On Monday, Lions Sports Academy had the privilege of Ex England & Harlequins No.8 Tony Diprose coming along to help coach at the first day of our camp at Wimbledonian Warriors. It was a brilliant day and it was great to have the expertise of Tony along to help coach and provide unlimited advice to the children throughout the day.
With Tony having played professional rugby for over a decade for both England, Saracens & Harlequins, and then been part of the Harlequins coaching set up for another decade until the end of the 2018/19 season, he is someone who has an abundency of ru..
Another successful week of summer camps has been completed after we visited High Wycombe & Old Reigatians Rugby Clubs last week. After every week of summer, so far, we have been delighted by the attitude and desire to learn from all the children who have attended our camps. Last week was no different as we entertained around 30 children, who were willing to listen to our coaches and learn new skills during their day on our camps.
Despite the horrid weather, our Athlete Development camp at Old Reigatians for Junior Boys & Girls was played out in fantastic spirit and the children resp..
Lions Sports Academy are delighted to announce that Ex-England, Harlequins & Saracens No.8 Tony Diprose will be making an appearance on our upcoming summer camps at Old Wimbledonians & Guildford RFC on 19th August & 2nd September, to help give advice and coaching tips to all the boys and girls on camp.
Tony started his career at Saracens and earned 10 caps for England in the late 1990s, captaining the team once during England’s tour to Australia in June 1998. By 2001, Tony decided to leave Saracens & transferred to Harlequins, where he remained until his ret..
The second block of our 2019 summer camps is in full swing with camps at Guildford Rugby Club & Windsor Rugby Club running throughout this week. We have seen a great turnout across both camps and it has been great to see so many kids out and about playing rugby during the summer holidays.
This is especially important to us as we pride ourselves on trying to make a difference in a young persons life and to give them a chance to develop as a person not only physically but mentally and emotionally too. We are hugely passionate on building a child's or young persons confidence..
Our 2019 summer camps began with a bang last week with two fantastic minis & juniors camps at, firstly, Aylesbury RFC and then Ely RFC. With the sun shining, it was the perfect way to get our summer programme, of over 15 camps in the next 7 weeks, started.
Our summer camps are always the highlight of the year for us and it was great to see so many children come out and have fun on both of the camps. There was a mixture of technical work and fun games throughout the camps and our aim was all about getting the kids to think about what they were try to do and to have fun, which would..
Exciting, Brilliant & Fun - these are the words that will describe our Girls Rugby day that is coming to High Wycombe Rugby Union Club on 15th August. We are very excited to be working with High Wycombe in this capacity and can't wait to get down to the club and meet all the girls that will be participating.
It will be a day of expert coaching and enjoyable rugby! Open to all abilities from complete beginners onwards and don't miss out on the opportunity to be coached by Women's Internationals & Tyrrell's Premier 15s players.
Ultimately, it is a chance to have fun..
Lions Sport Academy will be returning to Old Reigatians RFC on 14th August for an exclusive girls Athlete Development Day. Running between 10am & 3pm the day will feature a number activities that will look to help every individual understand how to develop their bodies both physically and mentally.
These will include:
- S&C Traning
- Nutrition & Health Advice
- Fitness Training
- Speed Training
- Agility Training
- Injury Prevention Exercises
- Team Building Challenges
We believe in a development where individuals can become mot..
Yesterday, Lions Sports Academy had the privilege of coaching a schools rugby session at Chobham Rugby Club that was attending by three England players. We were given the opportunity by our partners Coco Fuzion 100 to coach 16 u12/u13 students from Ripley Court School & Solefield School.
The three England players to attend were Brad Shields, Dan Cole & Lewis Ludlum. All three were fantastic and integrated themselves perfectly with kids throughout the day, getting stuck into many of the games & challenges, as well as providing them with some key advice towards their fu..
At Lions Sports Academy, we believe in inspiring children and young adults to realise their potential through their participation in sport and physical activity. Our mission is to provide a holistic development where individuals become self-motivated and understand how to develop their body both physically and mentally. It doesn’t matter if they want to play sports at their club or simply be fit and active, we will be there to support their development. Our coaches will connect on an individual level to take away the feeling of being taught, and in a way that gets them to drive them to b..
It is an ever-growing presence in sport & rugby in particularly. The talk of concussion in rugby is nothing that is new to the sport but the debate and worldwide perspective of it has certainly changed over the last few years. It is something that is taken far more seriously, especially in rugby where the size of players and the impact they have in the tackle or ruck seems to be increasing every year.
This is why Lions Sports Academy are so fascinated and determined to improve and become knowledgeable in such a field. The impact of concussion on a player is something that can happe..
Two more girls rugby summer camps have been added to our schedule and they will take place at Ellingham & Ringwood RFC. The two girls camps will be split into two different age groups, with the U11 & U13s taking place between the 12th & 13th August and U15s & U18s taking place on 15th & 16th August.
Each of these camps are designed to have specific aims that will allow all those who to attend to play the game as they would do throughout the season in their respective age groups.
U11 & U13 aims:
- Introduction to Kicking
- Rucking & Mauling Technique..
Lions Sports Academy and Harlequins Amateurs have agreed to renew their partnership together for the new season. The partnership will continue to see Lions providing coaches on Sundays for the minis section of the club & to provide cover to help coach across all the age groups from U7s all the way through to U12s.
It is great to be working with a club such as Harlequins Amateurs and it is especially important to us due to them being located in such a close location to us near Twickenham. We hope we can grow the relationship and become even closer over the course of the upcoming season a..
Lions Sports Academy May half term camps kicked off today with our cricket camp at Daneshill school, in which over 45 children will be attending over the two days. The second day of the cricket camp will see a visit from former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan in the morning to talk to the children about his career experiences, before he begins his work for Radio 5 live throughout the World Cup that begins on Thursday 30th May.
We also have two more exciting camps taking place this week with our mixed Athlete Development camp taking place at Guildford Rugby Club & our Girls..
Lions Sports Academy have agreed to continue coaching at St James' Senior Boys School next year. Having had a successful year coaching at the school, it is very pleasing that we will be able to continue coaching come the new school year.
We will be sending in our coaches to deliver games sessions for the school throughput the Autumn, Spring & Summer terms. We will be coaching in sports such as Rugby & Cricket and cannot wait to get started in the new year.
However, we still have another month or so to go until the end of this year and we will continue to work p..
Lions Sports Academy are delighted to announce that we have renewed our partnership with North Heath Primary School for the 2019/20 school year. Having worked successfully with the school throughout last year in providing coaches for games sessions and after school clubs, we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue working with such a great school.
Once again, we will be providing coaches to perform coaching at games sessions and after school clubs for the schools pupils throughout next year. It is amazing that we are able to work with schools like this in the local comm..
From the start of the summer term, Lions Sports Academy have agreed a partnership with Queens Gate School in South Kensington to help coach cricket and strength & conditioning.
We will be providing a level 2 cricket coach for games sessions 3 days a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday. He will help teach the children valuable cricket skills and help them to improve their cricket ability throughout the course of the term. As well as cricket, one of our strength & conditioning coaches will be leading a session for gifted and talented students at Imperial College on Wednesda..
With just over two weeks until May half term, Lions Sports Academy have sprung a late suprise by annoucning that we will be holding an Athlete Development Day at Guildford High School on Friday 31st May.
The day will be open to boys & girls aged 10 - 18 and all coaching will be performed by a women's rugby international, who has experience with coaching Foundation Strength & Speed Academy too. The structure of the day will look to give the participants tips and guidance into differenct areas and help them improve their techniques to help them perform better not just as athletes ..
Introducing Lions Sports Academy's latest member of our ever-growing coaching network. We are always expanding and are pleased that we can bring in such talented coaches that help us as a company to continue to improve our standards and grow!
Check our our latest recruit, Melanie Jones' Profile below!
Mrs Melanie Jones
How long have you been coaching?
I have been coaching rugby for 1 year. I started my rugby coaching journey in October 2018 volunteering as a team manager/head coach for the girls youth teams at Biggleswade RFC. Up ..
Having already agreed partnerships with Danes Hill School, Finton House School & Old Wimbledonians CC to coach cricket with them this summer, Kensington Prep School became the latest partner of Lions Sports Academy.
We are delighted that we will be helping the school with their cricket coaching throughout the summer term from April to the end of June. We will be coaching girls cricket and are extremely excited to have the opportunity to be able to make cricket a fun sport and try to inspire more girls to continue playing it in the future. It is our aim to develop their cricket skil..
