Over 20 years experience delivering programmes
Bringing sport, leisure and dance opportunities to the local community and schools.
Sport Start Coaching Academy 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 offer sport, leisure and dance activity programmes, events, partnerships and education. Sport Start Academy is linked to the LJMU student experience – employing students across the University to contribute to and deliver quality sport, leisure and dance programmes.
We provide an annual programme of activity grounded in over 20 years of experience. Currently housed within the IM Marsh Sport Centre, we have a local reputation second to none 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 Summer Sport, Dance and Cookery Camps 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, speedminton, 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 and cookery camps:
- Cookery Camp (School Year 3+)
Provides children with an opportunity to learn about working in a kitchen and how to work as part of a team. Children can make breads, cakes, biscuits, flapjacks and more - and bring them home for the family to enjoy.
- FA Charter Standard Soccer School
and Goalkeeping Academy (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 Camp
- Ninjutsu Camp
- Kick Boxing Camp
Drop in club:
- The Fun Club (School Year R-Y2)
To introduce younger children to sport this two hour drop in session takes place each morning and includes: ball games, throwing, catching and fielding, parachute games and all their favourite party games.
Term time programme
We offer a number of after school and weekend activities for children including: Ballet Babies, Footie Tots, dance, football, gymnastics, judo, kick boxing, tennis and trampolining.
About our staff
The LJMU coaching staff are fully trained and qualified in their respective sport and have emergency first aid and DBS certificates.
Most of the coaches working on our sporting activities are currently LJMU students training in Physical Education to become either PE teachers or sports development officers. Gaining practical experience gives our students invaluable real-world training for their chosen careers.
In addition, we encourage our volunteers to develop in coaching through delivering this programme. Volunteers are mentored throughout and are able to achieve coaching qualifications. Many have since become students in our sports undergraduate degrees.
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 give to decorate the facility to your taste. Equipment is on hand to ensure your child enjoys their special day.
The hire of the hall is charged at £50 for up to 3hrs (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 normally run this programme during June and July to take advantage of the weather. The day generally starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3.00pm, or at a time that suits your needs.
We offer a range of activities, choose from:
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, high achievement, etc. 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. To book, please contact Steve Grace at Marsh Sports on 0151 231-5230/5366.
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 1 (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 2 (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 3 (1 hour)
Orienteering: pupils complete an orienteering course - the theme of which is the experience of attending a sports university.
Option 4 (2 hours - depending on IT availability)
Research: 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 5 (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.
Option 6 (1 hour)
Trampolining: this option is for schools that don't have access to trampolines during PE lessons.
AimHigher 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
Come join us at IM Marsh for a truly inspiring day.