Former Birmingham City Player Mitch Hancox joins FootieBugs to give back to the Community!

Ex Birmingham City and current Macclesfield Town defender Mitch Hancox has become a FootieBugs coach to help give back to his local community and coach some potential stars of the future at our football classes in Solihull!

 

Mitch Hancox FootieBugs Coach Kids Football Classes in Solihull

Mitch, who was born in Solihull and has supported Birmingham City all his life, spent 14 years at his boyhood club, playing 48 times for the first team. He was part of the memorable game against Bolton Wanderers, putting in a perfect cross to assist Nikola Zigic for a goal in the 2-2 draw which saw the Blues stay up on the last day of the 2014 season. He joined Macclesfield Town in August 2016 and enjoyed a successful first season, scoring 6 goals (including a hat-trick against Boreham Wood) and also helping Macclesfield to an appearance at Wembley in the FA Trophy Final!

 

Mitch Hancox New FootieBugs Coach
Alongside playing professionally at Macclesfield, Mitch is delighted to join the FootieBugs team and coach children at our local football community classes in Solihull.

 

We recently sat down with Mitch, who spoke about why he chose FootieBugs and the lack of opportunities he had at a young age.

 

A big thing for me was playing football and especially playing at the high level I have played, you always want to give something back and since I’ve been doing my training here at FootieBugs, I’ve not seen one child without a smile on their face and it’s just a brilliant thing to do. If you love football, then you want to give something back.”

 

View the full interview with Mitch here. We also filmed a special ‘team-mates’ video with Mitch, finding out more about the players he has worked with or come up against throughout his career. Click here to watch the video and find out who Mitch’s idol was growing up, who the toughest players he has faced are and lots more!

 

Mitch will begin coaching at the Solihull Sixth Form and Tudor Grange Leisure Centre at our community football classes in Solihull. FootieBugs ensure that children are given the best football coaching possible at a young age to not only develop their core skills, but gain positive and fun experiences of football, whilst also developing their social skills through working in teams and making new friends!
Mitch Hancox FootieBugs Coach Kids Football Classes and Holiday Camps in Solihull
As Mitch progresses through FootieBugs and gains more experience coaching, he aspires to work with the children at the FootieBugs Academy. At the Academy he would be coaching FootieBugs children with a chance to earn a place at his former club Birmingham City, in their academy and youth system.

 

FootieBugs run Kids Football Classes in Solihull for boys and girls aged 3-12, as well as Kids Football Holiday Camps and also Kids Football Birthday Parties. As part of The Bugs Group, we run lots of kids holiday camps in Solihull. We offer free taster sessions to allow you to come and try one of our classes and have a look for yourself how our fantastic programmes work. To book your taster – click the button below or call 0121 777 7792 today!

 

Book FootieBugs Kids Football Community Classes in Solihull

BBC Report – Summer Childcare Costs Reach Record Levels!

 

BBC News have reported this week that the cost of childcare during school holiday has risen by 4% since 2016.

 

This means that the average cost of holiday childcare in England is an estimated £748 per child for six weeks. Therefore, costs for one week of childcare are approximately £124!

 

The Bugs Group believe this figure is far too high, which is why we are proud that the cost of a full week on our holiday camps can be over £50 cheaper than the national average!

 

We ensure the best quality of childcare provision is made available, both in value for money and children’s enjoyment! All our teachers and coaches are fully qualified and trained to make sure that your children have a fun and active holiday and leave our camps feeling like stars!

 

FootieBugs run Kids Football Summer Holiday Camps in Solihull for boys and girls aged 4-12. The camp offers lots of fun football activities and competitions, including the cross bar challenge and free kick teaser target! Children attending the Solihull Camp will develop their core skills, make new friends and have a fun and enjoyable time. Each week there is a competition day, making children leave feeling like stars, as they’re awarded with medals and certificates.

FootieBugs Kids Football Summer Holiday Camps in Solihull

The BBC report also discusses that the biggest gaps in childcare provision are for those aged 12-14. FootieBugs have recently launched the Junior Coaching Programme for those aged 12-16. The programme allows them to learn from our coaches and gain valuable coaching experiences! There are five levels to complete, where junior coaches will develop their leadership skills, communication skills and their confidence in coaching.
 FootieBugs Football Junior Coaching Programme Solihull
Our DanceBugs Kids Dance Holiday Camp also runs in Solihull and offers a different experience to normal dance camps. On a DanceBugs Holiday Camp, children are encouraged to express themselves and get creative with their movements. Through learning different dance styles, such as street, ballet and many more, children can create their own unique performance. At the end of each week on the camp, children will perform their routine to their parents. After the performance, there is an award ceremony where certificates and rosettes are given out!
 DanceBugs Dance Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull
With places filling up fast, make sure you book your place on either our FootieBugs or DanceBugs Holiday Camp, both running at the Solihull Sixth Form, to ensure you do not miss out the camp and pay more elsewhere!

