Sporting Age

Sporting Age

FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS SINCE 2016

Sporting Age

FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS SINCE 2016

About

Sporting Age

Sporting Age was formed in 2016 to address the declining movement skills of young people in primary schools. Working closely with leading educationalists and physical education practitioners, we combined our significant experience and expertise as PE teachers with science and technology to begin to transform movement skills in schools.

SMART ATTAINMENT

Scientific evidence shows that physical education, sport and movement skills are fundamental to the health, growth and development of young people. Movement skills have multiple benefits for attainment, progress and wellbeing at school and help young people to effectively engage with learning.

Movement also helps to develop important life skills for children such as sharing, listening, taking turns, teamwork, self-belief and self-awareness; benefits that extend throughout the education curriculum and for the rest of their lives.

SMART PROGRESS

Progress in movement is key for all young people, regardless of their level of ability or where they start.

Our SMART MOVEMENT technology programmes and resources help teachers and schools to develop movement lesson plans and interventions that measure, analyse and map progress, and are inclusive, enjoyable and inspiring for young people. The link between movement and progress is well documented for making a sustainable and lasting difference to the future physical, learning and health pathways of young people.

SMART WELLBEING

How do movement skills enhance wellbeing? Recent scientific studies have shown that physical movement increases the development of the neural connections in the brain, which greatly enhances a child’s ability to learn, develop and progress throughout education and beyond.

Science has also provided actual visual evidence that we grow new brain cells when we are physically active, by measuring the blood flow in the hippocampus region of the brain.

The wellbeing benefits through movement for young people include:

  • Reducing the levels of anxiety
  • Release of physical energy
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Development of stronger muscles and bones
  • Forming positive habits for the future
  • Increased opportunities for social interaction with others
  • Encourages all aspects of learning and development
Fundamental Movement Skills

Why is movement so important?

Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are the most basic movements we can make and they can be built up into complex actions. It is very similar to language, where each individual sound needs to be mastered to correctly form words.

These movements involve different body parts such as the legs, arms, trunk and head and include skills such as running, hopping, catching, throwing, striking and balancing.

From birth, we naturally start to develop fundamental movement skills of our own accord; but this doesn’t mean we’re doing it the best way, or even right for that matter. Our passion at Sporting Age is to make sure that young people benefit from having the best and correct start in their movement journey. We want to empower and inspire young people from an early age to reach their movement potential and live a more active, enriching and successful life.

By taking the time to specifically teach children to master their fundamental movement skills at an early age, we give them the tools they need to undertake more complex movement skills with greater ease. Developing movement skills is the foundation of PE and school sport as this helps support young people in their development as competent, confident and healthy movers.