Another Talented Coach On Lions Books - Tuesday Talent: George Flatman
George is one of our most talented coaches, who is 100% reliable & committed. You might recognise George from some of our previous camps, most recently he coached on our 3 day camp at Guildford RFC during February half term. He certainly made a lot of the kids laugh throughout those 3 days & also helped them improve some of their key skills in rugby such as handling, kicking & running with the ball!   I hope you enjoy the sound of George as much as we do!   Name : George Flatman    How long have you been coaching? Coaching since..
Half Term Camps Done But Easter Residentials Closing In!
6 camps in 5 days across 3 countys. Last week was a big week for everyone involved at Lions Sports Academy with camps being held at Guildford RFC & Guildfordians RFC in Surrey, Windsor RFC & Bletchley RUFC in Berkshire & Buckinghamshire & at Alton RFC & Havant RFC in Hampshire. It was a fantastic week for everyone involved with the highlight of the week definitely taking place at Havant RFC, where on both days of our girls camp we have over 30 attendees each day. The standard of rugby throughout the week was exceptional & we would like to thank everyone who attended..
Four Camps Done & Dusted! Two More To Go!
"You get to meet lots of new people from other clubs & make new friends" & "They are always willing to help us improve & learn" . These were the words of Sophie & Carson after the end of this week's Lions Sports Academy camp at Guildfordians RFC.  This is just a small example of the fun that the kids are having on our camps so far this week. It was not just at Guildfordians were these high praises were heard but also at Alton, Guildford, Windsor & also after day one of our girls camp at Havant RFC. It is brilliant to hear so many of our ..
Talent Tuesday - Connor Stuart
On this week's Talent Tuesday we would like to present to you Connor Stuart, who is one of our ADP S&C coaches! Connor is one of our best and has the understanding to see that S&C can play a huge part in an athletes development & also that it has a big impact on them playing to the best of their ability in any sport.  Full name: Connor Stuart How long have you been coaching? 4 years How did you get into it and why coaching?  Got into coaching whilst studying at University, I saw that strength and conditioning could have a huge im..
Lions Sports Academy Residential's back with a bang this Easter after last year’s success!
Last summer, Lions Sports Academy decided to run a week long rugby residential for girls at Aldro School in Godalming, Surrey. Having never run a residential before, everyone involved was uncertain as to how the week might play out, but by the end of the week there was one thing that everyone was certain about & that was how much of a resounding success it had been. It is with great pleasure that, following on from last year’s success, Lions Sports Academy have decided to run another rugby residential, this time during the Easter holidays at Boxhill School in Dorking. Ho..
Talent Tuesday - Oliver Cascarina
On this week's Talent Tuesday we would like to show off another of our fantastic coaches, Oliver Cascarina. Oliver is a brilliant coach, who has done some amazing coaching for us in our Athlete Development Programme.  We look forward to continuing our work with Oliver in the future. Oliver just led a taster session at Stoke Mandeville Stadium for our upcoming Speed Academy course that commences their on 25th February.  If you like the look of Oliver and fancy having a go at our Athlete Development programme, then SIGN UP & head on down to Stoke Mandeville Stad..
Lions Residential FAQ's
Q Will my child be split into their appropriate age group? A We will split into specific age groups for large parts of the day. Sometimes we will do a large actvity all together, however, they will only sleep in rooms of their age group. Q What coach:child ratio do you work to? A We work on no more than 1:10 coach:child ratio Q Will there be anyone else on campus? A There may be several workers/employees of the school, however, children will be supervised by Lions Sports Academy coaches at all times. Q What happens if my child becomes ill during the camp? A Our coaches are ful..
Tuesday Talent Coach - Laura-Alice Smith
Some people are destined to be involved in rugby from a young age, and this can certainly be said of this week's Tuesday Talent Laura-Alice Smith. Laura-Alice has been involved in rugby from a very young age, representing Worcester Warriors at Junior age grade & was in the process of selection for the U15s England Development squad when a severe ankle injury prevented her from taking her career at the top level any further.  But this is what makes Laura-Alice so special, in that she did not let this injury get her down but instead turned it into an advantage by getting involved..
End of Summer Excitement To Come As Lions Announce XRugby 7s Tournament!
Summer 2019 is sure to be an exciting time for many with the hot weather & holidays, but it is the end of summer and August in particularly that will bring the real excitement. Lions Sports Academy will bring the excitement to your summer, as we will be running a XRugby 7s tournament on 31st August at Old Reigatians RFC.  With the announcement having now been made, it is now time for all of you to gather up your friends from your local rugby club and head on down to our tournament. With the new season starting only a week later on the 6th/7th September, this will be a great wa..
Want to get a free space on a camp or course?... It’s simple just invite one of your friends along to join us!   Introducing Lions Sports Academy brand new initiative!   How does it work? - Tell your friend about one of our courses - They choose the course they want to attend - They then write who referred them to Lions in the  comments section of the booking form - Once the booking has been confirmed, we will make a note of who referred them and be in touch with the referee - The referee will then be offered either a free day on any camp..
Tuesday Talent: Duncan Traynor
Our Tuesday Talent this week would like to show off one of our most talented & experienced coaches. Duncan Traynor has been coaching since he became a school teacher in 2007 and has had numerous important jobs such as a Former Director of Rugby.  Find out what drove Duncan to get into coaching and how he has found his time with Lions so far.... Full Name:Duncan Traynor How long have you been coaching? Have been coaching rugby since I became a school teacher in 2007 (12 years). How did you get into it and why coaching? As I came towards the end of my rugby playing car..
Jimmy Tournois: Welcome To The Team
Lions Sports Academy would like to welcome Jimmy Tournois as our latest recruit to our fantastic coaching team!! Jimmy is our newest coach on the Lions Team, you will Jimmy coaching on our Foundation Strength Sessions on Friday evenings at TRIBE Performance Gym in Richmond from 6-7pm   Full name: My name is Jimmy Tournois   How long have you been coaching? In 2004, I have obtained a master’s degree in Professional Coaching after studying Psychology & worldwide medical systems and Anthropology. I have worked initially into social industry providin..