 

To book onto the Summer Holiday Camps in Solihull or enquire about the Junior Coaching Programme, click on the image of the camp you wish to book onto below, or call 0121 777 7792!

FootieBugs Kids Summer Holiday Camps in SolihullDanceBugs Kids Summer Holiday Camps in Solihull

 

 

Just One Week Until The Bugs Group Kids Summer Holiday Camps in Solihull and Birmingham Begin!

 

All of The Bugs Group’s Kids Summer Holiday Camps in Solihull start a week today and we can’t wait! There will be lots of fun sports activities for children at the holiday camps to ensure they have a fantastic Summer and remain active during their long break!

 

The FootieBugs Kids Football Holiday Camp in Solihull is running throughout the summer holidays for boys and girls aged 4-12. The camp offers lots of fun football activities and competitions, including the cross bar challenge and free kick teaser target! Children attending the Solihull Camp will develop their core skills, make new friends and have a fun and enjoyable time. Each week there is a competition day, making children leave feeling like stars, as they’re awarded with medals and certificates.

 

FootieBugs Kids Summer Holiday Camps in Solihull

Our DanceBugs Kids Dance Holiday Camp also runs in Solihull and offers a different experience to normal dance camps. On a DanceBugs Holiday Camp, children are encouraged to express themselves and get creative with their movements. Through learning different dance styles, such as street, ballet and many more, children can create their own unique performance. At the end of each week on the Dance Holiday Camp, the kids will perform their routine to their parents and will be awarded with certificates and rosettes.

 

DanceBugs Dance Kids Summer Holiday Camps in Solihull

 

The MultiBugs Kids Multi-Sports Holiday Camp runs in Harborne in South Birmingham. The holiday camp offers over 30 different sports and games each week, ensuring that children on the camp will get to play their favourite activities and also get the chance to play some they may not have experienced before! Some of the sports on offer include Football, Tennis, Netball and Dodgeball, to name just a few. The MultiBugs Multi-Sports camp also runs competition days each week, with prizes and trophies up for grabs!

 

MultiBugs Multi-Sports Kids Summer Holiday Camps in Harborne

 

The FootieBugs Kids Football Summer Holiday Camp and the DanceBugs Kids Dance Summer Holiday Camp are both running at the same venue in Solihull at the Solihull Sixth Form. This means it is perfect for siblings who may wish to do different activities during the summer holidays. The MultiBugs Kids Multi-Sports Summer Holiday Camp runs in Harborne at Four Dwellings Academy. All of The Bugs Group’s Kids Summer Holiday Camps in Solihull run from 9:30am-3:30pm, with extended hours also available.

 

With not long left until the camps start, book your place today to ensure you aren’t left disappointed. Either click the button below and select the camp you wish to attend, or call head office on 0121 777 7792.

 

Book The Bugs Group's Kids Summer Holiday Camps in Solihull

How does sleep affect a child’s ability to perform at sports highest level?

If your child is serious about their sport, but you are worried about their ability to perform at the highest level, then a sure way to increase performance is to encourage them to get serious about sleep.

The Bugs Group has inspired over 4 million children across the globe to take health and fitness serious, and although our focus has always been on having fun and building confidence through sport, sleep and correct rest time is vital

if you are really serious about helping your child take their skills to a whole new level then your guidance could be vital.

The Bugs Group has coached 1,000’s children to highest level so we only know too well the importance of training correctly.

Training is not just about the physical side, it is also important about the emotional and mental strength that can be found in all top performers.

Sleep is a strength that need to be developed at an early stage.

The Bugs Group research and development centre is always on the look out for good advice and we found a great document titled Sleep, Recovery and Human Performance, by Canadian Sport for Life.

This document explains the importance of getting the right amount of sleep and how increasing athletic performance can be enhanced by post-exercise recovery and regeneration.

parent need to understand that sleep is a vital part of any child’s training and rest is the very foundation of post-exercise recovery and regeneration.

Sport for life believe that there are three main factors to look at when evaluating your child quality of rest:

  1. Sleep length– Are they getting the optimal number of hours per night?
  2. Sleep quality– How are they dealing with sleep fragmentation, disturbances in the environment or sleep disorders?
  3. Sleep phase– Is the timing of their sleep in line with circadian rhythm, leading to the most restorative sleep.

