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"Move 2 Improve" with DS Smith

A physical literacy programme designed to improve the movement skills of children; including those with special educational needs

The Wasps Community Foundation and DS Smith have launched the 'Move 2 Improve' physical literacy programme designed to improve the movement skills of children; including those with special educational needs (SEN).

The grass roots school physical literacy programme is aimed to improve the movement skills of children in 10 local schools. Our Community coaches will deliver six one-hour curriculum-based lessons and six one-hour Out of School Hours (OSHL) physical literacy lessons and Tag Rugby.

Physical Literacy can be described as the 'language of movement'. It is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding that provide children with the movement foundation for lifelong participation in physical activity. Being physically literate supports their development as competent, confident and healthy movers.

To become physically literate children need to master the 13 fundamental movement skills:

  • The Locomotor and Body Skills: Walking | Running | Balance | Skating/Skiing | Jumping | Swimming | Cycling | Skipping
  • The Sending Skills: Throwing | Kicking | Striking
  • The Receiving Skills: Catching | Trapping

The development of physical literacy is designed to develop a young person's:
Educational success | Cognitive skills | Mental health | Psychological wellness | Social skills | Healthy lifestyle habits | Physical health | Physical fitness |

Each participating school will receive 12 hours based on the needs of the children and the school over a six-week period. The coaching will consist of two hours per week of physical literacy and Tag Rugby. At the end of the block of coaching, all schools will be invited to participate in a celebration showcase non-competitive Tag Rugby Festival at a local community venue.

Miles Roberts, CEO of DS Smith said of the programme, "DS Smith are proud to partner with the Wasps Community Team to help deliver the Move 2 Improve Programme. As a partner of Wasps, we were keen for our sponsorship to have a grassroots element, as it is very important to DS Smith that we support youth sport within the local community as well as the elite level of the game"

Community Rugby Manager Dave Larham told, "We are genuinely excited at the potential of this programme. We have recognised the need to help schools develop the fundamental movement skills of their young people as part of the drive to raise awareness of the need to lead a healthy lifestyle and be physically fit. DS Smith have been very supportive of the programme in it's design and launch, and we look forward to working with them throughout the delivery."


For more information about how your school can get involved in the Move 2 Improve Programme, contact Ian Isham telephone 01494 531122.