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Moving Matters Fortnightly

Friday 25th February 2022 Edition

Term 4 Begins…

Wow what a busy first week back it’s been.

A large part of this week has been preparing to start with 3 new Lambeth schools on Monday. We very excited to welcome St Luke’s, Christchurch (Streatham) and returning to us St John’s Angell Town Primary Schools to the Moving Matters family.

We’re really excited to meet children, staff and parents across their school communities and start providing high quality active experiences in PE lessons and after school sports clubs.

Last week’s half term was a record breaker for us; the most children ever at camp and the most children attending our SLD Soccer Camp. It was also exciting to start a new provision in Mitcham at St Mark’s Academy. We hope this will be the catalyst for a developing holiday camp there and we have applied to Merton council for HAF (Holiday Activity Food programme) funding.

Many thanks to all parents who booked with us, we hope your child had a great time.

This term, as well as welcoming new schools, we also welcome two new staff members. Mauro Cardoso starts with us on a full time basis a week on Monday and we have a new Sports coach recruit through the Kickstart scheme, Geraldine Garcia Benitez.

Looking ahead, I’m off to the Youth Sports Trust conference next week for some CPD, we have 3 competitions planned for March starting with Netball next Wednesday and we’re gearing up for another two camps during the Easter holidays.

“We Don’t Stand Still” at Moving Matters.

Wishing you all an active and relaxing weekend.

- Rob Wilkinson

New Staff Member

Geraldine Garcia (Holy Trinity, St Mary’s and Glenbrook)

Role: Assistant Sports Coach

Length of Tenure: A Week

Favourite Subject: Psychology

Favourite Sports Team: El Cali

Favourite Food: Sandwich

Favourite Quote: “Pain is just weakness leaving your body”

“Why PE Lessons Need Meaningful Competition”

At Moving Matters, we love competition!

At our Intra and Inter-school tournaments we facilitate and embrace both (see more below)…BUT competition isn’t for everyone and this aspect of sport can put children and adults off.

Lee Sullivan, the author of the article listed below, speaks about the polarising opinions regarding whether PE Lessons should have an extra layer of competition over what currently exists.

According to Youth Sport Trust, 30% of girls and 50% of boys indicate that ‘playing to win’ is one of the reasons they enjoy being active in school, whereas 64% of young people say they would be ‘relieved’, ‘not bothered’ or ‘happier’ if the competition element was removed from sport.

We never shy away from allowing children to compete with each other as long as it is in a healthy and fun manner. We are mindful of how children react and will always manage them accordingly in PE lessons, for example our more competitive children will be grouped together and similarly our less competitive with a different challenge/task.

To read the full article, click the link below:

“ Winning Isn’t Everything ”

Holiday Camp Recap

Our February Holiday Camp was one for the history books, with a total of 387 bookings throughout the week, with an average of nearly 80 children participating in high-quality activities on a daily basis.

In the midst of this, we hosted a Camp at St Mark’s Academy in Mitcham for the first time.

The success of this camp means we will be back there for an Easter Holiday Camp which we hope brings more children to the Moving Matters Family.

We also launched an SLD Elite Camp which, ran by Coach George, called back some of the best SLD talents that had left the programme, for 3 days of first-rate coaching.

For a more in-depth look at our most recent Holiday Camps, click the link below:

Spring Holiday Camp

Be sure to follow us on our socials (at the top of this newsletter) as we will be revealing new information about our upcoming Easter Camps.

Competitions

Year 5 & 6 Netball - 2nd March 2022

This year’s plans to provide a comprehensive competition programme have again been effected by Covid-19. However we have a brand new schedule commencing after the February half term.

On 2nd March, we are hosting the first of three competitions next term, Netball at Kennington Park

Date: 2nd March 2022

Time: 09:30 - 14:00

Location: Kennington Park, London, SE11 4BE

With trophies and medals for competing schools, every attendee will have an amazing day playing netball, keeping active, building bonds with classmates and having fun!

Competitions

Below is the list of upcoming Competitions Moving Matters are running through to the end of the 21/22 Academic Year.

Maths on the Move

Maths on the Move is underway again at Richard Atkins and Holy Trinity.

Coach Ashley and the teachers have seen lots of progress throughout the year and hope to see more up until the end of Easter.

In these lessons, Coach Ashley has been teaching the students how to better understand their times tables using a game in which they have to collaborate to solve each puzzle.

Maths on the Move

SLD Soccer School

For the first time, the SLD Football Camp was the most popular of all our Camps with between 30 and 40 players attending each day.

This is a testament to the growth and ability we are seeing on a week to week basis at our sessions, and we hope this can continue to grow.

A fun filled SLD Super Saturday saw the Mini Maestros work on their dribbling and close control before playing a series of engaging small sided games.

Bookings for this term’s sessions are available on our website, so be sure to book now as spaces go very quickly.

Whether you just want your child to have a kick-around after school, or to develop their skills with great coaching, the SLD Soccer School is for players of all abilities.

SLD Sessions

Girls Only

Mondays

17:30 - 19:00

Elite & Development Programme

Wednesdays

17:30 - 19:00

Super Saturdays

Mini Movers

Reception / Year 1

10:30am - 12pm

Mini Magicians

Year 2 & 3

10:30am - 12pm

Mini Maestros

Year 4+

10:30am - 12pm

Quote of the Week

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE

Gold Medalist Olympic Heptathlete

I'm proud of the way I've dealt with setbacks. It's hard when you feel down and you think, 'Why is the world doing this to me?' But you have to pick yourself up again. That's what makes you a better athlete.