Five-a-side big hitters Goals and Powerleague in merger talks

By Dan Pope | April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The UK’s five-a-side football market could be in for a shake-up following merger talks between its two biggest players. Goals Soccer Centres confirmed it was in early-stage talks with its main rival Powerleague about the possibility of combining the two businesses, although it advised that “no decision” had been made. A merger was among a number of “strategic…

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Too negative with your athletes? Try this

By Matthew Scholes | April 24, 2017

“The goal of positive psychology is not to avoid negative emotions or personal distress, but to help individuals to use their strengths and recognise and feel that life is worthwhile so that when they encounter adversities in life, they can draw on these inner resources.” (Norrish & Vella-Broderick 2009, p276) The science of Positive Psychology…


What to do at your first net session back

By PitchVision | April 21, 2017

Teamer has joined forces with PitchVision – the world’s best online cricket coaching – to provide you with regular coaching tips, tricks and advice. PitchVision’s coaching team are experienced and dedicated to helping you get the best from your game. Has it been a while since you got to nets? We all find it hard…

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Teamer Spotlight: Farnborough Rugby Club U13

By Stewart Coggin | April 20, 2017

The English rugby season is drawing to a close and it’s been another busy one for the U13 team at Farnborough Rugby Club. In the latest instalment of our Spotlight series, we caught up with manager Emma Henderson on how Teamer helps her organise her players. When did you first sign up for Teamer? On… Animated Drill Book: Half Field Weave

By Ryan Rabidou | April 19, 2017

Whether it’s a new lacrosse play, drill, or practice plan you need, the coaching gurus at have got you covered. Today, LaxLessons shares a stickwork / shooting drill that will get your offense hitting passes on the run and burying shots with time and room. The Setup: • 3 lines up top at the…

Future Northern Ireland football stars wanted

By Dan Pope | April 13, 2017

Young footballers across Northern Ireland are being given the chance to show off their talent at open trials for the Irish FA’s elite performance programme. Boys and girls aged 10 to 14 who dream of one day representing Northern Ireland are invited to take a trial for JD Club NI – an IFA initiative run in association with sports…

Wales’ first indoor artificial pitch “fantastic news” for football community

By Dan Pope | April 12, 2017

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) Trust has hailed the country’s first ever full-size indoor pitch, which will open later this year, as “fantastic news” for Welsh football. The state-of-the-art facility – being built at the University of South Wales (USW) Sport Park near Pontypridd – will be available to USW students and the wider…

How to manage the nerves on short putts

By Mark Walker | April 11, 2017

Do you struggle to make some of your short putts? Here is a short video that will help you make more short putts. These are a few simple and practical tips to improve your ability to sink these tricky 3-4 ft putts. Short putts can be one of the most difficult parts of golf to…

Manchester FA approves new structure giving more power to grassroots members

By Dan Pope | April 7, 2017

Manchester County FA has approved a radical new structure which will provide members of the grassroots football community with more of a say on how the game in Manchester is run. The new structure, voted on by county FA members at a general meeting last night, will remove the current council and replace it with a series…

Teamer Spotlight: Spencer Cricket Club

By Stewart Coggin | April 6, 2017

With a brand new cricket season upon us, Teamer caught up with Earlsfield-based Spencer Cricket Club, one of the biggest clubs in England. With over 1200 boys and girls playing at the club, it’s no wonder managers need a helping hand when it comes to organisation. We caught up with the Under-11 Boys manager Charles…

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When should a child play up?

By Stewart Coggin | April 5, 2017

The subject of a child ‘playing up’ above their age category can be a hot topic in youth sports. It can sometimes be a child’s parents leading the call, but this can be emotion-lead, rather than a claim grounded in reality. The fact is that there should only be one factor in the decision-making process:…

Liverpool gets green light for £17m grassroots football facilities

By Dan Pope | April 3, 2017

Liverpool is set to receive its biggest ever grassroots football investment, after the green light was given to a £17 million project to help transform facilities in the city. The project was signed off on Friday when Liverpool City Council approved plans for four new all-weather sports hubs to be built in the city as part…

Why T20 Cricket Just Isn’t Fair

By James Morgan | March 30, 2017

James Morgan is a freelance copywriter, author, and editor of The Full Toss – one of the UK’s oldest and best loved independent cricket blogs. Why is it that I dislike T20 cricket so much? Actually I’ll rephrase that. Why is it that I dislike playing T20 cricket? After all, twenty over cricket is pretty…