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Parents Guide to Summer Basketball Camps at Scotch College Melbourne

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For the past 30 years, Australian Sports Camps have been running the best in sports camps and coaching clinics across Australia. Our camps are for kids aged 6 – 16, for all levels and abilities, and provide a structured coaching program for kids over a three day period. Our camps are a great way to trial sports to see whether it’s the right sport for your child and before committing to the costs of a club membership or expensive sports gear. Our camps are are also a great way to prevent holiday boredom, knowing your child is safe, supervised, and having fun as well …

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Active Kids Learn Better

In Articles by Naomi Hardy

Some schools are cutting the length of recess and reducing Physical Education classes in favour of more sedentary, rigid classroom learning.  However, at a time when 1 in 4 Australian kids are classified as overweight or obese, the importance of maintaining 60 minutes of daily physical activity, as recommended by experts, has never been higher.  Furthermore, there is a growing body of research confirming what teachers have long believed: physical activity does not need to come at a cost to academic performance.  In fact, research has found that active kids perform better in schools, have a lower dropout rate, and …

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Why Your Child Should Learn Karate

In Articles by Naomi Hardy

Originating in the Japanese island of Okinawa, Karate is one of the most widely practised martial art forms in the world.  It’s a dynamic form of exercise and self-defence which combines offensive and defensive moves to use the whole body in unarmed combat.  Nowadays, Karate is widely practised as a competitive sport.  Indeed, Karate will make its first appearance as an Olympic sport at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The benefits for children Karate for kids is not just about learning to defend yourself, and it has numerous benefits; They will become more active Perhaps the most obvious …

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How Kids Can Learn To Play Soccer Like Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi is now considered one of the greatest soccer players of our generations, with some even calling him the greatest player of all time. And when you look at what he has achieved at just 29 years of age those statement carry a lot of weight: 5 time FIFA World Player Of The Year Best International Athlete at the 2015 ESPY Awards All Time Leading Goal Scorer For Argentina (58 Goals) All Time Leading Goal Scorer For His Club Barcelona Olympic Gold Medalist in 2008 And the list really does go on… But what is it that makes Messi …

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Kids Activities for the Winter Holidays in Melbourne

In Articles by Naomi Hardy

The Winter school holidays are fast approaching and parents are dreading the inevitable complaints of boredom.  The days are shorter and colder than in Summer, and children can be tempted to hide indoors with movies and video games.  However, it’s important to prevent your child from being sedentary, as each year, studies are showing an increase in childhood obesity.  Setting your child up with good habits now can put them in good stead throughout adulthood. We have selected some of the best activities for parents to keep their children’s minds and bodies active in Melbourne. Melbourne Museum Younger children will …

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How To Play Basketball Like Kobe Bryant & What Kobe Can Teach Kids

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Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest, most successful players in the history of the NBA. In his 20-year career as guard for the LA Lakers Kobe enjoyed many personal and team highlights including: Winning five NBA championships 18 time NBA All-Star 15-time member of the All-NBA Team 12-time member of the NBA All-Defensive team 2 time NBA leading scorer Yes it’s true that Kobe had great natural athletic ability, but so do millions of other people. So what made him so great? In this article we’ll look at the 6 key characteristics that make Kobe such a great player …

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Things Parents Can Say and Do at the End of a Sports Season

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As your child’s sports season winds down for another year there can be lots of mixed emotions and spare time to manage. The mixed emotions can come in many forms. Your child may be elated if they’ve had a successful season both as a team and as an individual, or they there could be some disappointment if they fell short of achieving their goals for the year. In some cases, both you and your child may feel relief that the long, sometimes demanding season of regular training sessions, travel, weekends commitments and possible injuries has come to an end. Whatever …

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Keeping Your Child Active in the Cooler Months