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan will be attending our Danes Hill School cricket camp for a few hours on May 28th. Michael will be coming along to provide all the participants will some expert cricket coaching and provide them with some tips. There will also be an opportunity to ask Michael about his illustrious career and how he went about playing some of the world's best bowlers, as well as getting him to sign a few things so that everyone present will be able to remember this moment.
Michael is an English Cricket commentator and former cricketer who played all for..
Coming to our Athlete Development Camp at Guildford during May half term will be none other than Invictus Games legend Martin Tye. Martin Tye, is the indoor reigning rowing champion 3 years running, a six time Invictus games medallist and competes in disabled strongman events, currently ranked 2nd in the world.
Martin has also broken the Seated Deadlift World Record - lifting 505kg!!! Amazing!
We cannot wait to have someone of Martin's stature attend one of our camps and hopefully he will be able to give all the participants some tips on how to train properly and progress when trying..
Lions Sports Academy are delighted to announce that we will be continuing our partnership with Finton House School next year. Having worked closely with them throughout this year, it is great that we will be able to continue to work closely with them throughout next year as well.
During this year's summer term we have looked after and helped coached the students from Finton House School with their cricket and next year we will be moving into Netball coaching to help the students with that. It is exciting that we will be moving into Netball and we can't wait to get started with..
Having secured a Girls Athlete Development camp for May, Lions Sports Academy will be returning to Aylesbury in July to run a three-day minis rugby camp for those aged 6 to 12 (Boys & Girls). The camp will take place between Wednesday 24th - Friday 26th July.
This will be a non-contact rugby camp due to reguation 15 and it being the off-season for these age-groups. However, despite it being non-contact, we will look to teach the kids crossover skills that can be transferrable to other sports, not just rugby, and can be taught to the kids through fun warm up games. As well as developing ..
The venues for our summer camps and courses has officially been announced. Our camps and courses will be split into three different sections throughout the summer: Summer camps, pre-season camps and transition courses.
All of our camps and courses throughout the summer will be fuelled by Coco Fuzion 100, the official rehydration partner of the England Rugby Team, and they will be present at all our events handing out refreshments and free goodies so that all participants have something to remember their time on the camps or courses.
The main headliners of the summer will be o..
Lions Sports Academy will be heading back to Aylesbury Rugby Club during May Half Term on Wednesday 29th May for our brand new Girls Athlete Development Camp. The camp will be run over a single day and is open to girls of all abilities from U13 up to U18.
Date: Wednesday 29th May
Time: 10am - 3pm
Age: U13 - U18
The camp is designed to target athletes from all sports and will target areas that can help an athlete develop and grow in their chosen sport. These attributes include Speed, Power, Agility, Co-ordination, & Stability. It will ..
Lions Sports Academy will continue our partnership with Horsell Church of England Junior School next year. From September, we will continue to partner with the school and send our coaches in to provide expert coaching for the school's after-school contact rugby club.
We are extremely proud to be continuing our partnership with the school, having taken part in coaching the after-school club for around 8 weeks during this year. Tyrrells Premiership player Angela Randazzo (Richmond Ladies) was sent in to coach the after-school club this year & it was clear to see from the enthusiasm an..
Having had 20 girls grace the fields of Box Hill School in Easter, Lions Sports Academy have decided to run another residential at the school in late August. The residential will take place between Tuesday 27th & Thursday 29th August.
Instead of being four days long, this residential has been reduced to three days but will follow much of the same structure as the previous one. There will be some new additions to the upcoming one with it being available to girls from 9 to 16 and there will be more of a focus on specific rugby skills and implementing them into a game situation. At the end..
After a successful camp in Easter, Lions Sports Academy will be returning to Ely Rugby Club in July to put on another two day rugby camp for the children. Having had over 30 children on both days of our Easter camp, we are extremely excited to be returning to Ely and to have the opportunity to hopefully have the pleasure of coaching even more children this summer.
Fuelled by Coco Fuzion 100, the official rehydration partner of the England Rugby team, who will be providing free t-shirts for all the children and giving away goodies, this camp will look at developing the core skills of rugby t..
Lions Sports Academy will be returning to Old Wimbledonians RFC this summer between 19th & 21st August. The camp will involve fun ball games, creative challenges & fitness activities for children of ages 6 to 12 & help them continue to develop their rugby skills.
Fuelled by Coco Fuzion 100, the offical rehyrdration partner of the RFU, the camp will include free camp t-shirts & goodies for all the children who attend & their is the potential of having a Coco Fuzion 100 ambassador attend the camp to give the children some coaching tips.
Turing House School are the latest school to become a partner of Lions Sports Academy. They have agreed a partnership for Lions to provide a coach to help run a Speed Academy course at the school throughout the summer term.
With Turing House School being in such close proximity to Lions, this is a fantastic opportunity to work with the local community & to help all the pupils to learn & develop their athletic ability. The Lions coach will help them improve on their stability, power, strength, speed & co-ordination throughout the course. As well as improving their athletic abilit..
Lions Sports Academy are happy to announce that we will be running a brand new cricket camp in partnership with Daneshill School at the school during May half term. The camp is the first cricket camp that Lions will be running and we can't wait to get started and to see lots of talented crickets out at the camp.
The camp will run on the 28th & 29th May and is open for anyone ages 7 to 13 (Year 3 to Year 8). It will be £35/day or £60 for both days.
Lions Sports Academy have decided to team up with Daneshill school to provide a cricket camp this May and it w..
Lions Sports Academy have agreed another school partnership for the school summer term, this time with Wimbledon High School. Lions will work with Wimbledon High School to help provide the school with a coach for Athletics & Strength & Conditioning.
The Lions coach will help run a session at the school every wednesday before school starts.
This partnership is an indication of how Lions are starting to move in the schools industry further & further. As you can see, this is the third schools partnership to be announced in a short space of time.
We will be announc..
This May Lions Sports Academy have partnered with St Neots Rugby Club to run two camps with them throughout the half term break. We will be running a Minis and Juniors camp with the club on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th May.
It is great for us to be commencing our first camp with the club this May and we can't wait to get started and see a great turnout!
The Minis camp is a mixed camp (Girls & Boys) for U9s - U12s, whilst the Junior camp will be split into two different sections. A boys camp for U13s - U15s and a Girls camp for U13s - U15s. Both camps will run from 10am t..
From the start of the summer term, Lions Sports Academy have agreed a partnership with ACS Egham International School to help coach strength & conditioning at the school. Throughout the final term, we will be providing the school with a coach, who will help run a strength & conditioning programme at the school for the pupils.
This is a great opportunity & we would like to thank the school for agreeing to work with us. We are looking forward to getting started with the school & hope this is the start of a great partnership with them. Our work with schools continues to gr..
Lions Sports Academy will be running three separate age-group camps at Bletchley RUFC between 19th and 21st August. The three camps will be split into a Minis camp, Boys Performance camp and a Girl's Performance camp. All of the camps will run for three days.
The Minis camp will be for those between ages U9 and U12, the Boys Performance is for U13 - U15 and the Girls Performance is for U13 - U18. Each of the camps will run between 10am and 3pm each day.
The prices for each of the camps is as follows:
Minis: £30/day, £55 for 2 days or £80 for 3 days
Lions Sports Academy have agreed a partnership with Old Wimbledonians Cricket Club to help coach at the club throughout the upcoming season. Between the end of April & July, Lions will be providing a coach on Friday's & Sunday's to help coach the boys & girls at the club.
We are extremely excited to have agreed this partnership & cannot wait to get started. We are looking forward to seeing all the talent that is on show at the club & hope that we can inspire many more to improve & take their cricket further.
Keep an eye out for more Lions Sports Acad..
Lions Sports Academy & sports drink brand Coco Fuzion 100 have agreed a partnership for Coco Fuzion 100 to sponsor Lions summer camps & be the title sponsor for it's inaugural XRugby 7s tournament at Old Reigatians RFC on 31st August 2019.
Powered by coconut water, Fuzion 100 offers consumers delicious rehydration with the added benefits of coconut water - electrolytes & zero fat. Fuzion 100 are the official rehydration partner to England Rugby & work across the RFU's network, helping to educate schools, colleges, universities & clubs about the key asp..