School Of Hard Knocks Returns To Teddington RFC This Easter!
The School of Hard Knocks and Lions Sports Academy will be returning for another camp this Easter at Teddington RFC. Run over three days from the 9th - 11th April, the camp will combine Lions' extensive experience of technical & tactical coaching with SOHK's tried-and-tested method to develop a range of mental & interpersonal skills. The key aims of the camp will be to help players become more active, develop & strengthen their resilence, build self-confidence & enhance communication & leadership skills.  Each of the three days will look to focus on diffe..
Harlequins Ace Joins Lions For Coaching Session At Wimbledonian Warriors
"He certainly won a number of fans personally and supporters for Quins today". This is what Roger Brosch, Wimbledonian Warriors RFC Junior Chairman, said about Harlequins Fly-Half Marcus Smith after he joined Lions for a coaching at Wimbledonian Warriors RFC last Sunday.  These words will be of no surpise to many, considering Marcus is highly rated both within the Harlequins community and by fans of English rugby. Marcus proved to be a very popular choice amongst the kids; who seemed to get stuck in and will have learnt some new skills under the tutelage of the Harlequins ace..
Are You Always Looking For New Techniques To Improve Your Coaching?
If you are looking to constantly improve your coaching techniques or struggle to plan a weekend training session around your busy day to day schedule, then look no further than Lions Sports Academy's 'Coach the Coaches' masterclasses.   Lions Sports Academy are working with our partner clubs to offer complimentary coaching to the coaches to build confidence, provide ideas and create a sharing environment in the clubs to give the best experience possible for the kids on a weekend!   Lions Sports Academy works with sports clubs and organisations to build teacher..
Nora Baltruweit: Welcome To The Team
Lions Sports Academy would like to welcome Nora Baltruweit as the latest addition to our coaching team. Nora is highly experienced and plays for Wasps Womens team in the Tyrrell's Premier 15s competition. Her Wasps team are currently sitting in 4th positon in the table and are on course for a semi-final place at the moment. We conducted a brief interview with Nora to find out what inspired her to get into coaching and what makes her tick both on and off the pitch.... Full name: Nora Baltruweit How long have you been coaching? Since I was 17, coaching In Germany also. How did..
Athlete Development: The Quest for Physical Literacy
"It's about understanding how to manage their bodies". These were the words of Will Page, Lions Sports Academy Director of Athlete Development & Lecturer in Sports Rehabilitation at St Mary's University, during his ADP talk to Middlesex U16 parents at Grasshoppers RFC last night. It is not just about the understanding of knowing one's body during growth, that Will was referring too, but also the underlying mental factor of understanding how to properly overcome injury and having the correct sports rehab to make sure that it does not occur again.  Sports rehabi..
Latest Coaching Recruit Jack Bennett Joins Lions Coaching Team
Lions Sports Academy would like to formally introduce Jack Bennett as the latest coach to join our high-profile coaching team. Jack has had previous experience working with Lions and it's now great to have him on board full-time.  We conducted a brief interview with Jack to get to know him and bit better and understand why he has a passion for coaching. Full name: Jack Stephen Bennett How long have you been coaching? 2017/18 Tag Rugby Trust to school children in Zambia Coached Year 7’s at Esher High School. How did you get into it and why coaching? First sta..
New Year Kicks Off With Brilliant Masterclass
Lions Sports Academy kicked off the New Year with a brilliant masterclass taking place at Chiswick Rugby Club. It was a great day and Chiswick's state of the art 4G pitch was a great asset to have in order to develop the basic skills of rugby. It was a great session and some exciting talent was on show from some of the U12s that took part.  The masterclass was run by Lions Coaches Joe Garner and Duncan Traynor and they certainly created a fun environment that allowed all the kids to learn and enhance their skills. There were a number of fun activities that took place throughou..
Lions Ambassadors Awarded England Woman's Professional Full Time Contracts
Two of Lions Sports Academies Ambassadors, Leanne Riley (Harlequins & England) & Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens & England) are among 28 players to have been awarded full-time professional contracts for 2019. The RFU announced last September that they would be introducing new full-time contracts for women's 15-a-side players.  Lions are extremely proud and honoured to have two of our ambassadors picked to represent England Women's on a full-time basis and would like to wish them the very best going forward and hope they can continue to put in the sort of performances t..
Lions Finish 2018 Off In Style With Incredible Camp
Lions Sports Academy rounded off 2018 with our final camp of the year at Ely Tigers Rugby Club on Friday 28th December. It was a fantastic day and a brilliant way to finish the year. There was a great turnout and the entire day was conducted in a great manner. The whole day included lots of fun games & activities which seemed to go down well with all the kids involved, as well some more technicial drills such as a tackling masterclass for the U11s that were in attendance.  It was a huge success and this was made more clear by Lions CEO Andy Jones, who said post-event "This ..
Lions Kick Off Festive Holidays with Two Fantastic Camps
Lions Sports Academy kicked off the festive holidays by hosting two fantastic events, a girl's masterclass and a mixed camp at Horsham RFC & Aylesbury RFC! They were two amazing events that entertained all who attended and gave everyone a day of fun-filled activities that brought out some excellent skills. The Girls Masterclass was split into four different areas (Forwards, Backs, Scrum Halves & Kicking) and each of the different areas was led by position-specific coach. The brilliant quartet of Leanne Riley (England & Harlequins), Jade Konkel (Scotland & ..
Lions Add New Addition To Coaching Team - OSCAR BLANCHARD
Lions Sports Academy would like to welcome Oscar Blanchard as our latest addition to our ever expanding coaching team. Oscar is a fantastic new recruit and we look forward to working closely with him and getting to see exactly what he will bring to the Lions team.  We asked Oscar a few questions to get to know him a bit better and find out about some of his interests..... Full name: Oscar Blanchard How long have I been coaching: 4 months. Since August How did I get into it and why coaching: I have always been interested in the sporting industry and my passion has always been..
Introducing Our Latest Coach - Edward Hansell
