24 Oct. 2019 - Mini Mermaid Running Club is set to launch in its 6th UK market, introducing the programme to schools in Hull starting in Spring 2020! First started in the UK in 2015, Mini Mermaids, for girls ages 7-11, use physical activity combined with mindfulness to strengthen three critical things that impact girls’ worth and value: Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion. Mini Mermaid has run more than 300 programmes in Leeds, London, Sheffield, The Wirral and Cardiff.
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.
‘I feel like I have more confidence to go and try new things and not to give up,’ - Mini Mermaid, Sheffield, Curriculum 1
Mini Mermaid Running Club provides schools with ready-to-activate programmes that directly address of these critical research findings, including 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 programme include themed discussions, journal work, games and structured workouts and culminates with a 5km challenge.
As a result, Mini Mermaids programmes aren’t just about introducing physical activity to girls. Throughout the programme, Mini Mermaids work to explore and understand what underlying things make a girl say ‘I can’t’ and change the discussion to ‘I can.’
Outcomes of Mini Mermaids include: