I have worked with Fitmedia over a number of years and always found them to be forward thinking and professional. With an increase in inactivity and obesity, I think there has never been a better time to use their programmes, whether as a school or club, and find out why many schools and clubs are now reaping the benefits from their systems.
Dominic Fenton, DJF Sports Consultancy
What I love about Fitmedia testing is the uniqueness of the testing, that it can be applied to any individual who wants to improve their fitness levels without discriminating.
Michelle Robinson, Olympic Triple Jumper and Mentor
We wanted the [Fitmedia] system in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, because it provides us with an evaluating tool to enable us to gain real data on the health and fitness levels of young people who comes to the park from the local schools. We are delighted to be working with Fitmedia and feel they have a unique and innovative system which fits with our “Active People, Active Park” philosophy.
Karen West, Head of Sport and Health, London Legacy Development Corporation
I would highly recommend Fitmedia to come in and work with your school. They were fantastic, they were positive and were able to provide us with the raw data that we needed to see how much our children had improved with their fitness.
Figen Bektasoglu, Head Teacher of Coppermills Primary School
We are working with Fitmedia to assess the levels of physical fitness and literacy and general wellbeing in 10 primary schools in the London Borough of Brent.
This will provide us with baseline information which we hope to use to inform future strategic, policy and funding decisions.
The benefits of physical assessments are well established and their adoption is proving increasingly popular:
UKActive has called for routine testing of children’s fitness, in the same way as subjects like Maths and English
The Sports Think Tank Sector Survey from 2015 showed that 61% of the sector believe that the government should record the fitness levels of children in schools
Sport England’s previous strategy called for better evaluation and data collection across the sport and physical activity sector
Use of physical assessment as a tool to promote health promotion is well recognised. An example is Liverpool’s SportLinx Programme which was delivered in partnership with Liverpool Moores University, the Schools Sports Partnership and Liverpool Primary Care Trust
The value of physical assessment as a tool to promote health promotion has been recognised in a number of sectors, including the health sector, the education sector and government.
The report of Chief Medical Officer for England in 2010 advocated comprehensive physical assessment in schools and recognised that the monitoring of physical assessment in young people is recognised as an important component of public health surveillance
The previous government strategy “Be Active, Be Healthy” emphasized the part that objective physical assessment could play in observing trends: by analysing data by region, school and age group, structured interventions could be appropriately targeted and educational curricula could be modified
Evidence from school children participating in physical assessment in the US has shown that awards achieved based on fitness tests are positively associated with intrinsic motivation and future intention to participate.