Lions Sports Academy would like to formally welcome Edward Hansell to our coaching team. We are throughouly looking forward to working with him and we are excited to see what he can do when given the chance.  Lions conducted a brief interview with Edward to get to know him a bit better as he joins the team and see why he got into coaching and what he's passionate about.   Full name: Edward Hansell How long have you been coaching? Has been coaching for 2 years beginning at Seaford College working with the junior School. Edward hopes to be able to help othe..
Lions International Coaches At Pulborough RFC
Lions Sports Academy Coaches Leanne Riley (England & Harlequins Womens) and Holly Myers (Harlequins Womens) performed a coaching session at Pulborough RFC on Sunday for some of the clubs girls teams.  It was a fantastic turnout by the girls and being coached by two amazing players was a massive thing for some of the girls. Leanne and Holly put the girls through their paces, working on handling and movement by implementing different rules into a variety of touch rugby games. The girls really bought into what Leanne and Holly were trying to teach them and this was highlighting b..
Lions Perform Coaching Masterclass At Wimbledonian Warriors
Lions Sports Academy, lead by CEO Andy Jones, performed a coaching masterclass at Wimbledonian Warriors on Wednesday evening. All coaches from Wimbledonian Warriors and other clubs were invitied along to learn about new drills that they could use when coaching or improve already existing drills that they are using.  It was a fantastic evening and all the coaches responded positivley to the session put on by Andy. The masterclass was centred around coaches for U11-U13 and each of them was required to bring along a drill and perform it to the rest of the group. Every person who attended ..
Introducing Our Latest Coach - Samuel Packham
Introducing our latest coaching addition..... Samuel Packham!!   We conducted an interview with Samuel to find out more about himself and how he managed to get into coaching. We are really pleased that he has joined Lions Sports Academy and cannot wait to work closely with him in the foreseeable future.   Full name: Samuel Packham   How long have you been coaching, how did you get into it and why coaching? I’ve been coaching on and off for 7 years (because I was studying for my degree). I started my coaching journey in college when I was offere..
Myles Nesbeth: Introducing Our Latest Coaching Addition
Lions Sports Academy would like to formally introduce Myles Nesbeth as our latest coach. We are very eager to be working with Myles and can’t wait to see him in action. We did a brief interview with Myles in order to get to know him a bit better and understand what exactly coaching means to him! How long have you been coaching? Basketball & multisport coaching: two years S&C coaching: 1 year How did you get into it and why coaching? I have been involved in sport from a young age and have had some inspirational coaches around me during that time and I feel that younger..
DON'T MISS OUT ON OUR AMAZING DEAL! In preparation of Black Friday on Friday 23rd November, Lions Sports Academy are offering a 10% off deal on everything including future camps and courses.  The deal includes everything from masterclasses, camps, courses (ADP) and will run for a whole week from Monday 19th - Friday 23rd November. Be sure to act quick and take advantage of this fanstastic deal!     ..
Lions Coaches Perform Coaching Masterclasses at St Thomas’ School
Three of Lions Sports Academy’s top coaches performed four days of coaching masterclasses at St Thomas’ School in Clapham this week. Harlequins and England Scrum Half Leanne Riley, Wasps and England International Katie Mason and Harlequins winger Holly Myers each coached two specific skills blocks that focused on the pupils needs and the key areas affected by the rules for their age.   Leanne focused on 2 on 1 switches, dummy switches and the draw and pass, whilst Katie and Holly looked to get the pupils engaged in developing their tackling techniques as well as their co..
Lions Sports Academy Hosts Skills Workshop at Bedford Athletic RFC
Last Friday, Lions Sports Academy attended an ISA U11 Schools Rugby Tournament at Bedford Athletic RFC. The tournament was hosted by Rushmoor School, who we had previously encountered at a similar tournament at Littlegarth School on the Wednesday and we were honoured to have been asked to perform a skills workshop throughout the tournament. Including Rushmoor School, there were 10 teams from all over the country that attended and the skills shown by all of the teams were fantastic and the entire tournament was played to a very high standard.   Lions were given the opportunity to pe..
ISA Contact And Touch Rugby Tournament At Littlegarth School
Lions Sports Academy were pleased to have been invited to the ISA contact and Touch Rugby Tournament at Littlegarth School near Colchester on Wednesday 7th November. The tournament had 8 teams involved from Littlegarth, Quinton House, Finborough, St Margarets, Colchester High School, Rushmoor and Faraday House with 4 teams each participating in the touch and contact events. Lions CEO Andy Jones was invited to perform a 10 minute coaching masterclass to each of the teams that attended the event. Andy got the kids involved in some fun handling activities as well as practicing their footwo..
Fantastic Day Out At Active Schools Conference
Lions Sports Academy attended this year’s 2018 Active Schools Conference at Surrey Sports Park on the 6th November. It was a fantastic day out with the conference being run to support schools in their everyday PE and sport provisions, with this year’s event specifically focusing on helping teachers appreciate their influence over pupil’s long term well-being. It was a great opportunity to talk to a large number of teachers, that attended from schools all across the county, and to hear their stories and how they have been using sport within their schools to help improve th..
Lions SPARC connects with Physio 1 to 1
Following the announcement of our latest programme, Lions Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Centre (SPARC), we are delighted to have officially formed a partnership with our local friends Physio 1 to 1. Sometimes it can be hard for clinics to provide the 'full package' of support - from the physio bed, to the dedicated rehabilitation gym programme, to the sports we all know and love. By teaming up with Lions, both Lions and Physio 1 to 1 aim to provide the highest quality services to our clients. We will provide them the support they need to be better ..
It is a well-known fact that when going for a job Employers prefer graduates with work experience. There are many benefits to undertaking a placement or internship whilst at school, college or university. These include gaining knowledge of the industry, developing and learning new keys skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, communication and time management, which are all important when you are exploring different career options and in some cases, get paid while you study! This academic year, working with Achieving for Children Lions have welcomed 7 work experience students from schools ..
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Lions are pleased to announce that we will be joining up with School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) this summer to bring you rugby and leadership Camps!

