Athletes Knowledge

It is a popular misconception that athletes know all about health and wellbeing and use this to maintain a healthy lifestyle; however several studies have reported that young athletes in particular often lack some essential knowledge,such as nutritional knowledge (Dunn, D., 2007 & Brunt, A., 2008). We believe that educating them on this and many other areas is important because:
The health and wellbeing of an athlete or sports team is fundamental to the achievement of the athlete’s or team’s goals and ambitions.

By educating athletes from an earlier stage, you provide them with an opportunity to apply knowledge gained through sports in day-to-day life.
Having healthy and highly motivated athletes will enhance performance and bring success to a sports team, while providing lifelong health benefits.

Coaches Knowledge

As physical education professionals, there is a great responsibility and expectation on coaches to guide and motivate children, young people, and athletes. Coaches should therefore be able to demonstrate positive, healthy behaviour that will assist. Having well educated coaches is an extra bonus for any sports organisation as they are in a better position to advise their athletes.

19/10/10 - 10101901 - SFA MOTHERWELL SFA Coaching Session at Braidhurst High School

Working with athletes and coaches

Using up-to-date scientific findings, we create workshops for young people and athletes, equipping them with knowledge they need to improve their performance whilst maintaining a balanced lifestyle to suit their chosen sport. We use anatomy models in our workshops for illustration, which has proved to be highly effective, especially with our younger audience.
The workshop topics available for coaches are designed to help them offer further support and guidance to children and young people they work with a single aim of creating a healthier generation.



Thank you so much for coming to talk to the skiers about their nutrition and fuelling premium athletes with premium foods. They have told me that they think about what to eat before and after training and are having to a bit more creative at lunch times. They have taken on board what you have said. I have already noticed a difference with those I have seen this week. Please come again some time!


Next Stage team came to speak with the Grampian Junior Pathways Netball Groups. The sessions were well balanced and pitched at a really good level that got 11-13 year old players discussing the benefits of a healthy balanced diet for young athletes. The girls all enjoyed the sessions and reported that they now consider what food and fluids they eat and drink. They especially enjoyed the ‘understanding food labelling’ part of the session.


Next Stage delivered an excellent nutritional seminar for our Sports Bursars and Scholars. They dispelled many of the myths surrounding the use of supplements and backed it up with sound current research. The information was presented in an easy to understand format and sparked some interesting debate.


I would heartily recommend Next Stage. They worked with young people at Aberdeen City Music School Hall of residence and the presentations were perfectly pitched to the needs of young people. The Q&A sessions at the end where the young people asked their own questions were handled with skill and humor. The sessions were very popular and we hope to have them back soon

Marc Howes, Manager, Aberdeen city music school

I understand that you deliver health and wellbeing workshops targeting young people to equip them with knowledge to make better lifestyle decisions. As diets have become unhealthier it is important to have initiatives like this to make sure as a society we all are making healthier choices


Just wanted to let you know that we won the international match against County Down 14-9, and the ladies were extremely impressed with your workshops so thank you so much for all your help! I’ll be in touch in a few months about next year’s plans if you’d like to be involved again!


Residents at New Horizons would like to say thank to Next Stage for delivering a session on exercise and healthy nutrition, it was informative, interactive and fun. Residents came away from the session having a better understanding of how to budget their money to afford healthier meals and how to make better choices when buying food. Everyone really enjoyed the exercise part of the session, which was great fun and got us all motivated get out there and be more active.

Jacqueline Macaulay, Action for children
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