Harlequins Ladies soured into the Tyrrells Premier 15s final with a 26-10 victory over Loughborough Lightenings at The Twickenham Stoop. They will now play Saracens Womens at Franklins Gardens, Northampton, on the 27th April. The final will be a rematch of last year's final in which Saracens edged out Harlequins in a tightly fought contest.
It was a great day all round as Lions Sports Academy were represented by 4 of our coaches. Harlequins scrum half & Lions ambassador Leanne Riley rounded off a fantastic overall performance with a brilliant opportunist try in the second..
This summer, for an extra £10 you will be able to purchase a Lions Sports Academy sports vest when sign up to one of our pre-season courses. With our pre-season courses running at various clubs throughout June, July & August, this vest will be the perfect attire to wear when training during the hot summer evenings. As well as using the vest for your training, it will also be a nice souvenir to remember your time on our course.
Throughout the summer months, our pre-season courses will run at multiple clubs in the evening on week nights and will be open to kids of 11+. Bo..
Fresh off her visit to our Easter Rugby Residential at Box Hill School, England World Cup & Grand Slam winner Vicky Fleetwood will be dropping in to take part in some coaching at our girls rugby camp at Old Reigatians next Monday. She will be coming along for a few hours in the afternoon on the Monday to see the girls and impart her knowledge of the game onto them.
With it being a specific camp for U11s & U13s, Vicky can help coach the girls in the areas which are specific to her and she has a great deal of knowledge in. These areas will include one on one rucking and creating a mau..
The first week of our Easter camps has come to an end and it was great to see so many kids attend our camp and residential at Ely Tigers Rugby Club & Box Hill School. The nature of our camp at Ely has already been portrayed with over 30 kids attending on both days and the fun atmosphere at the camp was helped by the good weather that we have been blessed with this week. With the sun shining, it was great that we could return to Ely RFC & put on another camp there.
As for our residential at Box Hill School, which saw 16 girls from different clubs, including Guildf..
It is crucial that children are given the opportunity to express themselves & have fun through sport. This is why Lions Sports Academy decided to support the Guildford RFC Floodlit Rugby tournament on Friday 5th April. The tournament for U7s - U9s, took place under the lights at Guildford Rugby Club & involved over 20 clubs. Some of the clubs to participate included Guildfordians RFC, Cranleigh RFC, Camberley RFC, Chichester RFC & Old Rutlishians RFC.
It is great to see so many clubs from all over the South of England coming to participate in a tournament such as this one. The v..
Our two week Easter camp programme kicked off yesterday at Ely Tigers Rugby Club & our girls rugby residential at Box Hill School in Dorking. With over 30 attendees at Ely & up to 20 on our four-day residential, this is a fantastic start to two weeks of rugby & sport.
The second & final day of our camp at Ely is coming to an end & it is great to see so many young, talented & hard working kids on show throughout the camp. The residential at Box Hill is halfway through & the kids have been entertained by coaches Emi Sutton (Harlequins Womens), Chloe Butl..
Having held our first ever camp at Windsor Rugby Club in February, Lions Sports Academy will be returning to put on another one this August during the summer holidays. Our camp in February was a fanstastic way to commence our parternship with a great club like Windsor.
In the shadow of Windsor Castle, Windsor Rugby Club is a tremendous setting to hold our camps & with the sun out during summer, we hope it will be bigger & better than last time. Our summer camp will run on the 6th & 7th August between 10am - 3pm.
It is open for all ages from Minis U6 - U11, Boys U12 - U1..
England Womens International & Grand Slam winner Vicky Fleetwood will be attending our Easter residential at Box Hill School on Wednesday 10th April. It is an honour to have such a fantastic player & professional attend our residential & be able to offer her expertise to all the girls who are attending over the 4 days.
Vicky will imput her knowledge & experience upon the girls & offer them some coaching tips throughout the day. The girls will be able to pick her brains & ask her questions about how she was able to chase her dream of playing rugby for England.&n..
Lions Sports Academy's pool of coaching talent continues to grow from day to day with exceptional talent. This week we would like to introduce to you one of our newest coaches, Priscilla Montanez. Priscilla is an exceptional coach & is highly experienced. We are super excited for her to have joined Lions & to be working with us. We can't wait to see what exceptional work she can do in the near future.
Check out her profile below for all her achievements!
Full name: Priscilla Montanez
How long have you been coaching?
I have been coaching sport for a long time, about ..
They just keep on rolling in! Lions Sports Academy's summer camps programme is here!
What's that did you say? What is the first camp to be announced?
Well..... We can tell you. It's Guildford RFC.
Once again Lions will be returning back to the beautiful summer setting of Guildford RFC for one of our camps. We have held many camps here in the past & none of them have failed to deliver before, so we are extra confident that this one will be even bigger & better than previous. Having held a camp here in February half term for over 20 children & also announcing tha..
For the first time ever, Lions Sports Academy will be running an Athlete Development Camp this May at Guildford RFC. This is groundbreaking stuff for us having never run one of these camps before. Exciting times!
This camp will have the same benefits as one of our six-week Athlete Development Programmes but instead of taking place on a track, it will instead take place on rugby pitches & the key skills will be demonstrated through games & exercises.
Taking place on the 29th & 30th May 2019, the camp is open to boys & girls aged 8 -14 & is £42/day or £..
Want to get a free space on a camp or course?...
It’s simple just invite one of your friends along to join us!
Introducing Lions Sports Academy brand new initiative!
How does it work?
- Tell your friend about one of our courses
- They choose the course they want to attend
- They then write who referred them to Lions in the comments section of the booking form
- Once the booking has been confirmed, we will make a note of who referred them and be in touch with the referee
- The referee will then be offered either a free day on any camp..
Q Will my child be split into their appropriate age group?
A We will split into specific age groups for large parts of the day. Sometimes we will do a large actvity all together, however, they will only sleep in rooms of their age group.
Q What coach:child ratio do you work to?
A We work on no more than 1:10 coach:child ratio
Q Will there be anyone else on campus?
A There may be several workers/employees of the school, however, children will be supervised by Lions Sports Academy coaches at all times.
Q What happens if my child becomes ill during the camp?
A Our coaches are ful..
Introducing Stephen Gill. Stephen is part of our coaching network at Lions Sports Academy & take part in regular coaching sessions for us. He is a coach at Bank of England for us, as well as regularly coaching at schools such as The Mall & St James' School.
Full name: Stephen Gill
How long have you been coaching?
I have worked as a coach at Grasshoppers RFC for over 13 years. During this time I have worked with the
various age groups in the Mini, Junior and Girls sections which has helped develop the relevant coaching
During this time ..
"The girls were in awe to start with". These were the words of The Royal Latin Schools, Director of Rugby, Mike Porteous after England Women's 7s star Amy Wilson Hardy meet the schools U13 & U15 girls rugby players.
It is not a suprise that many of the girls were in awe of Amy to start with considering she is one of the biggest names in England Women's 7s at the moment & it was tremendous that these girls had the opportunity to meet someone of Amy's stature.
During her visit to the school, Amy gave an assembly to the girls before leading them in ..
Ex-England Women's 15s & 7s International & now Lions Sports Academy area manager for Berkshire, Katie Mason, had the honour of presenting at the Independent Schools Association AGM at Luckley House School last Friday..
Presenting in front of around 12 schools, Katie outlined the business & how it can play a big role in helping schools to develop their schools sports coaching. She outlined the fundamentals of the business & how we could provide schools with expert coaching throughout the year.
As well as presenting on the business, Katie performed a C..
It is all about having fun & allowing kids the opportunity to play rugby. This is what happened on Wednesday at Guildford Rugby Club, when Lions Sports Academy held a tag rugby festival for some of the schools in the local area.
Starting at 4pm & running till 6pm, the tournament was contested by pupils from local schools in years 3, 4, 5 & 6. The schools that attended with teams were from Losely Fields Primary School, Queen Elizabeths, Holy Trinity, Northmead Junior School, Busbridge, Send, Burpham, Shottermill Junior, St Cuthberts, & St Joseph's.
With each team..
Having already agreed to continue our partnership with Aldro Preparatory School For Boys next term, Lions Sports Academy decided we would put on a Speed Academy taster session for the pupils, so that they would have an idea of what to expect when the actual course begins.
Australian International & Harlequins Ladies player Chloe Butler led the session at the school, which was made up of about 12 to 15 boys from years 7 & 8. The group of pupils was made up of those who are in the sports scholarship group & were picked by Teacher Alex Jordan to take part in the activity sess..
