Sports for Kids in Summer 2015

As we approach the summer months, the big question for parents is the same every year: how am I going to keep my children busy for that long? While technology has provided easy methods of distraction, these are only a short term fix – there’s nothing more effective than getting them involved in a sport that could inspire them for years to come.

For example, have you ever considered contacting your local athletics club? After the wave of popularity that various sports saw following the triumphant London 2012 Olympic Games, there was a spike in interest and as a result a number of clubs were able to expand to accommodate more and more members. These clubs are perfect ways to keep your child occupied and interested, as the sheer variety of sports means no two days are the same. Children of all ages can enjoy them and with over 1500 across England alone there’s never been a better time to check them out.

Here at Team Colours, we have provided a number of athletics teams with bespoke tracksuits to wear whilst training and in tournaments, and we have seen first-hand just how popular these clubs are. The earlier your child has a chance to explore sprinting, hurdles, pole vault and the like, the more chance you may have of unearthing the next Mo Farah or Jessica Ennis-Hill!

Alongside athletics, football is a clear sport of choice for many kids across the country. However, you’d be surprised to know that the number of kids actually playing on a weekly basis is at the lowest it has ever been – partly thanks to computer games, but also thanks in part to the frequency with which it is shown on TV and the rising ticket prices that have alienated a number of fans.

So why not get in touch with a local football team and get your footie mad kids in a routine that helps them emulate their favourite players? And if there are none formed in your local area, why not take advantage of our personalised kits for kids of all ages and start your own team? After the roaring success of last year’s World Cup in Brazil, make sure that the lack of summer tournaments is replaced by endless days having a kickabout with their friends.

Of course, football is a sport that isn’t for everyone, but that shouldn’t put you and your child off looking into team sports to build their social confidence as well as their physical fitness and interest in sport. For example, have you ever considered hockey? Playable on many surfaces and accessible to boys and girls from all backgrounds, it’s a perfect way to pursue that competitive spirit and isn’t going to cost an arm and a leg to kit the kids out.

With our ‘design your own’ tool, you’ll be able to hand pick the finer details of the hockey kit for your new club to ensure that they look the part when they get out onto the court for the first time. It’s a sense of pride that is difficult to harness, but with the help of our team of experts here at Team Colours it is something you can achieve in no time at all.

For more information on how to create the dream kit for your child’s summer sports team, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

5 Reason you Need to Learn Netball Now

Netball players are certainly a gutsy bunch. These are team players that know how to take the good with the bad. Their losses make them humble and their successes give them that buzz that makes life so exciting. Playing netball really can equip you for life – here are Team Colours’ five reasons why.

Decision making

A netball girl knows how to make decisions, and fast. When you catch the ball in netball, you have only three seconds to find your feet, survey the court, assess the defence and find a suitable team mate to pass the ball to. That’s a lot of big decisions in a very small time frame that could cost the team the entire game. When it’s your time to shine, skills you have learnt from netball will help you to make accurate and speedy decisions that will allow you to keep playing.

Sucking it up

A netballer truly knows that sometimes you’ve just got to suck it up and get on with it. There will be times in your life when you’re not as good as the rest of your team, or you’re a little off your game. This is when you may be relegated to Wing Defence. Everybody has Wing Defence moments in life. Netball will teach you that you need to own these moments just as much as your time in Centre or Goal Attack. It’s all about making it your own and riding it out – netball will certainly teach you this.

Timing

A huge part of netball is interception and netballers will master this early on. Intercept too early or too late and you could lose the whole game. Timing is everything and knowing that every angle and every second can make a difference is certainly an important life lesson to take away.

Getting stuff done

Any netballer will tell you that it’s an incredibly fast paced game. Short, sporadic movement for over an hour makes for hard training, but offers fantastic results. Not only will your body benefit, but you’ll feel the benefits of being on the go. Come crunch time, netball will help you to develop your speed and efficiency.

Flexibility

We’re not just talking muscles here. Everyone knows the excellent benefits that joining a team sport can provide. However, netballers are also flexible enough to take on a number of different roles without a fuss. Netball positions are constantly reshuffled and reorganised in order to develop skills in all areas. Netballers have the variety of skills in order to have the confidence to take on a new challenge that is entirely out of their comfort zone. Learning flexibility with your team will help you both in your professional and personal life. So, what are you waiting for? Get your netball dress on, find your netball trainers and let’s get training!

