Sporting Age
Fundamental Movement Skills For Schools

SMART MOVEMENT IN SCHOOLS

Become involved! See below for information on SMART MOVEMENT packages for your school.

The importance of movement within schools

Scientific research has shown that when children develop fundamental movement skills they are also developing their cognitive abilities. Researchers believe it is because the main region of the brain responsible for motor skills—the cerebellum—is also connected to our visual processing, spatial perception, and cognitive abilities.

This means that when children use their brains to perform physical movements, they are also exercising and developing many of the same neural pathways that serve cognitive performance and vice versa.

Physical movement also causes more oxygen, water, and glucose to travel to their brains, so that too assists their cognitive activity.

At the heart of every school is the health, safety and wellbeing of young people. We passionately believe that movement skills help with overall attainment, progress and physical and emotional health.

  • Sporting Age SMART MOVEMENT programmes will improve teacher knowledge on the importance of developing Fundamental Movement Skills for all young people.
  • Our data will allow teachers to provide appropriate interventions for identified cohorts, promoting blended learning, inclusivity and curriculum integration.

Benefits of delivering a Sporting Age SMART Movement Programme

Whole School Benefits

FAQS

Can you deliver a broad and balanced PE Curriculum?

This is the remit of schools. Our role is to enhance, add depth and compliment the existing curriculum of each school. By going through the SMART MOVEMENT programme a young person will be able to improve their movement skills, which allows them to develop and gain the most out of every other aspect of the PE curriculum.

Are you just a sports coaching company?

Our focus is solely on improving the movement skills of young people through our SA programme, and we are proud to specialise in this area. Testing, interventions and the delivery of other PE related activities are not delivered by Sporting Age.

OUR FOCUS IS PURELY ON ‘MOVEMENT’ SKILLS, NOT THE WHOLE CURRICULUM.

How much does Sporting Age cost each school?

The whole school Sporting Age programme including all assessments and resources costs £1600 per academic year.

Do you provide teachers with help on how to develop Movement skills?

Yes, our focus is on educating primary school teachers to help their pupils develop Fundamental Movement Skills. Following initial assessments, the teachers can access all the movement lesson plans.

Do you have a case study/success story of how Sporting Age has helped a school improve their movement skills.

Yes! We are delighted to have many testimonials, recommendations and positive feedback. For a flavour, please see our Proven Results.

Is Sporting Age GDPR compliant?

GDPR is exceptionally important to us. We worked closely with ‘Data Tools for Schools Ltd’ who have created our GDPR policy.

Can class teachers run challenge days?

Challenge days can be run in house by a teacher or staff member as full instructions are available on how to carry out the testing.

How do I know the platform is user friendly?

The platform has been designed and developed from extensive feedback from teachers and created with them in mind. Continuous improvement is at the heart of everything we do.

How will Sporting Age help children be more active in other activities?

SMART MOVEMENT helps to improve Fundaments Movement Skills which in turn helps to develop skills and confidence to take part in other activities, such as after school clubs and sports clubs.

Will the Sporting Age programme demoralise the non-sporty pupils?

At Sporting Age we feel the opposite will happen as the practical assessments are all designed around the individual. This removes the pressure to perform as a team. The lesson plans are differentiated for different levels of ability. If a child is allowed to work within their own, individual ability, this will build confidence and competence.

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