Over 20 years experience delivering programmes
Bringing sport, leisure and dance opportunities to the local community and schools.
Using qualified Sports Aches studying at LJMU, Sports Start Coaching Academy is a sub-group of Marsh Sports that provides sports coaching to the local community through school visits, school activity days and holiday clubs.
Sport Start Coaching Academy has over 20 years experience delivering programmes and is committed to making a positive difference to the community by ensuring that opportunities are available to anyone who may wish to engage in physical activity.
We provide an annual programme of activity with over 10,000 young people and 250 schools already benefiting from our programmes.
What we offer
Take a look at the programmes we offer:
The Sport and Dance and are designed to keep children healthy and active, while providing high-quality childcare during school holidays. All activities are staffed by fully-qualified school teachers or LJMU sports coaches checked through the DBS system. Our staff will give your child an enjoyable and safe experience.
Full day sports camps
- Multi Sports and Adventure Camp (School Year 3+)
At least five different sports and adventure activities are played each day. Sports include: hockey, football, cricket, rounders, handball, volley ball, basketball, badminton, tennis and tag rugby, to name but a few. Adventure activities include: climbing, problem solving games, slack lining, obstacle courses and orienteering.
- Mini Multi Sports Camp (School Year R-Y2)
Sport and physical activity will be the focus of the day with a specialist sports coach delivering a different theme each day. In addition to sports, other activities such as arts and crafts will be offered.
Full day specialist sports camps
- FA Charter Standard Soccer School (School Year R-Y8)
We offer one of only a few FA Charter Holiday schemes in the North West.
- Dance Camp (School Year R-Y8)
Throughout the weeks, dances are choreographed and performed in the Marsh Dance Studios with a showcase of the children’s work at the end of each week.
Two and a half hour sports camps
Martial arts camps
- Ju Jitsu
- Kick Boxing
Our future holiday camps will take place:
- Easter: Monday 6 - Friday 17 April (exc. BH Mon & Good Friday)
- May: Tuesday 26 - Friday 29 May
- Summer: Wednesday 22 July - Fri 28 August
Children's sport and activity parties
Greenbank Gymnasium is available to hire for children's parties. The spacious environment is perfect to allow young children to run around, have fun and experience a memorable party. Music can be played into the hall via the wall mounted computer screen, there is ample parking on site for all your guests to arrive safely and permission can be given to decorate the facility to your taste. Equipment is on hand to ensure your child enjoys their special day. Bouncy castles are not permitted.
The hire of the hall is charged at £50 for up to three hours (including set up and clear away). Please contact us for further information.
School sport activity days
Each year we offer an alternative school trip, where your pupils will spend a fun-filled day out taking part in sporting activities of your choice in a safe and friendly environment. The activities are run by teachers or LJMU trainee teachers and are geared towards Key Stage 1 and 2. We run this programme during June and July and the day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3.00pm, or at a time that suits your needs.
We offer a range of activities to choose from including:
Gifted and Talented days
Aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4, the purpose of the day is to give pupils from local schools the opportunity to visit and be part of a day of study at Liverpool John Moores University. We hope to inspire talented pupils to continue into Higher Education. For those who are keen on sports and interested in pursuing a career in sport, these days give an insight into what it's like to work in a sports related field.
Alternatively, you could use the day to reward pupils for good participation or high achievement. We will tailor the day to your needs. Lunch can be included if required. Cost will depend upon your requirements and can be negotiated at the time of booking.
LJMU Gifted and Talented experience
The objectives of a Gifted and Talented Day is to reward and inspire secondary pupils and enhance the GCSE PE course. You can choose from several different options depending on your requirements:
- Option one (1 hour)
Meet an LJMU sports scholar: pupils get the opportunity to meet a sports scholar and ask them about their background and their university and sporting experiences (LJMU sport scholars compete at a national level in their chosen sport).
- Option two (2/3 hours)
Fitness testing: pupils take part in a controlled fitness test and learn about the importance of the test, what it determines and what actions can be taken from the results.
- Option three (1 hour)
Orienteering: pupils complete an orienteering course - the theme of which is the experience of attending a sports university.
- Option four (2 hours - depending on IT availability)
Pupils are given the opportunity to research a subject area in our IT/library suite. Subjects could include:
- Careers in sport
- Women in sport
- Olympic history
- Option five (2 hours)
Social inclusion in sport: pupils take part in a practical lecture designed to be inclusive for children with special educational needs. Pupils are then tasked with developing and practicing games which are accessible for all.
Aim Higher Experience
Aim Higher Days are an opportunity for schoolchildren to experience university first-hand; to discover what it's like to be a student at LJMU. Based in Aigburth, Liverpool John Moores University’s IM Marsh Campus offers degree courses in PE, Sports Development, Dance, Outdoor Education, Primary and Secondary Teaching, and Leisure and Tourism so pupils can find out about these programmes.
The day will consist of:
- A welcome talk and tour of the IM Marsh Campus
- Meeting an LJMU student advocate who will give an account of university life and explore the differences between school and university
- A chance to take a look at career paths and types of degree programmes available to help students achieve their goals (depending on the availability of IT suites)
- Team building: pupils take part in exercises designed to promote teamwork, self esteem and creative thinking. This activity is based outdoors, so pupils must dress for the weather.
- Orienteering: students are given a map and set of questions about university life and they will work their way around the course to find the answers
- PE lecture: pupils are given the opportunity to take part in a practical Physical Education lecture.
How to book
Please contact Steve Grace at Marsh Sports on 0151 231 5230.