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International Playing Network
VICKY FLEETWOOD Vicky Fleetwood is a woman of many talents; a former junior hurdler, a personal trainer and a Rugby World Cup winner. The Nuneaton-born diet and nutrition adviser began playing rugby at the age of 14 after tiring of watching her brother play. Vicky moved to Saracens from Lichfield after the Women’s World Cup success in 2014, where she made six appearances. Two of these were off the bench but the front row was handed a start in the final where England beat Canada 21-9. She overcame an injury to make the 2017 Women's World Cup and made three appea..
East Grinstead Girls Camp!
EGRFC ARTICLE East Grinstead Rugby Club (EGRFC) will be hosting a Lions Sports Academy Camp led by a very special guest, International and Harlequins player, Leanne Riley on Friday 3 August 2018 at Saint Hill Road, East Grinstead. The Lions Sports Academy are well practiced in the art of running sports development camps throughout school holidays. The camp (10.00am-4.00pm) will build confidence and skills such as passing, catching, running lines, tackling and age grade rules. All set in a positive, fun and safe environment for girls to experience rugby and to develop and show their abilitie..
Summer Girls Residential - Venue & Date Change

Please be aware that due to Box Hill School cancelling all of their Summer lettings due to essential building repairs needing to take place we have been forced to move our Girls Summer Residential to a new location, with new dates. Therefore, we are now running our residential at Aldro School in Godalming between the Monday 30th July and Wednesday 1st August. We apologise for any inconvinience caused, however, the majority of those already booked on can stll make it which is fantastic news.

