So you’re sitting in the park, you notice little Freddie kicking that football with the skill of a young Wayne Rooney and a thought enters your mind: have you got a future Olympian on your hands?
If you’ve found yourself inspired as a parent, this handy list of sites will lead you to the very best resources to get your child healthy, active and seriously competitive.
This brilliant organisation comprises a chain of charity sports shops in Loughborough, Stoke and Dunstable, which encourage youngsters to explore their potential and offers the kit and the support to get them going. Money from Sports Traider’s sales is channelled back into grass roots funding for sports, including coaching and access to facilities. No penalties here.
The London Football Academy
The London Football Academy is an unrivalled institution delivering the most forward thinking courses for youngsters, with a full money back guarantee. Designed for kids of 5-14 all coaches are FA qualified and CRB checked and aim for a child to coach ratio of 1:16, which is better than most UK class sizes. The company coaches over 1,000 children every week; check it out and let the figures speak for themselves.
Get Kids Going
Get Kids Going is doing its utmost to help disabled children across the UK take part in sport. The charity provides specially designed sports wheelchairs – enabling children with mobility issues to try athletics, tennis, skiing, rugby, fencing, shooting and archery – and has a particular focus on encouraging the next generation of Paralympians. GKG we commend you.
Founded in 2004, this charity changes lives by tackling social exclusion, obesity and antisocial behaviour through a wide range of physical activities. It empowers volunteers to start local clubs, providing them with everything they need to bring sport to the young people of their community. At Access Sport, they believe that “no child should be without access to the unique power of sport”.
This major charity not only creates opportunities for youngsters to take part in sports, but provides facilities, nurtures talent and supports local authorities to unlock funding. Their inspirational site is packed full of news, research and information about their plans to get the nation moving!
Updated September 2018