Posted: May 26, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Future Stars player, Sam Lemin, recently visited the University of Hawaii whilst on holiday with his family. Sam really enjoyed the visit gaining helpful information regarding in the USA and was able to tour the Athletes Gym and meet Head Coach Norm Chow.

Below are photos from his visit:

1. Sam & Tommy Heffernan (Head Strength & Conditioning Coach) in the athletes gym
2. Tommy, Sam & Lewis Powell (Defensive Line Coach)
3. Sam & Eric Ogasaki (Head Trainer – UH)
4. Sam & his younger brother Anthony outside the Warriors complex

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It’s always fantastic to help people and get awesome feedback from our customers.  We would like to wish Sam the very best of luck with this year’s Future Stars Campaign and pursuing his sporting and academic goals.

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Aussie kids graded D- in physical activity report card

Posted: May 21, 2014 in School Sports Programs TouchDown Kids
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D- Report CardAustralian school children rank among the worst in the world for overall physical activity levels, narrowly avoiding a FAIL in a new national report card.

Supported by the National Heart Foundation of Australia and Exercise and Sports Science Australia, the inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth has found 80% of 5-17 year olds are not meeting the Australian physical activity guidelines of at least 60 minutes of exercise each day.

The Report Card on Physical Activity has been compiled in the hope that it will help inform the nation on how active our children and young people really are. The vision is to update the Report Card annually and continue to collate emerging research and trends to “score” the nation on the levels of physical activity in children and young people.
Report author Natasha Schranz, PhD from the University of South Australia said too many Australian parents believe playing sport is enough to keep their kids healthy. “Australia is a sporting nation, and vast numbers of children are involved in some type of organised sport but this report clearly shows we need to be looking at further ways to keep kids active when they are not on the sports field,” Dr Schranz said.
“Things like walking to school, playing outside and turning off televisions and computers also contribute to overall health and physical activity levels – and these things are being forgotten.”
Among the 12 grades assigned in the Report Card, key grades include:
  • D- for Overall Physical Activity Levels
  • B-  for Organised Sport and Physical Activity Participation
  • D for Active Transportation (such as riding or walking to school)
  • D- for Sedentary Behaviours (screen time)
The Heart Foundation’s National Lead on Active Living, Associate Professor Trevor Shilton said the evidence can’t be ignored.
“We’re raising a generation of couch potatoes and if we don’t start to reverse this trend this will drive up health problems in the future – obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease,” he said.
“We know what works. We need high quality, mandatory physical activity in our schools. We need to encourage and support our kids to stay active in everyday life – to be social and play outside, to walk and cycle in their neighbourhoods, do some household chores and limit hours of screen time.
“It requires a coordinated response – governments, communities, schools, families and individuals can all play a role, we just need to start the conversation.”

Read the full report card here: http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/ahka_reportcard_longform.pdf

10 Easy Ways to keep your kids active – http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/PA_Tips.pdf

The above article is copied for your convenience from the Heart Foundation.  The full article is here: http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/news-media/Media-Releases-2014/Pages/aussie-kids-graded-d-in-physical-activity-report-card.aspx


Kids and Exercise

Posted: March 20, 2014 in TouchDown Kids
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Physical activity is vital for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life. Activity for children needs to be made up of both structured (i.e. intentionally taught) physical activity and unstructured, spontaneous activity. Parents, as active role models, should encourage children to participate in physical activity.

The benefits of being active for young children include:

  • Kids who exercise are more likely to keep exercising as an adult
  • Exercise helps kids achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and have

    improved cardiovascular fitness

  • Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints
  • Exercise aids in the development of important interpersonal skills—this is especially true for participation in team sports

  • Exercise improves the quantity and quality of sleep
  • Research shows that exercise promotes improved school attendance and enhances academic performance

  • Kids who exercise have greater confidence, self-esteem and better self-images
  • Participating in regular physical activity prevents or delays the development of many chronic diseases (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension) and promotes health

  • Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and a better overall mood
  • Exercise helps improve motor coordination, enhances the development of various motor performance skills and provides the opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills

  • Physical activity improves balance, coordination, strength and helps develop and maintain flexibility
  • It improves posture
  • Exercise helps to establish connections between different parts of the brain
  • Improved concentration and thinking skills
  • Exercise assists in relieving stress and promoting relaxation
  • Sports provides opportunities to develop social skills and make friends

Are you sick of your kids being stuck in front of the TV all day or tired of trying to come up with things for them to do? Check out amazing amazing TouchDown Kids program that will help you take the guess work out of sports.

For more information please visit our website: www.touchdownkids.com.au

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Another Bring it on Sports Recruiting Success Story

Posted: March 11, 2014 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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Elijah & DylanCollege Football Coaches in the USA are starting to identify Australia as a hot spot for talent…

Two Australians have been offered a Scholarship to play College Football at Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Bowling Green is a Division 1 College Football program and their Scholarship covers Accommodation, Meals and Education on top of the excellent coaching and competition.

Congratulations to Dylan Harrison and Elijah Sinapati, both from Queensland, Australia who were discovered last year at the Gridiron Australia Future Stars Camp on the Gold Coast.  Elijah (6′ 5″ tall and 141 kg, 310 pounds) and Dylan (6′ 7″ tall and 153kg, 336 pounds) were approached by National Team Coach, Paul Manera, to see if they would be interested in pursuing a College Football Scholarship.

Paul Manera, Director of Bring it on Sports and a former College Football player at the University of Hawaii and Itawamba Community College in Mississippi, is helping Australian’s obtain college scholarships to the USA.

Paul stated that “Having played both Junior College Football and Major College Football it has helped me with my knowledge on how to get a scholarship because I had to do it the hard way so hopefully I can now make it easier for those that follow.  We just want to make sure that we put the players on the right track and the earlier we discover them the easier the process becomes…. we need to make sure that the players are not losing eligibility and that they are also on track academically and athletically”

Paul and the team at Bring it on Sports assist athletes by providing them with the right advice and reaching out to his network of College Football Coaches in the USA.

If you are interested in pursuing a college scholarship in any sport please go to Bring it on Sports Recruiting at http://www.bringitonsports.com.au/recruiting/scholarship-services/

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2014 Australian Future Stars Camp

Posted: January 20, 2014 in Australian Future Stars DownUnder Bowl
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The 2014 Training Camp and Coaching Seminar and Down Under Bowl Tournament is being offered to Junior Football Players ages from 15 to 19 years of age and Coaches.  This event is a National Junior Development Program being organised  as part of the Australian Future Stars program.  During this week the Future Stars receive coaching from College football coaches from Canada and the USA, they will also compete against 2 visiting USA High school All Star Teams. The camp will be used to prepare the Future Stars for this campaign.

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