Return2Play is leading the way on player safety and recovery from injury in sport. Lions are delighted and excited to be partnering with R2P to provide their state of the art injury reporting tool to our customers and give players access to expert care after injury. Click here to find out more about Return2Play   ..

Three stars of women’s world rugby have joined forces to make a plea for parents to consider Christmas gifts that promote kids' health rather than risking damaging it...

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Lions Sports Academy Welcome International Players..

Lions returned to GoFest at Surrey Sports Park bank holiday weekend introducing tag rugby and Futsal to families.  Here are a few highlights.                                                                                                                        ..
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The last twelve months have not given South African rugby fans much to smile about. Defeats to the likes of Italy, Wales, Argentina and Ireland have seen the Springboks plummet to a lowest ever world ranking of 7th and it is difficult to see how things will improve. Whilst they still have some supreme talent at their disposal, the pool is not as full as it once was. However, the malaise runs deeper than simply a lack of fresh talent. The Boks are wracked with division and disjointedness on and off the pitch, and the appointment of Allister Coetzee as coach has done nothing to arrest their d..
May Half Term Camps Lions are launching our Sevens Rugby Camps this May half-term with guest appearance from England Seven's Player, Tom Bowen. Sevens Camp, Imber Court, East Molesey - 30th & 31st May Sevens Camp, Guildford - 1st & 2nd June Futsal Development Day, Feltham - 1st June   Summer Camps   Futsal Development Day, Feltham - 27th July U9s Transition to Contact Course, Teddington - 25th, 26th & 27th July U10s Introduction to Rucking & Mauling Course, Teddington - 25th, 26th & 27th July Warriors Camp, ..
Go Fest17 - 28th & 29th May  Just 12 days until GoFest returns at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford. Book a free Futsal or rugby session (GoTry) with Lions Sports Academy and "have a go” at a huge variety of sports, dance classes and healthy activities. What’s on at GoFest (all included in your ticket price): 40+ Sports & Activities  Free Family Friendly Coaching from professionals, National Governing Bodies and local sports clubs Numerous Dance and Fitness Classes Main Stage Entertainment Runs, Races and Relays Exhibi..
                                                                As we draw near to Europe’s end of season showpiece, the Champions League final, we are greeted with what has become a familiar sight. For the fifth consecutive year, England has no representative.  In the space of less than a decade, the Premier League has fallen from the dizzying heights of domination into the footballing abyss. Between 2005 and 2012, sev..

Well that’s it for another lung-busting, gut-wrenching, bone-breaking Premiership Season. Almost. All barring the small matter of the play-offs. And of course the slightly self-indulgent pageant of the final. Ok, so it’s not all over, but the regular, ordinary, bog-standard season is, and this calls for something of a round-ahead. It’s a hotchpotch of a round-up and a look-ahead, for those of you who aren’t au fait with the lingo.

This Bank Holiday Monday saw Guildford Under-18s celebrate the phenomenal achievement of

getting their hands on The National Colts Cup. Guildford’s future stars – under the stewardship of

Lions Sports Director and Coach, Andy Jones – beat York Under-18s in a thrilling final at the home of

the Bedford Blues.

Following the success of our hugely popular Futsal Feltham Development Centre we are launching a new course on Wednesday 24th May at Broadwater School, Guildford, GU7 3BW from 6-7pm. Played on an indoor court with a smaller heavier ball, Futsal is fast paced game which: Enhances speed of feet, thought and reactions Develops players composure and control Improves agility, sharpness and fitness Encourages creativity Allows 6 times more touches than football Rumoured to be the fastest growing sport in the U.K, Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar all used to play Futsal ..
The team are really excited for our Rugby Seven's Camps to start in May, we have brought in some professional help from an England 7's star.  Time/Date: Imber Court Sports Club, East Molesey - 30th & 31st May 2017 Guildford County School, Guildford - 1st & 2nd June 2017 Click here to book: https://www.lionssports.academy/Rugby_categorysearch   ..
  Lions Sports Academy are offering the following camps this Easter: Ely Rugby Camp at Ely Tigers Rugby Club 4th, 5th & 6th April. To book click here  Futsal Camp at Feltham Community College 4th April.  To book click here The Mall School (only open for children at The Mall) 18th April to 21st April Teddington Rugby Camp 4th, 5th & 6th April.  To book click here ..

There are four specific deficits which have been identified as the potential

cause of this injury risk – ligament dominance, quadriceps dominance, leg dominance and trunk

dysfunction – and with the right coaching from a qualified Strength and Conditioning professional,

any areas of deficit can be identified and worked on.

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                                                                    The 31st Africa Cup of Nations – or to give it its catchier, 21st century sci-fi name AFCON 2017 – passed by over the past month without much in the way of fanfare. Of course, there were the obligatory biennial complaints from European managers at losing their star players midway through the season, but even these were muted in comparison to ..
                                                     Once every four years, a momentous thing happens. The warring tribes of the British Isles put aside their differences, forget colonial pasts and call a temporary ceasefire to unite under one fearsome, blood-red banner. Once every twelve years, they mount an assault on the most formidable enemy of all: the Maori tribes of the South Seas. 2017 is that year.  This may all sound a tad glib, like it sho..
                                                           The dawn of a new era is upon us. The balance of power has shifted. A new global force stirs in the east. No, I’m not quoting Lord of the Rings, although I probably could be. Rather, these are the kind of phrases you will have encountered when reading of the rampant rise of Chinese football. But is the hype justified?  In recent times there has been something of a mass ex..
                                   The Rugby World Cup semi-finals in September 2015 seem a long time ago. The four best teams in what is becoming an increasingly global game pitted their wits against one another in West London. Not one of the four had a cold Christmas. Not one of them had a gruelling domestic season ahead of them. Each one of them descended upon Twickenham to confirm what the rugby world knew had been happening for some time: the southern hemisphere had officially claimed ownership..
 There’s one on every street, numerous in every city. Incomprehensible to the old school, bloated pub-dweller, and church to the endorphin-crazed, carb-counting, beautiful young things. Many are open 24 hours a day, and all are packed to the air-conditioned rafters with people of all shapes, sexes, sizes and goals. To one, the cover of Men’s Fitness beckons. To another, staving off the early onset of age is enough. To all, the gym is, and has been for some time, a staple part of life – a one-way ticket to self-improvement, self-confidence and self-worth. Whilst most o..
                      As we reach the halfway point in the 2016-17 Premier League season, one thing alone seems strikingly certain: the health of the English domestic game has been restored to somewhere close to its mid-noughties pomp. To say this is to imply that it has been somewhat lacking of late, which might come as a surprise to some of you. Yet, delicious as it may have been in its undiluted ludicrousness, Leicester City being crowned champions does not point to a highly competitive, continentally-dominant Premier League. Quite t..
                                                                            At the risk of sounding like every other cliché-wrapped bundle of festive round-up codswallop: this year has been quite the rollercoaster. Unprecedented successes have been followed by mind-numbingly predictable failures. Normal orders have been restored, usurped and downright destroyed. Reputations have been fortified ..

