10 steps to get better at sports

As with most things in life, there are steps you can take to enhance your skills and proficiency, including learning from others, getting advice from specialists, and preparing and planning.

We’ve compiled a list of hints and tips to improve your sports performance, some are straightforward and fairly simple while some are a bit more complex.

We hope they will help you to start seeing improvements fairly quickly, let us know what has worked for you.

Improve your sports performance

 

 

 

  • Understand your strengths and weaknesses

This is a very important step to take before you do anything else. You may think you’re David Beckham on the pitch but the reality is probably very different. Take a good look at what you’re good at, and then look at what you struggle with and you’ll get an idea of what work needs doing. If necessary ask others who will probably be less objective and give you an honest answer.

  • Create a plan

Using what you’ve learned from step one create an action plan. Look at your weaknesses ie stamina, headers, blocking opponents etc and work out how to improve on these skills. Once you’ve started this, look at your strengths and see how you can become even better! Set achievable goals to help you improve and you’ll see your skills growing in no time.

  • Get a coach

If you’re really serious about your sport consider getting a coach to help you. They will undoubtedly be brutally honest with you and will push you to the limits, but that is exactly what you need. Don’t make excuses, listen to them and follow their instructions. That’s their job after all!

Improve your sports performance

  • Practice, practice, practice

This should be your mantra. We all know that practice makes perfect, so what are you waiting for? Make time for regular practice sessions with and without your coach, the more you do, that quicker you’ll see those improvements.

  • Understand the game/sport

Take time to understand whatever sport you’re taking part in. Read the rules so you know what is and isn’t acceptable, what is expected and how best to get ahead.

  • Get fit and stay fit

There’s no point doing all this practice if you’re going to spend your downtime eating pizza, drinking beer and slobbing in front of the tv. The odd chill out is fine, but don’t make it a habit. Try to eat a healthy diet, avoid fatty foods and keep your alcohol under the recommended limits. Maintain your activity levels, even when you don’t feel like it. Your body will thank you for it.

  • Train as an individual

If you play a team sport it’s important to do some individual training. This will give you a different type of workout, and use different muscles, as well as being fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Build your confidence

As your skills improve so will your confidence, so it’s important to believe in yourself and let your confidence shine through. Remember not to get arrogant, or complacent. No-one likes a big-head!

  • Be serious about preparation

Being fully prepared before an event or session is essential. Get a good nights sleep, reduce your alcohol intake and get plenty of slow-release carbs to keep you going. Warm up properly beforehand to help prevent injuries.

  • Get expert advice

Learn from those who excel in your chosen sport, watch matches/events and youtube videos, and study the athletes to see what makes them so good. You’re sure to pick up some great advice from these sporting legends.

So what are you waiting for, get out there and get improving!

Finally, motivation is everything so order some bespoke medals from us to give you a little boost!

 


Designing a medal from us is as easy as 123…

When you order a medal from us we make it as easy as possible to get it right. Designing a medal starts with choosing your style from our range of traditional, modern or Olympic-style metal medals, or our contemporary acrylic styles in round, square, leaf or bespoke options.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Add your design

Once you’ve chosen your style, and which colour you’d like (bronze, silver or gold, or a mixture depending on your event), it’s time to think about the design. If you’re ordering for a club you might want to include the logo or badge, we can even add photo’s of your venue to add a unique element. Details of your event are essential if that’s what your medals are for. If you’re ordering for different levels or positions you can personalise each medal. There is space on the order form for specifying exactly what you want each medal to say.

2017 round up medal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rear engraving

The back of our metal medals is perfect for engraving the recipient’s details – name, date and any other relevant information, for a truly personalised medal. This example shows the event, name and date as a permanant reminder of their win.

rear engraving on medals for champions

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Finishing touch

The last thing to do is choose your ribbon colour. We have several to choose from, and our unique hanging system means the medal will always hang perfectly around the recipient’s neck.
ribbons for designing a medal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Keep Healthy with Sport!

There has been so much media coverage about the need to keep healthy, and the benefits of taking part in a sporting activity.

There are so many clubs and groups around that it’s easy to find a sport that suits you, whether you prefer getting muddy on a rugby pitch, getting wet in a swimming pool, or jigging around your local park!

Try asking friends, family and work colleagues if they have any suggestions. It’s often easier to start a new activity if you go along with someone else, especially if it’s a new sport or if you’re a bit shy.

There’s no need to worry though if you have to go on your own. These groups will welcome you with open arms, introduce you to the other members, and make sure you’re not thrown in at the deep end.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Why sport?

Using sports for health has benefits both for physical and mental health. It’s important to make sure both of these are taken care of in these technological times, as we often run the risk of losing social interaction. So many of us spend the majority of our time online that we lose out on face-to-face contact. By joining a sports club, or even just getting a group of friends together for a game of badminton or tennis, you’re gaining so much. Sharing experiences is an important part of mental wellbeing, even if you’re not very good. Just being with friends, laughing, talking and interacting is something we could all do more of.

Physical health

Taking part in a sporting activity has obvious physical benefits. Getting a bit out of breath is good for your cardiovascular health, gets the blood pumping, strengthens bones and tones muscles. It can also help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of a stroke and heart disease. As your physical health improves, your immunity will increase so you should notice a reduction in minor illnesses like coughs and colds.

Sport helps with weight management, though it’s important to remember that as you lose body fat, you’ll gain muscle so may not notice a huge weight loss, depending on your starting weight. Don’t be discouraged though, you’ll start to see improvements in fitness levels and body shape fairly quickly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mental health

Mental health is big news right now, it’s no longer something we should suffer in silence with. Sharing your problems is much more acceptable, and goes a long way to help you cope. Taking part in sports can be a big help if you need a boost. It freshens the mind, boosts your self-esteem and encourages a positive attitude. It can help with all aspects of life, from work to personal life, and can improve your discipline and teamwork skills.

Just do it

It’s easy to incorporate sports into your everyday life, from a family bike ride to a Sunday morning swim. Check out your local council website for lists of sports centres and clubs, they’ll often have taster sessions for you to give it a try. Get friends and families involved in some fun and fitness, and you’ll soon start to see the benefits.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Start your own club

If there isn’t a club near you, start your own. It doesn’t have to be big or fancy, just getting a few people together can be all you need. If you want some motivation, our range of medals is an affordable reward to entice your members to try their hardest. Check out our gallery to see what’s available, then choose a medal style and customise them to make unique medals.

For more information about the health benefits of sport see Sport England