Moving Matters

End of 2023 Edition

Moving Matters Fortnightly

Friday 15th December 2023 Edition

End of 2023 Review

 

Nearly there…just 5 more working days to go until the Christmas break. This has been an incredibly long term for staff and children in schools, everyone is flagging and in need of a holiday!

As the end of the calendar year approaches, it’s time to reflect on 2023 and look ahead to the new year. All in all an incredibly positive year for Moving Matters, which saw the business grow 27% in 2022-23, working with more schools, more children, employing more coaches and moving closer to our target of working with 20,000 children a year by 2026!

At the start of this year I had just completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses course and have this year worked through implementing our growth plan. It has not been without its challenges and just when you feel you’ve built a more robust business model, things pop up that create further bumps in the road.

The levels of resilience you have to have to run an SME in this sector are multi-layered. In September we had 8 new coaches start but going back in January we will have 4 new ones as replacements for staff who have left the role for a multitude of reasons. We want to ensure a greater level of staff retention going forward into 2024, but in my years of experience operating a business, it is impossible to get everything right. We endeavour as much as possible to support all schools, children and staff as best as possible and we’ll continue to evolve and improve to enable us to do that as effectively as possible.

I have had my own personal challenges this year, which has been a cause of great distress and a huge distraction. Life and business are inextricably linked but I aim to run Moving Matters with a level of transparency, which means I share my personal challenges and vulnerabilities with the team, to enable others to best understand. We aim to create this culture within our company and fully understand the impact of life outside of working hours.

Particular thanks to those within the MM leadership team who have supported me in some of those more challenging moments in 2023.

We will be saying goodbye to some great coaches this Christmas; Eden Blake, Samuel Anifalaje, Craig Palmer and Levi O’Neal-Dawson. Thanks to Eden and Samuel who whilst only having been with us a relatively short time have made a positive impression in their schools.

Craig Palmer started with us in April 2022 and since September of that year has been providing specialist PE teaching at Landsdowne special school, building great bonds with the children there and providing those most in need with the support they need to do PE and stay active.

A special mention to Levi, who started with us in 2018 as a mature apprentice, looking to re-train and find a greater level of purpose in his working life. He advanced quickly through his apprenticeship and into full time employment as a Primary PE Specialist, working across multiple schools but building a particularly strong bond at Telferscot primary school, where he taught for many years. In April he was promoted into a Senior Primary PE specialist role and this academic year took over the running of our competitions programme, which has seen increased participation this year. A fantastic advocate for Moving Matters and a diligent professional, we are sad to see him and the others go but wish them all the very best for the future.

We’re delighted to have recruited some brilliant new coaches, who will start their roles with us in January.

As a result of Levi leaving we have promoted Tom Lodge into a Senior Primary Specialist role and excited to see him join our leadership group and build on the positive start to his MM career.

The challenge to get more children active remains as big as ever (see article below), so we are as focused as ever on improving the quality of the services we offer schools and families, to truly inspire the next generation through PE, sport and physical activity.

A big thanks to the Moving Matters team who work in schools, at our disability programme and soccer school improving the lives of young people, you all do a fabulous job.

I would finally like to wish all the Moving Matters community a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2024.

Rob Wilkinson

Director

Children’s Activity Levels Hold Firm But Significant Challenges Remain

Last week, Sport England released their annual Active Lives Children and Young People survey results which covered the 22/23 academic year. 

Their main finding was: 

“Children and young people’s overall activity levels are stable as the initial recovery from the pandemic was maintained across the 2022-23 academic year.

It means 47% of children meeting the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines of taking part in an average of 60 minutes or more of sport and physical activity a day.”

One of the most intriguing findings in this report was that since the Lionesses won Euro 2022, there has been a 1.5% increase in young girls playing football, something we’ve looked at developing this year, mainly with the launch of our Weetabix Wildcats programme. There are now around 845,000 girls playing football in the country!

Overall, whilst steps have been taken to increase physical activity levels in young children, there is still so much work to do, which keeps us constantly developing at Moving Matters.

You can read the rest of the article below:

Active Lives Children Survey

MM Team Xmas Social

Last Friday we held our Christmas social, taking a trip to Tooting for a high quality curry and a few drinks.

It’s always great to get the team together and unwind after a long Autum term.

A few sore heads in the morning I believe!!

Goodbye Levi

Levi started with us in 2018 as a mature apprentice, looking to re-train and find a greater level of purpose in his working life. He advanced quickly through his apprenticeship and into full time employment as a Primary PE Specialist, working across multiple schools but building a particularly strong bond at Telferscot primary school, where he taught for many years.

In April he was promoted into a Senior Primary PE specialist role and this academic year took over the running of our competitions programme, which has seen increased participation this year.

A fantastic advocate for Moving Matters, nicknamed “Jacket Man”, with many hidden talents like photography (and rapping!), a diligent professional, we are sad to see him leave but wish him all the very best for the future.

Coach Of The Term

Shaj Islam

This term’s coach of the term is Shaj, his second since starting full time with us in September 2022.

This term Shaj has gone from strength to strength, impressing in informal observations with mentor Levi and then getting an Outstanding assessment of his teaching in his formal observation. Shaj has received hugely positive feedback from all his schools, including new school Archbishop Sumner and he is the most consistent on social media, showcasing the positive work he does in his schools.

Shaj is a great advocate for Moving Matters and demonstrates the level of progress that can be made in teaching when you apply yourself fully. 

A well deserved winner this term.

Spring School Competitions

This Autumn term our Competitions programme has got off to an incredible start with over 50 teams attending across our first 3. Our most recent competition being Girls Football saw over 200 girls attending and taking part in an amazing day of matches.

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
From January, the new point of contact for all things School Competitions will be: competitionsmovingmatters@gmail.com

Moving Matters Soccer School

Weetabix Wildcats Provider

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

£4 a session

Start date will be on the 15th January 2024

Book Wildcats

Developmental Programme

Developmental Programme (Years 5 – 8)

Wednesday 17:30 – 19:00

 

£1 off each session if full-term block is booked

Super Saturdays

Super Saturdays (Reception and up)

Saturday 10:30 – 12:00

 

A perfect way to start your child’s weekend with a fun football session

Book MMSS

New Year Holiday Camps

One of our key values at Moving Matters is: We Reflect, Learn and Improve

Since the introduction of our Immanuel & St Andrew camps, we have received a few enquiries asking for a camp in the first week of January as parents were back at work and schools had not restarted yet.

 

With this, we are thrilled to announce the pilot of our New Year Holiday Camps designed to keep your children active, engaged, and having a great time during the Winter break.

 

We understand that finding affordable, enjoyable and reliable childcare during the Winter break can be challenging, and we’ve heard requests loud and clear. We are always trying to better our Holiday Camp programme delivery to be more responsive to the needs of our parents and if these camps are successful, we will roll this out for more days next year!

The Elmgreen School
Thursday 4th & Friday 5th January 2024
08:30 – 15:30 (Extended Day Until 5pm)
Book Elmgreen
Immanuel & St Andrew
Thursday 4th & Friday 5th January 2024
08:30 – 15:30 (Extended Day Until 17:30)
Book ISA Camp

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Laird Hamilton – American Surfer

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