4 December 2019 - Mini Mermaid Running Club, set to launch in Hull in Spring 2020, will offer 15 funded programmes, made possible through a generous grant from the Jane Tomlison Appeal.
Both new Ofsted and UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity guidelines correlate physical activity with improved learning, greater resilience and confidence. At the same time, research from Youth Sports Trust and Active Lives Children show that girls, particularly those from disadvantaged areas, start opting-out of physical activity as young as 9, which in turn can negatively impact future goals and aspirations. Mini Mermaid Running Club provide a grassroots antidote to this challenge, creating a safe, fun environment in which girls can experience the emotional, mental and physical benefits of physical activity.
“The support from Jane Tomlinson Appeal enable us to deliver our very timely and very relevant programmes to help primary-aged girls preserve their self-worth and value,” said Hannah Corne, executive director of MIni Mermaid Running Club UK. “By combining mindfulness with physical activity, our proven curriculum strengthens a girl’s self-confidence, self-esteem and self-compassion before it starts to decline, starting at age 8.”
Mini Mermaid Running Club provides schools with ready-to-activate programmes, including a full resource kit and a curriculum co-designed with experts in education, sport, fitness and children's development, as well as parents and past participants. The Mini Mermaid extra-curricular programmes include themed discussions, journal work, games and structured workouts and culminates with a 5km challenge. Throughout the programme, Mini Mermaids work to discover and understand what underlying things make a girl say “I can’t” and change the discussion to ‘I can.’ This develops a power within each girl that shows her just how strong she can be.
Vicki Robinson, Manager of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “The launch of Mini Mermaids in Hull brings this empowering experience to school age girls in this community and we’re thrilled to provide the funding, thanks to our fantastic fundraisers.
“The Jane Tomlinson Appeal is committed to supporting young children and their physical, emotional and mental well-being; Mini Mermaids delivers this and more to the communities in which they work and we are proud to work alongside them.”
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