Whatever your age, size or gender, resistance training is good for your health

                                                                                                                                                 Photo courtesy BBC The BBC’s publicity people have got one hell of a job on th..
It is a sign of changing times that the early season international breaks are, to most of us, something of an inconvenience. The lustre of the Premier League is now such that it far eclipses its international counterpart for excitement, drama and quality, and any interruption to its seemingly endless stream of high-class theatre is treated irksome to those who plan their weekends around it. Now it’s all over and done with till March, we can get back to the opulent footballing indulgences of West Brom v Burnley on a Monday night. Thank god. This most recent round of fixtures, howev..

Misinformed concerns and a misrepresented image of the gym-goer have led historically to a wariness on the part of parents to all things gym. However, over the past two decades, things have changed dramatically...

             Lions Foundation Strength will help young athletes gain an understanding of resistance training in a safe and effective gym environment to physically prepare the body for sport.    From a performance, injury prevention and confidence perspective, Lions  ​Foundation Strength  will:   Increase upper and lower body strength Increase power Build confidence  Increase movement efficiency  Improve co-ordination Reduce chance of injury ​The course is ope..
  Lions Sports Academy are offering a 10% early booking discount across all February 2017 half term camps. Enter Code NOV16 to redeem. Offer ends on 30th November 2016. Camps confirmed so far are at: Guildford RC Old Wimbledonians Warriors RC Teddington RFC Weybridge Vandals RC   ..
                Barring a woeful batting display against Pakistan at The Oval – a rather damp climax to an otherwise bright summer – England could have found themselves on top of the test-match tree. As it is, they don’t. Still, with this in mind, it seems counter-intuitive to look ahead at this winter’s tour with glum pessimism, regardless of whether this may or may not be ‘the English way of doing things’. However, it really is difficult to feel anything but. The overriding view of our chances this winter is, a..
                                  The international rugby calendar is a matter of serious contention. Since the advent of the World Cup, the expansion of the Five and Tri-nations, and the introduction of annual, trans-global tours to and from the southern hemisphere, the fixture list has become a tad crowded, to say the least. In the past thirteen months, the home nations have played World Cup warm up fixtures, the World Cup itself – with varying degrees of length and intensity – the Six N..
                                                         Spoiled by pulse-racing drama on a weekly basis for nine months of the year, ravenous after the famine of a predictably dismal international summer, mid-August found the football fan in a state of delirious excitement. No longer were kicks to be got from the gossip columns. No longer were we to rely on social interaction to fill our weekends. The Premier League was back. However, as the du..

What a difference 20 years makes. From the meagre pickings of Atlanta – where Knights of the

Realm Redgrave and Pinsent brought home our only gold – to the unprecedented success of Rio,

British Olympic sport has made quite a remarkable transformation.

At Lions, we're always interested to hear from talented coaches who share our passion and core values; Communication, Humility, Ambition, Integrity and Respect!