5 Alternative Benefits of Joining a Sports Team

We all know the major benefits of joining a sports team. You’ll get in great shape, you’ll learn leadership skills and you can have fun all at the same time. We’re told time and time again all the way through school that joining a sports team is one of the best things you can ever do. However, not everybody is motivated by the idea of getting fit and making new friends. Some prefer the solidarity of working alone. However, here at Team Colours we’ve come up with five alternative benefits for joining a sports team that you might not have thought of.

Reaching decisions faster

Everybody has struggled with decision making at one point or another. You can be the most confident and self-assured individual and still falter when it comes to making important decisions under pressure. Joining a sports team is one of the best ways of making decisions faster and more efficiently than before. You’ll learn that hesitation at a crucial moment could cause a loss for both you and your team. Being able to assess a situation with speed and accuracy is a skill that will benefit you in all aspects in life and is an ability that you will come to treasure.

Being more aware of others

You may think that you are aware of other people, but joining a sports team will enhance this skill enormously. Working as a team will help develop an acute awareness to the body language, mood and personality of others. In the heat of a sporting moment, you need to be able to read your team mates like a book. This skill is invaluable in life and you will benefit greatly from being able to effectively consider your friends, family or colleagues when it comes to making decisions. It will no longer be about what is just best for you, but about what the best possible outcome is for everybody.

Managing stress more effectively

We all know that exercise relieves stress- something which has been proven in endless scientific studies. The regularity of team training, seeing the same people every week and coping with high intensity situations on a regular basis will all help you to manage stress, rather than just relieve it. Working out at the gym may relieve your stress temporarily, but it won’t teach you how to manage your stress effectively in the long run.

Improving your social skills

Depending on your line of work and your home life, you may not have much interaction with others on a day to day basis. We are living in an increasingly digitalised world, and many of us spend more time interacting with our computers than we do with each other. Before too long you may have forgotten what it was like to interact with other people on a daily basis. This isn’t healthy for any of us and especially those who found socialising difficult in the first place. Pushing your boundaries and joining a sports team will give you a unique opportunity to enhance your social skills. A sports team incorporates all of the same values that you should aim to incorporate into your day to day life. Communication, co-operation, approachability and camaraderie are all skills that will add great value to your life.

Increased motivation

Being self-motivated is a fantastic personality trait. If you’ve got a pep in your step and get up and go all year round, you are one of the lucky few. Many people believe they have high levels of motivation, but there is a fine line between motivating yourself and piling up the pressure. Being part of a team does wonderful things to your self-confidence. The support of a team can really motivate you to approach day to day tasks with a positive attitude. You will find yourself wanting to rally up a team spirit wherever you are.
To really feel the part, it helps to look the part, so when it comes to team unity, a custom sports kit goes a long way. At Team Colours this is our speciality so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Benefits of Having a Custom Football Kit for Your Team

Football is a way of bringing people together, and when you play or watch local teams it’s a great tool for inspiring a sense of community and excitement. Whether your team is watched by hundreds or just a few passers-by it’s important everyone looks their best and that there’s a portrayal of a real team ethic. It helps to show you’re organised and also encourages the crowd to cheer your team on to victory.

The most important aspect of your team kit will be the colours, as this will go on to represent what people think when they hear the name of your team. Choosing a unique colour scheme is important to prevent your team from being mistaken for another one, as it sets you apart and helps you to stand out in people’s minds.

Custom football kits can promote a sense of equality and team spirit amongst players and fans. When a new player joins a team they will feel truly accepted the first time they can pull on their customised kit. It could even go on to impact player performance, with members of your team working harder for each other knowing they’re involved in a professional looking club. This feeling of togetherness can really produce results on the field.

If you seek funding from players to contribute to the custom kits then it could also work to encourage a higher level of commitment. If they’re using their own money they are less likely to pull out of your team at the last minute and it’s a sign that they want to stay for the long term. Players dropping out of teams during mid-season is always a hassle and this can be seen as one method of solving the problem.