Full name: Daniel Evans
How long have you been coaching?
I have been coaching hockey ever since I started playing the sport in 2013 in Scotland. I joined Teddington Hockey Club as a coach in September 2017 and have coached there ever since.
How did you get into it and why coaching?
I only started playing hockey at age 17 and participating in a coaching course was a very good way for me to improve my skills through the development of my hockey knowledge. Through this, I really started enjoying being able to help others improve and I’ve never looked back since.
I'm a v..
Time is running out!
There are only three weeks left till our Girls Easter Residential at Boxhill School begins. The residential is 4 days of action packed rugby which will be lead by Tyrrells premiership, International women's & BUCS University women's rugby coaches.
Using the fantastic facilities available at Boxhill School in Dorking, this will be a fantastic opportunity for all the girls to continue their rugby development & improve their skills, as well as having fun & making new friends as many of the girls will be coming to our residential from diffe..
Lions Sports Academy are pleased to announce that we have agreed a partnership to coach at the RFU All Schools after-school club at Chiswick Rugby Club on Friday nights. This is a great opportunity for us & we will be sending down two coaches each week to help coach the sessions.
CBRE All Schools was launched in September 2012 with the aim to increase the number of state schools playing rugby union. From 2012, rugby was being played in 750 secondary schools with the aim of making school life happier & healthier, reducing anti-social behaviour, enhancing learning & increasi..
Lions Sports Academy are thrilled to announce that we will be starting a partnership with Finton House School for the Summer term. This is another big opportunity for us & we are pleased to be forming this partnership with such a great school.
We will be helping to provide coaches to help the school with their cricket coaching throughout the Summer term. We are looking forward to working with the school & helping the children develop their cricket skills. We are looking forward to taking on the challenge of coaching cricket & being able to provide the school & chi..
Lions Sports Academy will once again be returning to Old Reigatians RFC this Easter to run a 2 day girl’s specialist rugby camp for U11s & U13s.
The camp will be aimed at more than just the basics but developing the more specific skills that will help these girls play at the top of their games. The U11s & U13s will be split separately so that they can focus on their own skills & develop individually. Each age group will have their own aims throughout the camp. The U11s will focus on developing their kicking technique, one on one rucking, creating a maul & decision mak..
Lions Sports Academy will be running a new style of camp at Teddington RFC for 2 days this Easter. On 15th & 16th April, they will be running a camp that combines elements of both their traditional Rugby camps & areas of their Athlete Development Programme. This camp will be the first of its kind.
As well as developing key Rugby skills, it will also help your child develop more athletic attributes such as speed, agility & strength. The days on the camp will be split into two parts with either the morning or the afternoon specifically split between Rugby & the Athlete Develop..
Full name Ryan William Chester
How long have you been coaching for?
I have been coaching for about 8 years now, coaching children from the ages of 5 to 18 years old. I have coach within school and club across Surrey, Berkshire and South of France.
How did you get into coaching?
I have always been passionate sportsman, born and raised in South Africa rugby, football and cricket were a huge part of my childhood. I am often described as a very happy person, who speaks to everyone. During my time at University I would work in multiple colleges and school as a volunteer. Once graduating..
Lions Sports Academy are pleased to announce that we will be starting a partnership with Daneshill School, Hook, for the Summer term. This is another big opportunity for us & we are pleased to be forming this partnership with such a great school.
We will be helping to provide coaches to help the school with their cricket coaching throughout the Summer term. We are looking forward to working with the school & helping the children develop their cricket skills. We are looking forward to taking on the challenge of coaching cricket & being able to provide the school & child..
Lions Sports Academy are pleased to announce that we will be continuing our partnership with Aldro Preparartory School For Boys this year. Having worked with them last year, we are pleased & excited to have signed another deal that will allow us to help them throughout the upcoming Summer term at School.
We will be running another Speed Academy course with the school during the Summer term, as we did last year, & we hope to be able to provide a similar impact as we did last year. Last year we had 16 children improve on their times throughout our course with Aldro & we hope..
George is one of our most talented coaches, who is 100% reliable & committed. You might recognise George from some of our previous camps, most recently he coached on our 3 day camp at Guildford RFC during February half term. He certainly made a lot of the kids laugh throughout those 3 days & also helped them improve some of their key skills in rugby such as handling, kicking & running with the ball!
I hope you enjoy the sound of George as much as we do!
Name : George Flatman
How long have you been coaching?
6 camps in 5 days across 3 countys. Last week was a big week for everyone involved at Lions Sports Academy with camps being held at Guildford RFC & Guildfordians RFC in Surrey, Windsor RFC & Bletchley RUFC in Berkshire & Buckinghamshire & at Alton RFC & Havant RFC in Hampshire.
It was a fantastic week for everyone involved with the highlight of the week definitely taking place at Havant RFC, where on both days of our girls camp we have over 30 attendees each day. The standard of rugby throughout the week was exceptional & we would like to thank everyone who attended..
"You get to meet lots of new people from other clubs & make new friends" & "They are always willing to help us improve & learn" . These were the words of Sophie & Carson after the end of this week's Lions Sports Academy camp at Guildfordians RFC.
This is just a small example of the fun that the kids are having on our camps so far this week. It was not just at Guildfordians were these high praises were heard but also at Alton, Guildford, Windsor & also after day one of our girls camp at Havant RFC. It is brilliant to hear so many of our ..
On this week's Talent Tuesday we would like to present to you Connor Stuart, who is one of our ADP S&C coaches! Connor is one of our best and has the understanding to see that S&C can play a huge part in an athletes development & also that it has a big impact on them playing to the best of their ability in any sport.
Full name: Connor Stuart
How long have you been coaching? 4 years
How did you get into it and why coaching?
Got into coaching whilst studying at University, I saw that strength and conditioning could have a huge im..
Last summer, Lions Sports Academy decided to run a week long rugby residential for girls at Aldro School in Godalming, Surrey. Having never run a residential before, everyone involved was uncertain as to how the week might play out, but by the end of the week there was one thing that everyone was certain about & that was how much of a resounding success it had been.
It is with great pleasure that, following on from last year’s success, Lions Sports Academy have decided to run another rugby residential, this time during the Easter holidays at Boxhill School in Dorking. Ho..
On this week's Talent Tuesday we would like to show off another of our fantastic coaches, Oliver Cascarina. Oliver is a brilliant coach, who has done some amazing coaching for us in our Athlete Development Programme.
We look forward to continuing our work with Oliver in the future. Oliver just led a taster session at Stoke Mandeville Stadium for our upcoming Speed Academy course that commences their on 25th February.
If you like the look of Oliver and fancy having a go at our Athlete Development programme, then SIGN UP & head on down to Stoke Mandeville Stad..
Some people are destined to be involved in rugby from a young age, and this can certainly be said of this week's Tuesday Talent Laura-Alice Smith. Laura-Alice has been involved in rugby from a very young age, representing Worcester Warriors at Junior age grade & was in the process of selection for the U15s England Development squad when a severe ankle injury prevented her from taking her career at the top level any further.
But this is what makes Laura-Alice so special, in that she did not let this injury get her down but instead turned it into an advantage by getting involved..
Summer 2019 is sure to be an exciting time for many with the hot weather & holidays, but it is the end of summer and August in particularly that will bring the real excitement. Lions Sports Academy will bring the excitement to your summer, as we will be running a XRugby 7s tournament on 31st August at Old Reigatians RFC.
With the announcement having now been made, it is now time for all of you to gather up your friends from your local rugby club and head on down to our tournament. With the new season starting only a week later on the 6th/7th September, this will be a great wa..
Our Tuesday Talent this week would like to show off one of our most talented & experienced coaches. Duncan Traynor has been coaching since he became a school teacher in 2007 and has had numerous important jobs such as a Former Director of Rugby.
Find out what drove Duncan to get into coaching and how he has found his time with Lions so far....
Full Name:Duncan Traynor
How long have you been coaching?
Have been coaching rugby since I became a school teacher in 2007 (12 years).
How did you get into it and why coaching?
As I came towards the end of my rugby playing car..
Lions Sports Academy would like to welcome Jimmy Tournois as our latest recruit to our fantastic coaching team!!
