The reason our camps help children reach their potential
'The Level Vision'
Here at LevelUP we truly understand what it takes for children to have a successful future in sport. We offer multi-sport and athletic development camps for a reason and create programmes that suit all levels of sporting ability. Our coaching team and innovative methods aim to help your child on their journey towards their personal sporting success stories, be it at school, club, county or national level.
As sports enthusiasts, we recognise that many professional sportsmen and sportswomen, if you dig into their sporting backgrounds, were individuals who participated in as many sports as possible from a young age. Grassroots sport is such an important stage in our physical development, where we pick up many fundamental skills and movements that are then imbedded into our muscle memory for the rest of our lives. If children are limited in their exposure to the numerous sports that exist, they narrow the number of adaptable motor skills to call upon in the future.
We use this notion as the basis for firmly believing in the benefits of progressive and well-coached multi-sport development camps. They are quite simply the most effective way to build excellent physical foundations for children. We therefore pride ourselves on having a highly qualified team who have a wide range of expertise to cover the variety of sports we offer and who are innovative and creative in their approach to coaching.
There is also a common misconception that to be better at your favourite sport you should simply dedicate more time to practise it. Between the ages of 6 - 10 this can actually be damaging to the child as it can become frustrating and ultimately, narrows their physical versatility. Yes, children have their favourite sports, but by participating in a greater variety, they will develop a wider range of movement competencies and functional patterns. As a result, they develop a more diverse range of transferable movements and skills which often creates the so called 'talented' children.
Between the ages 6 and 10
Is a vital age for building athletic foundations and the best way to do this is by participating in multi-sports and fun athletic development.
Sport should be used as a tool to aid physical development and build well-rounded athletes. Creating a diverse range of transferable skills.
Less focus on skill specific outcomes (even though we love seeing that happen naturally as a consequence), but instead, target the functional movement patterns* and movement competencies** that are related to these sports.
As children get to the ages of 10-14
They have started to establish their fundamental movement patterns and movement competencies.
Sport specific motor skill training will become of greater benefit.
Participating and being coached in a wide range of sports will continue to promote a more diverse number of transferable movements and skills which allows individuals to be a more adaptable, creative and multi-dimensional sports people.
* Functional movement patterns involve daily body movements that use the entire human body. There are seven total movement patterns: squat, lunge, bend, core, push, pull, and locomotion.
** Movement competencies - The development of sufficient and controlled body movements in order to assure successful performance in different physical activities.