Tyres - An Alternative Workout

Have you ever considered adding tyres to your workout routine?


 

Exercising using a tyre can help add size, speed and strength to your body. 
Although a simple piece of equipment, tyres can offer you a wide variety of power workouts. 

What weight should I be using?... read full article

History of Gymnastics

Gymnastics Timeline

Ancient Civilization

  • Gymnastics are believed to have come about from the Ancient Greeks.
  • Back then they were a combination of acrobatic and strength activities.
  • The Ancient Greeks would take part in activities such... read full article

An introduction to Ballet

An introduction to Ballet

Ballet is a popular and versatile dance activity, which enables the participant to work on many skills such as their coordination, flexibility, posture and strength.

Ballet is believed to have come about in around the 15th century and since then the musical ideas and structures have n... read full article

Keeping kids active this summer

With being well into the second week of the school holidays, parents can often feel worried that their children will spend a large part of their summer watching the TV, using their phones, gaming and will have a rather inactive and sedentary summer holiday.

Although many households love to use technology it is important to switch off from time to time and ... read full article

What size football goal should I go for?

What size football goal should I go for?

 

The size of football goal that you choose for your football games and matches is a very important decision to make. There are several different football goal sizes to choose between so it is worth checking that your goal compiles with the Football Association (FA) rules.

 

The sizes of goals vary according to the age of the players and also the number of pla... read full article

Pilates vs. Yoga - which one is best for you?

Pilates vs. Yoga - which one is best for you?

Pilates and Yoga are often classed together but in fact are quite different workouts. In this blog we will start off by having a look at Pilates and Yoga individually. We will then see what differences there are between the two and then see which one you may be suited to.

 

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History of Nike

Nike has been a leader in the fitness industry for a number of decades now and the company has had an immense amount of success during this time! We are going to have a look at some of the greatest achievements in Nike’s history here.

1960s

The forefront founders: Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman.

American entrepreneur Phi... read full article

How to get into running

How to get into running

In this blog we are going to look at the benefits of running, how to start running, common questions and we will tell you all that you need to know to get on track to a more active you!

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Running can change ... read full article

How to start a Sunday League Football Team

Sunday League Football is hugely popular across the whole of the UK and many people search online about how to get involved. On this page we are going to have a look at what you need to do to set up your own Sunday league football team. We will see what and whom you need for your team as well as the possible costs involved.

Setting up a football team may seem like a prett... read full article

The benefits of teaching children to swim

Being able to swim is considered an essential life skill . The benefits of becoming a proficient swimmer are endless, not to mention the safety aspects.

 Learn to Swim Sea Squad mask and armbands

It is recommended that children learn to swim as early as possible. Speedo has introduced its Sea Squad range which is ideal for helping introduce children to the water in a fun ... read full article

How to choose the right dog whistle for you

We at Newitts.com are firm advocates of dog whistles and are going to show you why on this page. We will explain how dog whistles work, how you can use them with your furry-friend and what types of whistles you can find online.

Dog training

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of whistle training, let’s start at the beginning and take a look as ... read full article

5 ways to introduce your child to tennis

The Davis Cup begins next week and serves as a great inspiration to young tennis players. In 2015, Great Britain won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 after Andy Murray beat Belgium's David Gloffin to clinch the title.

This week, it has been revealed that Andy Murray may not take part in Davis Cup tournament in Ottawa. Following his shock exit from ... read full article

7 health benefits to squash in schools

In 2016, the county of Essex was praised by the Sports Minister for being the only county in the country to include squash in its annual Schools Games event.

The popularity of squash is continuously growing, thanks to coaching programmes provided by bodies such as Off The Wall Squash Academy in Essex, and the government is actively encouraging other academies to foll... read full article

Are fitness DVDs a good idea?

Many people are attracted to the idea of buying a fitness DVD at this time of year, buying into the idea of a better body, but are fitness DVDs the way forward?

Over time, fitness DVDs have become more and more popular, in fact, there are very few celebrities who haven't tried their hand at one. Newitts takes a look below at the pros and cons of fitness DVDs.

The Pros

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5 reasons England could win the next ODI Series

Cricket Batsman

The England cricket team are currently away in India for the ODI Series, which began on Sunday.

After starting confidently with their first warm-up victory, the 'Tourists' are in a strong position going into the tournament, but can they lead the team to victory?

Newitts takes a look at the current position of the England cricket team and consid... read full article

10 reasons Mr. Wilson from Cast Away is still alive

At a recent ice hockey match in New York, Tom Hanks was pictured holding a Wilson volleyball, identical to the one he once held in the popular 20th Century Fox movie Cast Away in 2000.

Mr Wilson Volleyball

Castaway saw Tom play a FedEx executive who gets stranded on a desert island when his plane crashes into the South Pacific. The Wilson volleyball becomes his only friend w... read full article

Swimming Strokes for Fitness and Weight Loss

Man swimming

Swimming is one of the best exercises for keeping fit and it can also help you to lose weight. There a number of different swimming strokes which all work different areas of the body, therefore it is important to recognise the mechanics of each one to determine which is best suited to your training regime.

Below, Newitts takes a look at the four diff... read full article

Guide to Squash Rackets

Choosing the right squash racket will affect your performance on the squash court, so it's essential to make the right choice.