Jimmy is our newest coach on the Lions Team, you will Jimmy coaching on our Foundation Strength Sessions on Friday evenings at TRIBE Performance Gym in Richmond from 6-7pm
Full name: My name is Jimmy Tournois
How long have you been coaching?
In 2004, I have obtained a master’s degree in Professional Coaching after studying Psychology & worldwide medical systems and Anthropology. I have worked initially into social industry providin..
The School of Hard Knocks and Lions Sports Academy will be returning for another camp this Easter at Teddington RFC. Run over three days from the 9th - 11th April, the camp will combine Lions' extensive experience of technical & tactical coaching with SOHK's tried-and-tested method to develop a range of mental & interpersonal skills.
The key aims of the camp will be to help players become more active, develop & strengthen their resilence, build self-confidence & enhance communication & leadership skills.
Each of the three days will look to focus on diffe..
"He certainly won a number of fans personally and supporters for Quins today". This is what Roger Brosch, Wimbledonian Warriors RFC Junior Chairman, said about Harlequins Fly-Half Marcus Smith after he joined Lions for a coaching at Wimbledonian Warriors RFC last Sunday.
These words will be of no surpise to many, considering Marcus is highly rated both within the Harlequins community and by fans of English rugby. Marcus proved to be a very popular choice amongst the kids; who seemed to get stuck in and will have learnt some new skills under the tutelage of the Harlequins ace..
If you are looking to constantly improve your coaching techniques or struggle to plan a weekend training session around your busy day to day schedule, then look no further than Lions Sports Academy's 'Coach the Coaches' masterclasses.
Lions Sports Academy are working with our partner clubs to offer complimentary coaching to the coaches to build confidence, provide ideas and create a sharing environment in the clubs to give the best experience possible for the kids on a weekend!
Lions Sports Academy works with sports clubs and organisations to build teacher..
Lions Sports Academy would like to welcome Nora Baltruweit as the latest addition to our coaching team. Nora is highly experienced and plays for Wasps Womens team in the Tyrrell's Premier 15s competition. Her Wasps team are currently sitting in 4th positon in the table and are on course for a semi-final place at the moment.
We conducted a brief interview with Nora to find out what inspired her to get into coaching and what makes her tick both on and off the pitch....
Full name: Nora Baltruweit
How long have you been coaching?
Since I was 17, coaching In Germany also.
"It's about understanding how to manage their bodies". These were the words of Will Page, Lions Sports Academy Director of Athlete Development & Lecturer in Sports Rehabilitation at St Mary's University, during his ADP talk to Middlesex U16 parents at Grasshoppers RFC last night. It is not just about the understanding of knowing one's body during growth, that Will was referring too, but also the underlying mental factor of understanding how to properly overcome injury and having the correct sports rehab to make sure that it does not occur again.
Lions Sports Academy would like to formally introduce Jack Bennett as the latest coach to join our high-profile coaching team. Jack has had previous experience working with Lions and it's now great to have him on board full-time.
We conducted a brief interview with Jack to get to know him and bit better and understand why he has a passion for coaching.
Full name: Jack Stephen Bennett
How long have you been coaching?
2017/18 Tag Rugby Trust to school children in Zambia
Coached Year 7’s at Esher High School.
How did you get into it and why coaching?
Lions Sports Academy kicked off the New Year with a brilliant masterclass taking place at Chiswick Rugby Club. It was a great day and Chiswick's state of the art 4G pitch was a great asset to have in order to develop the basic skills of rugby. It was a great session and some exciting talent was on show from some of the U12s that took part.
The masterclass was run by Lions Coaches Joe Garner and Duncan Traynor and they certainly created a fun environment that allowed all the kids to learn and enhance their skills. There were a number of fun activities that took place throughou..
Two of Lions Sports Academies Ambassadors, Leanne Riley (Harlequins & England) & Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens & England) are among 28 players to have been awarded full-time professional contracts for 2019.
The RFU announced last September that they would be introducing new full-time contracts for women's 15-a-side players.
Lions are extremely proud and honoured to have two of our ambassadors picked to represent England Women's on a full-time basis and would like to wish them the very best going forward and hope they can continue to put in the sort of performances t..
Lions Sports Academy rounded off 2018 with our final camp of the year at Ely Tigers Rugby Club on Friday 28th December. It was a fantastic day and a brilliant way to finish the year. There was a great turnout and the entire day was conducted in a great manner.
The whole day included lots of fun games & activities which seemed to go down well with all the kids involved, as well some more technicial drills such as a tackling masterclass for the U11s that were in attendance.
It was a huge success and this was made more clear by Lions CEO Andy Jones, who said post-event "This ..
Lions Sports Academy kicked off the festive holidays by hosting two fantastic events, a girl's masterclass and a mixed camp at Horsham RFC & Aylesbury RFC!
They were two amazing events that entertained all who attended and gave everyone a day of fun-filled activities that brought out some excellent skills. The Girls Masterclass was split into four different areas (Forwards, Backs, Scrum Halves & Kicking) and each of the different areas was led by position-specific coach. The brilliant quartet of Leanne Riley (England & Harlequins), Jade Konkel (Scotland & ..
Lions Sports Academy would like to welcome Oscar Blanchard as our latest addition to our ever expanding coaching team. Oscar is a fantastic new recruit and we look forward to working closely with him and getting to see exactly what he will bring to the Lions team.
We asked Oscar a few questions to get to know him a bit better and find out about some of his interests.....
Full name: Oscar Blanchard
How long have I been coaching: 4 months. Since August
How did I get into it and why coaching: I have always been interested in the sporting industry and my passion has always been..
Lions Sports Academy would like to formally welcome Edward Hansell to our coaching team. We are throughouly looking forward to working with him and we are excited to see what he can do when given the chance.
Lions conducted a brief interview with Edward to get to know him a bit better as he joins the team and see why he got into coaching and what he's passionate about.
Full name: Edward Hansell
How long have you been coaching?
Has been coaching for 2 years beginning at Seaford College working with the junior School.
Edward hopes to be able to help othe..
Lions Sports Academy Coaches Leanne Riley (England & Harlequins Womens) and Holly Myers (Harlequins Womens) performed a coaching session at Pulborough RFC on Sunday for some of the clubs girls teams.
It was a fantastic turnout by the girls and being coached by two amazing players was a massive thing for some of the girls. Leanne and Holly put the girls through their paces, working on handling and movement by implementing different rules into a variety of touch rugby games. The girls really bought into what Leanne and Holly were trying to teach them and this was highlighting b..
Lions Sports Academy, lead by CEO Andy Jones, performed a coaching masterclass at Wimbledonian Warriors on Wednesday evening. All coaches from Wimbledonian Warriors and other clubs were invitied along to learn about new drills that they could use when coaching or improve already existing drills that they are using.
It was a fantastic evening and all the coaches responded positivley to the session put on by Andy. The masterclass was centred around coaches for U11-U13 and each of them was required to bring along a drill and perform it to the rest of the group. Every person who attended ..
Introducing our latest coaching addition..... Samuel Packham!!
We conducted an interview with Samuel to find out more about himself and how he managed to get into coaching. We are really pleased that he has joined Lions Sports Academy and cannot wait to work closely with him in the foreseeable future.
Full name: Samuel Packham
How long have you been coaching, how did you get into it and why coaching?
I’ve been coaching on and off for 7 years (because I was studying for my degree). I started
my coaching journey in college when I was offere..
Lions Sports Academy would like to formally introduce Myles Nesbeth as our latest coach. We are very eager to be working with Myles and can’t wait to see him in action.
We did a brief interview with Myles in order to get to know him a bit better and understand what exactly coaching means to him!
How long have you been coaching? Basketball & multisport coaching: two years
S&C coaching: 1 year
How did you get into it and why coaching? I have been involved in sport from a young age and have had some inspirational coaches around me during that time and I feel that younger..
DON'T MISS OUT ON OUR AMAZING DEAL!
In preparation of Black Friday on Friday 23rd November, Lions Sports Academy are offering a 10% off deal on everything including future camps and courses.
The deal includes everything from masterclasses, camps, courses (ADP) and will run for a whole week from Monday 19th - Friday 23rd November.
Be sure to act quick and take advantage of this fanstastic deal!
Three of Lions Sports Academy’s top coaches performed four days of coaching masterclasses at St Thomas’ School in Clapham this week.
Harlequins and England Scrum Half Leanne Riley, Wasps and England International Katie Mason and Harlequins winger Holly Myers each coached two specific skills blocks that focused on the pupils needs and the key areas affected by the rules for their age.
