Inspiring sports coaching for boys and girls aged 7-16

Testimonials

We receive an enormous amount of lovely feedback from the parents booking. See the list of sports below for individual feedback for each Academy from our 2016 Parent Survey.

 

  

  • "The kids were really inspired by having real live Olympians there!"
  • "Excellent event-specific knowledge and coaching. Approachable and fun."
  • "My son was very inspired by the coaching team and the stories about their medals."
  • "Second year my son is doing this and he is talking about a third year! This year was particularly good with Dean Macey for 2 days, Kelly for the other 2 days and the other coaches throughout the course. Very good coaching. The form that my son could fill in and record progress was a bonus this year."
  • "My son can't rate the Academy highly enough - the only complaint is that it's only Monday-Thursday not Friday..."
  • "The coaching was of a high standard and the children learnt a huge amount. They received proper Athletics coaching and really enjoyed the enthusiasm and fun of Dean Macey. They want to attend again next year. One of my kids went on to win bronze in discus at her club championships this month, having only picked up a discus for the first time with your coaches a few weeks previously!"
  • "Extremely efficient and well run, friendly, fun, good ratio of children to coaches."
  • "Dean Macey and the staff I met were all very generous and kind and my girls had a fantastic experience. Thanks!"
  • "My son got lots of methods to improve his performance, in high jump, sprint starts & hurdling, and has retained these and practised them."
  • "The whole thing felt smooth and well organised. No doubt that the coaching was good to excellent."
  • "The Athletics Academy is the best sports Academy the children have attend and Dean Macey is an absolute star."
  • "The certificate and bag was a nice touch. Really great experience."
  • "Fantastic club for kids who are interested in Athletics! Great coaches!" 
  • "We would like to pass on our thanks to the Academy that my daughter (15) attended during the half term at Oxford with Kelly Sotherton and Dean Macey. She really enjoyed the two days, and feels particularly that the specific advice from Dean Macey was very helpful. Hope that you continue to provide events like these for children in the future."

 

  
  • "Martin Speight provided excellent individualised training and mentorship for my son. We will definitely book again. He has participated in a number of courses of this type over the years and this is by far the best!"
  • "I just want to thank you for the fantastic work you did with my boy during the cricket course at St Edward's School in Oxford. He came home very excited every day about what he’s learned and I can tell he got  a lot of very valuable technical coaching from you that he is keen to consolidate into his game. I’ve never seen him quite so animated about working to improve his cricket – he had me in the net till the light failed sometime after 9 pm last night." 
  • "Thanks again for your input this week. He loved the three days. It shows how valuable some good individual coaching is. I did think he had shown some potential this season but it is reassuring to hear your comments."

  
  • "My daughter said that the team were fantastic. She was reluctant to go to the Academy as she did not know anyone but was made to feel very welcome. It built her confidence to the extent that she would like to do GCSE Dance!"
  • "She loved the dances they did learn!"
  • "Lovely teachers at Urban Dance, really inspiring."  

 

  


  • "Great website and easy to book."
  • "Very helpful member of staff returned my call after I left a message with a query I had & was very professional in handling my query."
  • "Very friendly & enthusiastic, my daughter was delighted to meet some of the team from Rio 2016."
  • "All very friendly & enthusiastic."
  • "Very motivational and fun."
  • "Very positive experience overall."
  • "My daughter loved every moment of it. She adored Zoe. Absolutely exhausted at the end of every day!"
  • "Daughter came back full of passion and a greater understanding of hockey - exactly what we'd hoped for!"
  • "Would definitely recommend to friends."
  • "My daughter not only enjoyed the course more than expected, she improved her skills due to personalised coaching. A truly inspirational team, thank you!"


  

  • "I was very impressed by the team's enthusiasm and commitment."
  • "The coaching was excellent. I would also add that on the first afternoon we were due to collect them there was horrendous traffic. The coaching staff handled this really well and were all still positive and cheerful when we eventually did get through the traffic and could collect them."
  • "My daughter really enjoyed this, felt challenged but also comfortable with the pace. Came home very inspired to move from the B team at school to the A team in her new school year. Professional, enthusiastic and extremely well qualified coaches... all very impressive."
  • "As always it was very good and both the girls thoroughly enjoyed it."
  • "It was the type of Academy my daughter needed to begin enjoying Netball again and get pushed to new limits. My daughter is at a good standard already and the course seemed to cater for all abilities, allowing the more experienced players to learn more and understand the game in more depth."
  • "I sent my daughter to the course to improve her skills where there was time for her to ask questions and seek clarity on tactics. They don't just focus on the good players, but also seek to improve those who are weak."
  • "My daughter has experienced a few camps in both Netball and Hockey over the last 24 months and this clearly led the pack in terms of focus and the end goal of improving her technique and understanding of the sport. She was very complimentary of Melissa and the coaches."
  • "Since the Academy, my daughter has used some of the skills she has learnt. She has also been successful in getting into the A team at her external club again and has made the selection at her new secondary school beating around 80 other girls that tried out. I believe this was partly due to the confidence she regained and tips learnt from doing the Academy."

 

  

  • "My son came home very excited and motivated each evening, eager to return the following day."
  • "Tom Burton connected well with my sons and imparted great insight into rowing techniques and made it fun. Should have been 5 days not 4, as he was disappointed that it was only 4!"
  • "Excellent rowing course. My son was quite worried about going, but really enjoyed it and will definitely be going again. The staff were friendly, approachable and knowledgeable and everything was very well organised."
  • "My daughter had a great time, it was a very well-run course. She is now a member of Wallingford RC and I hope she will continue to enjoy rowing well into the future." 
  • "My boys have just completed the rowing camp with Tom Burton at the Oratory school. They both thoroughly enjoyed it and felt it was the best rowing camp that he had been on with School of Sports.  Tom and the other coaches were much more involved, lots of one-on-one time, which meant a better rate of improvement. Tom is a very personable and approachable person, the boys felt very comfortable in his care and very much enjoyed his coaching."