Ensuring optimal sleep length, quality and phase will affect your child’ ability to train, increasing performance results and overall recovery.

Don’t forget, these three components will change over time as a child’s body grows and their training demands intensify.

Through each new stage their levels of training intensify, a new evaluation of sleep needs is then required. Not only does rest support athletes in reaching their training goals, it also increases resistance to illness and improves recovery from injury.

The following Bugs group guidelines will help your child maximize their athletic potential through optimal sleep:

0-6 Years Old (males and females)

Sleep Length: A 0-6 year old child needs between 13-16 hours of sleep during a 24 hour period.  This total accounts for both daytime and night-time rest.

Sleep Quality: Develop a consistent bedtime routine.  Set the stage for good quality rest by creating a comfortable and safe sleep environment.  Avoid TV time and stimulation at least 1-2 hours before bedtime.

Sleep Phase: Teach your child to consolidate their night time sleep with the use of natural light exposure first thing in the morning to help regulate the body’s internal clock.

Females 6-8, Males 6-9

Sleep Length: 10-11 hours of night time sleep, plus a 30 min nap between 2-4pm.

Sleep Quality:  Develop a consistent rest time and bedtime routine lasting 15-30 minutes.  Avoid screen time and stimulation 1-2 hours before bed. Create a comfortable and safe sleep environment.  Encourage your child to develop independent sleep initiating behavior.  Begin observing for possible sleep disorders.

Sleep Phase:  Establish a sleep pattern of 10-11 hours a night following a 9pm to 8am schedule as closely as possible (give your child some time to settle down after evening practices).  Encourage your child to take an after school nap or rest prior to training.  Offer healthy meals at the same time every day, keeping in mind that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Females 8-11, Males 9-12

Sleep Length: 9.5-10 hours of night-time sleep plus a 30 min nap between 2-4pm.

Sleep Quality: Quality: Maintain a consistent naptime and bedtime routine lasting 15-30 minutes.  Avoid screen time and stimulation 1-2 hours before bedtime. Create a comfortable and safe sleep environment.  Encourage your child to develop independent sleep initiating behaviors.  Begin observing for possible sleep disorders. Monitor caffeine intake.

Sleep Phase: Maintain a predictable sleep pattern.  Get early morning light exposure for 30 minutes every day. Maintain healthy nutrition with a focus on breakfast as the most important meal of the day.

As a parent, you can discuss the importance of sleep, your child’s performance, post-exercise recovery and regeneration with both your child and your child’s Bugs Group coaches.

Over scheduling athletes at the expense of sleep will not increase a child’s performance, instead it will have the opposite effect.  If your child is serious about sport, you can support their training goals by helping them get serious about her sleep.

If your child is serious about sport and wants to be taught by some of the best coaches in the UK then please feel free to have a look at our different leading sports development activities 

The Bugs Group asks – Do parents care about children…

Children need stimulation, they need attention and gone are the days when a cardboard box became a spaceship or a piece of wood became a light-saber. Now unless you spend £100 plus on a game then “its just not fun”

The Bugs Group asks, In a world full of technology, the ability to just turn on the TV, put on a DVD or load up the latest PlayStation game is now becoming the normal process for the average parent.

Well, studies show that the children with the latest games, the biggest box of DVD’s and the brand new Apple i-pad pro actually grow up to become more distant, lack social skills and in some cases find it hard to make friends.

Why!!

Because machines are just machines and no mater how real the latest Disney movie may look or no mater how interactive the PlayStation version 102 has become, they will never be able to compete with actual human personal interaction. I mean real touches, real laughter, real hugs and real situations

During 2016 – The average 2 – 5 year old UK child spent 32 hours per week watching TV

  • Does this mean the average parent just dumps their child in front of the TV all day
  • Does this mean the average parent cant be bothered to spend quality time with their child
  • Does this mean the average parent does not care about the damage done to their child’s social skills
  • Does this mean the average parent does not want to give their child the skills for a happy adulthood

I don’t truly believe any parent sets out to do any of the above and lets be honest if I was to accuse any loving parent of not caring about their child then I would expect a few very choice words in response

But facts are facts, and unless we all start thinking about how we are going to stimulate our child’s brain with real human interaction, especially with other children and if possible in a fun active environment then these 32 hours will turn into 42, 52, etc and I dread to think where that is going to leave us.

The Bugs Group getting children fit and active

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Close your eyes and think about your best memories

Did these fantastic memories involve TV or PlayStation (or Atari !!!) or did these memories that have stayed with you all these years involve laughter, family, friends, and above all dreams and imagination…..

The earlier we can get our children playing, laughing and creating great future memories the better.

Whats the answer?