Leanne focused on 2 on 1 switches, dummy switches and the draw and pass, whilst Katie and Holly looked to get the pupils engaged in developing their tackling techniques as well as their co..
Last Friday, Lions Sports Academy attended an ISA U11 Schools Rugby Tournament at Bedford Athletic RFC. The tournament was hosted by Rushmoor School, who we had previously encountered at a similar tournament at Littlegarth School on the Wednesday and we were honoured to have been asked to perform a skills workshop throughout the tournament.
Including Rushmoor School, there were 10 teams from all over the country that attended and the skills shown by all of the teams were fantastic and the entire tournament was played to a very high standard.
Lions were given the opportunity to pe..
Lions Sports Academy were pleased to have been invited to the ISA contact and Touch Rugby Tournament at Littlegarth School near Colchester on Wednesday 7th November.
The tournament had 8 teams involved from Littlegarth, Quinton House, Finborough, St Margarets, Colchester High School, Rushmoor and Faraday House with 4 teams each participating in the touch and contact events.
Lions CEO Andy Jones was invited to perform a 10 minute coaching masterclass to each of the teams that attended the event. Andy got the kids involved in some fun handling activities as well as practicing their footwo..
Lions Sports Academy attended this year’s 2018 Active Schools Conference at Surrey Sports Park on the 6th November. It was a fantastic day out with the conference being run to support schools in their everyday PE and sport provisions, with this year’s event specifically focusing on helping teachers appreciate their influence over pupil’s long term well-being.
It was a great opportunity to talk to a large number of teachers, that attended from schools all across the county, and to hear their stories and how they have been using sport within their schools to help improve th..
Following the announcement of our latest programme, Lions Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Centre (SPARC), we are delighted to have officially formed a partnership with our local friends Physio 1 to 1. Sometimes it can be hard for clinics to provide the 'full package' of support - from the physio bed, to the dedicated rehabilitation gym programme, to the sports we all know and love. By teaming up with Lions, both Lions and Physio 1 to 1 aim to provide the highest quality services to our clients. We will provide them the support they need to be better ..
It is a well-known fact that when going for a job Employers prefer graduates with work experience. There are many benefits to undertaking a placement or internship whilst at school, college or university. These include gaining knowledge of the industry, developing and learning new keys skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, communication and time management, which are all important when you are exploring different career options and in some cases, get paid while you study!
This academic year, working with Achieving for Children Lions have welcomed 7 work experience students from schools ..
Lions are pleased to announce that we will be joining up with School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) this summer to bring you rugby and leadership Camps!
Vicky Fleetwood is a woman of many talents; a former junior hurdler, a personal trainer and a Rugby World Cup winner. The Nuneaton-born diet and nutrition adviser began playing rugby at the age of 14 after tiring of watching her brother play. Vicky moved to Saracens from Lichfield after the Women’s World Cup success in 2014, where she made six appearances. Two of these were off the bench but the front row was handed a start in the final where England beat Canada 21-9. She overcame an injury to make the 2017 Women's World Cup and made three appea..
East Grinstead Rugby Club (EGRFC) will be hosting a Lions Sports Academy Camp led by a very special guest, International and Harlequins player, Leanne Riley on Friday 3 August 2018 at Saint Hill Road, East Grinstead. The Lions Sports Academy are well practiced in the art of running sports development camps throughout school holidays. The camp (10.00am-4.00pm) will build confidence and skills such as passing, catching, running lines, tackling and age grade rules. All set in a positive, fun and safe environment for girls to experience rugby and to develop and show their abilitie..
Please be aware that due to Box Hill School cancelling all of their Summer lettings due to essential building repairs needing to take place we have been forced to move our Girls Summer Residential to a new location, with new dates. Therefore, we are now running our residential at Aldro School in Godalming between the Monday 30th July and Wednesday 1st August. We apologise for any inconvinience caused, however, the majority of those already booked on can stll make it which is fantastic news.
Return2Play is leading the way on player safety and recovery from injury in sport. Lions are delighted and excited to be partnering with R2P to provide their state of the art injury reporting tool to our customers and give players access to expert care after injury.
Click here to find out more about Return2Play
Three stars of women’s world rugby have joined forces to make a plea for parents to consider Christmas gifts that promote kids' health rather than risking damaging it...
Lions Sports Academy Welcome International Players..
Lions returned to GoFest at Surrey Sports Park bank holiday weekend introducing tag rugby and Futsal to families. Here are a few highlights.
The last twelve months have not given South African rugby fans much to smile about. Defeats to the likes of Italy, Wales, Argentina and Ireland have seen the Springboks plummet to a lowest ever world ranking of 7th and it is difficult to see how things will improve.
Whilst they still have some supreme talent at their disposal, the pool is not as full as it once was. However, the malaise runs deeper than simply a lack of fresh talent. The Boks are wracked with division and disjointedness on and off the pitch, and the appointment of Allister Coetzee as coach has done nothing to arrest their d..
May Half Term Camps
Lions are launching our Sevens Rugby Camps this May half-term with guest appearance from England Seven's Player, Tom Bowen.
Sevens Camp, Imber Court, East Molesey - 30th & 31st May
Sevens Camp, Guildford - 1st & 2nd June
Futsal Development Day, Feltham - 1st June
Futsal Development Day, Feltham - 27th July
U9s Transition to Contact Course, Teddington - 25th, 26th & 27th July
U10s Introduction to Rucking & Mauling Course, Teddington - 25th, 26th & 27th July
Warriors Camp, ..
Go Fest17 - 28th & 29th May
Just 12 days until GoFest returns at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford.
Book a free Futsal or rugby session (GoTry) with Lions Sports Academy and "have a go” at a huge variety of sports, dance classes and healthy activities.
What’s on at GoFest (all included in your ticket price):
40+ Sports & Activities
Free Family Friendly Coaching from professionals, National Governing Bodies and local sports clubs
Numerous Dance and Fitness Classes
Main Stage Entertainment
Runs, Races and Relays
As we draw near to Europe’s end of season showpiece, the Champions League final, we are greeted with what has become a familiar sight. For the fifth consecutive year, England has no representative.
In the space of less than a decade, the Premier League has fallen from the dizzying heights of domination into the footballing abyss. Between 2005 and 2012, sev..
Well that’s it for another lung-busting, gut-wrenching, bone-breaking Premiership Season. Almost. All barring the small matter of the play-offs. And of course the slightly self-indulgent pageant of the final. Ok, so it’s not all over, but the regular, ordinary, bog-standard season is, and this calls for something of a round-ahead. It’s a hotchpotch of a round-up and a look-ahead, for those of you who aren’t au fait with the lingo.
This Bank Holiday Monday saw Guildford Under-18s celebrate the phenomenal achievement of
getting their hands on The National Colts Cup. Guildford’s future stars – under the stewardship of
Lions Sports Director and Coach, Andy Jones – beat York Under-18s in a thrilling final at the home of
the Bedford Blues.
Following the success of our hugely popular Futsal Feltham Development Centre we are launching a new course on Wednesday 24th May at Broadwater School, Guildford, GU7 3BW from 6-7pm.
Played on an indoor court with a smaller heavier ball, Futsal is fast paced game which:
Enhances speed of feet, thought and reactions
Develops players composure and control
Improves agility, sharpness and fitness
Allows 6 times more touches than football
Rumoured to be the fastest growing sport in the U.K, Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar all used to play Futsal ..
The team are really excited for our Rugby Seven's Camps to start in May, we have brought in some professional help from an England 7's star.
Imber Court Sports Club, East Molesey - 30th & 31st May 2017
Guildford County School, Guildford - 1st & 2nd June 2017
Click here to book: https://www.lionssports.academy/Rugby_categorysearch
Lions Sports Academy are offering the following camps this Easter:
Ely Rugby Camp at Ely Tigers Rugby Club
4th, 5th & 6th April. To book click here
Futsal Camp at Feltham Community College
4th April. To book click here
The Mall School (only open for children at The Mall)
18th April to 21st April
Teddington Rugby Camp
4th, 5th & 6th April. To book click here
There are four specific deficits which have been identified as the potential
cause of this injury risk – ligament dominance, quadriceps dominance, leg dominance and trunk
dysfunction – and with the right coaching from a qualified Strength and Conditioning professional,
any areas of deficit can be identified and worked on.
