Thirteen steps to being a winning parent – part two

By Alan Goldberg | July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Here is the second of my four-part series on what it takes to be a winning parent when helping your child in sport. The first part, in case you missed it, can be viewed here. Step four: Be supportive, don’t coach! Your role on the parent-coach-athlete team is as a Support player with a capital…

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Football Foundation investment and its impact on participation

By Kris Barnes | July 19, 2017

Our friends at the Football Foundation, the largest sports charity in the UK (funded by the Premier League, The FA and Sport England), sent out their latest Onside magazine last week. A great read as always, and it is great to see the impact their investment in facilities around the UK is having on participation…

State control inbetween shots

By Mark Walker | July 18, 2017

Are you a competitive golfer? Do you know how to make the best use of the time between golf shots? This video gives you some practical tips that will help you perform at your best on the golf course by helping you stay in your best performance state more often. For more tips on how…

How to improve your cricket form

By PitchVision | July 14, 2017

By David Hinchcliffe, Director of Coaching, PitchVision Academy Form is a strange thing. We all know it when we have it, and we all wonder how to get it back when it goes. One preseason I had a chat over coffee with one of our senior players about form. He told me he didn’t want…

Teamer Spotlight: The Stompers

By Stewart Coggin | July 13, 2017

We head to Melbourne, Victoria, this week and our first basketball spotlight with The Stompers. Manager James Davis is a Teamer veteran and took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to explain how it helps him organise the team’s players on a weekly basis. When did you first sign up for Teamer? April 2012. Why did you…

EXPECT SOMETHING DIFFERENT at 180 events across the country

By ECB | July 12, 2017

Who doesn’t love a festival…and who doesn’t love it even more when it’s free? To keep the buzz around the Women’s World Cup going, this summer sees the staging of the Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festival with 180 events across the country. Soft Ball, say what ball?…. Don’t know the game? Couldn’t be easier. Soft…

Parents banned from school sports day after “threatening to punch teachers in the face”

By Stewart Coggin | July 7, 2017

We’ve written a number of blogs over the last few months on how to be an encouraging, supportive parent when it comes to youth sport. The importance of not interfering with coaches, referees and teachers has been written about in depth. It appears that a number of parents at Howard Junior School in King’s Lynn,…

Thirteen steps to being a winning parent – part one

By Alan Goldberg | July 6, 2017

This is the first of a four-part series of blogs from my competitivedge.com site on what it takes to be a winning parent – no matter what the sport. If you want your child to come out of their youth sport experience a winner (feeling good about themselves and having a healthy attitude towards sport),…

McDonald’s Community Football Day comes to Milton Keynes

By Stewart Coggin | July 3, 2017

Over 130 teams descended on the village of Woburn, Milton Keynes, on the weekend of June 24-25 for one of the country’s largest grassroots football events. McDonald’s are delivering Community Football Days in partnership with the four UK Football Associations and grassroots football clubs, and teams travelled from all over southern England to take part in…

Here’s the trouble with cricket stats

By PitchVision | June 30, 2017

By David Hinchcliffe, Director of Coaching, PitchVision Academy Stats are great but they can be dangerous if you want your team to do well on the field. So, if you want to tap into the power of stats and analysis for your team, you better be careful. Averages are average Let me give you an…

Teamer Spotlight: Mescalitos Banditos

By Stewart Coggin | June 29, 2017

Our first softball spotlight takes us to Wembley, north London where we visit Mescalitos Banditos. Ian Hodge took on the role of manager earlier in the year and quickly found that getting everyone in the right place at the right time was quite a task. Fortunately he discovered Teamer and we spoke to him about…

FYB Rugby making games happen

By Sean Phelan | June 23, 2017

Fill Your Boots is the grassroots rugby player exchange which has been running successfully for almost two years. Whether you are a rugby club in need of extra bodies to ensure your match takes place, or a player looking for a run-out, we can help you find a game. We have over 300 rugby clubs…

Summer football has “feel-good factor” says chairman of pilot league

By Dan Pope | June 21, 2017

Summer football has come to Lancashire this year, as the Bolton, Bury and District Football League (BBDFL) became the first grassroots league in England to officially try the switch to a summer season. Last March we heard why the league chose summer football after consulting with its members and, soon after, the FA granted sanction for a three-year…