Squash Rackets

Newitts sells a wide range of squash rackets to suit all abilities, so whether you are a beginner squash player or a more advan... read full article

A guide to hockey shoes

Hockey Shoes

Whether you're out on the hockey field or playing indoor hockey, finding the right hockey shoes to protect your feet while playing is essential.

There are multiple types of hockey shoes available to choose from to include, cleats, turf shoes and specialist hockey shoes. The trick is to learn how to buy t... read full article

Netball Drills for Juniors

Whether you are a beginner netball player or you've been practising netball for a number of years, in order to improve your game it is essential to practice regularly.

Juniors playing netball

One of the elements to becoming a good netball player is to embrace new skills and learn how to critique them. There are netball drills for every aspect of the sport from shootin... read full article

A Guide to Boxing Gloves

Boxing Gloves

If you're just starting out in boxing, the first piece of boxing equipment you'll need to buy is a set of boxing gloves.

Before you invest in any type of boxing gear, always speak to your instructor for recommendations. You... read full article

The history of netball

History of netball

Netball started out as a form of basketball before it evolved into the game we know today. The history of netball stems right back to 1891, where it evolved originally from the game of basketball.
From the first game in England in 1895, to the inclusion in the Commonwealth Games 103 years later, through to the instigation of Fast Net in 2008 and Fast5 in 2... read full article

Off-season training in cricket

The cricket season is currently taking a hiatus and many amateur cricket players may be enjoying a well-earned break, but Newitts is here to remind players it's not time to sit on your laurels just yet!

Cricket nets

Certainly, the cricket season can be very demanding. It's busy, and long, and it demands high physical and mental commitment if players are to survive ... read full article

6 benefits of netball for kids

Netball bibs and ball

Obesity in children has become an increasing problem, and has highlighted more than ever the fact that our children's health and fitness should be a top priority.

Active children are more likely to remain active later in life, but sport is not just offered to children to stay fit, there are so many other positive aspects.

Studies have prove... read full article

A guide to buying a trampoline

Trampolining

Children and families can get so much out of a trampoline. It provides hours of instant ready-made fun, a chance for children and adults to improve on fitness levels, and it can also improve motor skills, teamwork skills and build on confidence.
Before purchasing a trampoline, there are a few key things to consider. Below Newitts offers a complete guide to buying ... read full article

Women and weight training

Weight training has become an important part of a work-out, and these days it's not just reserved for men. An increasing number of women are investing in weight training in a bid to improve their overall fitness.

Weight Training Woman

If you feel intimidated by a typical weights room in a gym, there's now a new solution which is increasing in popularity. C... read full article

A guide to badminton rackets

Choosing the right badminton racket for you is a personal process, nobody can tell you which is the right racket to choose, you have to spend time testing a variety of rackets before you find the perfect match.

Badminton shuttlecock

As your badminton experience grows, you'll find it easier to choose the right badminton racket as you'll have developed a feel or... read full article

A Guide to Track and Field

Track and Field

The Olympic Games 2016 in Rio continues and following last weekend's 'Super Saturday' which saw Britain's Mo Farrah win his third Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 metre sprint, Jessica Ennis-Hill win a silver medal for the Heptathlon and Greg Rutherford win a bronze medal for long jump, the British world of track and field is currently in great... read full article

A Guide to Olympic Boxing

Boxing Gloves

Boxing is currently in full swing at the Rio Olympics 2016. Below Newitts takes a look at the changes boxing has made over the last 4 years since London 2012, and provides a short guide to boxing at this year's Olympics. 

Boxing as an Olympic Sport

Boxing has been an Olympic sport since 1904. In 1941, the International Boxing... read full article

Bradley Wiggins gears up for final olympics

The Rio Olympics 2016 will almost certainly be the final event Bradley Wiggins will appear in at top level.

Veladrome

As such, Sir Bradley Wiggins will attempt to become Britain's most decorated Olympian in history at the Rio Olympic Games 2016. Wiggins has already won seven Olympic medals including four golds, and he'll bid for an eighth medal when he races in the te... read full article

Joanna's Cycle Challenge - Final Blog

Last weekend, Joanna Newitt took part in the RSF Yorkshire Wolds Challenge, a charity cycling event to raise money for Rydale Special Families.

Joanna Newitt

Ryedale Special Families is an independent charity based in Malton, North Yorkshire which ... read full article

Wales Climb to No 11 in FIFA World Rankings

Rooney and Bale

Euro 2016 was certainly not England's finest moment. After scraping through the group stages, they bowed out spectacularly, even by their own now familiar standards, losing 2-1 to Iceland, a country with a population of just 323,000.

In contrast, Wales are celebrating a historic performance in the Euros, reaching the semi-finals, where they lost 2-0 t... read full article

Clothing at the Olympic Games

1896 mens 100 metre sprint athens

Olympic clothing has changed a great deal since the very first Olympic Games took place in Athens in 1896.  Over the decades, sportswear design has been adapted to suit the many different varieties of clothing we see on athletes today.

The most dramatic changes have occurred in women's sports clothing. I... read full article

Guide to Tennis Rackets

Tennis rackets and tennis balls

It's the tennis season and with Wimbledon just round the corner, now is a great time to brush the dust off your racket and get out on the courts!