The 31st Africa Cup of Nations – or to give it its catchier, 21st century sci-fi name AFCON 2017 – passed by over the past month without much in the way of fanfare. Of course, there were the obligatory biennial complaints from European managers at losing their star players midway through the season, but even these were muted in comparison to ..
Once every four years, a momentous thing happens. The warring tribes of the British Isles put aside their differences, forget colonial pasts and call a temporary ceasefire to unite under one fearsome, blood-red banner. Once every twelve years, they mount an assault on the most formidable enemy of all: the Maori tribes of the South Seas. 2017 is that year.
This may all sound a tad glib, like it sho..
The dawn of a new era is upon us. The balance of power has shifted. A new global force stirs in the east. No, I’m not quoting Lord of the Rings, although I probably could be. Rather, these are the kind of phrases you will have encountered when reading of the rampant rise of Chinese football. But is the hype justified?
In recent times there has been something of a mass ex..
The Rugby World Cup semi-finals in September 2015 seem a long time ago. The four best teams in what is becoming an increasingly global game pitted their wits against one another in West London. Not one of the four had a cold Christmas. Not one of them had a gruelling domestic season ahead of them. Each one of them descended upon Twickenham to confirm what the rugby world knew had been happening for some time: the southern hemisphere had officially claimed ownership..
There’s one on every street, numerous in every city. Incomprehensible to the old school, bloated pub-dweller, and church to the endorphin-crazed, carb-counting, beautiful young things. Many are open 24 hours a day, and all are packed to the air-conditioned rafters with people of all shapes, sexes, sizes and goals. To one, the cover of Men’s Fitness beckons. To another, staving off the early onset of age is enough. To all, the gym is, and has been for some time, a staple part of life – a one-way ticket to self-improvement, self-confidence and self-worth.
Whilst most o..
As we reach the halfway point in the 2016-17 Premier League season, one thing alone seems strikingly certain: the health of the English domestic game has been restored to somewhere close to its mid-noughties pomp. To say this is to imply that it has been somewhat lacking of late, which might come as a surprise to some of you. Yet, delicious as it may have been in its undiluted ludicrousness, Leicester City being crowned champions does not point to a highly competitive, continentally-dominant Premier League. Quite t..
At the risk of sounding like every other cliché-wrapped bundle of festive round-up codswallop: this year has been quite the rollercoaster. Unprecedented successes have been followed by mind-numbingly predictable failures. Normal orders have been restored, usurped and downright destroyed. Reputations have been fortified ..
Whatever your age, size or gender, resistance training is good for your health
Photo courtesy BBC
The BBC’s publicity people have got one hell of a job on th..
It is a sign of changing times that the early season international breaks are, to most of us, something of an inconvenience. The lustre of the Premier League is now such that it far eclipses its international counterpart for excitement, drama and quality, and any interruption to its seemingly endless stream of high-class theatre is treated irksome to those who plan their weekends around it. Now it’s all over and done with till March, we can get back to the opulent footballing indulgences of West Brom v Burnley on a Monday night. Thank god.
This most recent round of fixtures, howev..
Misinformed concerns and a misrepresented image of the gym-goer have led historically to a wariness on the part of parents to all things gym. However, over the past two decades, things have changed dramatically...
Lions Foundation Strength will help young athletes gain an understanding of resistance training in a safe and effective gym environment to physically prepare the body for sport.
From a performance, injury prevention and confidence perspective, Lions
Increase upper and lower body strength
Increase movement efficiency
Reduce chance of injury
The course is ope..
Lions Sports Academy are offering a 10% early booking discount across all February 2017 half term camps.
Enter Code NOV16 to redeem. Offer ends on 30th November 2016.
Camps confirmed so far are at:
Old Wimbledonians Warriors RC
Weybridge Vandals RC
Barring a woeful batting display against Pakistan at The Oval – a rather damp climax to an otherwise bright summer – England could have found themselves on top of the test-match tree. As it is, they don’t. Still, with this in mind, it seems counter-intuitive to look ahead at this winter’s tour with glum pessimism, regardless of whether this may or may not be ‘the English way of doing things’.
However, it really is difficult to feel anything but. The overriding view of our chances this winter is, a..
The international rugby calendar is a matter of serious contention. Since the advent of the World Cup, the expansion of the Five and Tri-nations, and the introduction of annual, trans-global tours to and from the southern hemisphere, the fixture list has become a tad crowded, to say the least. In the past thirteen months, the home nations have played World Cup warm up fixtures, the World Cup itself – with varying degrees of length and intensity – the Six N..
Spoiled by pulse-racing drama on a weekly basis for nine months of the year, ravenous after the famine of a predictably dismal international summer, mid-August found the football fan in a state of delirious excitement. No longer were kicks to be got from the gossip columns. No longer were we to rely on social interaction to fill our weekends. The Premier League was back.
However, as the du..
What a difference 20 years makes. From the meagre pickings of Atlanta – where Knights of the
Realm Redgrave and Pinsent brought home our only gold – to the unprecedented success of Rio,
British Olympic sport has made quite a remarkable transformation.
At Lions, we're always interested to hear from talented coaches who share our passion and core values; Communication, Humility, Ambition, Integrity and Respect!
Lions Sports Academy October Half Term Rugby Camps:
Guildford Rugby Club - 24th to 26th October 2016
High Wycombe Rugby Club - 26th to 28th October 2016
Old Wimbledonians Rugby Club - 27th & 28th October 2016
Teddington Rugby Club - 26th to 28th October 2016
Weybridge Vandals - 25th to 27th October 2016
Lions GoFest Competition
Enter the Lions competition for your chance to win a 3 day course of your choice provided by Lions Sports Academy.
At your nearest venue.
Under the section "How did you hear about us?" Select GoFest Competition
Closing date is Friday 12th August.
The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over.
Highlights from Lions staff training day
Lions coaches came together on Monday to brush up on their skills in preparation for the launch of our summer camps this week.
GoFest the UK's family festival of Sport, Dance, Health & Fitness takes place at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on 13th & 14th August.
With over 50 sports and activities to choose from there is something for all the family.
Lions Sports Academy will be offering rugby coaching sessions (all coaching is included in the ticket price).
Come and visit us at Surrey Sports Park and show your support for Shooting Star Chase, Children's Hospice.
Athlete Development Programme
Summer Special - Old Wimbledonian Warriors, Wimbledon - 25th Jul to 29th Aug
Summer Strength & Speed - St Mary's University, Teddington - 15th Jul to 19th Aug
Lion Cubs Camp
Udney Park Playing Fields, Teddington - 26th Jul to 28th Jul & 23rd Aug to 25th Aug
Summer Multi Sports Camp
Udney Park Playing Fields, Teddington - 16th Aug to 18th Aug
Lions Football Develo..
To book onto this course go to http://www.lionssports.academy/Athlete_Development_Programme/OldWimbledoniansRugbyClub and select "Athlete Development Programme - Summer Special."
To book onto this course go to http://www.lionssports.academy/Athlete_Development_Programme/StMarysUniversity and select "Athlete Development Programme - Summer Strength & Speed."
The world of sports science – with its biomechanics, performance enhancement, and mulsculoskeletal training methods – can be a confusing place for the layman. Until the past few decades, these words didn’t even exist, and to many they still don’t. However, sports science is utterly integral to the progression of any aspiring young partic..
For the first time since 1924, in reflection of its status as one of the world’s fastest growing sports, rugby returns to the Olympic arena this summer. Rio de Janeiro will play host to 24 teams – both men’s and women’s – competing to be crowned Olympic champions in rugby sevens, the XV-a-side game’s younger, quicker, sleeker sibling.
Rugby’s Olympic renaissance is intriguing, if not particularly controversial. The International Olympic Committee voted overwhelmingly in favour of reinstating rugby as an Olympic sport, ..
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Monday saw the first full day’s wash-out at Roland Garros in 16 years, and prompted calls from French Open tournament director, Guy Forget, to immediately install a roof in preparation for next year’s tournament. “We’ve talked about this roof in Paris for 15 years already”, he seethed, “today is the day to just say stop”. Clearly, the chap means business, and one would suspect that as his sentiments are echoed from most corners – with talk of tarnished global images and bureaucratic Fr..
