Tooled Up Education

The Best Family Friendly Festivals This Summer

We’ve carefully curated a list of family friendly festivals across the UK and mainland Europe that guarantee an unforgettable experience for the whole family. From captivating performances to engaging activities for kids and adults alike, these festivals offer the perfect blend of entertainment, safety, and fun.

Dr Christie Talks with Dr Emma Ross from The Well HQ: Talking More Openly About Female Bodies, Women’s Health and Helping Girls Thrive in Sport and Movement

Dr Emma Ross, former Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport and founder of The Well HQ, talks to us about her new book and all things related to women, girls and sport. We learn about the need to change the language often used to talk to girls about their bodies and give them the confidence to advocate for themselves, how to fuel girls’ bodies adequately to provide them with the energy they need, the importance of well-fitting, comfortable sports bras and kit, the importance of menstrual cycle tracking and how to keep girls up girls’ interest and enjoyment in sport. This wide ranging, practical interview is a must listen for anyone who supports women and girls and anyone who wants to know more about women’s health, fitness and movement.

The Boat Race and Elite Rowing

We talk to two superstars of the rowing world in this lively and motivating discussion. Both James Ball and ​Caoimhe Dempsey managed to secure wins at the Oxford-Cambridge boat race and here they reflect on their learning, their resilience and what it takes to become who you dream of being in sport.

50 Fantastic Female Sporting Role Models

2022 was an incredible year for women in sport. We were so in awe of the talent, skill, determination and resilience on display that we’ve brought together 50 fabulous sporting role models to inspire you and your children. It features athletes from around the world and from many different sports, each with a unique and interesting story.

Q&A with Rugby Great, Floyd Steadman OBE

Rugby correspondent Gavin Mairs interviews trailblazing player and ex-headteacher, Floyd Steadman OBE. Floyd will talk about his astonishing story, from being a child of the Windrush generation, to playing for and captaining Saracens rugby club – one of only 14 players to be inducted into their Hall of Fame. He also pursued a fantastic career in education and has been the Headteacher of three independent prep schools in his time.

Q&A with Laura Merrifield, England Women’s Lacrosse Captain

Anyone interested in sport, lacrosse or general brilliance should take a peek at this webinar featuring Laura Merrifield, England Women’s Lacrosse Captain. Watch Laura reflect on her career highlights and provide advice for young athletes who want to enjoy and learn more about Lacrosse. This is a great interview to watch with any sporty children and teens.

Dr Weston Talks with Rugby Star and PE Teacher Sonia (Sonic) Green

In this interview, Dr Weston chats to England and Saracens rugby player, Sonia Green, otherwise known as Sonic. They discuss how to encourage sporting participation, how to balance academic pressures with sporting aspirations and the best way to deal with inevitable injuries. A must listen for all parents of young athletes and their children.

Dr Weston Talks with Dr Natalie Brown: The Importance of Menstrual Cycle Education

In this podcast, Dr Weston is joined by research scientist, Dr Natalie Brown, to discuss the importance of menstrual cycle education and its current delivery in UK schools. They talk about the everyday effects of the menstrual cycle, including its impact on school attendance, social confidence and participation in sport and physical activity, and explore the general lack of understanding around many of the issues associated with it. Dr Brown outlines the findings of a new study examining teachers’ perceptions of menstrual cycle education, chats about the perceived barriers to delivering it and lets us know what she and her team intend to do to help things improve!

Optimising Nutrition for Young Athletes

Dr Weston is joined by performance nutritionist, Dan Richardson, to discuss how young athletes can use sports nutrition to optimise their performance. This video is packed full of tips and recipe ideas, which will be useful for any family home, particularly those with children who do sport training frequently.

Excellence in Sport: Boosting Young Athletes’ Emotional and Physical Resilience

In this video, Dr Weston is joined by Holly Cram, former professional hockey player for Scotland and Great Britain, and founder of Aspire USA. Holly now works with young athletes from across the UK and Europe, helping them to access sport scholarship opportunities in the USA. Holly talks about optimal parenting strategies when nurturing young athletes, how to build resilience and tells us a bit about what getting a scholarship to the USA is really like!