This leaves many parents with a dilemma over how much they should support these dreams, especially if a child shows particular promise in their interest — be that with skills on the football pitch, a keen technical eye or an impressive vocal range. On one hand you don't want to set them up for disappointment, but on the other you don't want to deny them the chance to achieve their dream.Of course, skill isn't always enough when breaking into the big time — luck and timing also play a large part in setting a child on the road to success. There's clearly a huge leap between local kids' football classes and the hallowed turf of Wembley — reasoning that can be hard to explain to a determined six-year-old. The good news for budding young footballers is the chance of being scouted from lower level clubs is greater than ever. Following the success of Jamie Vardy, who quickly rose through the ranks to the heady heights of the Premier League, it seems the opportunities for young talent to be scouted are becoming more prevalent.In a recent interview with sportswear supplier Kitlocker Tim Coe, chief scout at Crystal Palace, spoke of the importance of scouting at grassroots level:"We spend the vast majority of our time watching lower league and non-league football. There is a lot of talent and potential and there are a lot of examples of players who have risen through the levels to play at the highest level."Joe Purkiss, scout at Revo Sports Management, works with teams across the league and most recently scouted for Sheffield United's under-13s' youth team. Joe also told Kitlocker about the wealth of talent just waiting to be discovered in lower and non-league teams:"Sco...
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Girls’ Games – why football and rugby are not just sports for boys

Are girls restricted by other people's attitudes when it comes to choosing the sports they want to play? Discover why there's never been a better time for girls to choose football or rugby, and learn 11 ways to encourage your daughter to achieve her goals!It's been so exciting being involved in setting up new S4K classes in Twickenham and Hounslow, and ensuring that both boys and girls feel equally welcome. There are many different factors that affect children's choice of sport. I am especially keen that girls are given the opportunity to try out football and rugby, so they understand that girls can play these games just as well as the boys do.She's not scared – are you?My daughter came home from secondary school one day, excited to tell us she had been picked for the girl's rugby team! Admittedly she was already a good footballer, but the idea of her playing contact rugby was frightening. Visions of scrums and scary players immediately leapt to mind. However we were persuaded to let her play 'just this once,' bought her a gum-shield and of course she was perfectly fine. In fact we had to let her continue playing as her team kept on winning and made it all the way into the national finals. She was rightly proud and justified as we realised that our fear – not hers – was creating an unreasonable obstacle. Playing sport since she was tiny had given our daughter confidence in her body and her ability, as well as the determination and resilience that she needed to be fearless.Sport4Kids classes are ideal for getting girls into sport at an early age and building their confidence. With the assurance of a safe environment and using the Montessori philosophy of the 'prepared child' to encourage independent learning, even Tots from the age of 18 months can benefit from S4K football and rugby skills-building activities, progressing into Kickers or Cubs classes at 3-5 years old.Girls have an equal right to play sport – any sport.Imagine your little girl tells you that she want...
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Anatomy of a School Teacher

Anatomy of a School Teacher
  School teaching, where PE, Sports or classroom based is an extremely rewarding profession - but what does the anatomy of a school teacher look like? Provided by edustaff
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Eyes of a Parent Coach

Eyes of a Parent Coach
Often, parents will discuss their child’s lack of interest in Sport and question why, but struggle to understand the root cause. Children are now growing up in a digital age and are getting exposed to Tablets, Smart-Phones and Social Media which is unfortunately distracting them from Physical Education. Furthermore, the government recently announced some astounding statistics on the increase of child obesity in England and Wales which is largely contributed by children not attaining a correct diet. There is not an easy answer to overcome these challenges of growing up in 21st Century, but as a parent, a large percentage of this dis-engagement can be down to parental responsibility in combination with the learning environment that the children find themselves in. As a parent I was always keen on my kids getting involved in Sporting Activities, both at School and After School. One area that struck me whilst taking my kids to a Weekend Football session was the unfortunate lack of engagem...
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The Day In The Life Of An Olympic Gymnast

The Olympic Games is bound to prove an inspiration to people right across the globe. Whether they’re aspiring athletes with an eye on Tokyo in 2020 or enthusiastic amateurs eager to push themselves to achieve their own potential, the action in Rio is sure to prove a big motivating factor as they hit the gym in the coming months.Yet what does it actually take to be an Olympian? And what lessons can we learn from the sacrifices that were made by the medal winners in Brazil?  The daily routine of a history making gold medal winner Luckily, we are able to see exactly what it takes to become a success on the biggest stage thanks to the insight of gymnast Gabby Douglas.  Douglas made history in Rio when, along with Aly Raisman, she became the first American to be part of two gold medal winning teams. Typically, this competitive sport sees athletes get just one shot at the Olympics so Douglas’ routine has been a crucial part in helping her to buck the trend.Before heading to Rio, Do...1369786725000 c03 gabby 21 1305282034 4 3
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5 Perfect Father’s Day Presents for Sport Loving Dads

Father’s Day is approaching, but luckily for you, it’s still far enough away to ensure you have time to get your dad a really good present. If your old man is really into sport, you’re in luck: you have the golden ticket when it comes to present buying, knowing that a sports-themed gift is bound to put a smile on his face! What would we recommend? Well, any of these five perfect Father’s Day presents… 1. A sports membership Rather than buying him yet another sports-themed mug or t-shirt (come on, try harder!), why not get him a membership? If your dad likes to cycle, gift him a British Cycling Federation membership to earn him priority access to ticketed events, monthly emails, offers, interviews, discounts and more. You could also buy him a 12-month pass to his favourite football or rugby club, or even just pay his fee at the local gym for the next six months. Doubtless he’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness, and you’ll win bonus points for a gift that keeps giving long after Father’s D...shutterstock 140079610
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