In Articles by Naomi Hardy

Winter is approaching and the days are gradually becoming shorter and colder. While most children love getting outside and burning energy in the Summer months, they may be tempted to hide indoors with movies and video games over Winter. It’s important to encourage your child to be just as active all year long, as obesity is on the rise in Australia, and has become the second highest contributor to the burden of disease.  Physical exercise also helps manage stress, improve mood and sleep quality, and helps to increase brain function, cognition and academic performance. Make sure your children are keeping …

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Winter Sports For Kids

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Staying active and involved in sports all year around is important for kids. It helps to maintain fitness, health and gives them an outlet to socialise and meet new friends, burn off excess energy and offers something positive to keep them occupied and motivated towards. Most health professionals agree that ideally there should be no off season for kids. While we don’t want them to burn out or be under too much pressure from taking on too many sports, there is no reason why children shouldn’t have both winter and summer sports and activities they engage in on a regular …

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What Happens When Kids Don’t Exercise

In Articles by Naomi Hardy

In Australia, 1 in 4 kids are considered overweight or obese.  The likelihood of obesity increases dramatically in adulthood, where almost 2 in 3 Australian adults are now considered overweight or obese.  Given that obesity is Australia’s second highest contributor to the burden of disease (ahead of smoking!), good habits must be formed early in life. Proper physical activity is one way we can combat obesity, and reduce the risks of associated diseases.  Also, parents are key to helping form good exercise habits and encouraging healthy behaviours. So, what happens to our kids when they don’t engage in enough physical …

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What Playing Sports Can Teach Kids

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Getting your child involved in sport is a great way to teach them many important lessons and values that will benefit them now, through adolescence and as an adult. The situations, challenges and triumphs encountered on the sporting field relate directly with many of the situations, challenges and triumphs they will face in everyday life, and gaining these experiences through sport, where they are supervised and in a supporting environment will help your child deal with them more constructively in later years. In this article, we’ll look at some of the specific things your child will learn by participating in …

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Drink and Eat Your Way to Become a Netball Pro

In Articles by Naomi Hardy

A frequent question among parents of junior netballers is “What are the best food and drinks to give my child to optimise their netball performance?”.  Conversations between parents show that everyone has quite different ideas about what’s best practise for fuelling our young athletes. However, the foods and fluids consumed by netball players can have a big impact on their ability to train, play and recover well and can help ensure a fit, strong and healthy young child.  While each child has differing nutritional needs, the guidelines below are applicable to all junior Netballers. Hydration Before the Game It’s vital …

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Tips For Getting Girls Into Sport

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You may be surprised to learn that by the time our girls reach teenager-hood, they are twice as likely as boys to drop out of sport. They’re often disadvantaged from a young age, normally playing organised sport around two years later than young boys.  Boys will start developing advanced skills from as young as two years old and are encouraged more strongly by their parents to participate in sport. When girls start later, they are less likely to have the skills required for success.  In young children, particularly, success is synonymous with fun.  Girls struggling with sport are less likely to …

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Should Children Play Competitive Sports

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There has been a lot of debate about whether playing competitive sports is positive or negative for young children. Is competition good for the development of your child? Why should kids compete against each other? Will playing competitive sports help them succeed as adults? These are all very important and valid questions, but it’s how children and their parents approach competitive sports that will determine the benefits or drawbacks experienced by each individual child. By putting too much focus on the competitive aspects, such as always needing to win, being the best player in the team and being critical of …

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Preventing Sports Injuries in Child Athletes

In Articles by Naomi Hardy

Participation in team sports provide numerous physical, social and psychological benefits, however they come with a risk; sports-related injuries.  Most sports related injuries can be treated and don’t cause long term complications.  But prevention is better than cure.  So, learn how to prevent and recognise sports injuries so that your child can reap the benefits of team sports. The Most Common Musculoskeletal Sports-Related Injuries in Kids Sprains and Strains A sprain is a type of joint injury that typically involves tearing of the ligaments and capsules. Symptoms to look for are: pain, swelling, stiffness and reduced efficiency of function.  Ankle …