If you're new to the sport, or in need of a new tennis racket, Newitts provides a comprehensive ... read full article

Can Andy Murray win Wimbledon 2016?

Andy Murray

Following another heart-breaking defeat to Novak Djokovic in four sets last month at the French Open, Andy Murray has vowed to return to his next major tournament even stronger. But can he do enough to win Wimbledon 2016?

A year ago, Newitts speculated on whether And... read full article

Joanna Newitt's Cycling Challenge

This summer, on the 16th and 17th July, our very own Joanna Newitt is taking part in the RSF Yorkshire Wolds Challenge, a charity cycling event to raise money for Rydale Special Families.

Ryedale Special Families is an independent charity based in Malton, North Yorkshire which currently provides care and support to over... read full article

The World Triathlon Leeds 2016

This June, Newitts will be supporting the fifth stage of the ITU World Triathlon Series which will be held for the very first time in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

ITU World Triathlon Series Leeds

The Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon 2016 will take place from 11-12 June and will provide amateur sports athletes with the unique opportunity to compete on the same course... read full article

How to choose the right swimming goggles

swimming goggles

Wearing a pair of goggles when swimming is essential, but many people struggle to find the right fit to achieve maximum comfort and performance when in the pool.

If worn incorrectly, goggles can hinder progress and cause frustration in the pool. Follow Newitts' simple guide below on how to choose the right swimming goggles.

 

W... read full article

10 benefits of cycling

cyclists

Cycling has increased in popularity over the past decade thanks to events such as the Tour de France 2014 and the London 2012 Olympic Games which helped to dramatically raise the profile of the sport across the UK.

This summer on July 16th/17th, Joanna Newitt is taking part in the RSF Yorks... read full article

How Brexit could affect sport in the UK

The EU referendum is due to take place on the 23rd June, and during the build up, there has been speculation on how Britain's potential exit from the EU, or 'Brexit' as it is commonly referred to, might affect the future of sport in the UK.

Brexit Flag

Although the EU currently only has a small role in sports policy in member states, it does provide limited funding ... read full article

Advantages of Speedo Technology in Goggles

With the Rio Olympics 2016 fast approaching, Olympic swimmers will be busy sourcing the very best swimwear and swimming equipment to see them successfully through the Games. Many swimmers will be opting for sports equipment containing advanced Speedo technology to ensure maximum performance in the water.

Newitts stocks a wide range of Speedo swimwear, goggles, fins, paddles, nose clips and swimming masks all of which conta... read full article

The Tour de Yorkshire 2016

Tour de Yorkshire Logo

The Tour de Yorkshire begins this Friday for the second successful year. In anticipation of this highly coveted event, Newitts provides information on one of the most popular sporting events in the region.

What is the Tour de Yorkshire?

The Tour de Yorkshire is a new three-day professional cycling race which stretches all ... read full article

Is Pep Guardiola the right choice for Manchester City?

Pep Guardiola

Since Pep Guardiola was picked to replace Pellegrini as the new Manager of Manchester City Football Club, there has been speculation regarding whether he is the right choice for the club.

Manchester City are arguably one of the best football teams in the country, and with state of the art facilities and a ready-made squad, some see the move for Pep as an easy ... read full article

The benefits of athletics in schools

athletics track and hurdle

With one in three children obese or overweight when they leave primary school, there is a growing need for physical education (PE) to be prioritised in schools.

The 2016 Rio Olympics are fast approaching and it is hoped that the event will have as positive an effect on schools as London 2012, and will give PE that all-important boost, by encoura... read full article

Should Wayne Rooney play in Euro 2016?

"On form he is as good as any striker England have and deserves to play."

The absence of Wayne Rooney in both of the recent England friendly matches has sparked a lot of debate regarding whether Rooney should be picked for Euro 2016.

Rooney announced he expects to resume full training this month, after which the striker will have to dem... read full article

The benefit of New Sports to Rio Olympics 2016

6 nations rugby

The Rio Olympics 2016 will be the first Games to feature Golf and Rugby 7s. Both sports were accepted back into the Olympic movement in 2009, and since then, there has been speculation on what the new inclusions will bring to the Olympics.

Both sports are highly successful in their own right. Rugby 7s has built up a staunch following in the last decade and the spo... read full article

The diet of an Olympic swimmer

The Rio Olympic Games 2016 is swiftly approaching and in preparation for the huge event, Olympic athletes will already be following a strict diet and exercise regime to enable them to perform at their very best at the Games.

Swimmer

A good diet can be the difference between a gold medal and going home empty handed so it's important that athletes pay a huge amount of attenti... read full article

Can Britain win more medals at Rio?

Olympic Medals

There has been much speculation in the media recently regarding whether Britain can win more medals than London 2012 at the Rio Olympics this year.

In 2012, the British team exceeded the record 47 medals won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning a historic 65 Olympic and 120 Paralympic medals at the London Olympics. Performing on home soil, London's Tea... read full article

5 reasons why Jamie Vardy should play in Euro 2016

Jamie Vardy could never have predicted his incredible rise to fame. Playing in the Conference for Fleetwood Town in 2012, four years later and he has just signed a new £80,000-a-week contract at Leicester City.

6 nations rugby

 

As the country gets prepared for the build up to Europe's biggest football tournament, Euro 2016, there is great speculation regarding... read full article

The history of the Six Nations Championship

6 nations rugby

As the English rugby team travelled to Swansea on a dreary day in 1882, few could have realised the importance of the occasion. England's subsequent victory against Wales sparked the beginnings of a tournament that has since become the pride of the northern hemisphere.

The Six Nations Championship begins this weekend and to celebrate Newitts takes a look bac... read full article

Johanna Konta and British women's tennis

The world is still buzzing from the news of Johanna Konta's recent semi-final achievement in the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Newitts takes a look below at Johanna Konta's achievement and what it could mean for women's tennis in the future.

Childrens Sports

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta was an unknown name in the tennis world until t... read full article

Will the new Government strategy improve sport participation in England?

In July 2015, the government launched a consultation document to tackle the fall in sport participation across the country. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch stressed that funding must be better targeted towards the drop in people participating in regular exercise following the post-2012 Olympics surge.

 

Childrens Sports

 

Despite statistics revealing... read full article

Keeping Fit In Space

On 15th of December 2015, millions of people watched as British Astronaut, Tim Peake, launched into space aboard Principia and became Britain's first official astronaut to fly to the International Space Station (ISS).

space

Mr Peake, previously an Army major and helicopter pilot, will spend six months on board the space station orbiting the Earth and he has spent six years tra... read full article

Can England win Euro 2016?

Euro 2016

It seems like a lifetime ago we heard the dulcet tones of Frank Skinner and David Baddiel with their smash hit Euro ’96 anthem ‘Football’s coming home’. “30 years of hurt” they bellowed out – well now it’s an incredible 50 years of hurt having crashed out of even more tournaments in painful manners.

This Saturday, the dra... read full article

Can Britain win the Davis Cup?

tennis net and tennis ball

This weekend, Andy Murray and his British team will play in the final of the Davis Cup against Belgium in Ghent. It is the first time a British team has reached the final stage of the Davis Cup since 1978, and if team GB succeed, it will be the first win since 1936.

The British team consists of Andy Murray and his brother Jamie, Kyle Edmund, James War... read full article

Christmas Gift Ideas to Help You Keep Fit This Winter

Staying fit during the winter months can prove difficult. As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, it's hard to find the motivation to actually leave the house. The thought of attending an exercise class or the gym, or going for a run in the cold becomes far less appealing.

Christmas Gifts

Newitts recognises that exercising in the winter for some of us is h... read full article

England's Next Rugby Coach Discussed

england rugby flag

This week, Stuart Lancaster left his post as England’s head coach by mutual consent. The decision followed his poor performance in the Rugby World Cup 2015, which saw England knocked out of the tournament at the pool stages after defeats to Wales and Australia.

Since his dismissal, the big question in the sporting world is just who will replace him?... read full article

7 Benefits of Post-Natal Pilates

Exercising post-birth can be a complex issue, particularly if you've had a difficult labour. Many mums are keen to return to their pre-pregnancy weight too quickly following birth, so it is important to take the necessary steps to ease back into exercise sensibly.

mother and baby

If you're a new mum and thinking about taking up exercise post-birth, Pilates is... read full article

How does Jeremy Corbyn intend to tackle sport in school?

sports planning

Since Jeremy Corbyn's election as leader of the Labour Party last month, there has been mounting speculation regarding whether the Labour Party has done the right thing. Based on Corbyn's latest ideas on education, Newitts makes some predictions below regarding what Corbyn might do in the future to tackle the subject of sport in schools.

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Klitschko versus Tyson: The ongoing debate

News emerged earlier this month to confirm that the postponed fight of Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko will take place a month later on 28th November at the Espirit Arena in Dusseldorf.

boxing gloves

In September, the fight between the two heavyweight champions due to take place on October 28th was postponed due to Wladimir Klitschko sustaining a calf injury rendering him unfit ... read full article

Could England Lose its Fourth Spot in the Champions League?

So far this season, English teams have not been performing at their best which has led to new speculation as to whether they may lose their fourth Champions League place to Serie A in the 2017/18 season.

stadium crowds

In the eight Champions League games played so far, England have lost five times out of eight, adding to the current win rate of English clubs in the Champions Le... read full article

Should Stuart Lancaster be fired?

stadium crowds

Since England's very disappointing defeat in the Rugby World Cup last Saturday, the nation has been coming to terms with exactly what went wrong to make England the first host nation ever to be eliminated from the Cup before the knock-out stages.

There has been a high amount of controversy and speculation regarding Stuart Lancaster's position as England head... read full article

A Guide to Keeping Hydrated During Exercise

Many people are unaware of the affects that dehydration can have on your body. When we exercise, our body has the potential to lose over one litre of fluid an hour, depending on how long and hard the exercise regime.

Failure to keep your fluid levels topped up during exercise can lead to dehydration which in turn affects your ability to exercise. It is therefore important to keep your fluid levels regularly topped up before, during and after exercise.

