Exercise Mats and Yoga Mats

Fitness Mats, Yoga Mats, Exercise mats; are they same?

If you’re planning to but an exercise/yoga mat, follow this article to know more about them.

What is an Exercise mats?

Exercise mats are non-slip mats used while doing exercises or any fitness activity to safe guard our hands, feet, back, and body. Apart from cushioning the hard floor, it helps to prevent injuries to your hands or feet from slipping so that you can safely do your stretches and other exercises. Exercise mats lasts long, but make sure that you clean it after every use.

There are 2 type of exercise mats available at ASLL.

Deluxe Aerobic Mat

Deluxe Aerobic Mat is the best quality exercise mat which is ideal for both gym class and home use. It is long last and very comfortable.  This aerobic mat is available in ASLL online store at just £13.50.

Eyeline Aerobic Mat

Eyeline Aerobic Mats are PVC covered foam mats ideal for aerobic and fitness exercises. Its price starts from £13.50.


Yoga Mats are typically thinner when compared to other forms of exercise mats. There are many Yoga postures where practitioner should feel the floor.  The Yoga mats are made of rubber which provides a nonslip, bumpy surface to help stay firmly on the top. ASLL, provide excellent Yoga mats for you. You can find a few collections below

Warrior plus Yoga Mat

The luxury warrior plus mat has the same excellent grip as the standard warrior mat but at 6mm it offers more cushioning for those seeking extra comfort. Its price starts from £15.86.

Warrior Yoga Mat (Standard)

This mat provides good grip and cushioning and offers outstanding value for money. Its price starts from £11.81

YOGA MAT (Warrior)

Trident Yoga Rug

This is the original Indian yoga mat. 100% cotton, course weave rug, designed for Ashtanga or Power Yoga where grip whilst sweating is required. This rug’s grip increases as it gets wetter, the opposite to a yoga mat. Price starts from £18.90.


Basketball Vs Netball

Netball is played between 2 teams of seven players each. It is one of the most popular games among women in Australia. Basketball is played between 2 teams of five players each. Both these games are played on a rectangular court.

The main difference between basketball and netball is that in basketball a player can move around the court while in netball a player needs to stay within an area depending on the position. Basketball is basically a contact sport while the netball is a non-contact sport.  That means in netball opposite player should be about 0.9 meters from the player who has the ball which is not the case in basketball.

Basketball is usually played by men whereas women mostly play netball. The netball courts are bit larger that basketball and the ball are bit smaller. Unlike in basketball, in netball we cannot run or trickle the ball. Keep your feet plated once the ball is in your hand. Also you cannot make eye contact with other players or grab the ball off them.

Get best quality basketball and netball equipment from http://www.asll.co.uk/

Get proper sports equipment for your child

Sports and athletic activities add to kids’ physical, emotional and social development, and educate them many important lessons about teamwork and achieving their goals. To avoid the risk involved in sports and keeping the child safe, special care should be given while selecting proper sports training equipment. Facts tell that about 3.5+ million children under the age of 14 receive medical attention for sports injuries annually.

Safety is one of the main factors to be considered while choosing sport equipment for school kids.  Every type sport requires its own safety equipment to protect your body from painful injuries. Helmet used for different sports like rugby, softball, hockey and baseball is a main gadget to be chosen carefully. When you try to adjust with an old helmet or one designed for another sport, you are increasing the risk of injuries for your child.

The quality of the product we consider is also another important factor. Select good quality sports gear that you can trust; when it comes to its performance and durability.

Make sure that the sports gear you buy for your child properly fits him/her. Also it is better to ask them to assist you while buying these sports gears. Style and design may be vital to some children, and everyone needs equipment that is comfortable to them. Children should be pleased with both the look and fit of their sports equipment before buying it.

We have to routinely inspect these equipment and make sure that everything is in good working order.

