Gap Sports

About Gap Sports

The aim of Gap Sports is to create a structured programme that promotes cognitive development through health and fitness. By introducing children to the idea that exercise occurs in everyday life not just during P.E lessons, we intend to use sports, exercise and play as tool to support children’s holistic growth.

During the turn of the century our interest in sport and wellbeing has been on the rise. This is due to the achievements in British sport competitions such as England winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003, Liverpool winning the all English 2019 Champions League final and of course the London 2012 Olympics. Stars of the Olympics such as Jessica Ennis-Hill have gone on to become ambassadors for the sports and exercise industry.

Other influences such as Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) have played a major part in recent years for the promotion on healthy eating. His aim to educate people and give them the knowledge to become healthier without having to cut meals out.

By introducing a game like Simon Says, where children follow fun instructions to do certain movements, this can be a great way to get children to do a quick HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout without directly telling them that they are participating in exercise.

 “When I visited the schools, I did something similar and the kids didn’t realise they were doing exercise”  Joe Wicks, 2019.

In 2019 one of the breakout stars from the past 10 years, Dina Asher-Smith, became the woman’s World Champion in 200m. Even from a young age Dina knew she wanted to be an Olympian and by having access to coaches and practitioners helped her achieve her goals.

By learning from the fantastic achievements of our national sports teams and individuals, government research, education and dietary needs, we believe that there is a GAP in the childcare and play sector to provide high quality, healthy and fun sports and play provisions.

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“At school level it has got to be relevant to them. I can remember doing algebra and thinking, ‘well I’m never going to use this’, and so dismissing it. But if you actually make it relevant to what they enjoy and the things they might face in later life then it becomes much more meaningful”

Jessica Ennis-Hill, 2012

“At 16 years old, students are down to just 34 minutes of physical activity at school per week – a fraction of the chief medical officer guidelines at 60 minutes a day.”

Dina Asher Smith, 2019

Change4life is a Government initiative that’s been running for over 20 years with the intention to improve diet and fitness levels amongst the UK population. This campaign is supported by the Department of Health (DOH) and intends to target the growing problem of obesity in the UK.  Figures show that 1 in 5 children start school overweight and this number increases to 1 in 3 by the time they leave.

By working with our partner schools, families and parents we believe a great opportunity exists to provide children with active based sessions enabling children to play, be healthy and continue to receive the high-quality childcare that GAP provides. Our practice will continue to work with Ofsted, Early Years and Playwork requirements whilst encompassing the theory and skill that learning base sports offers.

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