Take a look below at Newi... read full article

The Rugby World Cup 2015

The Rugby World Cup 2015 is set to kick off this Friday when England play Fuji at Twickenham Stadium. The Rugby World Cup is the largest global sporting event behind the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup, and it is estimated that around 3 million fans will travel to the games from across the globe.

stadium crowds

Take a look below at Newitts' guide to the Rugby Wor... read full article

PliFix Grass Marking Tufts

PliFix Grass Marking Tufts

PliFix Grass Marking Tufts are synthetic plastic marking strands of grass implants for marking out pitches. In addition, they also have lots of uses outside sports markings.

Take a look below at Newitts' short guide to Plifix Grass Marketing Tufts and their multiple uses.

 

What are Plifix Grass Marking Tufts?

Plifix Grass Marking Tufts, better known as 'sports ground carro... read full article

Most inspiring British female athlete of all time

British Athletics

Jessica Ennis-Hill has just enjoyed a momentous and remarkable comeback at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, winning the Heptathlon Gold.

Ennis-Hill stormed through the first six heptathlon events in 2 days to create an incredible lead before finishing in first place in the 800m heat and clinching the title ahead of Brianne Theisen-Eaton wh... read full article

Do kids have a place at Premiership matches?

stadium crowds

The Premiership has just kicked off for another season, and my husband took my 6 year old son to his first proper football match to watch Leeds United versus Burnley.

My husband, who openly admits he’s a bit of a ‘part time‘ supporter of Leeds United, was keen to take my son to the game - which ended in a respectable 1-1 draw.

This ... read full article

Can Seb Coe change things around at the IAAF?

sporting injuries

The athletics World Championships begin tomorrow in Beijing, but this week it has been reported that only one third of athletes will be blood tested.

On Wednesday, Sebastian Coe was newly appointed as President of the IAAF, and it has been widely publicised that his immediate duties will involve tackling the growing problem concerning illega... read full article

Why Swimming Needs a Boost

Swimming goggles on poolside

Despite the UK's recent success at the World Swimming Championships 2015 in Russia, recent reports have shown that the number of people in the UK who swim regularly is declining.

Newitts takes a look below at why the government is keen to further promote swimming and remains dedicated to changing the culture and customer experience of the sport... read full article

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8 Nutritional Tips for Triathletes

Swimmer

In July, Ironman UK took place in Bolton and Lancashire. Training for this type of event takes incredible physical and emotional willpower, and athletes taking part will have to make many adjustments to their lifestyle and diet.

This week, Newitts offers triathletes 8 nutritional tips to help get the best they can out of their bodies.

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Win 2 Tickets to see The FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium - Sunday 2nd August

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Competition closes Wednesday 12pm.

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9 tips for bicycle commuters

Bicycle commuting is becoming popular amongst those seeking a more active and environmentally friendly method of getting to work.

Man commuting to work

If you live in a large city, the thought of bicycle commuting might put you off, but as long as you follow the rules, there should be no reason why this method of transport can't be as safe and reliable as any o... read full article

8 Famous Sporting Injuries

sporting injuries

Rory Mcllroy is currently out of the 2015 Open due to injury, after totally rupturing his ankle ligament playing football with friends.

The Championship began this week in St Andrews in Scotland without the World Number 1 golfer, and there is rising speculation regarding how long his recovery time could be.

But McIlroy is not the only sporting le... read full article

Top 10 tips to become a better swimmer

Swimming has never been my strong point, with hindsight, I wish I'd spent more time as a child getting to grips with what is essentially a life skill.

Female swimmer

Becoming a stronger swimmer later in life is not an impossible goal to achieve and it can have very positive effects when it comes to your overall health.

If you would like to brush up on your swi... read full article

Keeping Children Active in the Summer Holidays

As we approach the end of the school year, many parents will be looking forward to a well-earned break, but whilst time off from school is important for a child's wellbeing, it is equally important you keep your child active and healthy.

Keeping children active

At present, child obesity is on the rise with 80 per cent of boys and 85 per cent of girls not meeting the m... read full article

Is cricket a safe sport?

The tragic death of Australian cricketer, Phillip Hughes, in November 2014 has led many people to question the safety of cricket.

With The Ashes 2015 cricket tournament set to begin next week, Newitts takes a look at how Hughes' recent death has affected safety standards in cricket moving forward.

Cricket batsman

Phillip Hughes sustained serious head injuries ... read full article

Tackling obesity in schools

Children participating in sport

As the end of the school year approaches, many teachers, parents and pupils will be looking forward to a well-earned break, but whilst its healthy to take some time out, Newitts.com is actively encouraging teachers and sports coaches to start thinking about sporting commitments for the year ahead.

... read full article

Why running shoes are so popular

Running Shoes

Latest news reveals that British consumers spent £100 million more on running shoes in 2014 than in 2010. Furthermore, the number of full priced running shoes sold outstripped the number of promoted shoes purchased last year.

Newitts takes a look below at some of the reasons why running shoes are becoming so popular.

 

 

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9 possible reasons why Sepp Blatter resigned

Sepp Blatter

Last week, FIFA finally lived up to its notorious reputation, with a number of senior FIFA official’s arrested and charged with money laundering, racketeering, bribery and fraud. In short, the FBI have finally investigated what millions of football fans have known for some time, that FIFA officials have been using the organisation's influence to line their own pocket... read full article

Can Aston Villa win the FA Cup?

