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Before my children started school I remember feeling overwhelmed by the plastic avalanche of toys in our lounge. No matter how diligent I was by the end of the day (well actually 8am) the toys had seemingly multiplied taking up all the floor space. Not only was it a minefield to walk across but the reality was the kids didn't play with them properly, they flitted from one to another. The plastic situation was further amplified every birthday and Christmas. Presents given with love but maybe not appreciated by the kids as much as they should have been. So in a bid to steer away from just plastic we started suggesting non toy items; experiences, subscriptions or gifts that encouraged children to be active. (Can you see where I'm going with this?!).

Now the countdown to Christmas is well underway we thought we would help you with some gift inspiration for active kids. First up we have selected a few of our best Christmas gift ideas for children under the age 5:

Strider 12" Sport Balance Bike

Strider Balance Bike Kids Red

Balance bikes are a fantastic way of encouraging children to be active whilst learning the basics of riding a bike. We think Strider balance bikes are the best on the market and many happy kids agree. Featuring a padded seat and two seat posts, the Strider grows with your child making it suitable from the age of 1 up to 5 years old. The Strider Sport is available in 7 brilliant colours.

US Kids Golf First Putter

Us Kids Golf My First Putter

Presented in a gift box there is no better present for a golf enthusiast to buy for a young child than this First Putter. Made out of steel, the putter is1 8 inches long making it a perfect club to introduce children aged 3 and younger to the game of golf.

My First Football Boot

My First Football Boots Kids

For many children the love of football starts young. Running around and kicking a football is what they want to do all day long whatever the weather. If you know a child like this then their perfect Christmas present may well be a pair of M1B football boots which are available in tiny sizes. Not only do they look the part they will help with the child's football development.

Super Tramp Spring Time Trampoline

Super Tramp Trampoline for Kids

A trampoline isn't just for summer. They are a brilliant addition to the garden all year round. Super Tramp trampolines are renowned for their quality and bounce. For younger children the Spring Time is an ideal present as not only will it guarantee hours of active fun it has additional safety features that protect small hands and feet.

Hopefully that has given you some inspiration but if not then check out the gift section of our website which can be navigated by age for more gift ideas for kids. If you have an older child watch this space. Next week we will be featuring Christmas present ideas that encourage kids aged between 5 and 8 to be active
Happy shopping!


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Win a Rebounder Net

Physical activity and building sporting skills are an important part of every child's development. With the nights drawing in and the lure of screens this has never been more vital. One of our newest products, the Reactor Rebounder net is ideal for young children to build confidence in their throwing and catching skills. Using Crazy Catch technology, the Reactor rebound net returns to the ball at different angles to hone their reflexes and provide hours of fun. The Reactor Rebound has an adjustable arm which when altered varies the height and trajectory of the rebound. It is suitable for children between the age of 3 and 8 but can be enjoyed by all the family.

A huge congratulations to our winner, Helen Connolly.

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Cricket Bowling Machines

12 Oct 2017 11:46:38

This month, the cricket bowling machine manufacturer Bola have delivered their 10,000th machine since they came on the scene in the 1980's. A staggering number but when you are immersed in the world of cricket as I am it is not unsurprising. Every club or net session my son attends there is a Bola machine reliably delivering balls. If you are unaware of the Bola Professional Bowling Machine then check out this video featuring, James Taylor, the ex England cricketer. It really is a brilliant piece of equipment suitable for junior or adult cricketers

For many (if not most!) parents and cricket clubs the Bola Professional Bowling Machine is not an affordable option. In 2016 Bola launched the Bola Junior Bowling Machine.The Junior has proved to be a huge success with cricket mad kids in the garden or cricket club allowing them to hit more balls and enjoy playing cricket. The battery lasts for 7 hours so it will keep them entertained for most of the day!! My son never gets bored of playing cricket. I kept expecting his enthusiasm to diminish but he loves the game more and more.

Although Bola are the established brand there is a new kid on the block (so to speak) Dimension Sport. Dimension manufacture the Paceman range of bowling machines as well as cricket nets which are much more affordable for home use but are still excellent quality products with great performance. The Paceman Pro X2 bowling machine is the top of the range model. With speeds of up to 100 kmph and the ability to inswing, outswing as well as deliver off and leg spin it is a popular choice for cricket clubs and older junior cricketers playing at a good level.

Our biggest seller by far is the Paceman S2 Original bowling machine. With a price point of just £244.99 including balls it is an affordable option which delivers excellent batting practice with speeds up to 65 kmph and the ability to produce outswinger and inswinger deliveries. Many of our customers are junior cricketers who have patiently saved up to buy the bowling machine themselves. I can personally highly recommend this bowling machine as my son's cricket development has in part been down to facing many balls from the Paceman in the garden!