Having the correct rugby and hockey equipment

Why having the correct rugby and hockey equipment is of the utmost importance, and how asll.co.uk can help

Both rugby and hockey belong to a group of sports named ‘contact sports’ – I.E sports that involve a lot of physical, often aggressive contact with other players throughout the game.

With sports that involve high amounts of aggressive bodily contact, it’s even more necessary that you use the correct, high-quality equipment – such as the equipment that asll.co.uk supply.

First, we’ll take a look at rugby.

Rugby equipment

Asll.co.uk stocks everything you need to have a fun, proper, and as safe as humanly possible game of rugby – one of the most infamously aggressive sports around today.

Alongside our rugby must-haves – such as balls, kicking tees, tag belts, and bags – we stock training equipment built with safety in mind.

Post protectors, tackle bags, and rucking shields are all designed to make training exercises and actual games as safe as they can be.

Even if full games aren’t regularly being played in your establishment, these pieces of safety equipment are a wise investment to make.

Another contact sport that we stock high-quality equipment for is hockey.

Introducing Unihoc hockey equipment

Unihoc equipment is some of the finest hockey equipment in the world today.

From their humble beginnings in Gothenburg in 1972, the brand has quickly evolved into one of the most trusted brands in the world of contact sports.

During their time in the industry, Unihoc has developed several ‘firsts’- such as the world’s first Kevlar stick – and have broken records, including their TeXtreme sticks becoming the lightest hockey sticks in the world.

Asll.co.uk is proud to stock a variety of Unihoc products – all you’ll ever need to have a near-Olympic standard game of hockey, in fact.

We stock a range of sticks that are suited to different types of player. The Original and the Fibreglass sticks are ideal for most players, while the lightweight junior stick is specially designed for younger players. We also stock Unihoc balls and pucks – the perfect accompaniment to their sticks.

To offer the full Unihoc experience, we stock several sets of their products; an Original set, a Kiddies set, and a Pro set.

Finally, we also stock Unihoc goals in various sizes. These goals come with nets, are made of highly durable stainless steel, and are foldable – a must-have for schools and leisure centres.

So – why should I purchase these items?

Regardless of where or who you’re purchasing sports equipment for, you can count on asll.co.uk to supply only the safest and most wallet-friendly equipment and products around.

You should never risk purchasing anything that isn’t made to surpass safety standards – especially when it comes to contact sports such as rugby and hockey. Doing so runs the risk of damage, costly replacements, or even injury – neither of which is very appealing to any sports fan.

For more information on purchasing the correct equipment for your sports or leisure centre, or for further advice on our rugby and hockey equipment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


How to stay safe on a garden trampoline


When it comes to having fun, we’re all guilty of being a little lax in regards to safety. However, it is important that we never allow ourselves to become too negligent as it is all too easy for a good time to become a disaster through one false move. This isn’t to say that we should avoid fun tasks all together, but simply that we should always take the necessary precautions to make sure we stay safe.

One of the most popular garden activities in terms of getting children excited is undoubtedly the use of a trampoline. This simple device has the ability to give people hours of enjoyment, even if it just involves jumping up and down. However, it is crucial that we consider the safety aspect of this so that the fun factor involved doesn’t end up turning sour.

The simple solution to staying safe

If you have a trampoline that has no visible form of protection, then you might be worried about the accidents that could occur. This is more than understandable since the safety of children is of the utmost importance to most people and nobody wants to think that the fun and games could suddenly change to sadness. However, there is a way to prevent this from happening.

The main problem with trampolines is that, if there is no safety feature installed around it, then it is all too easy for someone on it to fall off the side and risk injuring themselves. This is something that can be easily fixed, though, with the use of an enclosure. This simple solution could save any number of injuries that can needlessly occur to people who have accidents whilst on the trampoline.

The enclosure is made of a soft mesh, which is UV stable and comes with anti-rot netting. It attaches to poles that fasten to the trampoline legs and it completely encloses the jumping area. Since it is made of such strong material, it is impossible for anyone to fall off the side and they will, instead, come into contact with the net. This means you don’t have to worry about anyone hurting themselves.