FA Cup Final Wembley Stadium

After a shock win at Wembley, Aston Villa beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend, but can they go all the way and win the FA Cup?

Arsenal are currently the FA Cup champions and the hot favourites to win again this year, but for all those fans rooting for Villa, Newitts takes a look at the team's chances of scoring a win this seaso... read full article

Why Kevin Pieterson should play for England

Kevin Pieterson

Following the shock decision by new Director of cricket, Andrew Strauss and Chief Executive of the ECB, Tom Harrison, that Kevin Pietersen will not feature in plans for the forthcoming five-Test Ashes series, we take a look again at some of the reasons why we think Pietersen should play for England.

Following one of the best weekends of Pietersen's ca... read full article

Can women ever beat men at marathon running?

Marathon Runnners

Last month, we witnessed the greatest female marathon runner in Great British history Paula Radcliffe bid an emotional goodbye to the London Marathon.

On 26th April 2015, 41-year-old Paula Radcliffe was cheering across the finish line where she posted her final time of 2:36.55, bowing out on a stunning athletics career which saw her break the world record (of t... read full article

Can Andy Murray win Wimbledon in 2015?

Andy Murray


Wimbledon, one of the most famous tournaments in the history of tennis, is set to open its doors to the public once again next month, when thousands of spectators will come to visit the well-loved grass courts in the hope of catching a glimpse of their favourite tennis players and witness some epic wins.

As we approach the exciting 2015 Wimbledon tournam... read full article

The benefits of Speedo swimwear

Speedo jammers


Speedos have increased in popularity in recent years with professional and amateur swimmers both keen to invest in a piece of professional swimwear that offers a host of benefits other swimming brands simply cannot compete with.

At Newitts, we stock a large selection of junior and senior Speedo swimwear to suit all ages and abilities, as such, we're keen... read full article

Which political party will improve sport in the UK the most?

political party image

The election is now less than 2 weeks away and most of the political parties have now released their party manifestos alongside a great deal of speculation from the general public.

Below, Newitts takes a look at how some of the main political party policies could affect the role of sport within the UK in the future. 

Conservatives

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Win 2 Tickets to the FA Cup Final 2015 at Wembley Stadium

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Knocking in, oiling and protecting your cricket bat

Cricket Bat Preparation


Once you've purchased the right cricket bat to suit your needs, the next step is to prepare it for use and to learn how to maintain it. There are two steps to preparing a cricket bat, oiling and knocking it in. Take a look below at Newitts' step by step guide to these two processes.

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10 Benefits to becoming a Triathlete

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Jonathan Brownlee is amongst many thousands of athletes who are currently training for forthcoming triathlons, the difference is he is currently world champion, having recently triumphed at the 2015 World Triathlon Series in Auckland!

Participation in triathlons has been growing at a dramatic rate, so if you're keen on taking part in a triathlon this summ... read full article

Win 2 Tickets to Liverpool vs Aston Villa FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley Stadium

The second FA Cup Semi-Final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 19 April 2015 (kick-off: 15:00hrs), where Aston Villa will take on Liverpool. Enter to win 2 tickets below.

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Win 2 Tickets to Arsenal vs Reading FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley Stadium

Reading and Arsenal will face each other in the first of this year's FA Cup Semi-Finals at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 18 April 2015 (kick-off: 17:20hrs). Enter to win 2 tickets below.

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8 tips to get your heart pumping this Valentine's Day

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Its Valentine’s Day this Saturday, and this month we want to appeal to our readers to get their hearts pumping - for one important reason in particular.

February is the month to beat heart disease, an illness that currently kills one in four people, and more woman than all of the cancers combined. On Feb... read full article

5 reasons Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl should not have split

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In March last year, Andy Murray announced that after just over two years, he and his coach, former World No1 Ivan Lendl, were to part and go their separate ways. He admitted in his speech that the decision has left him feeling "gutted", and said that the Czech would be a "very hard... read full article

5 reasons Kevin Pietersen should be in the England team

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Kevin Pietersen’s often dramatic international career was brought to a halt by the England and Wales Cricket Board in February 2014 in the fallout of the Ashes whitewash. However, there are many well known sportsman and cricket enthusiasts who believe that his sacking was unjust.

Below, we offer five reasons why Ke... read full article

Capital One Cup Final Competition

Newitts.com will like to offer you a chance to win 4 tickets to the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on the 1st March 2015. The seats are all together in a mutual area.

Winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter our competition events host. 

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What is the role of sport in state and independent schools?

Sport is compulsory for students up to the age of sixteen, but the amount of time devoted to it can differ depending on which type of school you attend.

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The level of sport provided by state and independent schools is a constant subject for debate. It has recently been suggested that state schools do ... read full article

10 Fitness and Diet Myths

In recent years image has become an important factor in today's society, due to pressure from photo shopped models, magazines and social media websites. Due to this we see a different diet plan or workout every day on how to get that beach body in 20 days. However, these are often just myths to entice you to buy the magazine. Although, this did get me thinking about the top fitness and diet myths. After some research I wrote down the top ten and decided to share them with you. 

