How Do You Prepare for Sports Day?

With summer on the horizon and school sports day preparing to couple eggs with spoons, there is no better time to get ready to face the competition. So, join Jaques of London, as we don our bibs and pose the all important question of, How Do You Prepare for Sports Day?


Get Proper Sleep – The Monday morning blues is evidence enough of the importance of sleep in our daily lives. However, its significance is far reaching and the solution doesn't always lie at the bottom of a coffee cup. A study into the importance of sleep in growing children, by Southampton University, found that “Poor sleep quality impairs immune responses and pain tolerance.” Be sure that your child gets a good 8 hours of sleep a night to ensure that they are at peak performance on the big day.


Eat & Drink Correctly – Maintaining a healthy lifestyle when it comes to food and drink is a given for any aspiring athlete. Unfortunately, fast energy drinks are far too commonly used when it comes to making the body feel alert. They may seem to be the solution to PE problems, but are packed with caffeine and sugar, whilst even causing long-standing issues to the body when habitually sought out. So, stay away from the quick fixes and begin a new foundation in food now – your body will thank you in the long term and, in the short term, you will never be closer to winning your next race.


Stretch those Muscles – Sleep, food and drink all play a big part in our bodies ability to repair itself. Even sports day dynamos need to prepare their bodies correctly. Proper stretching not only provides a safeguard to tender muscles, but also helps to improve issues with posture, flexibility and bone misalignment. For some fantastic stretching guides, pay a visit to the paediatric prowess of


Dress Appropriately – Many parents will tell you that they still experience the anxiety inducing dreams of turning up for school sports day without their kit. We suggest PE primed by ensuring that your sports kit fits properly and is suitable for the task ahead. Whether that means spikes for the football field or a sun blocking cap to keep the sweat away, knowing that your kit is in order will get you that much closer to the finish line.


Practice at Home – We all know the saying, practice makes perfect. So, why not indulge in competitive cliches and get plenty of practice in ahead of school sports day? Whether linking limbs for a three-legged trial, or maintaining a healthy food balance in the egg and spoon race, Jaques of London are here to wave you home. Our Sports Day Activity Set has everything you need to make sure that your child is a step ahead of the competition. And, if not, they can always blame it on a poor sack buddy.


For even more sports day fun, pay a visit to the Mini Minds Hub for your FREE Sports Day Crossword Printout - The ideal way to keep minds as healthy as growing bodies.



The lanes have been marked out, orange slices cut and the weather man assures us that there is plenty more sun on the way. By seeking out the all important question of, How Do You Prepare for Sports Day, we are sure that there will be plenty of medals and trophies in your future.

Kate Luke
Head Of Brand
After graduating with a 2.1 Music degree, Kate pursued a career in the Music Industry, becoming a professional West End vocalist and a fully qualified Music Teacher, School Choir Leader and Songwriter. As one of Jaques of London’s Creative Editors, her specialism surrounds building confidence and expression through music & play—drawing upon her qualifications in Music Psychology & Child Development. As well as this, she is an accomplished blog writer and published journalist who enjoys promoting the importance of Montessori learning for all ages.
Ben Williamson
Creative Writer
Ben is passionate about Montessori learning for children and has written for many parenting publications to bring the magic of real play to families in the UK. After graduating in 2009, his career has enabled him to work in areas such as Child Development and Psychology. As a great believer that learning starts at home, he combines his experience with his own parenting style to help bring other families together.
Jess Casson
Marketing Assistant
Jess graduated from the University of York in 2022 with a degree in Sociology and Criminology; kickstarting her career in the creative marketing industry through content creation and social media management. One of these roles involved creating content for a children's holiday camp, which alongside a knowledge of Montessori Teaching, formed an interest in childhood development. Utilising her expertise in both these fields has allowed her to promote and share her passions with the online community while exploring her talent for writing and establishing collaborations.
Laura Henderson
Interior Designer
Interior Designer, Laura Henderson, lives in Surrey with her husband and two daughters. Taking a timeless approach to her designs and drawing on her love of colour, antiques, art, modernist furniture and photography she delivers luxurious compositions and peaceful sanctuaries within every space. Her previous experience in furniture design plays an integral role in the development of each of her projects, as does the time she spends getting to know her clients. She uses this to achieve beautiful, practical, reimagined layouts, resulting in projects that enhance a client’s lifestyle, reflecting their individual passions. To learn more see her website

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