Ruby's Rocking Reviews Ep.03
West Ham United Kicks PL Sessions / London Stadium Tour
Hi everyone, Ruby here. This week I've reviewed the West Ham United football PL foundation and a tour of the London Stadium, which is the home of West Ham United from 2016 and also home to the London 2012 Olympic games.
The foundation is open to ages (8-16 years) and a place where you can train and improve your football skills. The coaches give you lots of tips and are always willing to help you if you need it. There are multiple sessions for boys and girls on different days. Every Monday 5pm to 6:30pm, which is the session I attend.
I feel this training helps us develop and improve as footballers. You can practise and complete drills. Here are some of the drills we do: passing drills, moving into space to create angles so you're always around to receive the ball and mini matches. I've been twice and it is really enjoyable. I found the sessions fun, helpful and it's good to play with children of different ages and abilities.
When doing the stadium tour I visited the dressing rooms, which had the players' shirts hanging up. I also got to walk in the footsteps of them because I walked through the tunnel onto the ground where I sat on the manager's chair. We even got to go into the manager's office and walk past the frames of West Ham legends, with more information about them. To my amazement, I ran a part of the Olympic track, which hosted the Olympics; London 2012. Our guide was very informative and answered any questions. (Tour may vary)
Interesting facts about London stadium: 60,000 seats for football, 80,000 capacity for concerts, community track and 428 wheelchair viewing spaces.
I would do more training and perhaps visit the stadium again but I have already treasured that moment.
Football Foundation: 8.5/10
London stadium tour: 9/10
Overall experience: Enjoyable, useful and I look forward to learning new football techniques. The stadium tour was good. I got a feel of what it would be like as a player and visited areas you wouldn't get to see at a match, well worth a visit.
Fun factor: Fun for all ages, great as a gift.
Price: West Ham Community foundation sessions are free. Stadium tour: fees apply.
www.london-stadium.com (fees apply)
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Ruby's Rocking Reviews Ep.02
Junior Gym Session review at Everyone Active
Hi, Ruby here! Recently, I visited the newly opened leisure centre in Hornchurch ‘Harrow Lodge Leisure Centre’. The old centre was knocked down over the past few months. I have fond memories because I used to swim there with my school and compete in athletics.
For my age group, I could use up to 18 different pieces of gym equipment. From 11-15 years old you can join the junior supervised gym sessions at Everyone Active. Firstly, you have to attend an induction session before the gym sessions because a member of the Everyone Active staff will show you how to use the equipment and you get a chance to trial each piece, I found this good to ask any questions you have and the staff were helpful and friendly. However, during the regular sessions someone will not be going round with you but there will always be someone there if you need any assistance. I think that it would be good to have a set routine or plan to make the most of your time to find out what you enjoy doing and what works well for you individually.
This was my first time in a gym so I was feeling a little nervous but also excited to see what I could use and I was surprised that so many of the machines had TVs on them so you could watch television while exercising! How fun is that!
I found out during my induction that girls usually choose to exercise more on cardio, which includes the following machines: treadmills, exercise bikes and cross trainers. This helps improve your overall fitness including running and football which are my favourite. In contrast, boys usually practise weights, which includes cable machines, leg extension, seated row and overhead press. Rowing is good for both cardio and weights. On average, for juniors you set the weight at 5 to 10 and you can check this at your induction session to make sure it is right for you. Also, there are floor exercises to practise gymnastics, warm up and stretches.
The junior gym session lasts 50 minutes and the induction lasts 40 minutes. On average, there are 10 children usually at a session (you can do stuff separately) but because of Covid restrictions the gym at present have to limit the numbers to 5. After you have finished on each piece of equipment you have to make sure you wipe it down afterwards with the sanitiser. The most popular day to go is Monday between 4:45pm - 7:45 pm.
If you feel comfortable you can go in on your own (without a parent) after school, otherwise with an adult.
My favourite pieces of equipment were the treadmill, exercise bike and seated row.
I would definitely go again and possibly try other things like swimming and badminton.
Ruby's verdict: 8.5/10
Overall experience: Helps to improve general fitness and to promote healthy lifestyles.
Price: £3.70 peak & off peak junior ( other fees may apply)
Fun factor: You can watch TV while you get fit!
Contact: Harrow Lodge Leisure Centre, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, RM11 1JU
www.everyoneactive.com / 01708 454 135
Booking is essential during Covid 19.
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Ruby's Rocking Reviews Ep.01
Football golf review at Golf Kingdom
Hi everyone, it's me Ruby. I am going to be blogging and sharing my experiences of fun and active things you can do in Havering and the surrounding areas. It's great that we can start to do more as Covid restrictions are lifting and I'm really excited to share them with you.
This week I'm going to be giving you my views when I tried the activity football golf.
I really enjoy football and mini golf and love the idea of mixing them together. This activity is extremely like golf just with a football. Easy!
Here's how to play: Like golf, the person who takes the fewest number of shots will win and you carry on kicking the ball in the hole until you have completed that round. There are 18 holes so even if you have a bit of a bad start where it may have taken you a few shots, keep carrying on as who you're playing against could have a couple of bad shots themself later on. You have a scorecard to complete as you make your way around the course.
Here are some of my tips:
1. If the hole is close, don't kick the ball too hard.
2. You could practise before you try football golf by setting up a mini course in your garden.
3. Try and be as precise as possible.
Overall, I would rate this experience a 9/10 because it was really fun, so you should definitely try this with your friends and family.
"Good luck, Enjoy"
Ruby's verdict: 9/10
Overall experience: Good to play a variety of sports, best suited to dry days.
Price: Adult, £14 (over 12 years) child £10
Fun factor: Use your foot to putt! I can't wait to go again.
Contact: Golf Kingdom, Whalebone Lane North, Chadwell Heath, Essex RM6 6SB
- Booking for Foot golf is essential during Covid 19.