      Lions Sports Academy October Half  Term Rugby Camps: Guildford Rugby Club - 24th to 26th October 2016 High Wycombe Rugby Club - 26th to 28th October 2016 Old Wimbledonians Rugby Club - 27th & 28th October 2016 Teddington Rugby Club - 26th to 28th October 2016 Weybridge Vandals - 25th to 27th October 2016 ..
                                   Lions GoFest Competition Enter the Lions competition for your chance to win a 3 day course of your choice provided by Lions Sports Academy.   Choose from: Futsal Football Rugby At your nearest venue. To enter: Register here  Under the section "How did you hear about us?" Select GoFest Competition Closing date is Friday 12th August. Competition Rules The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over. Use o..
  Highlights from Lions staff training day     Lions coaches came together on Monday to brush up on their skills in preparation for the launch of our summer camps this week.                  ..
GoFest the UK's family festival of Sport, Dance, Health & Fitness takes place at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on 13th & 14th August. With over 50 sports and activities to choose from there is something for all the family. Lions Sports Academy will be offering rugby coaching sessions (all coaching is included in the ticket price). Come and visit us at Surrey Sports Park and show your support for Shooting Star Chase, Children's Hospice.     ..
   Summer Camps Athlete Development Programme Summer Special - Old Wimbledonian Warriors, Wimbledon - 25th Jul to 29th Aug Summer Strength & Speed - St Mary's University, Teddington - 15th Jul to 19th Aug           Lion Cubs Camp   Udney Park Playing Fields, Teddington - 26th Jul to 28th Jul & 23rd Aug to 25th Aug    Summer Multi Sports Camp    Udney Park Playing Fields, Teddington - 16th Aug to 18th Aug         Lions Football Develo..
  To book onto this course go to http://www.lionssports.academy/Athlete_Development_Programme/OldWimbledoniansRugbyClub and select "Athlete Development Programme - Summer Special." ..
To book onto this course go to http://www.lionssports.academy/Athlete_Development_Programme/StMarysUniversity and select "Athlete Development Programme - Summer Strength & Speed." ..
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                                                                  The world of sports science – with its biomechanics, performance enhancement, and mulsculoskeletal training methods – can be a confusing place for the layman. Until the past few decades, these words didn’t even exist, and to many they still don’t. However, sports science is utterly integral to the progression of any aspiring young partic..
   For the first time since 1924, in reflection of its status as one of the world’s fastest growing sports, rugby returns to the Olympic arena this summer. Rio de Janeiro will play host to 24 teams – both men’s and women’s – competing to be crowned Olympic champions in rugby sevens, the XV-a-side game’s younger, quicker, sleeker sibling.    Rugby’s Olympic renaissance is intriguing, if not particularly controversial. The International Olympic Committee voted overwhelmingly in favour of reinstating rugby as an Olympic sport, ..
Image copyright of Physicsworld.com     Monday saw the first full day’s wash-out at Roland Garros in 16 years, and prompted calls from French Open tournament director, Guy Forget, to immediately install a roof in preparation for next year’s tournament. “We’ve talked about this roof in Paris for 15 years already”, he seethed, “today is the day to just say stop”. Clearly, the chap means business, and one would suspect that as his sentiments are echoed from most corners – with talk of tarnished global images and bureaucratic Fr..
         The inability of English cricketers to sit at the top table of the global game has perplexed this nation’s ardent following for a long time. We gave the game to the world, and the world produced the kind of players we could only dream of; or, more accurately, gave us nightmares for decades on end. Of course, we have produced world-beaters. Truman, Gooch, Botham, Flintoff, Pietersen, Harmison were all for a time peerless. The key phrase here, however, is ‘for a time’; no English player has dominated world cricket with any amount of longevit..
  Much has been made of the since-deposed, arch-scoundrel Michel Platini’s decision to expand the European Championships from 16 to 24 teams. With the inclusion of teams from the sheer periphery of European football – and the fact that almost nobody bar Ireland and Albania is likely to be knocked out at the group stage – critics have lambasted a decision which, they say, has ensured a dilution of quality and drama in what was once a sure-fire blockbuster from start to finish. In truth, it is hard to envisage – especially given Platini’s track record of..
             Congratulations to Theo, Lion Cub of the Week! Lion Cubs runs every Sunday from 10-11am at Teddington Rugby Club. For more information contact: Info@lionssports.academy or call 020 3424 5070.     ..
  Why has this country not produced a genuinely world-beating footballer like Lionel Messi in decades? Why has South America produced so many? Why have England mustered one semi-final appearance in a half-century of World Cups? Why have Argentina and Brazil reached eight finals between them within the same time frame? The answers are simple. Just take a look at the grass-roots development of young footballers, both here and in South America.  In England, kids slog it out with one another on miserable Sunday mornings, hacking about in the mud, contending with gale-force wind ..
  Come and visit Lions Sports Academy at Hampton Fun Day. Venue: Hampton & Richmond Borough FC, (Top Pitch), Station Road, Hampton, TW12 2BX Date: Saturday 21st May 2016 Time: 11am to 6pm Entrance Fee: £1 per person All in One Events promise a fun filled day out for all the family to enjoy. There will be bouncy castles, rides, side stalls and plenty of options for food and drink.  In addition: Lions Sports Academy will be running a penalty shoot out and there will be an opportunity to test your speed against our high tech light gates wi..
    Rugby is certainly not a sport for those of faint heart, spirit, or body. Recently-retired Welsh back row Jonathan Thomas summarised the gladiatorial mentality of the rugby player perfectly, saying that “you need to want to go out and hurt people”. Undeniably, this perception rings true. There is an accepted brutality to the sport; a devilish undercurrent that is entirely integral to the game’s growing global appeal to players and spectators alike. No-one involved in rugby would want to take that away. However, when Thomas’ summation is viewed..
    Cycling has for some time stood atop the British sporting podium. The exploits of Messrs Wiggins and Froome in Le Tour, coupled with that Herculean Olympic effort on home soil four years ago, built upon an already impressive pedigree to catapult cycling to the forefront of the nation’s sporting consciousness. No longer was it seen merely as a fashionable way to get around Cambridge; cycling became something that happened in a velodrome. It was pure, undiluted drama, it was the Knight and Dame-making showpiece of the Olympics, and it was undeniably ours to dominate..
Congratulations to Leicester City worthy champions of the Barclays Premier League; quite an incredible feat. To those in the know it is painted as a hitherto unrivalled feat of triumph against all the odds; a real-life David vs Goliath in which David’s hand-made, bodge-job slingshot has pierced the expensively assembled, diamanté-clad armour of the petrodollar-backed Goliath. In short, for those of us who have witnessed the time-honoured domination of the footballing elite on a weekly basis, the scale of Leicester’s achievement is obvious, in that it was completely an..
              Lion Cubs Summer Camp We are excited to announce the dates of our first ever Lion Cubs Summer Camp! 9:30 to 12:00 - 26th, 27th & 28th July 9:30 to 12:00 - 23rd, 24th & 25th August Available to boys and girls age 2 to 7 years the camp is designed to help children with their fundamental movement skills with a focus on: Catching Decision making Developing athleticism Evasion skills Throwing  whilst of course having lots of fun! Book now ... limited spaces available! ..
                          Spring Half Term Courses   This Spring Half Term Lions are offering the following Rugby and Football Courses: Old Wimbledonian Warriors on 2nd & 3rd June High Wycombe 31st May, 1st & 2nd June Lions Development Programme  U9 to U13 on 31st May & 1st June U14 to U18 on 2nd June & 3rd June Lions Football Development Camp  At Udney Park Playing Fields, Teddington, TW11 9BG 31st May, 1st & 2nd June  ..
    Over Easter half term Lions held a Football Development Course.  Looking back over the course there were some great highlights to reflect on ...   We witnessed some great players and skills, with the first day's subject being 'manipulation' this gave the players an opportunity to 'show boat' and show off their skills, in the 1v1 games and tournaments.   Over the course of the 3 days we had a different topic each day, with the morning focusing on intense training adapted into fun drills, and the afternoon..
Football - Day 1 & 2   We had a great response to The Mall Football Camp, with the pupils 3 favourite coaches Theo, Kieran.W and Kieran.T everyone knew it was going to be a good 2 days from the word go.   The first day focused on attacking and defending, with each player willing to learn new skills. We adapted these elements into fun games as we wanted the camp to be as enjoyable as possible.   In the afternoons we were able to go into matches where the players were automatically taking what they have learnt in the morning and showcasing it in..
  It was great to be back at Old Wimbledonians after a short break.  We had some very gifted players turn up which made it a great camp as the skill level was so high. As it was a two day course we were able to concentrate on contact on the first day playing loads of games to get the boys making tackles. The camp also included work on special awareness and decision making. "Robert, who won player of the camp is one of the strongest players I have had to pleasure to work with as not only were his skills excellent, his overall attitude was outstanding..
  It was fantastic to return to Guildford RFC after such a successful camp in February.  We had some skilful players turn up along with some big personalities!   Across the three days we worked on beating your man, contact area, ball work and evasive skills. It was exceptionally hard to pick our player of the camp as the quality was so high.   It was a pleasure to spend the three days back at Guildford and I look forward to seeing everyone soon at future camps or ADP. Kieran Ttouli - Lead Coach ..
  During the Easter holidays Lions ran another successful camp down at Esher RFC. Over the three days the players that attended worked on developing their core rugby and motor skills, whilst still having fun.  It was a joy to see them depart each day with smiles on their faces.  The U12s at Esher are regulars on the Lions Camp.  It is great to witness their improvment which is evidenced by their results such as winning their tour of Jersey. Esher are blessed with a high standard of players and as a coach it is a pleasure to..
    A great end of season turn out in Bushy Park, filled with fun games, cake (AJ's Birthday) and rugby players made from animals, our longest running camp never let's us down! As always we had a great group of athletes ranging from U6s all the way through to U15s. During the camp we focused on aspects such as decision making with the ball in hand, tackle technique using the 6 key points of the tackle as well as breakdown skills and tips and tricks to beat a defender. Outside of our skill based exercises we played some games of kick tennis in which some of ..
  Over the Easter holidays Lions ran their first camp in Bucks at High Wycombe Rugby Club, and it was a great success. Over the three days the players worked on both technical and tactical aspects of their game as well as physical qualities such as strength and endurance. These skills were developed in a fun and enjoyable environment with all of the kids going home with a smile on their face each day. Charlie Hodson - High Wycombe U10s Charlie is our Lion of the month after winning the player of the camp at our first High Wycombe rugby camp. Charlie was one of our you..

