Three things to think about on the golf course

By Mark Walker | December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

You may not be able to improve your technical game while you are playing, but mentally there are a number of things you can do to optimise your performence. Check out my video below for three areas to work on which could help improve your output on the golf course. For more tips on how…

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Medical Director’s Blog – Concussion: Back to Basics

By Return2Play | October 17, 2017

By Dr Sam Barke With the start of the new school year and the beginning of a new season of winter sports I’ve been busy delivering education sessions on how to best manage injuries and specifically, how to deal with concussions. Understandably, concussion raises a number of concerns for those providing sport, particularly those who…

Here’s a routine for Twenty20 batting practice

By PitchVision | October 13, 2017

In Twenty20, you must get a move on. Traditional practice won’t cut it. So, use this routine instead. With regular, focused practice like this, you will find your Twenty20 game improve dramatically in a short time. Instead of walking out with fear and no game plan, you will find yourself better at strike rotation, scoring…

Northern Irish club wins Uefa grassroots award

By Stewart Coggin | October 10, 2017

Northern Irish grassroots football club St Oliver Plunkett have won the gold award for Best Club in the 2017 UEFA Grassroots Awards. The youth-based club uses football as a medium to develop young people from a disadvantaged community in Northern Ireland. Promoting key values such as respect and fair play, the Belfast club has given…

‘Wenger out’ was the cry from most Arsenal fans last year, but could you do any better?

By Stewart Coggin | October 9, 2017

Most fans believe they know what is best for their club. We’re the ones who live and breathe it after all. But did you know that there is a small but ambitious club in England that lets the fans manage the club? We’re not talking a fan owned club where members are elected to the…

Coach Spotlight: Dan Ashby

By Stewart Coggin | October 5, 2017

We’re mixing things up on the spotlight this week by turning our focus to a coach. Dan Ashby is the Bournemouth AFC Academy Analyst and Head Age Group Coach. Dan talked us through how he carries out his sessions, keeps his young players motivated, and also one of the pitfalls he avoids out on the training ground.…

“Rugby is safer than ever” – a response to calls to ban tackling in school rugby

By Return2Play | October 2, 2017

Fresh calls from Prof Allyson Pollock have been released to ban tackling from school rugby. She claims that the collision nature of rugby coupled with the drive to increase participation at schools, puts children at risk of both long and short-term consequences from injuries. Dr Sam Barke, Medical Director of Return2Play, the player welfare specialists, has…

Use digital scoring to make things faster and easier: here’s how

By PitchVision | September 29, 2017

The benefits of going digital have never been greater. For the first time in history, it’s a straight choice between old fashioned paper scoring and using a laptop or tablet to score. Both have advantages, but the clear winner is digital. Let’s be honest, if you have read this far, you are probably already nodding…

McDonald’s supports Community Football Days across the UK

By Stewart Coggin | September 26, 2017

Across the summer, McDonald’s supported Community Football Days alongside the four home nation FAs to celebrate the work of FA Charter Standard clubs up and down the UK. McDonald’s supported a total of 71 Community Football Days with the events having thousands of young footballers gather to enjoy football activities, and give attending clubs the…

Teamer Spotlight: Winscombe Ladies Hockey Club

By Stewart Coggin | September 21, 2017

The English hockey season is now underway and it will be another busy one for the members of Winscombe Ladies Hockey Club in North Somerset. In the latest instalment of our Spotlight series, we caught up with Winscombe’s Emma Whitehead on how Teamer helps her club organise its players. Why did you start using Teamer?…

The FA and Football Foundation launch £300,000 Futsal Fund

By Football Foundation | September 18, 2017

The Football Association and Football Foundation have today launched a £300,000 fund aimed at developing the sport of Futsal in England. Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey-sized goals and a size-four ball that has a reduced bounce. The exciting, fast-paced sport is played across the world and is…

Johns: Screaming parents make me cringe

By Stewart Coggin | September 14, 2017

Ex Australian rugby league star Andrew Johns says he ‘cringes’ when he hears parents shouting at their children in junior matches. The former Newcastle player spent some time alongside his old team-mate Danny Buderus in Hastings recently putting local youngsters through their paces. The teenagers took a lot away from the sessions, and Johns’ main…

Take a concentration lesson from Olympian Michael Phelps

By Alan Goldberg | September 12, 2017

Too many athletes mistakenly believe that when you compete, your focus needs to be on the competition and what they’re doing. There is no better example of this than watching Phelp’s semi-final and final races in the 200m Butterfly at the 2016 Olympics against South African swimmer, Chad le Clos. Le Clos had stung Phelps…