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  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on April 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    No Running! 

    … More and more, school PE is suffering from poor resourcing and inconsistent delivery.

    For example, many schools in Canada are relying on classroom teachers to teach PE whether they are knowledgeable or comfortable doing so, instead of employing specialists who understand physical literacy and the best way to engage children in physical activity.

    No Running is a new documentary that looks at what needs to happen in our schools in order to get physical literacy to be seen as equally important to literacy and numeracy, and interviews the people who are championing the cause.

    New documentary brings home the importance of Phys Ed

    Click PLAY or watch the documentary on YouTube. (40min)

    I tell parents not to count on schools to physically educate their children. An hour spent at Gymnastics is better for motor and physical fitness than any other activity. Far better than an hour in P.E. class.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on August 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Canadian kids are not fit 

    Parents should know that schools are NOT physically educating their children. 😦

    The latest ParticipACTION Report Card examines kids’ overall physical activity and, for the first time, grades their movement skills. There’s a lot of room for improvement.


    Canadian kids are getting a D-minus in physical activity

    Quoted in that article is Mount Royal University movement education instructor Nadine Van Wyk, former Gymnastics coach. She knows fitness.

  • Rick Mc 6:57 pm on April 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Educational Gymnastics Activities 

    Click PLAY or watch “Timber Tag” on YouTube.

    A good example of a LANDING Game.

    Kelly Thompson at Saint Francis Xavier University:

    I would like to share the many games and activities that I have acquired through my gymnastic mentors, colleagues and friends. I truly hope your kids have fun with these activities …


    Click through and navigate to the MOVEMENT PATTERN of interest. Watch more videos from there.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Gym Sense Gymnastics – Vancouver 

    Affordable gymnastics for anyone who wanted to learn. …

    Gym Sense Gymnastics started with providing programs in schools by providing the gymnastics component of the physical education program.

    Gym Sense has grown and now provides after school programs and summer camp programs. The after school programs are currently running out of a community centre called Collingwood Neighbourhood House in Vancouver three days a week. …




  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on March 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    school recess is valuable 

    Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on December 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Physical Education 1895-1937 

    See more photos on Mashable.

    Girls with hoops, Lavender Hill Girls School, Bermondsey, London, 1906. Girls performing an exercise drill involving the use of hoops in the school hall. Artist: unknown. (Photo by City of London: London Metropolitan Archives/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

    Girls with hoops, Lavender Hill Girls School, Bermondsey, London, 1906. Girls performing an exercise drill involving the use of hoops in the school hall. Artist: unknown. (Photo by City of London: London Metropolitan Archives/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

  • Rick Mc 1:59 pm on November 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Australia – push for Gymnastics in school curriculum 

    Researchers at Victoria University are calling for gymnastics to become an integral part of the physical education curriculum in primary schools following a three-year study on the development of fundamental movement skills. …

    Victoria University study assessed over 800 children to gain an understanding of how fundamental movement skills can be improved.

    Lead researcher James Rudd said the development of confident and competent movers was the most important outcome for physical education and gymnastics helped facilitate that. …

    Researchers call for Gymnastics to be included in school curriculum


  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on September 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    School Gymnastics – Kids CanMove 

    In Western Canada, Gymnastics experts are offering to go into schools to help teachers.

    Gymnastics is one of the three foundation sports and provides children with the seven fundamental movement patterns: landings, stationary positions, locomotions, rotations, swings, springs and object manipulation …

    Kids CanMove is the perfect way to get your students moving and developing physical literacy. …


    Click PLAY or watch a Gymnastics Alberta promo on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 12:56 pm on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    South African School Gymnastics programs 

    International Gymnastics Federation:

    Three years ago, the South African Department of Sport and Recreation joined forces with the National Department of Education and nearly a dozen South African Sports Federations to introduce a sports curriculum into South Africa’s schools. …

    “The structured approach to school sport was to redress the effects of 20 years with little or in most case no physical education in our schools,” explains Caron Henry, who manages Gym for All and Schools programmes for the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF). …

    Studying Gymnastics as sport, fitness and fun in South Africa

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    • zema meytey pema 1:07 pm on March 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Rick

      I am a certified coach and follow your blog. I’m looking for new opportunities in coaching. Also I love traveling. I wanted to ask you if you knew of any openings. I have 18 yrs experience coaching and designing recreational programs for preschool to school aged children. I found your most recent article interesting and also a phenomenal step forward in bringing gymnastics and other sports to schools all over the world. I have a BA in education with a double minor in child psychology and music. I would love to correspond with you if you have the time. Thank you for your time concerning this matter.

      Sincerely Cora Wright

      Sent from my iPhone



  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    You don’t HAVE to be a gymnast … 

    Repost from June 2013.

    … to enjoy our Gym. 🙂

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Nice work IEGA.

    related – IEGA Lauren Commercial

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