As well as all these benefits, it’s important to remember that creating a custom football kit is above all a fun activity. You can let your creativity flow by experimenting with different colours and designs. You could also design your own logos and badges if you’re feeling really adventurous, and they will go a long way to giving your team that extra refined look. You could even survey the team and see which colours they’d like to see, and possibly even have a vote if you want to drum up some team spirit.

Throughout the kit design process you need to ensure your strip is being handled by a company with years of experience in giving people exactly what they want. Team Colours produces high quality custom football kits that can help to make your team stand out in an exciting and professional way. Check out the customised design tool today to see what you can make up, and have Team Colours get back to you with a free quote.

Spotlight: Netball World Cup 2015

As the final whistle blew in Gaborone, the court was awash with both elation and despair. After a gruelling qualifying campaign, fifteen squads will be now be jetting off to Australia this coming August for the Netball World Cup. For some, it was easy – the top five seeds, along with the hosts – qualify automatically. For others, it has been a physical and emotional battle that will have undoubtedly left many completely drained.

Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa, Scotland, Wales, Samoa, Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Zambia and Uganda – These are the teams that will battle it out for global supremacy this summer. Each of them has earned their right to play at the sport’s highest level in front of what many believe will be the largest ever audience in the sport’s history.

Netball has long been derided for lacking the glamour of football or basketball, and – such is the world we live in – its lack of a professional men’s league has unfortunately led it to be dismissed as a credible, competitive sport. As a result, it rarely receives the funding it requires to allow these sportswomen to flourish. For many of the athletes at this summer’s World Cup, it will only be a holiday, a break from their working lives.

Taking a look at that list of countries again, however, shows netball for what it truly is. It is a non-discriminatory, all-encompassing phenomenon that sees more teams from all nations competing against each other. Rather than having teams involved that are treated as gimmicks, as also-rans, next year’s tournament may have some surprise packages. It’s guaranteed that every team will be taken seriously come August.

One of the most emotive stories of the whole qualifying campaign was that of Uganda. Like many of their African counterparts, funding is even more of a pressing issue there than in the more established countries, but Uganda’s achievement is the first of its kind for the country’s women. The country is competing at an elite level in a team sport for the first time since 1979. They have required the help, not just from their teammates on the court or their coaches on the training ground, but their government too.

Charles Bakkabulindi, Uganda’s Minster for State Sports, saw the positive effect the sport was having on the country. The achievements of the She-Cranes (as they are affectionately known) inspired him to act on a personal level, rather than wait for approval from the cash-strapped Treasury. ‘I went out of my way to borrow money for this team as we waited for money from the government’, he said, before adding, ‘I am proud that they have performed well’.

Performed well is something of an understatement – the She-Cranes won the first four of their qualifying matches, meaning their fifth and final match with much-fancied Zambia was a dead rubber. Since then, they have received an outpouring of goodwill from the global netball community.

The story of the She-Cranes is just one of the reasons why many are predicting this World Cup to be the most televised netball event of all time. More attention on a global scale can only be good for the sport, and here at Team Colours we expect grassroots netball to be further galvanised by the tournament – especially considering three of the four home nations are expected to stake huge claims to the overall crown. With the global appeal of the sport constantly increasing, campaigns we have seen in the UK, such as Back to Netball, will be hoping to capitalise and rekindle the widespread enthusiasm for the sport on a local level.

The only questions left to answer now are regarding who’ll come out on top come August next year. Can the romance continue for the She-Cranes? Will the hosts blow everyone off the court? Will one of the British nations bring netball home? Nobody knows. But what we do know is that excitement is already building all over the world. Australia 2015, here we come.

5 Different Sports You Need to Try This Summer

If you’re bored of the bland and boring gym environment, you may be tempted to alter your fitness regime this summer. While there are plenty of fitness regimes that can be enjoyed alone in the heat of the summer sun, such as running and cycling, there are also a number of sports that may be even more beneficial. Taking up a new sport will provide you with an enhanced skill set, an opportunity to train different muscle groups and could also be a great way to socialise with other fitness enthusiasts. Here are five sports that Team Colour’s think you need to try this summer.

