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Quality sports equipment for schools

sportsequip.co.uk are a Leicestershire based company specialising in the supply and installation of quality sports equipment for schools, colleges and universities.

 

sportsequip are major distributors for the most popular ranges of sports equipment for schools including UK manufacturers Harrod UK Ltd and Edwards Sports Products Ltd. With a wealth of experienced personnel on board sportsequip offer unbiased, balanced advise to go alongside their extensive range of products and services.

 

With competitive pricing being ever more important for all schools sportsequip.co.uk continue to secure more and more school orders and contracts for football goals, hockey goals, rugby posts,  cricket cages & artificial wickets.

 

New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

New report reveals that a third of primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills

Almost a third of all primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills, a new report reveals. 

The Swim Group’s Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Review Group has issued a stark warning after uncovering startling statistics in their recent survey. 

As curriculum pressures increase, swimming in primary schools is being placed on the back burner, but the Group warns that children will continue getting into difficulty in the water if improvements are not made. 

LazyLawn® supports drive for physical fitness with new football pitch at Birmingham Academy

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Students in the West Midlands are enjoying the benefits of an artificial turf football pitch and colourful rubber area which has replaced a plain tarmac playground, thanks to LazyLawn®.

840 square metres of Wonder Yarn 36, which won the Which? Best Buy Award in 2016, was installed at the Oasis Blakenhale Academy in Birmingham.

540 square metres of colourful wet-pour rubber was also installed to add more colour to the once dull playground.

Clare Hoods-Truman, Executive Principal of Oasis Blakenhale Academy said: “LazyLawn® has provided a wonderful artificial grass pitch and large rubber area that all 660 children in the academy truly love.

Schools sign up for global movement to learn outdoors

Schools sign up for global movement to learn outdoors

Up to half a million children to learn outside on Outdoor Classroom Day on May 18th 2017
 
School children across the UK will join thousands of other schools all over the world to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day- a global initiative that encourages teachers to take lessons outside.  
 
Outdoor Classroom Day will be celebrated across the world in as many as 52 countries on May 18th 2017, with the aim of getting over half a million children learning and playing outside of their classroom.
 
The initiative is being led globally by Project Dirt with the help of the charity Learning through Landscapes, that will lead the campaign in the UK & ROI.
 

Online Platform Set To Improve PE And Sports Delivery In Schools

Online Platform Set To Improve PE And Sports Delivery In Schools

A new online platform to help improve the delivery of PE and sport within primary schools has been launched.

Leeds based PE Partner developed SPIRALPE™ in partnership with senior teaching professionals and Physical Education specialists to provide schools with a practical and highly efficient way to engage, develop and measure progress in PE and school sport.

 

At the heart of the platform is a teaching framework and curriculum including 252 lesson plans, updated at the start of every academic year, which work together in a ‘spiral’ to build and develop the full range of physical literacy within an overarching spiral framework.   

Wooden playground equipment and why it is better

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The two key components of designing playgrounds is sustainability and safety. When children are playing around them their attentions tend to sway towards how ‘fun’ and interactive they are. So when it comes round to designing the playgrounds sustainability safety and fun must all be equally considered.

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Wooden play areas can bring children closer to nature. Made from natural resources such as driftwood and logs and are usually supported by natural landscapes such as small grassy hills and mud floors and these natural attributes remind children of the importance of the outdoors.

Top training tools for school sporting needs

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Phoenix Sporting Goods (PSG) was born on the 5th May 2015, to create and distribute a range of strong, performance led brands to the grass roots, sports education and professional markets, throughout the UK and Europe. With inspirational leadership and world class customer service, PSG’s aim is to aid aspiring athletes and their coaches, from grass roots to sporting professionals, to achieve their goals, with products that will increase the accuracy of the athlete through repetition or via products that will enable the athlete to train through the winter months on their own or within a team environment.

 

Government announces £415m fund to support health and fitness in schools

Schools set to receive £415m to boost health and fitness

Schools across England are set to benefit from a multi-million pound scheme to help give more children a healthy and active start to life. 

A government announcement was made today regarding a new £415 million fund to improve on sports facilities and provide more opportunities for young people to get fit and healthy. 

The funding will be rolled out to both primary and secondary schools, in addition to sixth-form colleges, across England who can use the funding to pay for facilities to support PE, extra-curricular activities and health eating. 

Schools can also use the money to improve facilities for children with physical conditions or support young people struggling with mental health issues. 

New schemes announced across the UK to boost learning through football

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Worlds are colliding after sporting legends team up with young people to boost education.

Arsenal Football Club played host to education secretary Justine Greening yesterday to celebrate the launch of a joint reading initiative between Arsenal in the Community and the University College London’s Institute of Education (IOE.)

Schools across the nation take part in special wildlife challenge

Schools across the nation have been taking part in a special activity to find out a little more about the wildlife on their doorstep. gratnells-bird-feeder-trays.gif

The RSPB's (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Big Schools' Birdwatch is rolling out in schools up and down the country, encouraging children to become part of the world's biggest wildlife survey.

Running until 17 February, the initiative aims to bring children closer to nature by involving them an hour-long activity that is suitable for students of all ages and abilities. 

Why children must play outside to encourage development

In a world where more than 65% of children aged between 9 and 11 own a smartphone, traditional outdoor pastimes are facing a dangerous rate of decline. Even those who don’t own a personal smartphone will most likely have access to a similar device, with over half of UK households having a tablet. For those involved in playground design, maintenance or construction, this trend is a problem. 

The figures above are daunting when you consider that an increase in smartphone and tablet usage is causing children to be less able to read emotions and be less empathetic than ever. How do we combat this?

Pupils at Edge Grove School return home from 2016 netball tour in the Caribbean

Pupils at Edge Grove School

Independent prep school Edge Grove, has welcomed home a group of its Years 5-8 girls who have recently travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to the beautiful Caribbean island of St Vincent to compete in the schools’ 2016 overseas netball tour.  Accompanied by three teachers and team coach Samantha Bird (an ex-England player and technical coach for England netball). This overseas sporting event marks the second time that the school has participated in a Netball Tour in St Vincent following a successful visit in 2014.  

Beach schools south west & south west water team up for free winter safety & education sessions

Award-winning outdoor learning company Beach Schools South West have teamed up with South West Water to help promote clean water, conservation and seaside safety to youngsters in the region this winter.

The Exeter-based water company is adding its weight to a new pilot education project which will see children being taught both on the beach and in schools about taking care not only of themselves but also the life cycle of water and how to keep it clean.

It will be part of free winter-time school sessions from Beach Schools South West who are offering to go into schools to give children talks on how to stay safe on the beach.

How Holiday Childcare Promotes Education

Whilst you’re spending your hard - earned money on childcare during the holiday season, it’s great to feel assured that your child isn’t just spending hours being mindlessly entertained. It’s vital that their minds are being stimulated while having fun! 

Putting your children into a high - quality childcare environment can greatly help with their educational development and help them improve their habits in school. 

The team at Barracudas Camps explain just some of the ways your child is getting educated while spending their time at a childcare camp. 

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