Enhanced footie boots banned
Students from an Essex school have discovered a rather clever way to get more out their football boots.
The kids, from Chafford Centre Secondary School, discovered that by adding patches of Sugru, a mouldable glue, to their boots, they could increase shooting power and their ability to control the ball!
Sugru comes in paste form, and dries to a rubbery form in 24 hours. The students found that the rubbery patches provided better grip of the ball, more power when shooting and enabled more swerve. They even experimented with different patterns and indentations.
Mathew Goodman, PE teacher at The Chafford Centre, said: 'They’ve even been using different colours to customise their boots to match their favourite team colours. While we applaud their ingenuity and creativity, we have now had to enforce a ban on these Sugru-enhanced boots, as it was no longer fair on the other players.'
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We talk to Olympic gold medallist Etienne Stott!
It's been a week of paddle power here at It's a Boy Thing, in preparation for National Go Canoeing Week.
First off, we were lucky enough to have a chat with Olympic gold medallist Etienne Stott (above) about how he got into canoeing, what he enjoys about the sport and how to get your boys on the water. Read the full interview here.
Then the It's a Boy Thing team had a go at paddling at our local canoe club - something you can all have a go at during National Canoeing Week.
We all had a great time - and as we range in age from seven to nearly 50 it just shows what a great inclusive sport it is. We all plan to go back and do a beginner's course so that we can get more out of being on the water.
The white stuff
If you're a footie parent (or 'soccer mom' as you would be called in the States) you're probably sick of washing muddy kit. And if your boy is anything like mum, you'd love to be able to get those mystery stains out of his white school shirts too! I've been testing Dr Beckmann Stain Devils and Glowhite this term - read how I got on.
Keeping out the chill
Do you spend your Saturday and Sunday mornings on the sidelines of the footie and rugby pitches?
Those pricey football kits with their short sleeves and shorts are getting too chilly to play in. But who wants to cover them up with a tracksuit?
This is where thermal base layers come into their own. For the uninitiated, this is rather like thermal underwear for sporty types. Pop it on under their kit and it keeps them warm – a long sleeved short and leggings will see them right through the winter without the need for covering up – great if they’re playing in official matches and need to have their kit on show.
We’ve been trying out the thermal base layers from Eskeez. I was surprised when I opened the pack – it’s far thicker and cosier than the usual type we find in sports strores – which is rather thin and very stretchy. Cosy wise it’s great, but doesn't feel as stretchy, although the makers explain that it actually stretches four ways for a better fit. Read the size chart carefully to make sure you get the right size.
Thickness wise it feels wonderfully warm – but actually my son has found it too thick (but then he is a bit of a radiator). However, as winter moves in it may well become the sportswear of choice - I'll update you as the weather chills.
Eskeez has also been designed to go under wetsuits, so will be great once the rain sets in.
At £29.99 for a child's long-sleeved top, the Eskeez base layers are not cheap but it is made in the UK and feels like it will last for a long time - if you have more than one child, it will surely last you through a couple of them at least.
Eskeez are also available for adults if those cold mornings pitchside get too much!
Soccer skills trainer
Learning how to touch and control and pass with accuracy is important for football players but unless you always have a handy coach or big brother to play with it can be tricky to practise.
If you can't be out in the garden all the time with your footie-mad boy, the Football Flick Urban can be that extra player.
The Front Ramp can be adjusted to change the trajectory or degree of variation in the returned pass, while the Rear Ramp has an angled flat rebound surface that can be rotated 180 degrees to change the flight of the returned pass.
The net can be used as a passing target with the player making a pass into either ramp surface and then controlling the returned pass into the central net.
The Football Flick Urban is £99.95.
Did the London 2012 Olympics inspire your boys to take up a sport, or try harder to succeed in their chosen sport?
New research from Lloyds TSB suggests that National School Sport Week and the London 2012 Games have had a positive impact on ongoing sport participation.
Since the programme began more than 21,000 schools and almost nine million children have participated in National School Sport Week (pictured above).
1.8 million (49%) of England and Wales pupils who participated in last year’s week have been inspired to join a new sports club or team.
Does your school take part in National School Sport Week, or is sport low on their priorities? We'd love to hear from you - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org