Tennis
Get into the spirit of Wimbledon by taking up tennis this summer. It’s never too much of a challenge to find a spare tennis court, but ideally you want to make the most of the sun and find one outside. No matter whether you are playing with beginners or professionals, you are sure to be getting competitive. Tennis can help you to burn around 550 calories an hour, so if you are looking to lose weight this may just be an ideal choice.

Volleyball
Start practicing indoors in the colder months and come summer you will be ready to play your first round of beach volleyball. If you love to be beside the sea during the summer months, beach volleyball is a fun sport that you can enjoy at your favourite beach locations. With every serve you will be toning your arms and the dynamic nature of the game will help you to build great abs, legs and chest muscles too. Volleyball is just as easy to enjoy in the city, so leave your bikini and get dressed in your volleyball kit if you want to enjoy the sport all year round.

Golf
Golf may not look like a sport that is particularly active, but it does involve more endurance than you may first realise. There’s a lot of walking and there is certainly a lot of hitting practice. You will still have a chance to relax in the sun and enjoy soaking up the rays without enduring the pressure of an intense workout. With lightweight and comfortable golf kits, you will be able to keep cool and dry whilst burning around 300 calories an hour.

Orienteering
If you prefer a sport that is a little less regimented, you are sure to love the flexibility that orienteering can bring. Take a hike to some of the best natural environments in your area and test your physical fitness. Orienteering is all about exploring and navigating new landscapes, so map a plan and take a whole day to test your endurance and stamina. There’s nothing better than enjoying sunny summer views and exercising at the same time.

Bowls
For many, sport is all about being on a team and focusing on a goal. Bowls is a great sport to play if you want to develop your team skills and improve your hand-eye co-ordination. The sport is somewhat of an art form and is incredibly popular in warmer European countries where outdoor living is all part of the lifestyle. Get some friends together, start a team and practice your perfect bowl on warm summer evenings. With the right kit, you may even be able to enter local competitions.

Top 5 Tips for Taking up a New Sport this Summer

There’s no better time to take up a new sport as the summer approaches. If you feel like your fitness levels aren’t what they could be but you feel uninspired by the gym it’s likely you need some exercise inspiration. A new sport will add variety to your workout and also give you an opportunity to acquire a new skill. Taking up a new sport is always more daunting in your head than it is in reality. So, to get started why not follow Team Colour’s top tips for taking up a new sport?

What will you enjoy?

Don’t waste time worrying about your skills and fitness levels, because everybody has to start somewhere. The key question you need to ask yourself before taking up a new sport is ‘what will I enjoy?’ By all means you should listen and try any recommendations from your family or friends, but you know yourself best. If you take up a sport that you don’t find fun, you’re guaranteed to quit relatively quickly. Choose a sport where you know you will have the most fun as well as a great workout, regardless of skill or whether you know anyone. If you’re not the competitive type, you could always opt for solo sports that will give you an opportunity to de-stress. But always remember if you don’t enjoy it, there is a never ending list to try.

Do your homework

Once you’ve chosen a sport that you are interested in, you will both eager and anxious to get stuck in. You should always do some initial ground work before you jump in head first. Do your research and find out the more intricate details of what’s involved. Ask around and see if any friends or family have ever given it a go. Try and get hold of any athletes involved with sport and talk about their learning experience and put some time aside to do some in-depth internet research.

Think about what questions you need the answers to before you begin. Do you need any baseline experience, skills or fitness before starting? Do you need any special equipment? Where does the sport take place? Are there opportunities in your local area? Are there evening or weekend options that work with your schedule? What is the best way to get involved? Depending on your findings you may be encouraged to get started or you may feel that finding a different sport is the best option for you.

Get Prepared

With just about every sport you need to make sure that you have the right kit. You need to ensure that you have the basics like high-quality trainers and undergarments right from the start. However, more sport-specific kits and equipment can come later, after you have made sure that you’ve found the right sport for you. But if you’re feeling confident about your sport of choice, there is no harm in investing in the first-rate sports gear for your sport right from the start. There are also important accessories to consider such as insoles, heel cups, joint support or even mouth guards that will help you stay safe when you get started.

