Derby County Community Trust, in partnership with EFL Trust and Ferrero UK, delivers the Joy of Moving programme to thousands of school children in Derby.

According to research only 30% of boys and 25% of girls aged 5-7 meet the recommended quota of exercise each day. Such inactivity levels are leading to a variety of issues affecting both physical and mental health.

The Joy of Moving programme is designed to help children develop their physical, cognitive and social skills in a fun and educational way. This is done through two national projects, Move & Learn programme and the Joy of Moving Festivals that engage 70,000 children nationwide each year.

Derby County’s Tom Huddlestone and Duane Holmes visited one of our schools last season to discuss healthy eating. The children were excited to learn about what the players eat before and after match days as well as how many treats they’re allowed each week. Read more here.

Last half term, the Trust hosted the Joy of Moving Festival at five local schools with over 1300 pupils taking part.

The Joy of Moving Festival involves the full school, from reception all the way through to Year 6, and even the teachers getting active!

The Festivals help develop each child in five major areas: physical fitness, motor (bodily) coordination, cognitive functions, creativity (mental reasoning), and life skills.

The activities focused on:

  • Increase awareness of the most hydrating drinks
  • Understanding what contributes towards our 60 minutes of physical activity
  • Creating balanced meals
  • Different types of physical activity

To learn more about the Joy of Moving programme, please email [email protected]

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