MP Virendra Sharma swapped parliament for the playground as he joined pupils from St Anselm's Catholic Primary School last week. He took part in a Joy of Moving Move and Learn session, which inspires nine and ten year olds to get physically active and enjoy movement by learning through play. With temperatures soaring to 24 degrees, the pupils learnt about the importance of hydration during exercise before heading outside to showcase their skills to the local MP.
Delivered by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, the Joy of Moving Move and Learn project aims to inspire pupils to be physically active and enjoy movement. During the six week in-school project, children up and down the country will learn, through fun games inspired by the Joy of Moving methodology, about the importance of physical activity and balanced diets based on the Eatwell Guide.
After attending the session, Virendra Sharma, who represents the Ealing Southall constituency, of which the school is a part, praised the impact of the project. He said: “I feel honoured to attend St Anslem’s Joy of Moving project today and see the pupils come together to learn about the importance of moving. It is fantastic that organisations such as Ferrero, the English Football League Trust and Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are providing support and resources to inspire children to live healthy lifestyles.”
Data from Sport England shows that only 22 per cent of children in Year Five and Six are active every day. Through the Move and Learn project, each child in this year group receives an additional nine hours physical activity and learning.
St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School has certainly reaped the benefits of the programme. Tito Perera, Deputy Headteacher of the school, said: “Our partnership with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust started in January 2019. Since then, the support and commitment from the coaches and senior leaders has been incredible.
“We were privileged to be part of the Joy of Moving programme, which has helped the children to grow in their knowledge and understanding of having a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to a continued partnership with Brentford FC CST.”
Move and Learn is part of the Joy of Moving programme which is a CSR initiative for Ferrero developed in partnership with English Football League Trust. It is designed to inspire active lifestyles in children and help them develop positive habits for adulthood. Along with the Move and Learn project, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust runs a multitude of health and education projects – engaging with a staggering 2,000 pupils in the borough of Ealing.