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The National Schools Championships: Stepping Onto The Big Stage

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For many young athletes, the National Schools Championships is the weekend that lights the competitive touchpaper... The event's importance is undisputed, with the majority of senior GB athletes citing this event as the launchpad for their future success. Experiencing this for the first time, as a parent, is certainly a memory you'll never forget.


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 …