As trampolines are gaining popularity, it is becoming more and more common to see these enclosures being installed in order to keep the person on it safe. The last thing you want is for your child to feel left out by not being allowed on a trampoline due to worries about safety, but that doesn’t have to be the case if you are willing to make sure that there is a safety enclosure in place.

Giving you the peace of mind

Putting up a safety enclosure around your trampoline means that you can sit back and relax without having to worry about the safety of anybody because you will know that there is no way in which they can be harmed. This will instil the confidence in you to let your child go out and play on it by themselves, giving them the feeling of independence whilst you can rest assured they are safe.

Top tips on choosing a yoga mat

Yoga is a multi-beneficial practice that is said to link the mind and body. Just a few of the pros of regular yoga sessions include better bone and joint health, improved posture, and a more well-maintained nervous system.

There are several different forms of yoga. Each is performed at a different pace, in a different environment, and will feature more/less challenging poses.

No matter your level of expertise or skill, the yoga mat that you use can massively affect your experience when doing yoga, both positively and negatively.

Before you get buying, there are a few things to consider;

  • How often the mat is going to be used- If, for example, you’re buying several mats to use for a weekly yoga session in a school/ sports centre, durability may not be your biggest worry. Feel free to opt for a mat made from more natural materials such as cotton or jute, which are a tad less hardy than the standard PVC mat. If you’re purchasing a mat that’s going to be used daily, PVC is your best bet, as it can often last up to a decade.
  • How much you are willing to spend- Remember, it’s always a good idea to try out a mat before you buy it if you aren’t too skilled in yoga. If you can’t, and can only purchase mats online, it’s ok to start out with a cheaper option first. For a decent-quality yoga mat that’ll last you more than a week, aim to spend over £15. If you plan to practice yoga for a long period of time, or if you’re aiming to do it daily, a more expensive mat will likely last you much longer. More expensive mats will also often come with more grip, will be of a bigger size than most other mats, and will most likely be made of more environmentally-friendly materials.

Still raring to go? Here are a few more things to look for when choosing your mat;

  • Thickness- Obviously, thicker mats will provide much more comfort than thinner ones. Some may prefer to feel the ground more when practicing yoga, though, so it’s massively down to personal preference. When debating thickness, take into account that thinner mats are also much more portable.
  • Environment- Consider the environment in both forms of the word. Mats made of PVC and rubber will be much less environmentally-friendly than mats made of, say, cork or jute. Then, consider whereabouts the mat is going to be used, how often, and who by. More natural mats tend to wear much quicker than synthetic ones, whilst rubber/PVC mats may give off a very strong rubber smell for several weeks.
  • Grip- Yoga is multi-beneficial for your health, but that doesn’t mean anything if you’re constantly slipping and sliding around! Even the most skilled yogis will still need a mat with sufficient grip; that is, grip between you and the mat, and the mat and floor. This is why it’s often best to test your mat out before you buy it.

 After the essentials, there’s not much else left to consider besides the colour and pattern you want!

For sports centres/schools, we would recommend choosing mats that are fairly thick, are equipped with a good grip, and perhaps made of more synthetic materials. These sorts of mats will suit less skilled yogis well, more of which you’re likely to come across in a learning environment.

If you’re still feeling a bit stuck for choice when it comes to yoga mats, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.

How to choose the correct training aids for swimming


Swimming is one of the best possible sports to perform. It rarely feels like a chore to do, and offers a wide range of benefits for you and your health including;

  • Offering you a low-impact, full-body workout.
  • Being accessible to many- swimming is a great option for young children, the less able, those who are pregnant, or the elderly, as the buoyancy of the water will take a huge amount of stress of your joints.
  • Offering you a flexible workout- if you find yourself getting bored of exercise, or don’t enjoy sticking to a set routine, swimming will be ideal for you. You can swim at your own pace, do as many widths as you please, and there are many different strokes to perform.

