Technique

Football – Teaching Tactics

Football is the biggest sport in England, with over 2 million people over the age of 16 playing once a week, and millions of children playing regularly.

This being the case, understanding tactics is an important part of the sport. But how young should coaches start to teach tactics to children? And how important are tactics to children’s development at grassroots level?

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Tennis – Training for Different Surfaces

Tennis is a sport that is played on a number of surfaces over the calendar year, therefore the athletes need to adapt to different conditions in order to train successfully. Some athletes do suit certain surfaces, such as Rafael Nadal who is widely considered as the “king of clay” thanks to his dominance at the French open where he has won 9 out of the last 10 tournaments. The three different surfaces are clay, grass and hard courts.

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Basketball in Schools

Basketball in Britain is governed by British Basketball with the British basketball league (BBL) being the highest league in Britain, consisting of 13 teams, 12 of those are from England the other team are Glasgow Rocks. However, it is the NBA (National Basketball Association) which is the biggest league in the world, boasting some of the biggest names in the sport, such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

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Gymnastics

British Gymnastics is currently seeing a purple patch with medals for both males and Females, such as Beth Tweddle, Louis Smith MBE & Max Whitlock winning numerous medals over recent years.

Rhythmic gymnastics is a female only competition in the Olympics and the athletes can be 16 years old when competing at the highest level.

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Rowing – Training Skills

Training to become an Olympic rower and following in the footsteps of Sir Steve Redgrave and Katherine Grainger, who both have achieved Olympic success, has very humble beginnings when it comes to training.

Over 40,000 people take part in water rowing, with the aim of that improving to over 46,000 participants by 2017 which is the final year of the Whole Sports Plan outlined by British Rowing.

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Ice Skating – How to get started

The basic skills outlined by Skate UK, who are part of the National Ice Skating Association of Great Britain & N.I, are ranked in levels from level one up to level eight. The difficulty degree rises as the levels get higher with beginners starting at level one. After undertaking each of the levels, which consists of 8 weeks’ worth of coaching, assessment is taken on the eighth week and if successful, a certificate is given to the individual. They will then be allowed to progress to the higher tier of the system.

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Racket Sports – Badminton and Tennis Technique

Technique is a topic which is heavily discussed in sport as people of all ages strive to achieve the “text book” technique of their sport, whether that be a volley in football, hurdling in athletics or serving in tennis.  All the professional tennis and badminton players around the world had to start somewhere, usually involving a PE teacher showing them a “perfect example” of a current world-class athlete in the sport.

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