The BBC, Premier League and SPFL launch Super Movers in Scotland
Written By SPFL Trust Media Centre
- Super Movers is an initiative helping primary school teachers inspire children to become more active throughout their school day and enhance their learning
- Already launched in England and Wales, the campaign will launch today in Scotland with a Live Lesson at Hampden Park
- The campaign is backed by Dr Lauren Sherar, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health at Loughborough University
- Super Movers offers curriculum-linked videos to reinforce learning objectives which help ‘warm up’ the brain and encourage children to be ready to learn
- All content is available for free via bbc.co.uk/supermovers
The BBC, Premier League and Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) will today introduce Super Movers to Scottish schools.
The initiative, which aims to help primary school teachers to inspire children to become more active throughout their school day and enhance their learning, will launch with a BBC Live Lesson held at Hampden Park in Glasgow, the home of the Scottish National Team and Queen’s Park Football Club.
Super Movers brings stars from the worlds of football, music and television together in fun, free and easy-to-follow educational videos which capture children’s imaginations and help teachers to get them moving throughout the day with a series of routines and activities.
Super Movers Ambassador and BBC Sport broadcaster Eilidh Barbour will join CBBC favourites Ben Shires and Naomi Wilkinson to front the Live Lesson at Hampden Park, where they will be joined by author of the Jamie Johnson series Dan Freedman, local school children and a selection of familiar football mascots including Monty the Mole from Montrose FC, Webster the Spider from Queen’s Park and Terry the Terror from Dundee United.
Schools can take part by visiting bbc.co.uk/livelessons to watch the free live web stream. As the Live Lesson is interactive, teachers are encouraged to get in touch by sending in photos of their class taking part. Details of how to get involved are on the website. The Live Lessons team will also be publishing a follow-up Live Lessons EXTRA programme where there will be more tips and help from the experts.
The Live Lesson will be a fun and active session centred on spelling and homophones. Content is aimed at 9-12-year olds and curriculum-linked to what pupils are learning in P6 and P7 in Scotland, years 6 and 7 in Northern Ireland, and years 5 and 6 in England and Wales.
Eilidh Barbour said: “The BBC, Premier League and SPFL coming together in this way is really exciting for teachers and for pupils. It will bring famous faces into the classroom and I have no doubt that Super Movers is going to get children across Scotland up on their feet. I can’t wait for the Live Lesson at Hampden and to see it all in action.”
Premier League, SPFL and other professional football clubs will support Super Movers through their work in local schools, helping teachers use the Super Movers videos in classrooms and encouraging an active ethos.
SPFL Trust chief executive Nicky Reid stated: “The SPFL and SPFL Trust are delighted to have formed this partnership with the BBC and Premier League for what is a genuinely innovative project. We’re excited to see it develop and hope it can mark growing cross-border sharing of ideas and support.”
Super Movers content is designed to encourage pupils to be active so they are ready to learn. Physical activity can positively impact educational outcomes with improvements in pupils’ concentration, motivation and enjoyment of learning.
Super Movers is backed by a survey commissioned for the BBC and Premier League, and carried out by Populus, which found that over half of parents of children aged 5-10 agree that their children are better behaved (54%) and in a better mood (60%) after taking part in exercise* and complements the Government’s guidelines of 30 minutes exercise in school and 30 minutes outside of school.
Teachers can access free content from bbc.co.uk/supermovers where their schools can sign up for competitions, rewards and incentives, with prizes such as a visit from the Scottish Premiership trophy. Families can also join in with Super Movers at home by following the fun and easy routines from The Vamps and The Next Step amongst others.