Make a move

You’ve decided on your sport, you’ve done your homework and you’ve got the right gear – now it’s time to get in the game. You should first attend a beginner’s group or practice for the activity and try it out. Your research should hopefully have pointed you in the right direction to a session that suits your needs and abilities, as well as your schedule. If you’re feeling a little nervous, why not ask a family member or friend to attend with you on the first day? Once you’ve made friends on the team or in the group you will feel much more comfortable to carry on.

Commit

The most important part about taking up a sport is to properly commit to it. Learning new and unfamiliar skills takes time and you should try and patient with yourself. It can be difficult at times and often truly frustrating, especially when you see the coaches and others around you who have been playing for longer succeed. However, it’s imperative not to give up. Persistence is key, so commit to your sport for at least a month before you decide whether it’s right for you or not. Once you get past the learning curve, you may discover your new found passion for sport.

The Leavers’ Hoodie – The Perfect Memento?

Sadly, the time comes for each of us to leave our school days behind. At the time, it felt like it would never end. Going to school, sitting in class and seeing your friends five days a week has been the norm for the past five to seven years of your life. What next?! You and your classmates are likely to move on in a number of different directions. Many will go on to full-time employment, some will go into further education and a few will fall off your radar completely.

No matter what path you and your classmates choose to take, you have all been part of a special breed of team. You may not have competed together, performed together or played together pertaining to the traditional definition. As a year group, you have all grown up together – united under the colours of your school crest. We all know growing up isn’t easy, which means leaving is a time to pat each other on the back and say ‘you made it’!

After what feels like a never-ending amount of time, how can you commemorate your time at school? Of course, you will always have the memories and hopefully a few personal photos too, but eternalising your school pride requires something else.  Many schools provide a leavers’ book. These will stay nice for a few years, but after numerous moves and years of neglect they will eventually be lost or damaged. How can you display your school colours to the world, without carrying on wearing your school uniform?

The answer is the leavers’ hoodie.  Over recent years the trend has swept across schools, sixth-forms and colleges throughout the country, and for good reason. Hoodies are comfortable, practical and useful. Unlike a leavers’ book, your leavers’ hoodie is suitable for everyday wear. If you’re heading to University, then a leavers’ hoodie may prove invaluable for the autumn term. Walking to campus in your hoodie won’t only keep you warm from the autumn chill, but will also give you an opportunity to show some school solidarity. This may provide more comfort than you think, especially if you’re feeling homesick.

The main reason many school leavers love their hoodies is because they are customisable. Your hoodie can display your school year, leaving date, surname, and nickname or friendship group name. No matter what you decide you want your hoodie to say, you know it will bring back fond memories. Most importantly your hoodie will have your school crest, as a reminder of where you came from. Buying hoodies in bulk will give you and your classmates an opportunity to wear your hoodies for a priceless group shot before you go your separate ways.

You don’t need to rummage around in your memory box to celebrate your school days – the perfect reminder is lying in your chest of drawers. Wear it daily, or keep it for best, either way your leavers’ hoodie will be a happy reminder of days gone by.

Keeping Kids Active over the Holidays

Spring time is well and truly upon us, and for parents that means one thing – the Easter break. Keeping children outside and active is certainly easier said than done, as the allure of technology is often too much to resist, but there are always other alternatives and opportunities for proactivity.

One example of this is holiday sports clubs. For years in the late 1990s and early 2000s these were the port of call for kids of all ages and who loved all sports, but their popularity dwindled somewhat as we moved towards 2010 as clubs found it difficult to survive as finances became harder to come by. Fortunately, this is no longer the case – a huge range of initiatives are springing up all over the country, and parents are heard to be breathing a collective sigh of relief as their children don’t have the opportunity to grow restless indoors or on the shop run with mum or dad.

There are many reasons why these sports clubs are so important. The first, of course, is activity – five whole days a week spent playing the sport (or sports) they love is a wonderful way to keep both mind and body healthy, with passion and enthusiasm only seen to grow from such a concentrated period of participation. Parents are often criticised heavily by the press for not encouraging their children to get involved in sports, but these sports camps provide the perfect opportunity for kids to get out in the open for a lot longer than they usually would be able to.

