Becoming a successful sports coach

It is possible to be a successful sports coach without doing it as a full time job or for financial reward. Up and down the country there are coaches for a whole variety of sports who give up their time voluntarily in the evenings and weekends to teach and train people of all ages in a wide variety of sports. These people are teaching everything from field hockey drills to rugby scrums to football tackles so here we look at how to get into coaching sports and how to be good at it.

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There are over a million coaches in the UK working with adults and children to develop their sporting skills across a huge variety of sports. This doesn’t however mean that sports don’t need more coaches, and as a large proportion of coaches are volunteers there will always be room for more.

Getting into coaching

One of the best ways to get involved in coaching is to start off as a volunteer. The governing bodies of most sports such as the FA have lots of information and support about how to get involved, but the best way is to ask in your local community about sports groups and organisations. If you have children then you may want to volunteer at sporting groups that they attend as this can be a great way of getting coaching experience at grass roots level.

What you need to be a sports coach

One of the most important qualities for a sports coach is commitment. This is important, as the people you are training will be relying on you. Whatever the weather you will need to be prepared to give up your time to train or attend competitive tournaments. Coaching can require you to carry around a lot of equipment and store this in your home. One solution to this could be to use some Garage Shelving like those that you can find at sites like This will help to keep the equipment away from the floor or others areas where it could potentially become damaged.

Ideally you should have a coaching certificate and your club or team should be able to help you sort this out. It is also important for coaches to be organised and some sort of plan for training sessions is essential.

Hopefully this has inspired you to volunteer and have a go at coaching so the next time you are taking your son or daughter to a sports training session, have a think about whether you might have what it takes to be a coach. You may be surprised.

How an extra pair of socks can stop football blisters

Anyone who has ever had a blister will know just how debilitating it can be. It starts as a slow burn and then becomes an unbearable raw wound that takes ages to heal. It’s safe to say that blisters are high up on sportsmen’s lists of pet hates and that they’ll go to great lengths to avoid them.

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However, preventing blisters can be as simple as wearing a second pair of socks and ensuring that your shoes fit snugly and cannot rub. An extra pair of socks can make any sportsman’s life that much easier, and it’s amazing the difference that a thin layer of fabric can make!

A Too-Perfect Fit

When David Beckham had custom boots made to fit his feet, he discovered that a perfect fit may not be all it is cracked up to be. His customised boots didn’t allow for him to wear a second pair of socks, and when he tried them out, he ended up skipping training the next day due to the blisters they had given him.

Although both Nike and Adidas have tried to come up with incredibly high-tech football boots, it seems that two pairs of socks is always going to be the secret to avoiding blisters.

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The Heat Factor

Besides being caused by boots rubbing against football player’s feet, heat and playing conditions can also have an effect. It doesn’t matter at which level players are competing. Everyone, from those needing junior football kits such as those available at to professionals whose entire kit is sponsored, it seems that requirements are pretty much the same.

An extra pair of socks provides a cushion for the foot. Even in incredibly hot conditions when players are extra sweaty, they stop boots from rubbing. Hard, dry ground can also cause boots to absorb further impact, and this can cause them to rub even more. Again, an extra pair of socks provides a protective layer that cushions you from impact and will prevent blisters from forming.

A Global Issue

It seems that blisters are a big talking point for players. In some cases, they have been blamed for lacklustre performances and losses on the field. An extra pair of socks can fix the problem quickly and easily and is the secret to many sportsmen’s success!

Play Tennis

Finding A Tennis Instructor

In an article we posted on how to learn tennis quickly, we mentioned the importance of finding an experienced coach. A coach can help with every aspect of your game. They can tell you the rules and explain the fundamentals, help you with your swing mechanics and footwork, and assist with strategy for competitive matches. But how exactly do you go about finding the right instructor for your situation and your game? Read more…

Match preparation

The Match Preparation

Such measures lead us to achieve maximum efficiency in the match?

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All you need to be perfect from the very first “fifteen.”

For “Preparation of the meeting” means a series of measures that allow the player to give his best because if “Ready” physically, mentally and tactically to face the match. Read more…

An ultimate guide to playing netball

Netball is one of the most popular sports in the world and with an increasing number of people getting involved in the sport there has been an increased demand for tactical guides and drill videos. The internet has made sharing advice on how to play sports much easier to share, so finding these resources is easier than ever. There are many tips that can help you become a better player, whatever your position. The position of wing attack, for example, requires fast footwork. This position of play sets the game’s tempo and sets up play through clever passing. This is where play is moved from defence to attack, so the position of wing attack is at the heart of the team.


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Types of Players

The centre is allowed in all areas of the court, except the goal circles. The centre position is allowed in the most areas of the court and these players are often smaller as they need to be fast and move from one side of the court to the other quickly. In contrast, the goal shooter is usually the tallest player on the side as it is their job to score the goals, and height helps in getting closer to the net.

Drill videos to help with positioning

A good netball drill video will provide tips for the wing attack position, along with the other positions on the court: wing defence, centre, goal defence, goal attack, goal shooter and goal keeper. The wing defence position is similar to the wing attack only in a defensive position on court. It is important to be adept at taking and making passes from all directions in the wing positions.

Each position in netball has to stay in its own designated area on the court and if the players stray out of their area they are declared offside. In order to practice positioning it’s useful to watch a netball drill video. Many people wonder who can provide netball drill videos? Thankfully there are many places online that provide drill videos to help players and clubs practice their positioning.

When playing netball it is important to practice the positioning of your own position but also be aware of the other players’ positioning. This way you can be aware of attacking options while still helping to strengthen your own defence.

Stiff Racquet

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Few meanings essentially “positive” that can be attributed to the rigidity. Also with regard to the tennis racquets, few times it is heard cite the rigidity of a frame as one of its best characteristics, indeed. On the scales terms like flexibility and softness have always been most successful. It’s time to do some clarity on the concept of rigidity of a frame trying to explain all the implications, even positive ones. Read more…