Stevenage FC Foundation in partnership with EFL Trust and Ferrero UK deliver the Joy of Moving programme to thousands of school children in Stevenage and surrounding areas.
According to research only 30% of boys and 25% of girls aged 5-7 meet the recommended quota of exercise each day. Such inactivity levels are leading to a variety of issues affecting both physical and mental health.
The Joy of Moving programme is designed to help children develop their physical, cognitive and social skills in a fun and educational way. This is done through two national projects, Move & Learn programme and the Joy of Moving Festivals that engage 70,000 children nationwide each year.
MOVE AND LEARN
The Move and Learn Programme is a national school-based educational programme for children aged between 9-10 that has been developed by the EFL Trust and Ferrero.
By combining six weeks of practical sporting sessions with classroom sessions, the programme encourages physical activity, promotes nutritional education and builds awareness of the importance of a balanced diet and active lifestyle.
In the 2017/18 academic year Stevenage FC Foundation worked with 15 schools in our local community engaging with 900 school children.
Each year we invite schools involved in the programme to take part in half time penalty shootout during a Stevenage FC home fixture.
JOY OF MOVING FESTIVALS
Our Joy of Moving Festivals compliment the Move and Learn Programme. Taking place predominantly in the Summer term, the Joy of Moving Festivals involves the full school from reception all the way through to Year 6, and even the teachers!
The Festivals help develop each child in five major areas: physical fitness, motor (bodily) coordination, cognitive functions, creativity (mental reasoning), and life skills.
The Festivals first piloted in 2018 reaching out to hundreds of schools nationwide engaging thousands of children aged 4-11.