Still, if you aren’t too keen on taking the plunge, are young or less able in any way, or if you haven’t swam in a long time, it can be a very daunting sport to perform.

Thankfully, there are a wide range of training aids for swimming available on the market. So many in fact, that it can be tricky to decide which ones are suitable for you.

Most training aids focus on helping you to stay afloat, whilst some will help you refine your technique. First, we’ll look at the most common forms of aid up for grabs, flotation devices and protective swimwear;

  • Armbands- probably the most well-known swimming aid. These inflatable plastic bands are placed on the upper arm, and help to keep inexperienced swimmers afloat. As confidence in swimming builds, the armbands can be gradually deflated, until they don’t need to be used at all.Armbands are ideal for young children who are first learning to swim, but can be used by absolutely anyone who is nervous about going underwater.


  • Kickboards/ swim floats- another common swimming aid. These foam boards are commonly seen being used in swimming lessons, or strewn across the sides of the pool. As well as acting as a buoyancy device, they also aim to help develop and improve the swimmer’s kicking technique. They’re a great option for those still learning to swim, but their lower body strength-building traits will benefit even the most skilled of swimmers.


Goggles, swim caps, and other protective clothing- goggles are used for underwater swimming, or for keeping your eyes free of water. Other protective devices available include swim caps (these are used to protect your hair from chlorine damage, and are ideal for competitive swimmers, as long hair can greatly reduce your speed), nose clips and ear plugs, and even swim socks (these can help to keep your feet warm in colder water, and help to stop the spread of skin conditions such as verucas or warts whilst swimming). These are a must for swimmers of every calibre.

Many other forms of floatation devices are available, including swimming vests, swimming discs (stackable buoyant discs worn similar to armbands, which can be removed as desired as opposed to deflating armbands), and even collar floats and swim seats. Which ones you purchase depends on personal preference, ability, and requirements.

How to choose a badminton shuttlecock

It may not seem like it’s that important, but there are several factors relating to what shuttlecock you use, which can greatly affect your time playing badminton.

Before you choose a shuttlecock, there are a few things you need to consider about the environment on which you plan to play in; the temperature, and the altitude that you’ll be playing at. These two factors affect what shuttle speed you’ll need to choose. The higher up you are, or the hotter the temperature, the lower a shuttle speed you should choose. If you’re below sea level, or in a very cold environment, choose a higher shuttle speed.

Once you’ve determined what shuttle speed you’ll need, the rest is down to personal preference and skill level.

Beginners are better off using a shuttlecock with a firm base and a plastic skirt. This offers maximum solidity, which will make playing badminton a lot easier for those with little experience.

Intermediate players will be able to play rallies well, and often centre the shuttle. You’ll probably still want a good amount of solidity with the shuttlecock, but comfort and feel are important too. To up the comfort levels a bit, look for a shuttle with a cork base.

Plastic shuttlecocks are a wise choice for less experienced players. They’re easier to learn movement and strokes with, and tend to cost much less than their feathered cousins.

More advanced players will likely be able to centre the shuttlecock confidently, and should be looking to prioritise control and comfort over stability. A feathered shuttlecock provides a higher level of control, as will a cork base, again.

Made from goose and/or duck feathers, feathered shuttlecocks are the go-to choice for professional players. Feathered shuttlecocks are quicker than plastic ones, and tend to offer a much more consistent flight. We recommend only purchasing feathered shuttlecocks if you’re a dedicated player, as they offer less durability. As soon as one feather becomes damaged, the flight is compromised. Feathered shuttlecocks also tend to be more expensive.

The transition from plastic shuttlecocks to feathered ones may take some getting used to, but if you take the game seriously, it will be worth it.

For schools and sports centres, we would highly recommend purchasing plastic shuttlecocks in bulk, instead of feathered ones. You’re more likely to come across less experienced players than professional ones, and the cost will be much, much lower.

