Harlequins Foundation, Kingston University and Sport Impact give support to primary schools

This autumn, education experts from three renowned organisations are coming together to offer London primary schools tailored support to help pupils learn core subjects and develop essential life skills through the power of sport.

Move.Learn.Grow will see experienced sports teachers, coaches and internationally-acclaimed educators from the Harlequins Foundation, Kingston University and Sport Impact working together to provide schools with unique learning solutions.

The launch of Move.Learn.Grow comes amid fears that children’s physical exercise has fallen sharply since the pandemic. Sport England found that during lockdown, just 19% of children under 16 were doing one hour or more of physical activity every day - the government’s recommended daily amount.

Move.Learn.Grow offers bespoke and wide-ranging support packages to primary schools, initially across three London boroughs. This ranges from curriculum development and planning to numeracy, literacy and Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) programmes. It also includes extra-curricular clubs and inter-school sport competitions, as well as training for teachers who are less confident or experienced in delivering PE.

Marc Leckie, Head of Harlequins Foundation, told Primary Times that the partnership - Move.Learn.Grow - came out of a desire to help pupils recover “mentally, physically and educationally” from six months of school closures. He said: “As sports education experts, we know exactly how to use the appeal of sport to help children with their core subjects and to develop in them the inner confidence and resilience that is needed more than ever in these testing times. The value of sport goes well beyond what happens in PE lessons and on the pitch. Our focus is on the whole child and the transformative effect of physical activity to inspire, engage and empower children.”

For more information, visit www.harlequins.foundation/movelearngrow/

 

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