The inability of English cricketers to sit at the top table of the global game has perplexed this nation’s ardent following for a long time. We gave the game to the world, and the world produced the kind of players we could only dream of; or, more accurately, gave us nightmares for decades on end. Of course, we have produced world-beaters. Truman, Gooch, Botham, Flintoff, Pietersen, Harmison were all for a time peerless. The key phrase here, however, is ‘for a time’; no English player has dominated world cricket with any amount of longevit..
Much has been made of the since-deposed, arch-scoundrel Michel Platini’s decision to expand the European Championships from 16 to 24 teams. With the inclusion of teams from the sheer periphery of European football – and the fact that almost nobody bar Ireland and Albania is likely to be knocked out at the group stage – critics have lambasted a decision which, they say, has ensured a dilution of quality and drama in what was once a sure-fire blockbuster from start to finish. In truth, it is hard to envisage – especially given Platini’s track record of..
Congratulations to Theo, Lion Cub of the Week!
Lion Cubs runs every Sunday from 10-11am at Teddington Rugby Club.
For more information contact: Info@lionssports.academy or call 020 3424 5070.
Why has this country not produced a genuinely world-beating footballer like Lionel Messi in decades? Why has South America produced so many? Why have England mustered one semi-final appearance in a half-century of World Cups? Why have Argentina and Brazil reached eight finals between them within the same time frame?
The answers are simple. Just take a look at the grass-roots development of young footballers, both here and in South America.
In England, kids slog it out with one another on miserable Sunday mornings, hacking about in the mud, contending with gale-force wind ..
Come and visit Lions Sports Academy at Hampton Fun Day.
Venue: Hampton & Richmond Borough FC, (Top Pitch), Station Road, Hampton, TW12 2BX
Date: Saturday 21st May 2016
Time: 11am to 6pm
Entrance Fee: £1 per person
All in One Events promise a fun filled day out for all the family to enjoy. There will be bouncy castles, rides, side stalls and plenty of options for food and drink.
Lions Sports Academy will be running a penalty shoot out and there will be an opportunity to test your speed against our high tech light gates wi..
Rugby is certainly not a sport for those of faint heart, spirit, or body. Recently-retired Welsh back row Jonathan Thomas summarised the gladiatorial mentality of the rugby player perfectly, saying that “you need to want to go out and hurt people”. Undeniably, this perception rings true. There is an accepted brutality to the sport; a devilish undercurrent that is entirely integral to the game’s growing global appeal to players and spectators alike. No-one involved in rugby would want to take that away.
However, when Thomas’ summation is viewed..
Cycling has for some time stood atop the British sporting podium. The exploits of Messrs Wiggins and Froome in Le Tour, coupled with that Herculean Olympic effort on home soil four years ago, built upon an already impressive pedigree to catapult cycling to the forefront of the nation’s sporting consciousness. No longer was it seen merely as a fashionable way to get around Cambridge; cycling became something that happened in a velodrome. It was pure, undiluted drama, it was the Knight and Dame-making showpiece of the Olympics, and it was undeniably ours to dominate..
Congratulations to Leicester City worthy champions of the Barclays Premier League; quite an incredible feat.
To those in the know it is painted as a hitherto unrivalled feat of triumph against all the odds; a real-life David vs Goliath in which David’s hand-made, bodge-job slingshot has pierced the expensively assembled, diamanté-clad armour of the petrodollar-backed Goliath. In short, for those of us who have witnessed the time-honoured domination of the footballing elite on a weekly basis, the scale of Leicester’s achievement is obvious, in that it was completely an..
Lion Cubs Summer Camp
We are excited to announce the dates of our first ever Lion Cubs Summer Camp!
9:30 to 12:00 - 26th, 27th & 28th July
9:30 to 12:00 - 23rd, 24th & 25th August
Available to boys and girls age 2 to 7 years the camp is designed to help children with their fundamental movement skills with a focus on:
whilst of course having lots of fun!
Book now ... limited spaces available!
Spring Half Term Courses
This Spring Half Term Lions are offering the following Rugby and Football Courses:
Old Wimbledonian Warriors on 2nd & 3rd June
High Wycombe 31st May, 1st & 2nd June
Lions Development Programme
U9 to U13 on 31st May & 1st June
U14 to U18 on 2nd June & 3rd June
Lions Football Development Camp
At Udney Park Playing Fields, Teddington, TW11 9BG
31st May, 1st & 2nd June
Over Easter half term Lions held a Football Development Course. Looking back over the course there were some great highlights to reflect on ...
We witnessed some great players and skills, with the first day's subject being 'manipulation' this gave the players an opportunity to 'show boat' and show off their skills, in the 1v1 games and tournaments.
Over the course of the 3 days we had a different topic each day, with the morning focusing on intense training adapted into fun drills, and the afternoon..
Football - Day 1 & 2
We had a great response to The Mall Football Camp, with the pupils 3 favourite coaches Theo, Kieran.W and Kieran.T everyone knew it was going to be a good 2 days from the word go.
The first day focused on attacking and defending, with each player willing to learn new skills. We adapted these elements into fun games as we wanted the camp to be as enjoyable as possible.
In the afternoons we were able to go into matches where the players were automatically taking what they have learnt in the morning and showcasing it in..
It was great to be back at Old Wimbledonians after a short break. We had some very gifted players turn up which made it a great camp as the skill level was so high.
As it was a two day course we were able to concentrate on contact on the first day playing loads of games to get the boys making tackles. The camp also included work on special awareness and decision making.
"Robert, who won player of the camp is one of the strongest players I have had to pleasure to work with as not only were his skills excellent, his overall attitude was outstanding..
It was fantastic to return to Guildford RFC after such a successful camp in February. We had some skilful players turn up along with some big personalities!
Across the three days we worked on beating your man, contact area, ball work and evasive skills. It was exceptionally hard to pick our player of the camp as the quality was so high.
It was a pleasure to spend the three days back at Guildford and I look forward to seeing everyone soon at future camps or ADP.
Kieran Ttouli - Lead Coach
During the Easter holidays Lions ran another successful camp down at Esher RFC.
Over the three days the players that attended worked on developing their core rugby and motor skills, whilst still having fun. It was a joy to see them depart each day with smiles on their faces.
The U12s at Esher are regulars on the Lions Camp. It is great to witness their improvment which is evidenced by their results such as winning their tour of Jersey.
Esher are blessed with a high standard of players and as a coach it is a pleasure to..
A great end of season turn out in Bushy Park, filled with fun games, cake (AJ's Birthday) and rugby players made from animals, our longest running camp never let's us down!
As always we had a great group of athletes ranging from U6s all the way through to U15s.
During the camp we focused on aspects such as decision making with the ball in hand, tackle technique using the 6 key points of the tackle as well as breakdown skills and tips and tricks to beat a defender.
Outside of our skill based exercises we played some games of kick tennis in which some of ..
Over the Easter holidays Lions ran their first camp in Bucks at High Wycombe Rugby Club, and it was a great success.
Over the three days the players worked on both technical and tactical aspects of their game as well as physical qualities such as strength and endurance. These skills were developed in a fun and enjoyable environment with all of the kids going home with a smile on their face each day.
Charlie Hodson - High Wycombe U10s
Charlie is our Lion of the month after winning the player of the camp at our first High Wycombe rugby camp. Charlie was one of our you..
Lions Ambassador Harry AA took time out from his training camp in Orlando to answer a few questions for Lions Sports Academy:
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Checkout our Director of Football, Kieran Woodley demonstrating his skills!
The Mall School - Rugby End of Season Round Up
Congratulations to The Mall School for a successful rugby season:
Seniors Year 7/8 - Only lost 1 game the whole season, best results in 19 years for The Mall beating schools such as Kings House and Newland House. (Coach Theo)
U11- Lost 1 9 aside game all season came 4th in Rokeby 7s and 2nd in a 9s tournament last Sunday (Coach Theo)
U10 - Successful season with individuals improving and developing into athletes. (Coach Kieran T)
7s - Senior 7s have imp..
Good luck to the England U20s Ladies in France tomorrow, let's hope the training at Teddington Rugby Club pays off!
Have you heard about our upcoming courses and camps?
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Up and Coming Lions Events:
Athlete Development Programme:
Harry AA (GB Sprinter) Speed Masterclass - Surrey Sports Park 22nd March
Harry AA (GB Sprinter) Speed Masterclass - Rosslyn Park 23rd Marc..
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Due to technical details with our booking system last night we are extending the 20% discount off all Easter Camps and Athlete Development Programme courses for a further 24 hours.
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