The first three of five schools launched their Active Movement programme this week as part of the joint campaign alongside London Sport. Haimo Primary School in Greenwich, Queensbridge Primary in Hackney and Sir Francis Drake Primary in Lewisham completed their teacher training session and all three have become Active Movement schools.
The link with London Sport is an important development. Though it is linked to Sport England and has a mission statement of making London the most active capital in the world, the organisation recognises that sport cannot be the only conduit to increased activity. Active Movement’s programme for reducing sitting time and adding even a little activity to the daily routine of children offers a more inclusive and relevant opportunity to shape active behaviour in the long-term.
Two other schools are currently in discussion with Active Movement in Southwark and Sutton about taking part in this 12-month programme with a likely start date of early February. The progress and impact of the programme will then be reviewed as part of a potential rollout of the programme across the capital.