Clubs! Schools! Get ready for the 2017/18 season Book an Autumn workshop now!
The start of the school year is when most clubs and schools choose to host a High Performance Parenting workshop. It sets the tone for the rest of the year, ensures parents and athletes feel supported and understood and gives everyone an opportunity to raise any worries or concerns.
Workshops are individually tailored to suit the needs of the host club or school and their parents and athletes. Our prices will be going up for the 2017/18 season, but if you book now, we will freeze the price at the current level.
The current cost of a two hour workshop or seminar is £300. Workshops, which are more interactive and include a detailed delegate workbook, are for up to 24 delegates. Seminars include a delegate handout and can be for up to 200 delegates.
For more information, or to book a workshop, please use our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!
Helene Raynsford (Dyson) was British Rowing's first Paralympic Champion. She won gold in the women's single at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Helene came to the sport after an injury ended her career as a ballerina and a brain injury left her in a wheelchair. Since 2008 Helene has faced a multitude of challenges including cardiac problems and cancer. This auction is raising money to buy her a new wheelchair that will keep her active and busy, and give her back her va-va-voom.
Along with many interesting lots, High Performance Parenting is offering a two hour workshop for up to 16 delegates. If you have always thought about booking a workshop for your club or school, this would be a great way to start! Wheels for Helene
This Auction is now Closed - Fancy rowing with Olympic Champions Heather Stanning and Helen Glover?
Well you can! Heather is running the London Marathon and raising money for the Royal British Legion Industries. Part of her fundraising activities include a silent auction, with some amazing lots to bid on including a rowing session with Heather and Helen, genuine Olympic kit from London 2012 and Rio 2016, and RBLI kit. Visit her website for details
Anyone Can Do Anything....Really?
In our current Millennial culture of 'having it all', I often think that young people are getting the wrong message and it only leads to disappointment and feelings of failure down the line. Contrary to popular belief, it really isn't possible for anyone to do anything, however passionate they are about it.
When I was a child I went to ballet classes, which I really enjoyed. But, thank goodness I didn't decide that ballet was going to be my goal. Thanks goodness I wasn't told by a famous ballerina,
“Anyone can do what I do with the right commitment!”
I might have loved ballet, but I wasn't very good at it, and I'm now 6 foot tall and weigh 80kgs. Darcy Bussell I am not! And however much work or dreaming I may have done, prima ballerina was never going to be a realistic goal.
Through my work in high performance sport, I have often heard successful Olympians tell young people that anyone can become an Olympic champion.
“Don't be afraid to have a dream and go for it, it worked for me”
But almost all the Olympians that I have worked with are pretty talented people, they are born with some traits or physical attributes that set them ahead of the pack. Yes, they absolutely have to work hard and be single minded, they have to be ruthless in their determination. But there are plenty of hard-working, single minded, determined others who had the same dream but sadly fell by the wayside and now think it's something they did wrong. I will admit, there are a few unlikely Olympians who have crossed my path, but they are very few and far between, in the main, you can see quite early what the future may promise.
So what does this mean for parents? How can you guard against your bright young thing becoming disillusioned and feeling like a failure? I would offer the following advice.
Encourage your child to try lots of different things when they are young, different sports, musical instruments, hobbies and activities. Having a breadth of experience gives children many useful tools and the more things they try, the more likely they are to find that special something.
Try not to specialise too early. Even if your child LOVES one particular sport or activity, statistically they are far more likely to burn out and / or suffer injuries if they do that thing to the exclusion of everything else too early.
And lastly, if your child is absolutely set on something and will not be swayed from the path of trying to 'make it', even though you may think they don't have what it takes. As long as they are enjoying it, I would give them your wholehearted support. One thing that sets the 'unlikely' Olympians apart in my experience is that they absolutely and unequivocally love doing their sport, and whatever the outcome, the journey was the reward.
Encouraging more Girls and Women into Sport
I am passionate about people being involved in sport and I am particularly passionate about women and girls being involved in sport. Why?
Well, here are some figures from Women Ahead, a company that I sometimes work with who champion women in sport and business:
Women's sport accounts for 0.04% of the commercial investment going into all sports. 61% of sport fans would like to see more women's sport on TV. Female athletes are great role models, 43% of teenage girls don't think they have enough role models.
Sport teaches great life skills like team work, goal setting and time management, yet the opportunities for girls in sport are fewer, and the dropout rate for teenage girls from sport is higher.
How can High Performance Parenting help to encourage more girls and women to enjoy sport? Well Billy Jean King said, "You've got to see it to be it", so this week and beyond we will be showcasing fab images of some girls and women playing sport - for fun, for health, for friendship, for achievement.
Get out there girls!!
If you have inspiring photos of girls and women involved in sport, please send them to us email@example.com
Can't cook, won't cook? - how are our graduates from Off to University Workshops doing?
Our off to University Workshops contain solid advice for young athletes on nutrition, and also tips on preparing food for the week ahead to save valuable time. These pictures are from one of our workshop attendees who a) couldn't cook and b) didn't like vegetables. Well done! What a turnaround.