New #itsgreatoutthere grant supports inner city school project
The It’s Great Out There Coalition has confirmed that the next #itsgreatoutthere grant will be awarded to a collaboration between Finnish children’s outdoor brand Reima and an inner city primary school in London. The grant will help the two partners run a project designed to create a culture of being more active among young people and those with whom they interact.
Rosendale Primary School is in the borough of Lambeth, an area with a diverse population where 36% of children live in poverty. Rosendale’s ethos is that physically active children are not only healthier but also do better academically, and are also far more likely to be active as adults. Working with Reima and its ReimaGO sensors, the school’s #itsgreatoutthere initiative will set out to provide empirical evidence to back up its beliefs and use that to inspire children and adults to be more active in the outdoors, and in general.
The research project will compare the physical activity of a study class (with ReimaGO sensors) and a control class (without sensors). These roles will be reversed half way through the trial to ensure that there is no negative experimental bias. As well as the children, the input of parents and carers will also be gathered to complete the picture.
Rosendale Primary School is part of the Research Schools Network, a collaboration between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE), and set up to champion the use of evidence to improve teaching practice. Marc Rowland, a representative for EEF and IEE, is currently seconded to Rosendale, having already worked with over 300 schools to support them with their strategy to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Rowland has agreed to independently assess the project that is being supported by the #itsgreatoutthere grant and will produce a report on the results of monitoring the activity levels in children. This report will be added to qualitative data gathered by Reima during school visits and research and results gathered by Rosendale School, in order to produce marketing literature to encourage more schools across Europe to consider similar initiatives.
Any non-profit organisation can apply for an #itsgreatoutthere grant of between €1,000 and €5,000. The grants will be awarded to initiatives that focus on grass roots projects, which have primarily been developed to take new participants into the outdoors. The It’s Great Out There Coalition encourages potential applicants to team up with partners from the outdoor industry such as brands, retailers and activity providers, especially those who are already members of the coalition. Grants can be awarded to support projects that reach citizens of all ages and from any background. However, one priority is to support ideas that will help young people access the outdoors for the first time, particularly those who are based in the inner cities or live in circumstances that mean that getting access to the hills and mountains is difficult.