Private Schools and Sports

World Sports Day - London
Schools in the United Kingdom can differ greatly, especially if we are looking at what a particular school has to offer when it comes to sports.

It is from my own search for a good school for my children that I came to the conclusion that private schools are a lot better in this regards.

I don’t know how many schools be investigated, but I would guess it must have been at least 10 different schools here in our vicinity. No single one of the state schools we looked at could impress us with their sports offerings.

A lot of those public schools only allowed a couple of hours of sports per week for the children. Many of the schools did not offer any additional classes and courses beyond that.

Very few of the public schools had modern,  up-to-date sports facilities and those who had them often didn’t maintain them well.

The picture was quite different when we researched some of the better private schools in the UK. Not only did we find that they by and large gave sports a much higher priority compared to state schools, they also offered the children a lot more sport activities in general.

For example, our youngest loves soccer. There was only three schools where he can join a soccer team and those were private, independent schools.

Now, it may well be that sport is not that important for your family. If it is, on the other hand, you should probably take a closer look at the private schools in your area. You will be surprised how those schools are often a lot better for sports than our public schools!

For further information about private schools in the UK you can take a look at private school Cambridgeshire as well.

Glasgow Among World’s Best Sports Cities


The Scottish city of Glasgow has made it into the top list of the world’s sports host cities.

After the city climbed three places in the ranking by the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards, Glasgow is now at fifth place ahead of Los Angeles,  Tokyo, Sydney and Paris .

Glasgow is also the number one city in the sports legacy category as well as the best small city by population band. It managed to  beat Amsterdam, Calgary, Doha and Vancouver.

The CEO of Glasgow’s city council, Annemarie O’Donnell said that Glasgow’s sporting reputation has never been higher.

In a public statement after the announcement she said  “Our rise as one of the world’s top sporting cities has been secured thanks to our investment in world-class facilities, our international events programme and our commitment to increasing participation and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.”

Business On The Go: How Electronic Invoicing Can Help You

If you happen to be in a profession where you’re on the go most of the time, such as in the travel industry or if you’re a contractor, electronic invoicing can be a big help.

Electronic-InvoiceSimply spoken, with electronic invoicing you can be more mobile and don’t need to come back to your office to finish up your work.

In addition, e-invoice will shorten the time and work required for your invoicing process significantly.

The latest electronic invoicing services will allow you to create and send invoices right from your mobile devices while you’re out on the road.

Some e-invoice providers now offer free apps that allow you to use e-invoice wherever you are and whenever you want, a great solution for contractors or the many professions in travel.

On the other hand, electronic invoicing is not only advantageous for those people who are often on the go. It’ll likewise provide massive benefits in professions that are office-based such as in retail or manufacturing.

With electronic invoicing, tedious tasks associated with invoices such as mailing and sorting are not needed any longer. You or your staff will have more time available for other tasks for your business. Another big plus of e-invoice is the fact that electronic invoices are easier to manage and to organize.

Considering the above advantages of e-invoicing along with the usually rather low costs, e-invoicing is a cost-saving and effective invoicing  alternative for any type of business today.

Camping: See The World Without Spending Lots Of Money

my camper vanMaybe you are like me: I cannot stay at one place for a long time. Sooner or later I will get the “travel itch”.

I want to see all those places I’ve never been to or visit those great destinations again I have already seen.

Obviously, if you love to travel, money can be a problem. This is especially true if you go on holidays like most other people do where they book into expensive hotels or travel resorts.

But here is the deal: You can see all those places at a fraction of the cost if you go camping instead. Not only is camping a lot cheaper, it has even more advantages I want to talk about right here.

For me, the best thing about camping is that I can go on travel adventures whenever I like. I can go to places other people may not even ever see since I don’t rely on a specific location where there is a hotel. I mean, there are campgrounds almost anywhere!

When you are on holidays where you stay in a hotel you’re always limited in some ways. You cannot even get up and get yourself a nice breakfast and tea unless you go to a restaurant. I don’t have this problem with my campervan. I can cook my favourite meal at all times of the day or night. If I’m tired of one place I can drive to another in a heartbeat. For me, travelling in my campervan is just so much better in many ways.

Now, if you’re strapped for cash, a campervan is ideal because you don’t even need to buy one. You can always rent a nice van when you feel that you want to go on holidays. Camping vans come in all sizes categories today from simple to luxuries. So if you only plan to go somewhere for a weekend where all you need would be a place to sleep you don’t need the latest luxury model, you can rent a simple campervan for little money from a VW camper van hire in the UK.

Camping today can be so much fun, why not give it a try?

What Makes a Good Fitness Gym?

fit-girlMost fitness gyms may look more or less the same at first glance, yet there can often be big differences if one takes a closer look at what they offer.

One of the biggest differences when we are talking about gyms is in regards to whether a gym has the right staff on site that can offer competent and helpful advice.

By and large, many of the cheaper gym chains in the United Kingdom don’t really have a priority on that. What they do is want to sell you a membership – and that is it as far as their concern about your personal fitness and well-being.

It is clear that a qualified trainer on hand can make a big difference, in particular if someone doesn’t have enough experience with exercising. How would you know about the best routines for your body or what type of equipment to use if you don’t have any help in that regards?

In my opinion, the best gyms are those where you know that there is a trainer on-site that can help you. Obviously, this type of advice should be included in the price for your gym membership.

Recently, more gyms are also having offering complete training classes. What this means is that you can attend a class that’s dedicated for a particular goal, say weight loss, and there is of course always a trainer present that will teach the attending  fitness buffs about the best exercises.

So if you have a chance, make sure the gym you choose offers any of the above, either a trainer or fitness classes or possibly both.

The above fitness tips are brought to you by London Fields Fitness, your Hackney gym for a fitter and healthy body!

Fitness: Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Feet

Foot steppingA lot of people, when they do exercising have a tendency to ignore their feet. They may be using all kinds of fitness exercises, a treadmill or other equipment where they target various parts of their bodies –  yet the feet are mostly not getting the attention they would need.

Health experts point out that a quarter of the body’s bones are in our feet and ankles. Pretty much our entire bodies foundation ‘n stability depends on them. This is where movement begins.

Health expert and fitness author Katie Bowman to the press: “The feet are perhaps the most neglected complex structure in the body.

According to a recent study by the American Podiatric Medical Association, eight in 10 Americans have experienced a problem with their feet at least once in their lives. Worse, the study also showed that 25% of adults are unable to exercise due to foot problems.

The spokesmen of the APM Dr Howard Osterman  points out that foot problems are mostly due to overuse: “We don’t need the toes to have the dexterity of fingers but we do need some dexterity,” he said. “We need the muscles to have strength.”

New Sports Medicine and Leisure Centre for Sheffield

Finally, the construction for the new sports medicine and leisure centre in Sheffield has begun. The centre’s location will be right by the Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre in Norton.

According to the city’s council, the £16 million project will be one of the city’s biggest investments in the last decades.

The centre will be the new home for one of the three hubs of the U.K.’s national centre for sport and exercise medicine.

Among the amenities in the centre will be in the tennis courts, a Olympic size swimming pool along with several other fitness and health facilities.

The centre is expected to be opened next year.