I don’t have the time, I have 101 other things to do, I have a house to run….

  • Why not set a side regular walks around areas with lots of fresh air and plenty of nature to view
  • Why not build a play area in the garden that is full of interactive toys (like sand, water, paint) and find projects to do together
  • Why not sign up for parent / child activities or after school clubs
  • Why not have a look on pinterest for ideas on “fun for kids”

Lets go make some memories……

All the Best

Mark,

The Bugs Group Kid’s Birthday Parties in Solihull and Birmingham

 

As well as running classes and clubs in schools, holiday camps in Solihull and Birmingham, The Bugs Group also run Kid’s Birthday Parties, allowing your child to have a special day that they will never forget!

Whether your child is Football mad, loves to Dance or wishes to relax with Yoga – The Bugs Group can provide a party full of fun and games on their big day!
A FootieBugs kid’s birthday party is perfect for both younger and older children. Younger children are taken on magical football based adventures and play fun party games, while older children enjoy their favourite football games and activities such as penalty shootouts and also play matches in a tournament.
FootieBugs Kid's Football Birthday Parties
YogaBugs kid’s birthday party offers a unique party, where children are taken on magical adventures through a combination of storytelling and imagination with yoga inspired movements. Each party can have a different theme which can be tailored to perfectly suit your child’s interests and hobbies!
Finally, a DanceBugs kid’s birthday party encourages children to get creative and learn new movements, whilst completing fun challenges and games. All the children at the birthday party will create their own unique dance performance which will be performed to parents at the end of the party. There is also a freestyle dance battle, with great prizes on offer for the winners!
DanceBugs Kids Dance Birthday Parties
All of The Bugs Group’s Kid’s Birthday Parties in Solihull and Birmingham also offer fantastic party extras, such as party food, medals and trophies and even a special appearance from the Bug Man himself!

If you would like to enquire about any of The Bugs Group’s Birthday Parties; either call 0121 777 7792 or email info@thebugsgroup.com!

MultiBugs Kids Summer Holiday Camp in Harborne

 

With the Summer Holidays fast approaching, the return of our MultiBugs Kids Summer Holiday Camp in Harborne is imminent! The multi-sports camp ensures that children have the chance to make new friends, play lots of different sports and most importantly, have lots of fun throughout the summer break!

MultiBugs Kids Summer Holiday Camp Harborne

We also make sure that children remain active during the long six week break, as it is important that kids do not become lazy during the holidays and lose the physical benefits they have developed throughout the school year. Click here to read our previous blog on the importance of children remaining active throughout the summer holidays, including some worrying statistics on what can happen if they do not.
The Summer Holiday Camp in Harborne offers over 30 different sports and activities each week. Some of the sports on offer include; Football, Cricket, Athletics, Dodgeball and many more!
The MultiBugs Camp runs special competition days every Friday on the camp, where there are fantastic prizes and trophies to be won! Children will be split into different teams and will then play games against each other in order to win points and the team with the most points at the end of the day will be the champions! All children that attend competition day will go home with a medal and certificate.

 

MultiBugs Kids Sports Summer Holiday Camp Harborne

 The camp is open to both boys and girls aged 4-12 and runs from 9:30am – 3:30pm, with extended hours available and is remaining at the same venue of Four Dwellings Academy in Quinton, Harborne.
The Bugs Group also run Holiday Camps in the Solihull area and offer both FootieBugs and DanceBugs camps, providing excellent childcare and football and dance coaching! To find out more about these camps, please click here.

 

The Early Bird discounted prices run out on Wednesday the 5th of July, meaning there is not long left to book your place to beat the price increase and prices are starting from just £12 a day! To book your place on the camp either click the button below or call 0121 777 7792!

Book MultiBugs Kids Summer Holiday Camp in Harborne

FootieBugs Kids Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull!

 

There are now less than 3 weeks left until schools break up for the summer holidays, which can only mean one thing… the return of our FootieBugs Kids Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull!

 

FootieBugs Kid's Holiday Camps in Solihull
Our Kids Football Holiday Camp is the perfect activity that not only ensures that children remain active during the long summer break, but also makes sure they have a fantastic time packed full of football and summer fun!

 

On the camp during the summer holidays, children will play some of their favourite football based games like penalty shootouts and the crossbar challenge and also work on improving their technical football skills. Children will be able to cool off on extra hot days by participating in fun water fights!

FootieBugs Football Holiday Camp for Kids in Solihull - Water Fight

There will also be specially themed days during the kids football holiday camp in Solihull each week, which can include wacky Wednesday or Flag Friday! Each differently themed day will include new and fun games and activities that the children may not have experienced before and will love!