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Evolution of the sledge

With the winter months in full swing, many youngsters (and big kids alike) will be crossing their fingers for snow this January in the hope that they can dust off their sledge and hit the nearest slopes for some festive fast-paced fun. From the traditional wooden slatted sledges to today’s super-speedy plastic sledges, this age-old sport has been around for decades and is still as well loved as it was all those years ago. But as the years have passed by, the sledge has undergone a drama... read full article

Benefits of Running with a Weighted Vest

Running is one of the greatest ways to lose weight and is also one of the best cardiovascular exercises you can do. Adding a weight vest to your everyday run has many benefits.

Burning Calories

It is well known that the more weight your body carries while you’re running the more weight calories you will burn. For ex... read full article

Why Skipping should be an essential part of your workout

Skipping has a wide range of physical benefits, one is that it improves your cardio fitness. Plus, it improves your co-ordination because you have to time your jump with the rope, it also helps with your balance and rhythm.

Furthermore, skipping can be a high intensity work out which in turn helps strengthen bones and is good for toning the lower body. Jumping rope also allows the body to incre... read full article

What is Tag Rugby?

Tag rugby is a non-contact version of rugby that is fast paced and suitable for men, women and children. Tag rugby is used by teams as a training method but is also used for fun. It allows young children to play rugby before contact because it’s safe and enjoyable.

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Why Training in a Swimming Pool is a great way to keep fit while injured

Injuries are the fear of every athlete as they can have a big knock on effect in a physical and psychological way. Getting a stress fracture means you could be out of training for 2 months. This will have a big impact on your fitness if you do nothing! People react to getting an injury in many different ways. For example, you can gain weight if you don’t control your diet or lose a considerable amount of cardiovascular fitness.

There are many injuries that will make you physical... read full article

Euro 2016 Finals Stadium Guide

10th June 2016, The UEFA European Championships kicks off in Paris. With it been a stone throw away in France it’s definitely something to pencil in for your summer 2016 plans. We have put together a stadium guide to help you decide which location will best suit you. We have also included what games are going to be played, and whatever your choice our ... read full article

Benefits of Hula Hoop Training

Hula hooping is a great way to have fun and workout at the same time as well as making good physical benefits. One of the benefits is the fact that it helps flexibility through the steady rhythm of moving your hips back and forward, originally designed for fun when it was first invented by the Ancient Greeks and has evolved into an effective workout that has a great benefit to help you lose weight.

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Ab Wheel - The Ultimate Abdominal Workout

The Ab Wheel (also known as an abdominal wheel), is a great piece of equipment to have as it offers a full abdominal workout with just one simple exercise. Plus, there are a lot of benefits to using the ab wheel because it works all of your core including your obliques once you get experienced enough to do so. Furthermore, an ab wheel is very portable as they are lightweight and compact which means you can take it on business travels or when you go on holida... read full article

What is a Calorie?

What is a Calorie?

A calorie is a unit of energy. It is a measurement of how much energy there is in food we eat. Knowing the calories in our food helps us to balance the energy we eat and the energy we use.

 

Why are Calories important to hum... read full article

10 Resistance Tube Exercises When Travelling

Staying in shape when travelling can be a challenge, with your daily routine thrown out of balance it can be difficult to find the time to work out. However there is one simple piece of equipment you can use to keep your level of fitness up while you’re on the road.

The Resistance Band. The resistance band is a lightweight tube with handles wh... read full article

The History of the Football Kit

The football kit…it’s been around since the 1870s and has long been the way a team distinguishes itself on the pitch. From the first long-sleeved jerseys of the late 1800s to today’s lightweight, breathable shirts, the football shirt has gone through quite the transformation.

(1955 Raymond Newitt - handing out York City players new white shorts for the FA Cup semi final when ... read full article

TRX Suspension Training – a full body workout at home

Gym fads come and go but one training technique that has been doing the rounds over the past few years is TRX training, and it looks as though it is here to stay thanks to its fast results and overall body toning.

 

Developed by Randy Hetrick a Navy SEALs commando, TRX training, otherwise known as suspension training, uses a system of suspended straps and cords to allow you to work against ... read full article

Benefits of Battle Rope Training

You may ask what is a Battle Rope? Or you may know everything about them but wanting to take your training to the next step. I first came across battle rope training 5 years ago, taking a walk through a park in Sydney when I saw 10 people making waves with a long rope anchored around fence stumps. After 30 seconds ... read full article

When is it time to buy new running shoes?

Your trusty running shoes. You’ve had them for years. From pounding the pavement to sprinting on the treadmill, your running shoes have seen you through thick and thin. They’ve had a few spins in the washing machine and look almost brand new. But just how useful are your running shoes? They might look as good as new but are they really as trustworthy as they were when you first got them? Worn... read full article

Win a Speedo Goody Bag at Leisure Industry Week 2014

Come visit our stand at Leisure Industry Week (30th Sept - 2nd Oct) at the NEC in Birmingham. Our stand number is W420, all you have to do is fill out a quick form and you will be entered to win a goody bag full of Speedo Equipment.

