Following a successful virtual Joy of Moving Home School Festival in the summer of 2020 where over 250,000 children got involved, Foundation 92 is partnering with the EFL Trust and Ferrero to launch a new virtual ‘Winter Games’ pack, helping to inspire children to get moving in the toughest months for activity levels.
Research shows that children’s activity levels drop significantly in the winter months compared to the summer months (68 mins in summer vs 48 mins per day in winter). To help inspire families to get active at home during the winter months, the Joy of Moving ‘Winter Games’ will take families on a Winter Adventure, with an exciting selection of games and activities that they can play at home.
The games, which have been developed in line with the Joy of Moving methodology, are suitable for all abilities and help to encourage children to get moving through play.
Throughout February, the Joy of Moving virtual ‘Winter Games’ will be shared with families and teachers across the country with the help of over 70 EFL Trust Club Community Organisations.
As schools remain closed for many children, the ‘Winter Games’ supports families at a crucial time when it is even more important for children to stay active and to achieve the recommended 60 minutes of activity each day.
Matt Agnew, Operations and Development Manager at Foundation 92, said:
“Due to the success of the summer festival, we’re proud to roll out the Joy of Moving games again, with the support from the EFL Trust.
“This programme enables children and their families to access fun activities and games during the half term break and lockdown, so it’ll be really helpful for their physical and mental wellbeing.
“Working in partnership with primary schools across the city of Salford, as a charity we believe it is vitally important to keep these young people at the front of our minds whilst they are adapting to the circumstances the pandemic has thrown their way. The programme has been extremely well received and is looking at building on the success of summer.”
The Joy of Moving programme is an unbranded CSR project by Ferrero. Together with the EFL Trust, the Joy of Moving programme has been supporting children to get active across EFL Communities for over seven years. The Joy of Moving programme is based on methodology which is designed to inspire children to move through play, and in doing so, build up their physical fitness, motor coordination, cognitive functions and creativity and life skills – helping to develop positive habits for adulthood.
In the UK, the programme consists of two in-school elements – the Move & Learn programme and the Joy of Moving Festivals, which have been developed in conjunction with EFL Trust. While these are on pause in line with temporary school closures, we are supporting the communities with access to free, online digital materials via our resource hub.
Keep an eye out for the hashtag #JOMWinterGames on social media for further updates and ways to get involved, and for more fun games to play, visit the online Resource Hub.