When a great tornado burst into Kansas –Oli’s life across sport

While the women’s game may still be in its infancy in the UK, you’d be wrong to think the passion and skill of those involved is small too.

Many people we’ve profiled on the page have almost found the game by accident and this would be the case of our latest blog profile, Oli Davies.

Oli has been in contact sport for a long time, with a huge background in rugby, but spotting a Facebook post about development days has brought her a whole new sport, experience and opportunities. continue reading…

Where desire to play is more important than ability

Ever been in that situation where you’ve seen a tournament but find you haven’t got enough teammates to enter?

If you have, then you may also have come across the Black Widows. No not a group of mourning women but a scratch flag team that is made up of players who want to play but can’t put a team together.

Created by Andrew Gambrill, the GB Women’s Flag Coach, the team came about organically as a number of players approached him ahead of a BAFA women’s flag tournament with exactly that problem. He quickly solved it and the Widows were born. continue reading…

How Naomi jumped to strengthen and support the GB women’s sides

Those familiar with the women’s game in this country will know that it’s a big year for both the padded and flag programs with World and European championships respectively.
While the players will be going through their paces looking for selection, one person who will be helping them along the way and making sure they’re in the best physical condition possible will be their team therapist, Naomi Maycock.

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How Ellie danced her way to a different ball

As any of our regular blog readers will know there are many ways our profiled sports stars have made their way into the game.


We all know the importance of good people both on the field and on the sidelines and this latest blog we look at the sports therapist, the person who picks you up, patches you back together and helps you make the most of your time playing!


A strong background in ballet (grade 8 with distinction no less) gives Ellie Travis a lot of strength and poise but at university she also got involved in rowing and kayaking combined with a degree in Sports Therapy and a masters in Strength and Conditioning. And then other opportunities came about. continue reading…

Living the football dream – life at the Pro Bowl

In the week leading up to the Super Bowl attention switches to the Pro Bowl and a celebration of football with the all-star teams of the AFC and NFC.


While much attention is rightly focused on the stars of the NFL game, what many people may not be aware that there is a lot more going on during the week with players coming to compete from all corners of the world.


GB Women’s Captain Phoebe Schecter and GB team mate Oli Davies were the only two British representatives at this year’s Pro Bowl although even how close they got to the action was a little more than even Phoebe expected. We caught up with her on her return to get the inside track on their wonderful week.

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‘Houston we have landed’

Or more to the point the worlds media have descended in Texas as we build up to Super Bowl LI. And that’s certainly a phrase that’s been heard around the media circles this week.

Our Managing Director Gur Samuel is out in Houston reporting on the Super Bowl for Real Sport 101. We caught up with him in the frenzy of media week to get the inside story.

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Super Bowl Sunday – All you need to know

We realise that a lot of our followers are big American Football fans, but every day as we coach flag football and bring more people into the game we realise that for many, the Super Bowl offers them their first experience of our great sport.

With the UK boasting the biggest viewing figures for the Super Bowl outside of the US and Canada, we thought for new people coming in to the game that a few facts may be of use – especially if you need to explain why you’re so bleary eyed on Monday morning! continue reading…

What does it take to be a record breaker?

As the NFL celebrated the continued success of the Patriots Tom Brady at the weekend with him becoming the record winning quarterback of all time, we ask the question – what does it take to be a record breaker?

Well I guess you’ve got to be good at your chosen sport. I mean that’s probably a given, but what else?

Determined and committed? Well yes, you can’t break records without putting in a ton of work, effort in the gym, on the track, on the field. Time and time again.

But is there also an element of luck? continue reading…

University opens eyes to new sporting opportunities

When you head off to university there is a world of opportunity awaiting you. For many there is the chance of living on your own, having to do all your own cooking and washing and of course juggling a new social life.


For Charlotte Laidler, like many other people we’ve spoken to in our blog pieces they’ve also found another new opportunity through sport. Despite having been a sporty teenager playing soccer, netball, rounders and athletics at school, going to university opened up her eyes to a whole new game.

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