 

The Goody Bag includes-

  • Speedo bag
  • Large micro fibre towel
  • Aquapulse max goggles
  • Blue fitness fins (size 5-7) - size cannot be changed
  • Pullbuoy
  • Kickboard
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Rugby World Cup 2015 Stadium Guide

England are hosting the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup which will see 49 matches been played across England and Wales. We have put together a stadium guide featuring the 13 venues that will be hosting the matches.

The tournament kicks off at Twickenham on the 18th of September when England play Fiji. Then 43 days later the final will take place at Twickenham to round off th... read full article

Planning and Evaluating a Football Session

PLANNING A SESSION

Coaching qualifications are necessary to recognise an individual’s learning, authority, knowledge, and progress through the pathway but it’s often said that nothing beats experience – the experience of spending time hosting sessions and interacting with players. Getting practical experience is critical to devel... read full article

'Dan Wright' Elite Development Head Coach at Brentford FC | Case Study

Dan is a prime example of an individual who has progressed through the coaching pathway, starting with Sunday League football and gaining qualifications while evolving his practical experience. He was appointed coach in the Youth Development Phase (12-16 years) at Brentford FC Academy in July 2014, and shares his story here.

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Becoming a Qualified Football Coach

Opportunities are plentiful for potential coaches. A career in football coaching is no longer the exclusive domain of former professional players, or those who have been in the game for decades.

The Football Association’s strategy of educating coaches to a recognised standard, throughout all levels of the game, from primary school age upwards – ensuri... read full article

The Future for England Football

The Future Game, the FA Technical Guide for Young Player Development, was introduced in 2010, and outlined a philosophy and vision for youth development in English football. It included guidelines for coaches, and a clear playing philosophy when in, and also out of, possession.

In possession:

Newitts at Leisure Industry Week 2014

                    

We are exhibiting at Leisure Industry Week 2014 on the 30th - 2nd of October, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham.

Stand Number: W420

We look forward to seeing you there! 

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The Need For Change - English Football

The premature exit of the England national team from an international tournament is always guaranteed to stoke the fires of debate surrounding the development of football in the UK and, inevitably, the standard and provision of coaching
and coaches. The England squad’s underwhelming performances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, losing two of their three grou... read full article

World Cup 2014 Referee Vanishing Spray

World Cup fever had grasped the nation and the UK media has gone into overdrive with stories about everything from team line-up rumours to preferred kit and equipment of squads. One product that has got everyone talking this week is the new referee vanishing spray, which has been dubbed the free kick line spray wonder for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

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What does foam rolling actually do to your muscles?

Walking around the gym and seeing people use a foam roller and not knowing what it does, curious to give it a go but don’t want to look like an idiot using it wrong. We can help you understand more of what it does to your muscles and give you a general how to use guide. Using a foam roller has great benefits on the recovery of muscles, increase flexibility, muscle relaxation and increasing blood... read full article

Rediscover Your Inner Football Star

Ryan Giggs’ recent decision to retire from playing Premier League football will have struck a chord with many men of a similar age the length and breadth of the UK. Giggs won 13 Premier League titles for Manchester United, and 34 trophies in total, over a 23-year professional career, which yielded more than 1,000 appearances for his club and his country, Wales.

 

He turned 40 late in 2013. An evergreen, inspirational professional, his decision to hang up his boots t... read full article

Why Swimming Is The Sport For All Ages

If you’re thinking of taking up swimming, you can do so at any age. It’s never too late to learn to swim. You can be eight years of age, or 80; swimming welcomes people of all ages and abilities.

 

It’s a great form of all round exercise, and for an activity that gives your body an all-over workout, teaches essential life skills, can be embraced as an intense sport or enjoyed simply for fun, swimming takes some beating.

 

The physica... read full article

Cycling – join the craze

Cycling has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. A surveyfrom Sport England at the end of 2013 revealed that more than two million adults in England are now riding bikes at least once a week.

This makes cycling the third most popular sport in England. Cycling has been on an upward trend, inspired by the continued success of the Great Britain team in international competitions, not to mention the emergence of athletes such as Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Bradley Wiggins. Bu... read full article

The Beginner's Guide to Running

Inspired by April’s London Marathon, or maybe even the recently staged Paris or Boston equivalents, it is no surprise to see an increase in the number of amateur runners hitting the UK’s streets and roads.

Running is popular for several reasons. It has relatively low start-up costs; no monthly gym fees or membership charges. The open air is totally free, whether the landscape ... read full article

The Changing Face of Grassroots Football

Is grassroots football heading for a crisis?

Last month’s announcement that the Football Association is going to lose a significant amount of investment - £1.6m of public funding – is the latest wake-up call for amateur football. Sport England is responsible for distributing public money to increase sports participation, and its decision to reduce funding ... read full article

Swimming for Kids

As parents, our days are packed full of work, school and social commitments, yet we are encouraged to spend quality time together and instil a healthy lifestyle in our children. Time can seem like a precious commodity slipping through our fingers. A wonderful way to achieve a happy combination of quality family time and active living is to take your children swimming.  

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History Timeline of Newitts

Newitts Family History from Newitts on Vimeo.

1902 - Mr Frank Newitt founded Newitt & Co Ltd, opening the doors down Goodramgate, York. Selling leather at wholesale to saddlers, shoem... read full article