Recommended age: For aspiring athletes in the Trail Blazers age group (Primary 7+)
Coach to participant ratio: 1:8 (maximum)
For more information on the Movement Evolution Scotland age groups click here.
These sessions aim to help young people fulfill their athletic potential as they begin to specialise and invest time and effort in specific sports. These sessions are typically 75 minutes long and will aim to develop strength, speed, power and overall athletic competence. We aim to be athlete centered and where required we will work on specific skills with smaller groups. The sessions build on from the fundamental movements learned in Tough Monkees sessions with a focus on learning key weight lifting techniques as well as developing speed and general conditioning, as competence and confidence improves so will the variety of different pieces of equipment used including Olympic bars. We run both a Development Group and a Performance Group for our regular Sports Performers. The Development Group is for those just starting out with the Sports Performers programme allowing the Movement Evolution Performance coaches to deliver safe and progressive coaching. If you have not attended the Sports Performers sessions before you should start in the Development Group.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Our regular Sports Performers Sessions are running during Term Time in King George V Park, Banchory.
Unsure? No problem, first session is free of charge but please make sure you book.
How good does my child have to be at their chosen sport(s)?
It doesn't matter how good your child is or isn't at their chosen sport(s) but instead how good they want to be. Our Sports Performer Sessions are designed for youngsters who want to excel by listening, working hard and applying themselves.
Will my child be lifting weights?
Yes, though this will vary in nature depending on the session and the capabilities of the individual. It may vary from light weight sandbells, or powerbags, to kettlebells and bar bells. Focus is always on teaching and maintaining good form, and participants will never be pushed beyond their own capabilities.
Isn't that bad for children when they are young?
Despite many peoples thoughts that resistance training is unsafe or inappropriate for youth, there is now a compelling body of scientific evidence that supports its use by children and adolescents for a wide range of performance, health, and injury reducing benefits. Research has indicated that various forms of resistance training can elicit significant performance improvements in muscular strength, power production,running velocity, change of direction speed, and general motor performance, in youth. From a health perspective, evidence suggests that resistance training can make positive alterations in overall body composition, reduce abdominal and trunk fat, improve insulin-sensitivity in overweight adolescents, and enhance cardiac function in obese children. Importantly, it has also been suggested that regular participation in an appropriately designed exercise programme, which includes resistance training, can enhance bone mineral density and reduce sports-related injury risk in young athletes.