Sports 121, our passion is your fitness

Based in the South East of England, Sports 1-2-1 is a business built on a passion for health and fitness. Our trained professionals offer a service of high quality sports coaching within local schools, clubs and organisations, designed to increase awareness of health and fitness at all levels.

At Sports 1-2-1 we believe in promoting health and fitness at a grassroots level and are particularly focused on our work within schools and communities. Building England’s sporting talent at ground level is a great way of encouraging more people to take part in sports and helps to raise the level of sporting talent nationally.

In a society where obesity and type two diabetes are being named as one of the most prominent threats to our health it is vital that the benefits of physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle are taught to our children. Helping them to establish good fitness regimes and positive eating habits can make changes that will last a lifetime.

Our school sports coaching programs help children to develop important skills that they can transfer to other aspects of their lives. Children are able to learn team work, leadership skills and how to deal positively with setbacks and failure.

We have a variety of options available as part of our sports coaching services including one to one sessions in our own private gym, school sports coaching and even corporate events and team building sports exercises.

With competitive prices, summer sports camps and great value offers, Sports 1-2-1 is dedicated to maximising our students sporting potential!

Teaching Children the Value of a Healthy Lifestyle.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that childhood obesity is one of the most serious health crises facing the global population in the 21st century. A UK study found that in 2012/13 over a third of Year 6 students (aged 10-11) and over a fifth of Reception children (aged 4-5) were either overweight or obese.

The dangers of childhood obesity are well documented, not only are there physical risks associated with overweight children, there are also far reaching emotional and psychological issues involved. Overweight children are at risk of suffering from low self-esteem, anxiety and depression often caused as a result of being bullied and teased by others.

Obese children are also more likely to become obese adults, a condition that can cause raised blood pressure, the clogging of arterial linings with fatty deposits and raised cholesterol. Combined with a higher risk of skin infections, asthma and musculoskeletal disorders such as tibia vara (Blount disease) the consequences of being unhealthy and overweight as a child can have a lasting effect on their future health.

The International Diabetes Foundation recently issued a statement declaring that the world is facing a twin epidemic of obesity and Type Two Diabetes in young people, caused by an inactive and unhealthy lifestyle.

Teaching children the importance of a healthy varied diet and daily exercise can help them establish lifelong habits and avoid becoming overweight.   There are numerous benefits to exercising as a child, as well as avoiding the health risks associated with being overweight, regular exercise also greatly reduces the risk of heart disease in later life.

Exercise also helps to develop the strong muscles and bones that are essential for growing children and body fat is also reduced through exercise, in young people this can boost self-esteem and confidence in their appearance.

Encouraging participation in team sports and promoting healthy activities amongst children provides them with opportunities to develop and learn new skills such as team work and socialisation. Important life lessons such as working hard, patience, persistence and dealing positively with setbacks and failure are also taught through participation in sports activities.

There have also been reports that suggest endurance sports such as organised athletics can enhance brain development in children and increase IQ scores. Children who play team sports transfer the skills they learn through these activities into other areas of their life. Improved concentration, motivation and leadership skills in children can all be attributed to a healthy regime and involvement in sports.

Exploring nutritional foods with your child and finding a sport or hobby that they enjoy can help to lay the groundwork for a continued active and healthy lifestyle throughout adulthood. There are a variety of exercise options available to children from traditional team sports such as rugby, football and hockey to more specialised activities such as equine sports, fencing and martial arts.

 

Building England’s Sporting Future.

A worrying report released by Sport England recently found that there has been a considerable reduction in the amount of young people participating in sports. The report found that there has been a 14% decline in those playing football, a 9% fall in tennis and an overall drop of 51,000 young people playing sports from December 2012-2013.

Following the 2012 London Olympics, in which England finished in third place with 28 gold medals, it was hoped that the Olympic legacy would provide a much needed boost into grassroots level sports. Although there was a significant increase in the amount of funding available for grassroots sports, the Legacy Trust UK a body designed to support grassroots projects and leave a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympics, has warned that funding for these projects may run out as early as 2017.

Currently the majority of sports funding is invested into elite sport development, whereby talented young people are identified and supported to achieve success in their chosen sport. In preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics it seems that politicians in the UK have become preoccupied in finding the next generation of elite athletes to bring home Olympic medals, instead of developing grassroots entry into sports.

Grassroots sports movements should be championed in the UK, especially within its schools. It has been shown that providing afterschool sports clubs can improve attendance and grades amongst pupils. As well as attracting a wider cross section of young people into sport, grassroots clubs also help to build safer communities, improved general health and confidence amongst those under 25.

Encouraging sport at an amateur level ensures that a larger variety of children are given the opportunity to participate and hone their sporting skills, providing a higher degree of talented youths for national competition. Not only do grassroots sports clubs improve the general standard of sporting talent nationally, they also improve standards amongst all who participate. More coaches, officials and volunteers are able to gain experience and advance in their careers until they are working at national level.

Grassroots sports in schools allow children to explore a variety of different activities to find the sports they enjoy the most. Without these opportunities, often available free of charge or for a nominal fee, many children would not participate in sports at all. This is becoming more of an issue recently, as less emphasis is being placed on sports and physical education within the national curriculum.

Whilst providing and encouraging grassroots sports for school children is vitally important for the future of England’s national sporting professionals, the standard of the available clubs must also be improved. In order to successfully mentor children and help them get the most out of their chosen sport, there is a need for experienced professionals to run sports clubs in conjunction with schools.

There is still time to address the problems faced by the UK’s amateur sporting industry, as long as more schools participate in grassroots sports programs. By building children’s interest in sports it will transform the whole sporting industry.