What We Do?

  • Improve children’s health and wellbeing through structured course of Physical Literacy

How We Do It?

  • Using a combination of technology enabled learning tools and a programme of coach assisted physical literacy classes

What Are The Outcomes?

  • Kids become aware of why they should keep healthy and how
  • The school gets professional coach lead education programmes designed specifically for Key Stage 2 children
  • The Parent and child get to participate in fun activities and receive rewards for positive behaviours.

Healthy Kidz comprises of 4 key strands…

Professional In-school Coaching

What is it?

Some of Northern Ireland’s most skilled coaches visit each group for 40 minutes per week. They guide them through a fun and interactive physical literacy session that feels like a game, but drives huge improvements across all measures of fitness.

Why we do it?

Evidence shows that teaching professionals with PE responsibility do not have the experience, qualifications and confidence to effectively deliver the programme. By offering professional, in-school expertise, the Healthy Kidz programme ensures delivery that is high-quality, high-impact, and safe for children at all levels. An outside professional coming into the school is an exciting experience for kids.

How we do it?

The programme is almost completely equipment-free, requiring no other provision by the school than the space and the children themselves. It has been designed to appeal to a wide range of ages and fitness levels. Using pop music and gamification, it is hands-on throughout.

Mobile App For Recording Progress

What we do?

Each kid that takes part in the Healthy Kidz programme receives a username and password to login in to a smart phone and tablet enabled app. It been created for kids to track their progress and keep a log of the different activities they do as well as the food they eat.

Why we do it?

Young people today are continually attached to a whole host of smart devices. Whether they own one personally, or share one with their parents and siblings, these technologies are at the heart of how we all live today. Offering this app as part of the programme is a safe and effective way to engage them from the outset and throughout.

How we do it?

Kids input data from their activity sessions and what fruit they eat. Every time a session or fruit is logged, kids receive in-app points and trophies. Teachers get access to a full overview of their class’s progress as well as each kid receiving an annual report on what they achieved.

After School Habit Building

What we do?

Coaches lead after-school sessions that are designed to take the Healthy Kidz programme beyond school hours. Allowing for a more diverse array of activities, it is a fantastic way to elongate and grow the impact of their hard work.

Why we do it?

The programme will be hugely effective for all pupils in maintaining activity and fitness levels, impacting their habits outside the classroom. Students maintain and build on the physical fluency they’ve learned in the coaching sessions.

How we do it?

With mote time to explore fitness as a habit, coaches can continue the activities while also encouraging students to take part in a wider array of fitness activities. All students can then be encouraged to join local clubs and societies and make more use of their local municipal facilities.

The Golden Mile

What is it?

Up to three times per week, teachers guide students – and perhaps themselves too – to take part in the golden mile challenge. Lasting 15 minutes or less, it’s an opportunity to get fresh air, boost energy, and keep fitness ‘top of mind’ for all.

Why we do it?

Establishing a habit for fitness out of the coaching sessions is essential for the sustainability of the programme. By making it fast, easy and fun, the Golden Mile show children how quick and simple maintaining one’s physical fitness can be.

How we do it?

At a time that suits each teacher’s schedule, all children are taken to a suitable space (inside or out) to run, jog or walk a mile. With gamification at it’s heart, children compete against their own last performance – not each other. They see their performance grow and develop over time. The outcome will be a boost to the children’s energy and concentration.

Endorsed by

Dame Mary Peters
Dame Mary PetersOlympic Gold Medalist
‘Professional coaches can make a huge impact at primary school level. Apart from the excitement of having a sports professional visiting the classroom on a regular basis, they translate the simplicity of physical fitness into a language the schoolchildren can understand. In doing so, they engage the children in a meaningful dialogue on their own health and wellbeing, creating knowledge, inspiring participation, and building physical fluency and literacy.

By monitoring performance throughout, children begin to understand how easy and fun it can be to build one’s fitness.’

Paddy Barnes
Paddy BarnesDouble Olympic Bronze Medalist and Double Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist
‘Whether you’re a professional athlete or a school kid in a classroom, it’s incredibly important to understand that real fitness comes not from hitting the gym for 5 hours every Saturday. Instead, it’s about taking lots of small steps in the right direction, and the more steps we can encourage our young to take, the more their future is protected.

As a professional athlete I train with consistency. I’m continually assessing and critiquing my own performance. I monitor my growth and improvement on a daily basis. I challenge myself to perform better across multiple disciplines, not just boxing.

These are the keys to meaningful and sustainable fitness. Consistency, monitoring, and multi-disciplinary performance. They’re also the key to healthy classrooms, communities, and societies.’