Moving Matters

February Edition


Friday February 9th 2024

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Term 3 Recap!

Today is the final day of a very short first term of 2024, just 25 days!

It’s been a term of transition at Moving Matters with 4 new Primary PE Specialists joining our team and Tom Lodge starting his role as Senior Primary PE Specialist.

It’s been really pleasing to have recruited new personnel who have all had an instant impact at their schools, with lots of positive feedback on their work over this half term.

We’ve reflected before on how brilliant our apprentices have been this academic year and we’re proud and delighted to see Ellis and Luke recognised for the potential they have to progress. Special mention to Tyrell Mcleod too, who is equally deserving of recognition for the invaluable work he has done covering in schools this half term.

We’re excited for next week and have great numbers for both our camps at The Elmgreen and Immanuel and St Andrew. We’re also looking forward to introducing Laser tag to our provision, so check out our socials to see the children enjoying that activity.

We still have places remaining for those still looking for high quality childcare next week.

Our soccer school has made significant progress this term, with our grassroots team up and running and currently holding a 100% winning record from their first 4 games. Move over Pep Guardiola, Ellis Burridge is in town!!

We’re also pleased to have our FA Wildcats session now up and running, with an enthusiastic cohort of girls learning, developing and enjoying their football each Monday evening.

We’re eager to get more girls involved next half term, so see details below.

On a personal note, I’m now into week 8 of marathon training for London, which means my body is in permanent pain! It’s hard work out there, pounding those streets in -6, gusty winds and pouring rain but I’m enjoying the physical and mental challenge it presents. You’ll see below a feature about my fundraising efforts, any support would be gratefully appreciated.

Wishing schools and parents a great half term break.

- Rob Wilkinson (Director)

Children’s Mental Health Week

5th - 11th February 2024

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and mental health takes center stage, shining a spotlight on the importance of nurturing and safeguarding the psychological well-being of our youngest generation. This annual event serves as a critical reminder of the challenges faced by children in today's fast-paced and often stress-inducing world.

With a theme centered around resilience and self-care, this year's observance seeks to empower youngsters with the tools and support needed to navigate life's complexities.

During this week, schools and communities come together to offer support, resources and awareness aimed at helping children and adults understand mental health and how to navigate unfamiliar emotions.

From mindfulness exercises and peer support groups to educational workshops and access to mental health professionals, this week-long campaign aims to equip young individuals with the skills and support necessary to navigate life's challenges with confidence and resilience.

To learn more or find resources, the link below has some great information pertaining to this week:

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Rob’s Fundraising for Movember at London Marathon 2024

As an advocate for physical activity, it's been a long term ambition to do the London marathon. I have tried unsuccessfully to get a ballot place over many years BUT now have a place and I'm incredibly excited to take part. I'm fully focused on getting round the course in the best time possible and i'm really pushing myself in the training and enjoying the challenge.

Whilst my place hasn't been allocated by Movember, I have chosen to fundraise for this charity as men’s mental health is something I’m passionate about supporting.

As a business owner for 17 years and now an employer of 25+ people, mostly male, the issue of mental health within the workforce has become increasingly more prevalent year on year.

The stresses and strains of modern life are having an effect on lots of men and I have experienced that first hand as an employer but also over the past 18 months I’ve faced difficult challenges in my own personal life.

I was also brought up by a psychodynamic counsellor and so have an acute understanding around mental health and the importance in providing the right support for people to work through the challenges they face.

These factors drew me to Movember, a charity who focus on men’s health, in particular mental health and suicide prevention (the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK). The link between physical and mental health is profound for me, so running for a mental health charity feels a good fit (pun intended!!).

For more information about the charity select this link:

Movember Charity

I'm just delighted to be running the marathon and taking part in this iconic event, whilst at the same time being able to raise money for an amazing charity.

If you would like to donate and support the work Movember do, use the QR code or click the button below.

Many thanks in advance,


Donate Here

The 2024 Six Nations Championship

The highly anticipated Six Nations Championship for 2024 kicked off last weekend, igniting the passions of rugby fans across Europe. As the prestigious annual competition unfolds, six nations – England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France, and Italy – face off for the Guiness trophy , showcasing their skill, determination, and national pride.

Over the first week we saw Ireland, Scotland and England get crucial wins over France, Italy and Wales respectively and with the next week of fixtures set for this weekend, England v Wales is to be highly-contested.

Tag Rugby In Schools And Camp

At Moving Matters, Tag Rugby is one of our favourite activities to teach and how to teach Tag Rugby in Primary Schools (below) is our second most popular YouTube video ever.

How to Play Tag Rugby- Primary School PE

In our Tag Rugby skills map, we have passing technique demonstrations for classes from Year 3 to Year 6 that would be great for doing a Six Nations-themed PE lesson:

Tag Rugby - Skills Map

Year 5 & 6 Dodgeball Competition Recap

Last Thursday we hosted our first competition of 2024 at Brixton Rec with a total of 12 schools, which including Finton and Chepstow House who joined us for the first time.

It was a brilliant event, which saw 13 teams compete across two groups, with the top two advancing to the semi-finals. The atmosphere at Brixton Rec was buzzing with excitement, as teams of 6 children competed against each other in a best of 3 sets match.

Dodgeball is a hugely popular and growing sport with young people, something we find children to ALL really enjoy in school and at our holiday camps. It’s also highly active and intense, which all adds to the overall experience.

