Moving Matters

December Edition

Friday December 1st 2023

Impact Stat #005

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How We Use Data At Moving Matters

Behind the scenes at Moving Matters, we are always collecting data with the purpose of using it to inform decisions and manage the business effectively.

For all of our services, from Holiday Camps and the Moving Matters Soccer School, to School Competitions and Online PE Curriculum, we are continuously using data to move forward, adapt and meet our company vision:

“To help create a healthier society for future generations”

The graphic above is a recap from our most recent Holiday Camp programme. In our registration forms we ask for the name of the school each child attends, and how the parent/guardian found out about Moving Matters. This helps us identify which schools are best to market to and establish places where we can open new camps – for example Immanuel & St Andrew, which is a new camp we are starting to experience success at.

Every term, we send out a service evaluation form to our member schools. With this, they score different elements of the service they receive on a scale of 1-10. For the first term of this academic year, the feedback above was given by our member schools’ headteachers and PE Leads.

 

Managing a remote workforce and ensuring schools receive good service, are key challenges for us. By collecting and regularly reviewing the data we collect, we can manage any issues that arise and successfully manage staff performance and customer accounts.

By 2026, we have a vision to get 20,000 children active through the services we offer. Last year, between our PE Lessons, School Competitions, School Sports Clubs, Holiday Camps and Soccer School, we worked with nearly 10,000 children. By consistently collecting qualitative and quantitative data across our programmes, we can generate a good idea on how we’re moving towards that goal.

 

One of our key values is we reflect, learn and improve”, and when supported by our data, we can actively contribute to the cultivation of lifelong habits that promote well-being, laying the foundation for a healthier and more active society in the years to come.

Movement Is A Choice

As a child being brought up in Oxford, we used to walk everywhere. Our primary school was about 20 minutes walk away, only 4 minutes in a car, we always walked! This was my mother’s influence, as having been brought up in London without a car and from a low income family, she and her family walked the city. Even well into their 80’s my maternal grandparents would walk us to school. It was habitual, it was what we did.

This start to our day as children built in activity/movement. It also created lots more special memories of conversations and moments on those walks; physical, social, cognitive and personal development.  A piece of research from the University of Illinois showed that children who’d walked to school, compared to their peers who hadn’t, performed better in tests on arrival. Citing the increased cognitive function of the brain as heightened, as a result of being warm.

The walk was less time efficient and the sacrifice was probably just some extra time in bed for mum but she knew the benefits far outweighed that. In our fast paced society we are far more obsessed with time efficiency but we need to consider how movement can be built into our daily lives.

Incidental movement has been stripped back over the past 50 years with the advancement of technologies and transport. In 1950, 25% of journeys to work were on bicycle, now that statistic is under 1%. These days we can sit on our sofas, order food, speak to our friends and change tv channels without moving, sedentary culture has enveloped us.

As a result of my childhood experiences, if I can and the journey is reasonable, the choice to walk or cycle will always trump getting in the car or on the train.

Sadly that isn’t the case for so many I see and we’ve become very lazy as a society. I’m always amazed/disappointed seeing groups of children with parents waiting at bus stops just 5 minutes walk from their schools, it’s the norm not the exception.

We all live busy lives but consider today how can you build more activity in to your everyday schedule. The reality is that movement can be part of our daily/weekly routines, you just need to make that choice. #movingmatters

– Rob Wilkinson (Director)

Weetabix Wildcats

Moving Matters Soccer School is now an official Weetabix Wildcats Provider! This programme is a fun way for girls aged 5-11 to get involved with football, at any level. Girls who attend will be able to make friends, boost their confidence, get active and try football.

 

Following on from the amazing performance from the Lionesses in the 2023 Women’s World Cup and hosting a competition with over 200 girls playing football this month, 2024 is the perfect time to roll out this programme.

Key Details:

Mondays 17:30 – 18:30

£5 a session

@ The Elmgreen School

Start date will hopefully be the 15th January 2024

More information will be released in the next month..

