NVM helps activate Physical Literacy needs in schools
Nikki Visaj Movement can help schools across Australia with physical literacy needs through dance, fitness and mindfulness incursions, video or virtual classes.
About Physical Literacy
Physical Literacy is designed to help schools to increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect them with community sporting opportunities. Your school may be eligible for a grant to help pay for student activity classes or programs.
Movement and fitness have a positive influence on children’s confidence, physical competence and motivation to be active at school and throughout life. Through teaching mindfulness and yoga skills, we also offer a complete package of both energising and calming activities.
Dynamic and responsive fitness programs like ours meet the needs of governments and schools to address this disengagement with cohorts of young people, such as those who are not interested in mainstream or team sports. By building physical literacy through dance, fitness and mindfulness approaches, as a community we are tackling this important topic in a different way.
A lot of young people between the ages of 13 to 17 stop playing organised sport. If we keep kids engaged at the primary school level through alternatives to mainstream programs like ours, there is a stronger chance kids will move to secondary school with stronger physical literacy skills and enjoyment.
“Disengaged and physically inactive youth are likely to be female, older, and
from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.”
The research shows that what motivates many young people – including those who are disengaged in sport – to participate in sport is:
- Wanting to improve their skills and fitness for a healthier, more energetic life
- Wanting to spend time with friends while having fun.
These are some of the reasons why our dance, fitness and mindfulness (positive mental and physical health) approaches are so successful. Our work appeals to this cohort and taps into the desire to have fun.
What we do to engage kids in movement and physical activity
There is four unique groups of disengaged young people and the characteristics of each cohort:
- Number 3: suggests that ‘existing sport scheduling could be enhanced with a “fitness-based” program, targeting disengaged secondary school students to build their confidence, and provide the knowledge and skills they are seeking to support their shift to a healthier lifestyle’
- Number 4: suggests a “stress relief” program for those students who can no longer commit to traditional sport activities’. NVM appeals to schools and kids of all ages because it is a non–traditional approach that heavily emphasises fun, joy, high–energy and creative expression
The Physical Literacy: Guide for Schools shown here identifies the key components needed for a whole-school approach to developing children’s physical literacy.
We meet these goals by:
- Enhance the value that schools place on sport and physical activity – NVM promotes being active and having fun though dance, fitness, cultural and mindfulness classes offered as incursions or through video or virtual (live) sessions.
- Support the least active children and youth to get moving – NVM does this by catering for all students no matter their sporting prowess, confidence or interest in traditional or team sports. Our joyous approach is infectious for children, and our mindfulness and ‘calming down’ programs help manage anxiety, stress or other disrupting feelings. What we do is all about inclusivity and getting involved without competition.
- Connect Australian children and youth with community sport – NVM promotes physical health and the pleasure of movement and being active. This is at the heart of all physical literacy approaches and one that transcends organised sport.
- Develop physical literacy in Australian children and youth – NVM offers classes through incursions or virtual/video classes to everyone between the ages of 5 and 18 years old. We service schools anywhere in Australia through virtual or video classes, or by arrangement in other areas outside of Victoria.
- Improve capability of schools to deliver sport and physical activity opportunities – NVM makes it easier for schools to bring in specialist or non–traditional physical movement opportunities that also align with curriculum requirements through health and PE, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cross–curriculum priorities. Our incursions can be planned in advance for a term or semester, or booked for a single session. We are experienced in getting the best from children and young adults through positive messaging, role modelling, high–energy classes or calming down and relaxing classes that teach children to experience being in the moment through body awareness and mindfulness activities.