As well as this, there’s the social side of things. Children can be notoriously shy or notoriously loud – but this often depends on their company. Sports clubs take them out of their immediate comfort zone and place them with other children that they may not know, causing them to build their own friendships as the week progresses. It’s a brilliant way to build confidence – something that cannot be underestimated, especially for little ones – and this is something that will have hugely positive repercussions further down the line.

Thirdly, sports clubs will be run by skilled trainers who are experts in their field – meaning that alongside all this physical and social development, the children are also able to improve their abilities at a rate that suits them. It’s a great way for kids to work out their own identities as players – whether as part of a team or playing as an individual – and will improve their intelligence and perception of their chosen sports.

Here at Team Colours, we believe that getting kids into sports early is hugely important, and that’s why we ensure that we provide sports clubs all over the country with great value personalised kits to help get them started. With more and more people going back to sport this spring, there’s never been a better time to invest – our Design Your Own tool means that you can transfer crests, badges and sponsors onto a variety of sports attire, all for extremely affordable rates.

For more information on the products we have in stock, or the process we use to provide you with sublimated garments, don’t hesitate to contact one of our personable team today.

Top 5 Tips for Taking up a New Sport in the New Year

There’s no better time to take up a new sport than in the New Year. If you feel like your fitness levels aren’t what they could be but you feel uninspired by the gym it’s likely you need some exercise inspiration. A new sport will add variety to your workout and also give you an opportunity to acquire a new skill. The best part about getting involved at the start of the year means there will be plenty of other beginners that are likely to match your ability and fitness levels. Taking up a new sport is always more daunting in your head than it is in reality. So, to get started why not follow Team Colour’s top tips for taking up a new sport?

What will you enjoy?

Don’t waste time worrying about your skills and fitness levels, because everybody has to start somewhere. The key question you need to ask yourself before taking up a new sport is ‘what will I enjoy?’ By all means you should listen and try any recommendations from your family or friends, but you know yourself best. If you take up a sport that you don’t find fun, you’re guaranteed to quit relatively quickly. Choose a sport where you know you will have the most fun as well as a great workout, regardless of skill or whether you know anyone. If you’re not the competitive type, you could always opt for solo sports that will give you an opportunity to de-stress. But always remember if you don’t enjoy it, there is a never ending list to try.

Do your homework

Once you’ve chosen a sport that you are interested in, you will both eager and anxious to get stuck in. You should always do some initial ground work before you jump in head first. Do your research and find out the more intricate details of what’s involved. Ask around and see if any friends or family have ever given it a go. Try and get hold of any athletes involved with sport and talk about their learning experience and put some time aside to do some in-depth internet research.

Think about what questions you need the answers to before you begin. Do you need any baseline experience, skills or fitness before starting? Do you need any special equipment? Where does the sport take place? Are there opportunities in your local area? Are there evening or weekend options that work with your schedule? What is the best way to get involved? Depending on your findings you may be encouraged to get started or you may feel that finding a different sport is the best option for you.

Get Prepared

With just about every sport you need to make sure that you have the right kit. You need to ensure that you have the basics like high-quality trainers and undergarments right from the start. However, more sport-specific kits and equipment can come later, after you have made sure that you’ve found the right sport for you. But if you’re feeling confident about your sport of choice, there is no harm in investing in the first-rate sports gear for your sport right from the start. There are also important accessories to consider such as insoles, heel cups, joint support or even mouth guards that will help you stay safe when you get started.

Make a move

You’ve decided on your sport, you’ve done your homework and you’ve got the right gear – now it’s time to get in the game. You should first attend a beginner’s group or practice for the activity and try it out. Your research should hopefully have pointed you in the right direction to a session that suits your needs and abilities, as well as your schedule. If you’re feeling a little nervous, why not ask a family member or friend to attend with you on the first day? Once you’ve made friends on the team or in the group you will feel much more comfortable to carry on.

Commit

The most important part about taking up a sport in the New Year is committing to it. Learning new and unfamiliar skills takes time and you should try and patient with yourself. It can be difficult at times and often truly frustrating, especially when you see the coaches and others around you who have been playing for longer succeed. However, it’s imperative not to give up. Persistence is key, so commit to your sport for at least a month before you decide whether it’s right for you or not. Once you get past the learning curve, you may discover your new found passion for sport.