If you’re stuck for choice regarding sports equipment, or if you have any further queries, feel free to contact one of our team today.


Cricket; a gentleman’s game?

You often see Cricket being referred to as “a gentleman’s game”, but do you know the history behind it? And is this assumption actually true?

Cricket was thought to have first been played in the 15th century, but bodies of evidence exist that may show that is was played as far back as Saxon or Norman times.

Cricket gained major popularity in the 17th century, as the game shifted from a child’s game to an adult’s one also. The first reference of this came about when two men from Sussex were prosecuted for playing cricket instead of attending Church.

After the Civil War ended in 1648, a new government clamped down on “unlawful assemblies”, which included more boisterous sports like football. Not long after this, the first country cricket teams were formed.

The 18th century saw the press coverage of cricket increase, which then brought about an increase of aristocrats and businessmen joining in on the sport. The development of the laws and rules of cricket soon followed, which is where the idea of it being a gentleman’s game most likely began. It was agreed that cricket would be played in ‘a gentlemanly manner’, which meant no cheating, temper tantrums, or excessive appealing.

The sport has constantly evolved, and first resembled the sport we know and love today in the 1800s. Throughout all of this, though, the agreement has remained that anyone who plays cricket must play in a respectful way, with no taunting of the other players, no physical violence, and a general abidance by the rules.

This doesn’t mean that every single player believes in keeping the game gentlemanly, however.

A technique that was developed at some point in the 20th century involves bowling the ball in the line of the batsman’s body, with the intent of being intimidatory in the hope that they miss the ball entirely. As well as being menacing, this technique could also cause injury. This technique, known as a bodyline, is just one of many ways that the game has steered from its gentlemanly origin.

We hope that whoever purchases our equipment does stick to playing the game in a peaceful manner, but if not, we stock a range of cricket pads and helmets, just in case. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all.

Cricket safety accessories should be used at all times, especially if the game is being played in a school setting or at a sports centre. For more information on keeping your favourite sport safe, or if you have any other queries, contact our helpful team today.

Tips for choosing a sports activity

Taking up a sport can be a great way to get your health back on track and start feeling better mentally and physically. Let’s take a look at some of the best tips for choosing a sports activity.

There are many factors that can influence you when picking a sports activity. Your current level of health, cost and proximity to sporting facilities can all play a big role in helping you decide what kind of sport will be right for you. Sport should be fun, but it should also help you reach the fitness targets you’re setting for yourself. If you’ve not been very active recently, it could be advisable to avoid anything too strenuous until you’ve built your strength up.

Jogging is a great place to start if you do want to become more active. Jogging will cost you very little and you only need to head out for a short period of time a few times a week to start noticing a difference. Going it alone can be fun, but it can be more enjoyable and safer to head out with a friend.

Five-a-side football is another popular place to begin. It will help you meet new people and give you the chance to work as part of a team. It may be wise to consult your doctor before you take up any form of exercise to avoid putting your health at risk. Some forms of exercise are safer than others, but your doctor will be able to examine your circumstances and hopefully suggest something suitable. If you haven’t exercised for a while, have been suffering from weight problems or are more than 40 years old, some activities may be ruled out, so it could be good to seek guidance from a medical professional.

Would you rather exercise indoors or outdoors? If you do have a preference, this could help you narrow down your range of options. Can you remember any sports you used to enjoy playing many years ago? Then why not consider returning to one of them? Some sports activities, such as skiing can be more expensive than others, so finance could play a big part in helping you decide. It could be wise to start slowly before building up – many people take part in marathons only after partaking in jogging for a year or so.

Other popular forms of exercise for people returning to significant physical activity include cycling, attending a gym, using home fitness equipment, swimming, playing football, rugby, basketball and netball. At Allied Sports & Leisure, we specialise in providing affordable equipment for schools, gyms and other organisations. Talk to us today to find out more.