LTAD

Our Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) program is a highly successful program for children and young people aged 4 to 14 to provide the maximum opportunity for schools to support their students wellbeing which in turn provides the opportunity for a healthy lifestyle and greater academic achievement.

* NEW* LTAD Award Scheme – See Below

There is a misconception that athletes are ‘born’. That is not the case and all the skills that one would attribute to sport and physical activity, for example basic movement, running, jumping, throwing, catching, etc. have to be taught, just like any other subject.

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Long Term Athlete Development

One of the issues that we come across on a regular basis when working with young children from the age of 9, is that if they have not been taught these skills correctly, then the bad habits they have picked up are difficult to correct.

Not having these basic skills then has an impact on their ability to enjoy physical and sporting activities which in turn has a significant impact on their lifestyle which continues into adulthood. This can start with obesity in childhood and other health issues which can lead to time off school. This lack of enjoyment becomes even greater as the children mature into young adults and then adults which can lead to further health issues involving the heart, bones, joints, chronic diseases, weight and mental health and wellbeing.

However, it is well recognised that regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. People who lead an active life are less likely to get ill and more likely to live longer. Exercise not only makes you physically fitter, it also improves your mental health and general sense of wellbeing. Studies have also shown that children and young people who regularly participate in physical activity and sport perform better in general academic qualifications as a result of the motivation, self-esteem, team working and leadership skills that physical exercise and sport provides.

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Long Term Athlete Development

The key to all this is to ensure that a properly constructed physical activity program is introduced at an early age. With this in mind Global Sports Education has developed a Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) program for children and young people aged 4 to 14 to provide the maximum opportunity for schools to support their students wellbeing which in turn provides the opportunity for a healthy lifestyles and greater academic achievement.

LTAD Award Scheme

We have recently introduced a ‘Skills Set Awards Scheme’ to compliment the LTAD program.

The Award Scheme sees the children receive Gold, silver and Bronze certificates as they progress through the program by completing a series of challenges using the skills they learn through the LTAD program. For further information please contact us.