To register your child’s interest, fill out the form below please:

Wildcats Interest Form

January Holiday Camp

4th & 5th January 2024 // 08:30 – 15:30 (Extended Day Until 17:30)

Immanuel & St Andrew Primary School, SW16 5SL

Whilst we do not usually run any Holiday Camps during the winter break, having listened to parent suggestions, we have decided to host a 2-day camp at Immanuel & St Andrew for the last 2 days of the half term break (4th and 5th January).

 

Despite being a mini camp, it will still be packed with activities, arts & crafts and board games as usual. As with our last camp programme, our extended day offer has been extended until 5:30pm, giving parents more time to collect their children.

 

We have amazing facilities at Immanuel and St Andrew including a sports hall, astro turf pitch and the environment is safe and secure. 

 

We are also trying to secure the facilities at The Elmgreen School, so more information regarding this will be released in the next few weeks..

 

Early Bird Offer

10% off all bookings until 13th December using code: EARLY10

Book Jan Camp

Want To Become A Cycling Champion In 2024?

Teachers and educators across schools in London and Essex have the opportunity to drive participation in active travel by becoming a Cycling Champion at the 2024 Ford RideLondon-Essex events.  

 

On Sunday 26 May, thousands of participants will take part in the world’s greatest festival of cycling, as Ford RideLondon-Essex offers a unique chance for cyclists of all abilities to enjoy a ride on traffic-free roads in London and Essex, across a distance of 100, 60, or 30 miles. 

YouTube Video

Individuals at schools and educational settings across London and Essex can apply for Cycling Champion places, in any of the distances, to be in with a chance of taking on this unforgettable challenge in 2024.

Apply Here

Spring Competitions Calendar

Upcoming Competitions

Year 5 & 6 Dodgeball

January 18th 2024

@ Brixton Rec Centre

Capacity: 20 Teams

Year 5 & 6 Netball

March 7th 2024

@ Kennington Park

Capacity: 18 Teams

Year 5 & 6 Futsal

March 21st 2024

@ Ferndale Sports Centre

Capacity: 24 Teams

Book Spring Comps

New Staff Profile

Tyrell McLeod – @tam_mm1

What is your role at Moving Matters?

Apprentice Primary PE Specialist

How long have you been at Moving Matters?

July 2023

What schools are you working in this year?

Orchard, Julians, Richard Atkins and Dunraven

What was your favourite subject at school?

PE

Who are your favourite sports team(s)?

Arsenal

What is your favourite food?

Caribbean

What is a quote that has stuck with you?

“All limits are self-imposed”

Congratulations To Matthew

Huge congratulations to Coach Matthew who passed his level 2 apprenticeship last week. He joined us in the summer of 2022 years ago and has developed hugely as a coach, proving to be a real asset to the business.

 

His favourite quote is “Don’t count the days, make the days count” and having passed his apprenticeship programme, he is a real testament to this!

Moving Matters Soccer School

The Moving Matters Soccer School has got off to a great start this academic year. Our Developmental Programme is seeing incredible, consistent numbers on a week-to-week basis and our Super Saturdays are growing gradually to last year’s peak numbers. Attendance has grown 16% from our numbers last year which is a huge positive.

With the success of our School Football Competitions (15 teams at our Year 3 & 4 Football event and 21 teams at our Year 4 -6 Girls Football event), shown by us having over 500 children attend, means we are heading in the right direction at Moving Matters Soccer School. So as always, a huge thank you for your support.

Book MMSS

To further develop this programme, we have been working behind the scenes filming and producing a new MMSS video. We should have the complete version next week, which will be released on our YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to below:

MM YouTube Channel

Quote of the Week

Dame Kelly Holmes

7x Gold Medalist, British Record Holder for 600m, 800m and 1000m

 

In the world of sports, as in life, it’s not about the setback, but the comeback that defines us.”

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