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Young athletes: Should they specialise or generalise?

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Arriving at their local athletics club for the first time with their young, would-be athlete, parents can often be heard saying things like “my child’s a sprinter”, “my child’s a distance runner”, “my child’s a high jumper”, etc.  But, how can you know that if they've not had a chance to try something else? And how much of this certainty comes merely off the back of a school sports day win, or worse still, the parent’s own preference for an event?

 
Using ourselves as an example of how disastrous …

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How Volunteering Can Benefit Parents in Athletics.

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Have you ever stopped to consider the amount of time you spend sat/stood at your child’s athletics track and wondered whether that time could be used more productively? Well, it turns out there is something that you just might want to consider…


Becoming a coaching assistant, coach, or official has never been easier as England Athletics now put on regular courses throughout the year with many clubs contributing to course costs. For example, their "Leading Athletics" online qualification is "perfec…

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How To Avoid Being 'That' Parent.

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I’m sure we’ve all seen it, the over-the-top parent at school sports day or the pitch/track side parent ‘coaching’ their kid (discussed in a later blog) … usually from a place of zero knowledge and clearly attempting to live out their own personal sporting dreams via their child. But have you ever thought about how you support your child?


A quick glance around during any competition will provide you with plenty of examples of who you DON’T want to be!!! To this date, I can still recall the intern…

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