Sporting inspiration for children and coaches

Activities that inspire children to be active, caring, happy and enthusiastic

As part of our commitment to fulfil our vision, we asked a number of world class performers for their ‘words of wisdom’ to inspire the children that we coach and the coaches in the A-Star team.  Here’s what they said:

“Keep working hard.  There will be challenges along the way but remember dreams do come true!”

Beth Tweddle – Olympic Bronze Medalist, triple World Champion, six-time European Champion, Commonwealth Champion and seven-times consecutive National Champion.

“Sport can be for everyone.  Try as many different things as you can and pick the one you love the most.  Anything is possible if you work hard and follow your dreams.”

Kathryn Moffitt – Gold Medallist and GB Canoe Polo Champion.

“Enjoy all sport and have a go at as many different sports as possible.  Whichever sport you decide on, make sure you always have fun at it – enjoyment in sport lasts a lifetime.”

Kate Allenby MBE – Modern Pentathlete, winning medals at Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European championship level, and Games Teacher

‘Take notice of what your coach teaches you, practice and have fun.’

Kenny Logan – Rugby Union Scottish International, London Wasps, Glasgow Warriors & Stirling County

‘Give sports a go! You don’t always have to be good at it, you just have to be enthusiastic. Also, you never know which sport will eventually float your boat. I certainly never imagined it would be ocean rowing. So go on, get stuck in, who knows where it will take you?’

Sally Kettle – The first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West

‘Keep believing. Even when you feel the odds are against you, what will get you through is to trust in your own ability.’

Steve Backley, OBE – Former javelin world record holder

‘Coaches need to be open-minded and kids need to have fun. They are young and need to enjoy playing.’

Piri Weepu – New Zealand All Black, Blues rugby union player and world cup medal winner

‘Just have fun and try your best. Sport is all about fun for me!’

Terry Hollands – World Strongest Man competitor 7x, finalist 6x, podium finisher 2x, current Strongman Champions League overall winner

‘When someone tells you that something is impossible, what they mean is it’s impossible for them, not you. You can take another person’s advice and encouragement but don’t ever take their self-doubt.’

Craig Heap – Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning gymnast

‘Passing on knowledge is teaching, coaching is a relationship. If you are a good coach you will learn at least as much from your charges as they will from you.’

Brian Whittle – Represented Great Britain 45x over a 10 year period, including all major championships from Commonwealth to Olympic Games; winner of 6 major championship medals

‘Have fun and work hard! Lovely to hear you’re working with young people.’

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE – Eleven times paralympic gold medallist

‘Sport is for everyone and you don’t have to be a medallist to enjoy the benefits.  Find your own goal.’

EFDS – English Federation of Disability Sport

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