Both groups were highly competitive and in group A the winning of 2 extra sets separated 2nd and 4th place with no one school dominating.

The semi finals were contested between Julians v Clapham Manor and Van Gogh v Finton House, with Julians and Finton House advancing, two rekindle their Group B rivalry.

The final was a best of 5 set cracker, with the scores matched at 2-2, Julians were able to win the final set to emerge as champions.

Clapham Manor secured third place overall, with victory against Van Gogh in the 3rd and 4th place play off. The school were also awarded the Fair Play award, for their fantastics attitude and sportsmanship on the day.

Congratulations to all who took part and final thanks to SFX college, who’s sports leaders admirably assisted the smooth running of the event.

Here are the final standings:









Upcoming Competition - Year 5 & 6 Netball and Futsal

Next month we are hosting our Year 5 & 6 Netball and Futsal competitions with 17 schools currently booked in and the capacity for a few more. You can register your school using the link below:

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Volunteers Needed

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Professional Development Evaluation

At Moving Matters we take great pride in the work we do supporting teachers to improve their PE teaching. Every term we collect data from the teachers, to reflect on their experiences of working with our Primary PE Specialists.

At present we are providing Professional Development to 9 primary schools across Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster. In total we are working with over 50 teachers from those schools.

Here is some headline data and testimony from the feedback received:

We ask teachers to assess their PE subject knowledge, pre and post the Professional development support.

This figure of 70% reflects teachers whose subject knowledge score doubled from start to finish. It demonstrates a huge shift and some great impact that our team are having helping teachers to improve.

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Moving Matters Staff

Coach of the Term

Apprentices With Promise

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, two of our Apprentices Ellis and Luke have been nominated for the “Apprentice with Promise” category.

This award highlights a promising apprentice who has shown substantial potential for growth and has already made significant strides in their path to becoming a sports coach.

Voting is now closed but we are wishing them the best!

February Holiday Camps

Mini Movers Feature

Why Mini Movers 

At such a young age, KS1 children are so full of energy and we believe in honing this and igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and having fun. Some believe that we just host activities, but we aim to work on physical development through agility, balance, coordination, spatial awareness and object control.

Within these activities we incorporate cross-curricular learning, by blending counting, alphabet-learning and guided discovery. 

Activities We Offer 

Our Mini Movers activity range is constantly developing and improving. Last year we introduced our Dance and Drama workshops which went down extremely well. Overall, we like to keep our youngest attendees engaged with a variety of different activities.

We’re continuously adding to our existing offer of parachute, tag and balloon games, over 10 sports to play, and our structured games such as target games, building challenges, splat, monkey football and arts & crafts.

Introducing Laser Tag

Starting with next week’s camps, we will be introducing Laser Tag as an activity for our young campers! Laser Tag promises to add an extra element of excitement and adventure to our camp experience. With new equipment and supervised gameplay, your children will have a blast navigating through thrilling laser tag missions while developing teamwork and strategic thinking skills.

Mon 12th February - Fri 16th February //

08:30 - 15:30 (Extended Day Until 17:30)

The Elmgreen School, SE27 9BZ

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Book Play Create Move
Book MMSS Football Camp

Mon 12th February - Fri 16th February //

08:30 - 15:30 (Extended Day Until 17:30)

Immanuel & St Andrew Primary School, SW16 5SL

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Moving Matters Soccer School

Upcoming Talent ID Day

Discover the future stars of the beautiful game at our exciting Football Talent ID session!

We hosted a Talent ID session in October which gave players the chance to trial for our Developmental Programme. We aim to do three of these per year, so there is a continuous opportunity for players to showcase their ability and willingness to learn.

On the 21st of February, we will have a coach coming down who has worked very closely with Crystal Palace’s youth squad, which should lead to a great session.

Our Developmental Programme session has over 30 children taking part in high-quality sessions every Wednesday after school and we are accepting a new intake of players.

This is a free trial session for players to be invited to our Developmental Programme so if you feel they would be interested, feel free to sign up using the link below:

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Wildcats Sessions

This term saw the start of our FA Weetabix Wildcats sessions. This is an initiative run by the FA in order to boost girls participation in football. These sessions are comprised of fun, football-related games, designed for girls aged 5-11 regardless of experience or ability. The sessions are all about having fun, making new friends, and learning new skills.

These sessions have been incredibly rewarding to run, witnessing girls that have never played football before, falling in love with the game. There is an amazing energy at the sessions, involving plenty of smiles on faces, laughter, and great disappointment when that final whistle blows and they have to go home! These sessions are also led by our new female lead coach Sanatha, who has quickly formed a great relationship with the girls, making all of them feel welcome and making sure everyone is enjoying themselves.

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Moving Matters Football Club

This term Moving Matters FC U8s began their Tandridge League campaign. They have played three games so far and according to coach Ellis have made an excellent start. Ellis noted that the boys have been playing some lovely football, and on top of that enjoying themselves whilst doing so.

The league games have given the team a great opportunity to test their skills against other sides in an environment that does not put pressure on the final result, or post league standings. The main aim is development of the players and helping foster a love for the game.

Quote of the Week

Holly Holm

Former UFC Champion, 2x Fight of the Night Winner

Passion first and everything will fall into place.”


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