Category: For coaches, leaders and volunteers

Ramadan: Fasting, Reflection, Physical Activity and Celebration

April 22nd, 2021

How much do you know about Ramadan? Two Leap colleagues, Shaba & Muhsin, give an insight into the holy month of Ramadan and share what it means to them and what difference it makes to their physical activity levels. Also included are some helpful tips for coaches, instructors, clubs and delivery partners.   We all […]

2021: The year of the sweet potatoes

February 5th, 2021

For me 2021 is turning into the year of the sweet potato, firstly because I did Veganuary earlier this year and learnt that a lot dishes incorporate sweet potatoes. I’m also reading James Kerr’s book ‘Legacy – What the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life’. One of my favourite parts so […]

Uniting the Movement

January 29th, 2021

On the 26th Jan 2021 amidst the challenges of a global pandemic which is paralysing much of life as we know it, Sport England launched its new 10 year strategy. The strategy titled ‘Uniting the Movement’ captures the feelings and frustrations of many people, those who love sport and activity (and simply cannot cope without […]

The floor is lava, creativity and why I’ve started carrying emergency confetti at all times… Just in case.

November 25th, 2020

For the last week or so, every weekday at around 8am, from the window of my apartment, I notice a parent on the school run carrying a young child under their arm like a rugby ball. For this parent it seems the game ‘the floor is lava’ is an absolute necessity to get their little’un […]

Guys, gals and non-binary pals, here’s what I’ve learned about gender (so far).

November 9th, 2020

In my 28-years on this planet so far, gender is not something I can remember having a conversation about regularly/ if ever before. This aspect of my life has always been simple for me because my sex, gender identity and sexual orientation fit within the traditional gender binary world. As I’m quickly learning though, gender […]

Boosting Participation with Great Coaching Skills

March 24th, 2020

A great teacher can spot potential, inspire and encourage us to challenge ourselves. This applies in physical activity and sport, as much as it does in the classroom. At Leap, our aim is to improve lives through physical activity and sport. We work with coaches, volunteers, clubs and professional workforce to increase the number of […]

The Leap Coaching Fund – Supporting and developing coaches delivering within Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

September 6th, 2019

We are currently supporting Cricket coach and Bucks Cricket Board Territoral Manager Emma Boswell to gain her Level 3 Advanced Cricket Coaching Course via the Leap Coaching Fund. We caught up with Emma recently to find out how she is getting on, Why did you apply to the Leap Coach Fund? What course did the […]

Having a mentor “shoots you out of a cannon”, like a computer game when you go over a square and it gives you a power boost!

June 1st, 2018

We caught up with Netball coach Santria Jones to ask her some questions around being involved with Leap’s Coaching Development Programme. Here’s what she had to say… Why did you join the Leap Coaching Development Programme? I was adrift from completing my level 2 and hadn’t thought more about focusing on coaching. I am part of […]

Has becoming a parent made me a better coach?

December 21st, 2017

The recent birth of my son was one of the most amazing and memorable days of my life, on a par only with the day I married my wife. It changes the way you look at everything; decisions you make, reasons for those decisions, how you manage day to day, sacrifices you make. It also […]

You’ve got a friend in me

December 6th, 2017

We caught up with Taekwondo Instructor, Sportivate and Satellite Club deliverer Fiona Cook around her experience of being involved with Leap’s Sportivate Buddy-up scheme.   Being part of Sportivate’s new Buddy-up Scheme has been amazing.  The highlight of this whole experience has definitely been my point of contact for all my coaching questions, Katie.  Instead of […]