 

Click here to view a video of previous FootieBugs Kids Holiday Camps, or here to read our review on all of The Bugs Group’s Holiday Camps during Whitsun Week Half Term!

 

At the end of each week, there will be a competition day where children will be put into teams and compete against each other using the skills they have learnt during the week to win points for their teams in fun games and matches. There are lots of amazing prizes and trophies to be won and all children that attend the football camp in Solihull will receive medals and certificates.

 

The FootieBugs Holiday Camp is returning to Solihull for the Summer Holidays and will be held at The Solihull Sixth Form, just outside Solihull Town Centre. The holiday camp is open to both boys and girls aged between 4-12 and runs from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with extended hours also available. Our DanceBugs Dance Holiday Camp is also running at the same venue and is perfect for siblings who may wish to do separate activities! To find out more about our DanceBugs Dance Holiday Camp,  please click here.

 

Early Bird prices are available until Wednesday 5th of July. To book your place on the camp either click on the poster below or call head office on 0121 777 7792!

FootieBugs Kids Football Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull

 

We are Supporting National School Sport Week!

 

This week (26th-30th June) is National School Sport Week – where the Youth Sport Trust are encouraging schools to help their pupils become more active and we fully support it!

 

The Bugs Group running classes in schools - National School Sport Week

 

PE is a vital part of school life and with an alarming 19.1% of children leaving primary school as obese and 14.2% overweight (ITV News) there needs to be a greater focus on schools to ensure that children remain active and are fully engaged in PE.

 

The Bugs Group are a Primary School PE Specialist and work with hundreds of schools across the UK to create fun and excellent PE provision for all children. Our programmes tailor for children of all abilities and look to help them develop both their emotional and physical literacy through the unique way we combine sport with imagination and storytelling.

 

FootieBugs combines exercise and imagination with football to engage children in stories and learn through play, while older children will play fun skills based games that help them develop both their technical skills and also their team and leadership skills.

 

FootieBugs classes within schools - National School Sport Week

YogaBugs similarly take children on exciting adventures through stories, whilst incorporating yoga inspired movements. The non competitive form of exercise allows children to develop at their own pace whilst developing their physical ability. There are also mindfulness aspects introduced, allowing children to stay calm and relaxed.

 

YogaBugs running classes within schools - National School Sport Week

DanceBugs allows children to express themselves through creative movements around different themes. DanceBugs children don’t just work on a set routine, but work on their own movements and create unique routines through a range of different dance styles.

 

DanceBugs dance classes within school - National School Sport Week

Finally, MultiBugs teaches a range of different sports through fun and imaginative games around different stories for younger children and themes for older children. Sports include Cricket, Athletics, Basketball, Tennis, Rounders and many more!

 

MultiBugs classes within schools - National School Sport Week

Each of our programmes are tailored specifically to meet each individual schools’ targets and focus on any areas that may need improvement, such as working on children’s confidence levels or improving their techniques. Our programmes can either run through the PE curriculum, or through extracurricular clubs; whether it be before school, after school or during lunchtimes.

 

The Bugs Group also run Kid’s Holiday Camps in Solihull and Harborne, as well as local community classes and birthday parties. To find out more about any of our programmes, either within schools, at our kid’s holiday camps during half terms or our community classes and birthday parties, please visit our website, call 0121 777 7792 or email info@thebugsgroup.com.

DanceBugs Kids Summer Holiday Camp Returns!

 

Our DanceBugs Summer Holiday Camp for kids is returning to Solihull! The dance holiday camp is the perfect activity for children during the school summer holidays, as kids will remain active and have loads of fun!

DanceBugs Kids Dance Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull

Our dance camp gives children the chance to experience a range of different dance styles that range from ballet to street and many more! This allows kids to have the opportunity to learn and perform new dance moves and styles they may not have seen or tried before!

Throughout the summer holiday camp in Solihull, children will be able to get creative with their movements and use their imagination to develop their own special routine, which will then be performed to all parents at the end of the week in a fantastic show!

After the dance performance, there is a special ceremony where all the children are given certificates and rosettes for their excellent routine and for all their hard work at the DanceBugs Dance Holiday Camp.

DanceBugs Dance Summer Holiday Camp for Kids in Solihull

The DanceBugs kids summer holiday camp is open to girls and boys from ages 4-12 and is returning to it’s previous venue of the Solihull Sixth Form. The Bugs Group is also holding our FootieBugs Football Holiday Camp at the same venue and this is open to the same age groups.

To book your place on the DanceBugs Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull, either click the button below or call 0121 777 7792 today!

Book the DanceBugs Kids Dance Summer Holiday Camp in Solihull

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