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Win a Combo goal

There is no escaping football at this time of year. I am exposed to football chat on the radio, TV, the newspapers and my son's endless chatter! At least four times a week I am taking him to training, school matches and club matches as I suspect many of you are with your children. With this in mind, I thought it about time we ran another football related competition.

We are giving away a Kickster Combo Goal and Rebounder. Easy to assemble, it is an ideal goal for a football match but quick to adapt into the rebounder for training practice or when the child is on their own in the garden. The Combo goal packs down quickly and easily into a bag making it very portable.

Huge congratulation to our winner, Zoe Spinner

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Here at Little Big Sports we are immersed in cricket. My son is playing very regularly sometimes as much as 4 times a week. England are hosting South Africa in a test series and the English Women have brilliantly won the Women's Cricket World Cup. Not to mention the huge number of cricket bats, bowling machines, and cricket nets that are flying out of our warehouse.

With this in mind I thought it only appropriate to run a cricket related competition. The prize is one of our newest products, the Zing Cricket Stump Set with Flashing Bails. The Zing set is a popular product with younger cricketers as it allows them to replicate their T20 hero's.The innovative technology results in the bails lighting up when they are dislodged by the bowler.

Congratulations to our winner, Jenny Clancey.

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Win a Supertramp trampoline worth £400

Happiness for my daughter is bouncing on her trampoline in the garden. I resisted buying a trampoline for a long time but it's one of the best things I've done. It has guaranteed endless hours of fun for both the children and their friends and it has the added bonus of looking good in the garden. Now I want to spread the happiness of bouncing by giving you the opportunity to win a fabulous SuperTramp trampoline.

Super Tramp manufacture a range of round and rectangular trampolines which are renowned for their quality and bounce. The prize on offer is a 12ft round Eclipse trampoline worth £400. This strong trampoline has an excellent bounce and is durable meaning it will last many years of bouncing. It comes complete with an enclosure and a two step ladder.

Huge congratulations to our winner, Kate Gavaghan. Hope your children have a wonderful, bouncing summer!


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#GetActive this winter and win #50

We love getting active and we know lots of you do too. So, we've launched a fun photo competition giving you the opportunity to win Little Big Sports vouchers.

All you have to do to enter is:

  1. 1. Get active with your family.
  2. 2. Take a photo.
  3. 3. Submit it to @littlebigsports on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #GetActive.

Simple as that!

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Win a Strider 12

We love Strider balance bikes here at Little Big Sports. Our daughter learnt to ride a bike quickly and easily by progressing from a Strider, so we can confidently recommend them to our customers.

The Strider 12" Sport would make the perfect present for any child under 5 years of age. This award winning balance bike only weighs 2.9 kg which makes it super light and easy to control. It features a mini-saddle which is designed for beginner riders and their tiny hips. Unlike some other balance bikes, the Sport model also includes a padded saddle and long seat post to suit children over 3 years of age and allows seat height adjustments up to 48cm (19”). With adjustable handle bars, this bike grows with your child!

Congratulations to Nicki Ramsay!!! More competitions to follow in 2017.

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Win a Combo goal

The football season is well and truly here. School football, club training, league matches, football magazines, MOTD and Sky Sports are all featuring prominently in our household at the moment. When there is a spare moment, my son and his friends are outside in the garden enjoying the fantastic, versatile Kickster Combo Goal and Rebounder

The Kickster Combo Goal and Rebounder is a goal and rebound net in one. Super speedy and easy to assemble, it is perfect for a football match but quick to adapt to the rebounder for training practice or when the child is on their own in the garden. The rebound net is suitable for large or small balls and ideal for improving reactions and hand/eye co-ordination. The Combo goal packs down quickly and easily into a bag making it very portable.

We are giving away a Combo goal and rebounder to one lucky winner. To be in with a chance of winning Kickster Combo Goal and Rebounder simply answer the following question:

Congratulations to the winner, Lisa Sargent

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Win a Zsig Mini Tennis Set worth £80.

To coincide with Wimbledon and the apparent start of summer (although pouring with rain as I am writing!) we thought it appropriate to run a tennis themed competition. We are giving away a mini tennis set perfect for the garden to one lucky winner. The Zsig Mini Tennis set is one of our bestsellers and a firm favourite for all the family young and old. The Zsig Mini Tennis Garden Set is highly recommended by Little Big Sports and our children.

The competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Margaret Wilson...

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