Change Can Be Good: Modern PE Meets Students’ Needs

Originally published Feb. 17, 2019 in the Enid News & Eagle.

By Mitchell Willetts

On certain days, bugs crawl up and down the gymnasium walls at Monroe Elementary School, and students scramble for balls to throw and smash them. The insects are all just cute projections, splashed onto the side of the gym from coach Christie Buckner’s iPad, via an app originally designed to entertain cats.

Physical education has changed a lot in Buckner’s nearly 30 years of teaching, she said, and it’s a good thing it has. Read More

Primary schools urged not to waste £320million physical education funding opportunity

Originally published May 17, 2019 in The Telegraph.

By Jeremy Wilson

Primary schools have been urged to maximise a collective £320 million opportunity to improve the provision of physical education and sport amid significant concerns that funding is not being universally used to create a long-term legacy.

Both the Youth Sports Trust and the Association for Physical Education welcomed recent communication from policy officials at the Department for Education that the Primary PE and Sport Premium will continue at its current doubled rate for the 2019/20 academic year, but there are also calls for the opportunity not to be wasted. Read More

The key to good mental health? Physical activity

Originally published June 6, 2019 by TES.com.

By Tara Porter

When talking about the importance of ensuring mental health provision in schools, how often do we look to the PE department for answers? It may come as a surprise, but I believe that PE teachers can hold responsibility not just for physical health, but for mental health too.

There is a growing body of research emerging about the positive impact physical activity has on mental wellbeing. Indeed, we might surmise that finding a sport, exercise or some physical activity that young people will love and take part in for life, might be the singular most important thing a school can do to ensure a young person leads a mentally-well life. Read More

FIFA’s schools programme aims to reach 700m children

Originally published June 1, 2019 in the EU Observer.

The new FIFA 2.0 vision aims to promote the game of football and bring it to all.

It is FIFA’s aim to make football more accessible for boys and girls around the world and to promote important life skills through the sport.

But it cannot do this alone: global solutions require global partnerships. Joining forces with leading international organisations is the key to achieving this objective. Read More