More than 500 primary pupils enjoyed activities including parachute games, balancing and yoga at a Mini Movers festival organised by Erewash School Sport Partnership.
The children from Reception, Year One and Two at schools across Erewash took part in events at Rutland Sports Park in Ilkeston, Friesland School and the Long Eaton School.
Schools involved included Ladycross, Risley, Draycott, Mapperley, Stanley Common, Grange, St Laurence, Parklands, Firfield, Ladywood, Scargill, Charlotte Infant, Dallimore and Stanley St Andrew’s.
Sports leaders from Derby College supported the event alongside coaches from Erewash School Sport Partnership.
Some of the activities were designed to promote active literacy such as incredible story-telling, which encourages children to tell stories though active play and is part of a new programme from the FA called Shooting Stars.
Animal safari involved children acting like their favourite animal, pupils also balanced a bean bag on their heads while walking and took part in bowling and learning to dribble a ball.
Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership strategic development manager, said the aim of the day was introduce pupils to lots of different ways of being active.
She said: “The most important thing is that the children are moving and being active and we had so many activities on offer there was something for everyone. They really loved the active story-telling which is an innovative way of linking into literacy too.
“Everyone had a fantastic time and we would like to thank the staff for bringing them. The leaders from Derby College were also a great support and really took ownership of the activities they were running so we would like to say a big thankyou to them too.”
Notes to editors: Erewash School Sport Partnership is a group of 46 schools working together to develop PE and sport opportunities for all young people. Its core priority is to improve the quality and quantity of PE and sport in schools. The partnerships aims to engage, motivate and include as many young people as possible in a positive PE and sport experience.


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