Lions Sports Academy took the plunge this Easter and became international! 

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Ask the expert - An interview with GB Sprinter Harry Aikines-Areetey

Lions Ambassador Harry AA took time out from his training camp in Orlando to answer a few questions for Lions Sports Academy:

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Checkout our Director of Football, Kieran Woodley demonstrating his skills!

The Mall School News
      The Mall School - Rugby End of Season Round Up        Congratulations to The Mall School for a successful rugby season: Seniors Year 7/8 - Only lost 1 game the whole season, best results in 19 years for The Mall beating schools such as Kings House and Newland House. (Coach Theo) U11- Lost 1 9 aside game all season came 4th in Rokeby 7s and 2nd in a 9s tournament last Sunday (Coach Theo) U10 - Successful season with individuals improving and developing into athletes. (Coach Kieran T) 7s - Senior 7s have imp..
England U20s Training at TRFC
Good luck to the England U20s Ladies in France tomorrow, let's hope the training at Teddington Rugby Club pays off!   ..
You Could Be Missing Out!
Have you heard about our upcoming courses and camps? Since our rebrand, the Lions Team have been using their new Lionssports.academy domain. As this domain name is still relatively new, some of our emails have filtered in to Spam and Junk folders, to make sure you do not miss out on upcoming courses please check both!     Up and Coming Lions Events:  Athlete Development Programme: Harry AA (GB Sprinter) Speed Masterclass - Surrey Sports Park 22nd March Harry AA (GB Sprinter) Speed Masterclass - Rosslyn Park 23rd Marc..
10% off all courses until 4th March. Book Now applying the code Lions01 at check out. ..
Due to technical details with our booking system last night we are extending the 20% discount off all Easter Camps and Athlete Development Programme courses for a further 24 hours.   Book Now to secure your child's place!     ..